Activist Alamgir Wazir Arrested After Students Solidarity March Released On Bail
Student activist and nephew of MNA Ali Wazir, Alamgir Wazir, was released from jail on Friday, after being granted bail by the Supreme Court of Pakistan.
Rights activists had joined hands in a campaign on social media to ask for his bail saying that he was wrongfully arrested merely for his presence at the Students Solidarity March held in November last year.
He was accused of making an ‘anti-state’ speech at the Students’ March and the police charged him with sedition.
In his speech, he said that the students rights should not only be limited to student unions but they should also stand up against the injustice of the state and call them out.
Delighted to announce that Alamgir Wazir was released from prison today and is on his way home. Thanks to all who supported him as he faced baseless charges of sedition, especially to @LegalPolitical for his legal support.
Our resistance remains stronger that their oppression.
— Ammar Ali Jan (@ammaralijan) April 10, 2020
Delighted to know that student leader Alamgir Wazir has been released today from prison. Salute to his struggle, Lahore comrades, and his legal team, especially to @LegalPolitical for their persistent campaign for #ReleaseAlamgirWazir #longliveresistance https://t.co/d3CxyhgciW
— Ismat Raza Shahjahan (@IsmatShahjahan) April 10, 2020
The Student Solidarity March that took place in major cities of Pakistan in November demanded an end to surveillance on student campuses, a reduction in the tuition fee hike, end to campus violence and sexual harassment, restoration of student unions and end to privatization of institutions. The organisers of the march had claimed that they faced intimidation and hostilities at the hands of police while mobilising for the event.