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Court rejects Pashteen’s bail plea

PTM leader will be transferred to DI Khan jail

January 28, 2020 06:23 PM


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A court in Peshawar on Tuesday rejected a bail application of Pashtun Tahaffuz Movement (PTM) chief Manzoor Pashteen.

The PTM leader was arrested on Monday after an FIR was registered against him in DI Khan under Sections 506 (punishment for criminal intimidation), 153-A (promoting enmity between different groups), 120-B (punishment of criminal conspiracy), 124 (sedition), and 123-A (condemning the creation of the country and advocating the abolishment of its sovereignty) of the Pakistan Penal Code.

The FIR alleges Pashteen, along with other leaders of the PTM, had claimed the 1973 Constitution violated basic human rights during a speech in DI Khan on Jan. 18. It also claims he passed derogatory remarks about the state of Pakistan.

On Tuesday, the court directed authorities to transfer Pashtun Manzoor Pashteen to jail in Dera Ismail Khan, a day after he was taken into custody on a 14-day judicial remand.

Accepting the DI Khan police’s request to transfer Pashteen to DI Khan, the district and sessions court also rejected a plea by the accused for transit bail.

Pashteen’s lawyers argued that the PTM leader should be given bail as FIR against him registered in DI Khan and not Peshawar.



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