Pakistani Police book scores of PTM Activists, under terrorism charges

January 21, 2019

Kabul- Police Force in Sindh province of Pakistan on Monday registered a case against scores of PTM leaders and activists under terrorism charges after holding a rally in Karachi’s Sohrab Goth area on Sunday.

According to the FIR of the incident, police accused speakers at the rally of using “undesirable language against state institutions”. The FIR (22/2019) was registered on behalf of the State through Sohrab Goth Station House Officer Rao Zakir.

A copy of the FIR registered against PTM leaders.
A copy of the FIR registered against PTM leaders.

 

According to the contents of the FIR, the workers of PTM, “under directions of Manzoor Pashteen organized the rally at a ground behind Al-Asif Square on Sunday.”

“The complainant SHO, who was patrolling the area, after receiving information rushed to the spot and asked the PTM president of the area, Naurazay Tareen, to furnish permission of the meeting.

“He [the organizer of the rally] became jittery, created hindrance in official work and chanted slogans against state institutions and police, while other people also joined him on the stage in raising slogans,” as per the contents of the FIR.

The police alleged that the organizers did not listen to the SHO and spread provocation, “creating an atmosphere of serious fear and chaos.”

The police invoked Sections 147, 149, 186, 153-A, 500 and 505 of the Pakistan Penal Code and 7-ATA (Anti-Terrorism Act) against 250-300 persons, including 16 identified by name.

Protesting over the arrest of PTM activists, Manzoor Pashteen strongly condemned the barbarism of Pakistani administration against PTM and revealed that his followers were kidnapped by the criminal police personnel belonging to the team of Rao Anwar, a notorious police officer who killed Naqibullah Mahsud in a fake police encounter.

Moreover, the regional chapter of Amnesty International also expressed concern over the disappearance of the PTM activist.

“We are concerned about reports of the disappearance of PTM activist Alamzeb Mehsud. His whereabouts must be disclosed immediately. Either produce him in court or release him without delay,” read a statement issued by the human rights watchdog.

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