PTM Chief Ali Wazir granted bail by SHC

PTM Chief Ali Wazir granted bail by SHC

KARACHI: The Sindh High Court (SHC) on Wednesday granted Pashtun Tahafuz Movement (PTM) leader and Member National Assembly Ali Wazir bail in a hate speech case filed against him at a Karachi police station.

A two-member bench led by Justice Muhammad Iqbal Kalhoro granted the jailed MNA from South Waziristan bail and ordered him to deposit an Rs0.5 million surety bond.

During the hearing, Salahuddin Gandapur, Wazir’s lawyer, maintained that the co-accused in the case MNA Mohsin Dawar was being considered for the post of a federal minister while his client was imprisoned for being “anti-state.” The lawyer’s statements made Justice Kalhoro smile.

The SHC judge ordered the police to release the transcript of Ali Wazir’s “provocative” speech. He questioned how a person like police constable Manzoor, who cannot understand Pashto, could claim that the speech incited hatred against the army and the state.

The judge then queried about Dawar, questioning why the other defendants in the case had not been apprehended.