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Jamaat-e-Islami Apologises To MNA Mohsin Dawar For Attacking Him

Jamaat-e-Islami Senator Mushtaq Ahmad Khan has apologised to North Waziristan lawmaker Mohsin Dawar over an incident in which the lawmaker was barred from addressing an event in Bajaur by the JI members.

In a telephone call, Senator Mushtaq extended an apology to the Pashtun Tahaffuz Movement (PTM) leader, vowing to hold an inquiry into the episode. He said the lawmakers have agreed that they won’t let the polarising forces take advantage of the situation.

Senator Mushtaq said that the PTM leader and JI share similar stances on several issues, ranging from provincial autonomy, problems faced by the people of tribal districts, civilian supremacy, and fundamental human rights among others.

On Saturday, Pashtun Tahaffuz Movement leader and North Waziristan lawmaker Mohsin Dawar was barred from addressing an oath-taking ceremony of the Bajaur Bar Association by members of the Jamaat-e-Islami on Saturday.

The members of the JI engaged in an altercation with the people who organised the event and also tortured the general secretary of the Bajaur bar. As MNA Dawar approached the stage to address the participants, the members of the JI allegedly tried to attack the lawmaker to prevent him from speaking.

Consequently, the oath-taking ceremony was postponed.

Life threats to Dawar

PTM leader Mohsin Dawar has received a life-threatening letter from a North-Waziristan based extremist outfit Al-Furqan.

The PTM leader shared the photo of the letter on Twitter, saying: “Received this threat which is also being widely distributed. We’ve repeatedly warned the government about terrorists regrouping, but no response. Meanwhile, terror has returned to Pashtun soil likely with [the] state support.”

The MNA elected from North Waziristan added that his struggle against terrorism and for Pashtun rights will continue, even “at the cost of his life”.

In its letter, the extremist organisation warned Mohsin Dawar to refrain from certain activities, including building a church for the local Christians.

They further asked the MNA to be ‘careful’ while giving statements and not disagree with the members of Al-Furqan in ‘jirgas’ (local courts in Pashtun areas).

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