Granting Of Bail To Ali Wazir and Mohsin Dawar Receives Polarised Response
The release of Ali Wazir and Mohsin Dawar has received a polarised response. While some have appreciated that justice has prevailed, others have criticised the move, invoking the legislators’ ‘anti-state’ stance.
Following news of the bail pleas of the MNAs being accepted, there were reportedly celebrations in Waziristan, where the legislators hail from.
— Mushahid Bacha (@mushahid_dawar) September 18, 2019
Parliamentarians, activists and academics voiced their support for the decision, saying that this was a legal victory for the Pashtun Tahaffuz Movement, which the two MNAs are part of.
Former member of parliament, Bushra Gohar, appreciated the legal team of Ali Wazir and Moshin Dawar, and called for those responsible for the Khar Qamar massacre to be held accountable.
Those responsible for #KharQamarMassacre must be brought to justice.
— Bushra Gohar (@BushraGohar) September 18, 2019
Academic Ammar Ali Jan contended that the charges against the MNAs were a form of ‘deliberate misinformation’ and expressed hope that the state would move towards reconciliation.
The charges against them were deliberate form of disinformation. Hope state no longer repeats mistakes and begins genuine reconciliation process.
Congrats to all who campaigned for their release pic.twitter.com/GdpA7wtL7c
— Ammar Ali Jan (@ammaralijan) September 18, 2019
Meanwhile, Afrasiab Khattak stated that no matter which false case has been made by the ‘selectors and the selected’, the MNAs have been proven innocent by the courts.
In each and every false case fabricated by the selectors and the selected, PTM activists have been proven clean and innocent in courts. They are the winners both in the court of law & most importantly in COURT OF THE PEOPLE.#LegalVictoryOfPTM
— Afrasiab Khattak (@a_siab) September 18, 2019
Many who support the cause of the two legislators have been waiting for them to be released from jail. Senator Farhatullah Babar stated on Twitter that the two MNAs would soon be attending the assembly sessions and what they say would be of great value.
Now that bail is granted MNAs Ali Wazir and Mohsin Dawar will soon be attending Assembly and have the opportunity to say what must be said. What they say and how they say it will be of great value. They should begin preparing for it thoughtfully, methodically https://t.co/ysYETmDyHG
— Farhatullah Babar (@FarhatullahB) September 18, 2019
However, the granting of bail to Ali Wazir and Mohsin Dawar has not been received favourable by some, who have called into conversation the two legislators’ alleged abuse of the state and incitement of violence.
A Twitter user called the move a ‘surrender’, and that it had only been done so that the prime minister could save himself from criticism when he attends the United Nations General Assembly session.
Just for the sake of saving himself from criticism during UNGA session, IK led PTI govt arranged to release Mohsin Dawar and Ali Wazir!
Both were accused of terrorism and attacking men in uniform!! This like a surrender ..
— Astute (@IRSoothsayer) September 18, 2019
Another one opined that the two leaders would be facing jail time again as the Pashtun Tahaffuz Movement won’t stop with its ‘anti-state’ activities.
They out, PTM will do jalsas, abuse state, use again pukhtoon cards althought .00001% putkhoon agree with them, they will incite violence, innocent people will die which PTM wants, dead bodies are fuel for PTM, and they will again see jail face.
— idefend (@idefend3) September 18, 2019