Peshawar — Federal Investigation Agency’s Peshawar Director Mirwaiz Niaz has confirmed that members of National Assembly Mohsin Dawar and Ali Wazir were detained at Bacha Khan Airport on Friday.
Both the lawmakers were wanted in a case registered against them and other Pashtun Tahafuz Movement (PTM) leaders and chief Manzoor Pashteen. The case was registered by Khyber Pakhtunkhwa police after PTM’s Swabi rally on August 28, 2018.
Mohsin Dawar And Ali Wazir’s name we’re not in the ECL but something called the ‘Black List’ which is a provisional identification list, says a senior official of the FIA. The cases relate to the jalsa by the PTM in Swabi & they will be handed over to Swabi police: Official.
— Iftikhar Firdous (@IftikharFirdous) November 30, 2018
Dawar told that he and other PTM leaders have already obtained bail before arrest in the case. In August, several PTM’s workers were charged with various offences, including rioting and removing the country’s flag from a building after a public meeting in Swabi.
Mohsin and Ali were offloaded from a Dubai-bound flight. They were travelling to Dubai for participating in a Pakhtun Cultural event. The FIA will hand over the lawmakers to Swabi police.
Thread: Participation in #PashtunLongMarch2Swabi is the crime for which first @Gulalai_Ismail and now @mjdawar and @Aliwazirna50 are being put on ECL with their passports confiscated. And in the case of Mohsin & Ali they are presently in FIA custody like Gulalai was before them
— Imran Khan (@iopyne) November 30, 2018
PTM’s Manzoor Pashteen, Mohsin Dawar, Ali Wazir, Dr Said Alam Masood, Fazal Advocate, Khan Zaman, Samad Khan and Noorul Salam were named as “proclaimed offenders” and were “required to be arrested” in connection with a case registered against them on August 28, 2018.
FIA Peshawar, however, confirmed later, both the MNAs were released after strong protest and criticism by social media users including journalists, political workers and human rights activists.
An FIR was registered under different sections of the Pakistan Penal Code, including 123-B, 131, 147, 149, 153, 341 and 506 (removing national flag from a building, seducing soldiers for mutiny, rioting, unlawful assembly, provocation to rioting, wrongful restraint and criminal intimidation).
— Alamgir Jogezai (@Dr_AlamgirJogxi) November 30, 2018
PTM supporters and workers have been expressing their anger over social media and trending as #ShameOnFia.
FIA released other PTM workers along with thr passports but they are shifting MohsinDawar and AliWazir to Hayatabad station. Looks like they will lodge FIR against them.
Why on ECL & FIR on what charges?#ShameOnFIA
— Asif Mahsud (@a_maseed) November 30, 2018
By offloading, arresting & humiliating Mohsin Dawar & Ali Wazir, 2 elected members of Parliament, the state machinery has unmasked its brutal & oppressive face. This is not only an affront to constitutional order but also an insult of the electorate.
— Afrasiab Khattak (@a_siab) November 30, 2018
#MohsinDawar awo #AliWazir loya gunah da da cha Pakhtun la kha jwand awo izzat ghwaRi. Khpal da qom haq awo insaf la ya awaz ochatai; zulm awo barbariat khilaf di..Shame on the #PuppetPM for using such cowardly tactics against two of our finest & courageous MPs..#DaSangaAzadiDa? pic.twitter.com/EBrd0zKLBk
— Bushra Gohar (@BushraGohar) November 30, 2018
Where is the parliamentarian, where is the journalist where is the civil society?. The two sitting representatives of the state put in ECL due to unknown reason.why?#ShameOnFIA @BushraGohar @Xadeejournalist @BBhuttoZardari @UmarCheema1 @HamidMirPAK @ajmaljami @murtazasolangi https://t.co/85aq9V2ZYo
— Mujahid Wazir (@MujahidWazir3) November 30, 2018
Its not just two ordinary people, they are legislators elected by people. Yet they are subject to this discrimination. Imagine life of an ordinary one in #Pakistan if they happen to be a #Pashtun #Baloch #Sindhi #Mohajir @NazranaYusufzai https://t.co/2wtljQHLOW
— Anis Farooqui (@anis_farooqui) November 30, 2018
The Pakistani society is clearly divided into 3 groups; one #WeStandWithFIA, second #ShameOnFIA and the third group is silent spectator but having majority. The silence will jolt the foundation of the Federation.@MediaCellPPP @pmln_org @JIPOfficial @jamiatulema
— Pakistan Democratic Movement. (@gul_marjan) November 30, 2018
#ShameOnFIA Shame on civilian puppets of the khakis and shame on those who are still silent. MNAs Ali Wazir & Mohsin Dawar have been put on ECL and they have been taken into custody. This shameful act is part of the state's Anti-Pashtun & Pro-Taliban policy. The PTM will resist.
— Khan Zaman Kakar (@khanzamankakar) November 30, 2018