Qadir Khan said the trial court in Bannu would hold a hearing on the bail application in the sedition case registered with Dera Ismail Khan police in the coming week. “If Ali Wazir gets bail in the Dera Ismail Khan, he could be released by end of next week,” Qadir Khan said. In case the Sindh police disclosed new cases against Ali Wazir, the counsel said, they would move the Sindh High Court with a similar petition seeking to bar the provincial police from registering new cases on identical charges. He said the superior court judgments state that separate cases could not be registered against one individual on identical charges.
Qadir Khan said he had met Ali Wazir in jail two days ago and the PTM leader was in high spirits and good health.
According to Ali Wazir’s counsel, the incarcerated MNA has been granted bail in around six sedition cases- four registered in Karachi, one case each in Miranshah and Charsadda. “The only pending case in which his arrest is shown is that of Dera Ismail Khant,” the counsel added.
In a tweet in November, PTM chief Manzoor Pashteen lambasted Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif over Ali Wazir’s continued incarceration, accusing him of failing to uphold fundamental rights, the Constitution, and the electoral mandate which the prime minister vouched for when he was in opposition.
Wazir is an independently-elected member of the National Assembly from South Waziristan, who was arrested in December 2020 and moved to Karachi to face charges in connection with four cases of sedition registered against him in three police stations there. The cases were based on speeches made by Ali Wazir allegedly against state institutions during the public meetings of the Pakshtun Tuhaffaz Movement (PTM) while he was staying in Karachi.