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Pakistani court frees PTM lawmakers on bail

Pakistani court frees PTM lawmakers on bail

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Sep 21, 2019 - 14:14

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Two senior members of the Pashtuninfo-icon Tahafuz Movement (PTM) have been released from a Pakistani jail.

Lawmakers Ali Wazir and Mohsin Dawar had been arrested by the Pakistani military during a peaceful rally in Waziristan three months back.

As they rallied for getting Pakhtuns’ their rights, the security forces opened fire at them and alleged the protestors were aiding terrorists.

Both parliamentarians could have been released under the law if the National Assembly speaker had ordered their participation in house proceedings. But they were deprived of their right.

Two days ago, a court approved the bail application of Ali Wazir and Mohsin Dawar. They were released on Friday night from a prison in Peshawar.

Tariq Afghan, PTM members’ defence lawyer, criticised the court order that both should go to the police office in their district every week.

He said it was a strange and unprecedented decision. The lawyer suggested they would appeal to the Supreme Court against the verdict.

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