Detained Ali Wazir handed over to Sindh Police on remand
A judicial magistrate in Peshawar remanded Ali Wazir – a National Assembly member from South Waziristan – into the Sindh Police’s custody after he was presented before the court, reported 24NewsHD TV channel on Thursday.
The move came after Wazir was arrested earlier on Wednesday in connection with a case registered against him and several other PTM (Pashtun Tahaffuz Movement) leaders in Karachi after a recent public meeting.
It is mentioned in the FIR registered with the Sohrab Goth Police Station that they committed several offences, including delivering hate speeches, hatching a criminal conspiracy and passing derogatory remarks against state institutions.
Wazir was taken into custody after he attended a ceremony held at Shuhada APS Public Library in connection with the sixth anniversary of the APS Peshawar, which had left 147 people, mostly students, dead.
PTM chief Manzoor Pashteen, MNA Mohsin Dawar, Sana Ijaz and others are also nominated in the case registered after the December 7 rally held at Sohrab Goth –a locality in Karachi. However, none of them were detained on Wednesday although many of them also attended the same event.
Reacting to the arrest, Dawar, who was elected from one of the constituencies covering North Waziristan, had condemned the move and promised an appropriate response.
Strongly condemn the arrest of @Aliwazirna50, PTM will give an appropriate response . It's infuriating that Ali was arrested for commemorating the APS massacre, while Taliban r getting a red carpet in Islamabad. Where is the anger? Why this silent shamelessness? #ReleaseAliWazir— Mohsin Dawar (@mjdawar) December 16, 2020
It is in this context, 24NewsHD reported on Thursday that the ongoing talks between the PTM and the government were in danger of collapse as the arrest infuriated Pashteen and others.
Pashteen said they would soon announce their future course of action against the arrest of Wazir and other similar actions, as sources say the two sides have held several rounds of talks during recent weeks.
Wazir emerged as one of the prominent leaders of PTM which was formed after the extrajudicial killing of Naqeebullah Mehsud in the port city.