MNA Ali Wazir granted bail in hate speech case

SHC judge admonishes police for failing to record statements of witnesses despite passage of four years

News Desk May 11, 2022
A case was registered against PTM Leader Ali Wazir and others at Sohrab Goth police station in Karachi. PHOTO: EXPRESS

The Sindh High Court (SHC) on Wednesday granted bail to Pashtun Tahaffuz Movement (PTM) lawmaker Ali Wazir in a hate speech case registered against him at a Karachi police station.

A two-member bench headed by Justice Muhammad Iqbal Kalhoro accepted the bail plea of the incarcerated MNA from South Waziristan and asked him to submit a surety bond worth Rs0.5 million.

Wazir’s lawyer Salahuddin said co-accused MNA Mohsin Dawar was being considered for the post of a federal minister while his client was languishing in jail for being “anti-state”. Justice Kalhoro smiled at the remarks of the lawyer.

The SHC judge asked the police to produce the transcript of the speech made by Ali Wazir that was being dubbed as “provocative”. He asked how could a person, police constable Manzoor, who cannot comprehend the language of the speech – Pashto – say the speech allegedly incited hatred against the army and the state.

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The judge also inquired about Dawar, asking why was the other accused not been arrested in the said case.

The investigation officer said the police could not arrest Dawar as they needed the permission of the National Assembly speaker before arresting the MNA. “Ali Wazir was already in prison in a case registered at Sohrab Goth police station,” the IO said, adding that the lawmaker was detained in the Shah Latif Town case while being in jail.

Wazir’s lawyer said his client was arrested in another case after the SC granted him bail in the Sohrab Goth case.

The SHC judge also took police to the task over their highhandedness. He said the police are acting in a “monarchical” manner. The case has been pending since 2018 but not a single witness recorded a statement,” he said, adding that the police didn’t even bother to arrest the co-accused.

It further asked whether the police approached the court after the suspects in the case got their bails approved by the court. “The police did not challenge the court’s decision to grant bails to suspects,” the IO added.

In a tweet, MNA Mohsin Dawar said another court will hear Wazir's bail plea on Thursday in a different case. "We are hoping for the courts to do justice," he added.



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