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Peshawar High Court Accepts Bail Plea Of Mohsin Dawar and Ali Wazir In Khar Qamar Case

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PESHAWAR: Members of the National Assembly from Waziristan, Ali Wazir and Mohsin Dawar, have been granted bail by the Peshawar High Court (PHC) Bannu Registry.

Both were arrested in May 2019 after a clash between protesters and military personnel in Khar Kamar Tehsil of Data Khel, North Waziristan.

Both were accused of motivating public to carry out the attack on the security check post in which one soldier got martyred.

Videos viral on social media showed protesters approaching a security check point, and being fired at as they crossed the check post. The two MNAs were among the crowd.

Mohsin Dawar is a member of the National Assembly from NA-48 while Ali Wazir is from NA-50 of North Waziristan. Both contested as independent candidates during the July 25, 2018, general elections.

The MNAs were arrested in two cases – bomb attack on a security vehicle and the Khar Kamar incident. The bail was granted in the Khar Kamar tragedy case in which both the MNAs were accused of leading the mob to attack the security forces.

Earlier in August, Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) accepted bail applications in a case pertaining to attack on security forces, however, the bail was rejected in the case concerning the Khar Kamar tragedy.

After their arrests, an application was filed in the Election Commission of Pakistan to impose a ban on their entry into parliament as well as to restrain them from participating in active politics of the country.

Since the arrests, speaker of the National Assembly has not issued even a single production order for both the MNAs to attend the assembly proceedings despite repeated requests by opposition parties’ leaders.

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The bail plea was heard by Justice Nasir Mehmood of PHC, where senior lawyer Abdul Latif Afridi, Tariq Afghan, Sangin Khan and Hayat Murid appeared before the court on behalf of Ali Wazir and Mohsin Dawar.

After the arguments were completed by the lawyers, the court granted bail to both the MNAs and ordered their immediate release after payment of surety bonds worth Rs1 million each.


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