Missing Pashtun Student Activist Alamgir Wazir Presented Before Court After Backlash
Rights activist and student of Punjab University, Alamgir Wazir, has been presented in court following his disappearance after making a speech at the Students Solidarity March.
The activist was presented in Cantt Court Lahore. According to activist Ammar Ali Jan, the judge has ordered his judicial remand.
Alamgir Wazir was presented in Cantt court. The judge has ordered his judicial remand. Our lawyers will now seek his bail.#ReleaseAlamgirWazir
— Ammar Ali Jan (@ammaralijan) December 2, 2019
Alamgir Wazir had gone missing after he had attended the Students Solidarity March. During the march, the activist had made a speech about the conduct of the state in FATA.
— #RememberingKhanShaheed (@pashtunzoy) November 29, 2019
A day after the march, Alamgir had gone missing, with people expressing outrage over his disappearance, and the fact that police and the administration of Punjab University were not being helpful in the matter.
Alamgir Wazir, student from Punjab University has been missing since 3.00 pm. Fellow students have contacted the police & the university administration but have received no help or information. Campuses need to be safe places. #ReleaseAlamgirWazir
— Aimen Bucha (@AimenBucha) November 30, 2019
Following Alamgir’s disappearance, students of Punjab University had protested and carried out a sit-in in front of Punjab University vice chancellor’s office. Protesters had called authorities to find Alamgir and bring him back, while questioning how he could have gone missing if there were so many guards on the campus.
Alamgir Wazir is missing. We want his whereabouts immediately. There is sit-in protest in front of VC house Punjab University. The university has hundreds of CCTV’s and and a full battalion of security guards. How come the authorities don’t know where is Alamgir Wazir? pic.twitter.com/N4K93Fm1Aq
— جپسی🍁 (@Gipsi0) November 30, 2019
The sit-in had continued through the second night, with students disregarding the cold weather and sitting outside the VC’s office outside the VC office.
— Aima Khosa (@aimaMK) December 1, 2019
There had been outrage on social media as people called for the release of Alamgir Wazir, who also happens to be the nephew of Member of National Assembly Ali Wazir. One of the Students march organisers, Mohiba Ahmed, said that they would continue to be vocal and demanded that universities should be made safe for students again.
Alamgir Wazir, student of PU, has been missing since 3pm. We will stand with all students, we will be vocal, we will exercise our democratic right to protest. Make universities safe for us again! #WhereIsAlamgir #ReleaseAlamgirWazir
— Mohiba Ahmed (@mohibaahmed) November 30, 2019
Another user on Twitter questioned why students were being punished for taking part in the Students Solidarity March, particularly from one ethnicity.
Alamgir Wazir, a student of PU, has been missing since yesterday. Why are students being punished for taking part in the #StudentsSolidarityMarch? Why students of a particular ethnicity being singled out?#WhereIsAlamgir #ReleaseAlamgirWazir pic.twitter.com/1dJAcOPeO8
— shmyla pahari (@shmyla) December 1, 2019
People also highlighted the fact that Alamgir was one of the many students who had gone missing and had not been given justice.
Alamgir Wazir is missing from PU since 3pm. Alamgir's story is not a one off incident, hundreds of students frm diferent campuses have gone missing in the past. We marched 4 all these students who were not even given the due process of law. Where is Alamgir? #ReleaseAlamgirWazir
— Zahid ali ☭ (@ali_zahid12) November 30, 2019
Rights activist Tooba Syed criticised on Twitter those who were ‘waging a war’ against their students and people.
A student organiser Alamgir Wazir has gone missing after the #StudentsSolidarityMarch
Guess who is exposed? It’s certainly not the students. Shame on the those who are waging war against their own people and students. We will win! But you’ll never be at peace with yourselves!
— Tooba Syed ☭ (@Tooba_Sd) November 30, 2019
Following the outrage, the activist has been presented before court. Activist Ammar Ali Jan has said that they would now be seeking his bail. Observers have commented that Alamgir was illegally detained and that he had only been presented in court to show that due process had been followed after such a backlash.
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