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SHC grants bail to Ali Wazir in Shah Lateef Town case

The bail was granted by the Sindh High Court on Wednesday after the two-member bench headed by Justice Muhammad Iqbal Kalhoro accepted the bail plea of the accused.

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The interned member of the national assembly was granted bail in a hate speech case registered against him at a Karachi police station. The bail was granted by the Sindh High Court on Wednesday after the two-member bench headed by Justice Muhammad Iqbal Kalhoro accepted the bail plea of the accused. The court asked the accused to submit a surety bond before the court before granting him bail.

Prior to this, the Minister was out on the production orders issued by the former speaker of the national assembly to ensure his participation in the vote of no confidence. The Minister was out on parole, and the court had requisitioned Room No. 214 of Sindh House, Islamabad, as his sub-jail. Soon after the political fiasco, the Minister was detained again and sent to the Karachi police station.

During today’s hearing, the counsel of the accused argued how was the co-accused Mohsin Dawar being considered for a post in the cabinet while his client was being held up in state prison. To this, the judge inquired about Mohsin Dawar and asked why the Minister was not arrested in the case.

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“Ali Wazir was already in prison in a case registered at Sohrab Goth police station,” the investigation officer replied. The IO further added that the police could not arrest the co-accused as he was a member of the national assembly, and they needed the permission of the speaker of the national assembly to arrest him.

At one point during the hearing, the judge asked the police to submit the transcript of the “provocative” speech made by the Minister in question. The court questioned how a police constable who could not understand the language in which the speech was made alleged that the speech incited violence and hatred.

Ali Wazir is also detained in another case which will be heard in the ATC tomorrow.

Reacting to the news from the court, Mohsin Dawar hailed the courts and termed the news of his bail as “great news.” He further hoped that Wazir is also granted bail by the ATC.

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It is pertinent to mention that both Ali Wazir and Mohsin Dawar have been booked many times on charges of inciting people to revolt against the state institutions.