PTM’s jig is up: Ali Wazir arrested

An anti-terrorism court has given 8-days remand of Ali Wazir, member national assembly and a leader of Pashtun Tahaffuz Movement (PTM), who is currently in the custody of the Counter Terrorism Department (CTD).

Ali Wazir

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According to the court order, the investigation officer of the case had requested the court for a 30-day physical remand from the lawmaker.

A first information report (FIR) has been registered against both Ali Wazir and Mohsin Dawar for inciting their supporters to attack the armed forces.

The charges in the FIR have been framed under the 7ATA (Section 7 of the Anti Terrorism Act, 1997), Pakistan Penal Code 302 (murder), 324 (attempt to murder), 353 (assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of his duty), 120b (criminal conspiracy), and 109 (abetment to an offence).

The demands of the PTM are genuine but we have to acknowledge whether those demands are being met by the civilian as well as military leadership.

The authorities are yet to arrest Mohsin Dawar who is reportedly in a tribal area, inciting his young supporters to confront the security forces. Ali Wazir recently threatened the armed forces of Pakistan, of dire consequences.

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Moreover, Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Monday issued notices to the Pashtun Tahaffuz Movement (PTM) chief Manzoor Pashteen, MNAs Mohsin Dawar and Ali Wazir, in a plea seeking a ban on PTM. According to details, Justice Amir Farooq of the IHC issued notices to the PTM leaders.

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During the hearing, Barrister Shoaib pleaded the court to pass a ruling on the ban of PTM leaders’ social media accounts and on the party, as it is not registered and is involved in creating anti-state sentiments in the country. The Director-General of Inter-services Public Relations (ISPR) has already categorically stated that PTM’s time is up. He cautioned them not to cross the red line.

The authorities are yet to arrest Mohsin Dawar who is reportedly in a tribal area, inciting his young supporters to confront the security forces.

The DS ISPR also pointed out NDS-RAQ nexus and the involvement of the PTM leaders in destabilizing Pakistan. It is believed that finally after repeated warnings the state has decided to initiate a crackdown against the anti-state elements. Pakistan has successfully won a war against terror and the rehabilitation process is underway.

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Analysts and experts maintain that the anti-Pakistan forces do not want Pakistan to get stabilized and flourish economically. Therefore, ethnic fault-lines are being used to create unrest, which is a direct threat to the political stability and economic well-being. Professor Hassan Askari Rizvi, believes that the demands of the PTM are genuine but we have to acknowledge whether those demands are being met by the civilian as well as military leadership.

While commenting on the recent protests at Dunya News, Dr. Askari maintained that the narrative of the NDS, RAW and PTM are increasingly overlapping. Therefore, Dr. Rizvi said, the PTM needs to re-evaluate its narrative. Sabir Shakir of ARY News has explicitly stated that the time has come and the state must take stern action against all such elements so the achievements in war against terror are not undone.

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