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MNA Ali Wazir granted bail in hate speech case

The Supreme Court on Tuesday granted bail to MNA Ali Wazir in a case of hate speech against surety bonds worth Rs400,000.

Ali Wazir

PTM leader Ali Wazir, 10 others indicted in sedition case. Image: Twitter

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Tuesday granted bail to MNA Ali Wazir in a case of hate speech against surety bonds worth Rs400,000.

Ali Wazir was arrested in December 2020 for giving statements against state institutions in his speech. The FIR against the MNA was registered at a Karachi police station.

During the hearing apex court remarked that when others accused in the case had been granted bail why was Ali Wazir still behind the bars.

Justice Sardar Tariq remarked that the government was releasing people after dialogue.

“It might be possible there would be a settlement with Ali Wazir in future,” he added.

He further observed that there was no need to have debated over the allegations on Wazir in the parliament.

“He must be heard. It seems this is the case of good and bad Taliban,” he added.

Prosecutor general Sindh told that court the Wazir was charged in many similar cases and didn’t have bail in other cases.

Wazir’s counsel told the court that his client only highlighted a complaint in his speech which did not amount to hate speech against any institution.

Earlier Ali Wazir approached the Sindh High Court for his bail which was dismissed. The MNA claimed that he was not guilty of the offences mentioned in the FIR.

MNA Ali Wazir along with serval other leaders was arrested from Peshawar on charges of hatching a criminal conspiracy and passing derogatory remarks against state institutions.

Then Peshawar police shifted MNA Ali Wazir to Karachi to fulfill the legal requirements as the case was registered against him in Sohrab Goth Police station.


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