The Pashtun Tahafuz Movement has announced to stage protests in Peshawar, Karachi and Quetta against the threats made to Ali Wazir, a former member of the Central Parliament of Pakistan and a leading leader of PTM, who was imprisoned in the case of treason on September 1st.
In one of his tweets on Saturday, Manzoor Pashteen, the leader of the Pashtun Tahafuz Movement, accused the Pakistani authorities of trying to kill Ali Wazir.
Mr. Pashteen wrote on X (former Twitter) media, “On September 1st, we will go to the streets of Quetta, Peshawar and Karachi and tell you that we are the ones who understand the pain of every Pashtun, including MNA Ali Wazir.”
It is noteworthy that Ali Wazir was arrested by the Islamabad police on the intervening night between August 18 and 19 after he criticized the Pakistan Army and intelligence agencies while addressing a PTM rally in Tarnool area near Islamabad.
One case against Ali Wazir was filed in Islamabad’s Ternool police station and the other in CTD office.
Ali Wazir’s lawyer, Amil Khan Mandukhel, told that Ali Wazir’s bail was approved in the CTD case, but the decision on his bail request in the Tarnul police station case will be made on 30th, August.
Ali Wazir has been allegedly accused of making anti-rebellion and fear-mongering speeches against the state institutions, army and officials, and shouting slogans against the army and institutions.
Manzoor Pashteen has also been named in the case. Last week, a Pakistani journalist, Asad Toor, said in his blog that Ali Wazir has been mistreated in prison and the authorities told him that if they kill him (Ali Wazir) right now, no one can question him.
Pakistan’s security agencies have not yet responded to these allegations. Ali Wazir had been arrested by the police on several occasions in the past. He was released from the Karachi Central Jail on this very February 14 after more than two years of imprisonment. But he was arrested again on June 19 from Surobi area of North Waziristan when he was travelling to Islamabad for the budget meeting. He was later released on bail.