An anti-terrorism court in Karachi on Wednesday convicted Pashtun Tahafuz Movement (PTM) chief Manzoor Pashteen, MNA Mohsin Dawar and two others in a case related to sedition and use of inflammatory language against state institutions during a rally in Karachi. done.
The police had booked Pashteen and several party leaders – including Dawar, MNA Ali Wazir, Muhammad Shafi and Hidayatullah Pashteen – for sedition, inciting the public to wage war against the state and security forces at a rally held in Sohrab Goth. used derogatory language against. on 6th December 2020.
MNA Ali Wazir, who was detained during today’s hearing, was produced in the court while others appeared on bail. The ATC-XII judge is conducting the trial in the judicial complex inside the Central Jail.
At the beginning of the hearing, the investigating officer submitted a report stating that efforts were made to arrest the absconding suspects Pashtin, Davar, Shafi Hidayatullah in compliance with the court’s directions, but they could not be traced.
He said the process of declaration under Section 87 (declaration of absconding person) of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) has been completed and there is no possibility of arrest of suspects in near future.
Meanwhile, revenue officers of Baldia and Sadar sub-divisions of Karachi as well as Deputy Commissioners of Peshawar and South Waziristan filed their reports regarding the process of attachment of movable or immovable properties owned by the four PTM leaders.
Revenue officials said the process of tracing their properties under Section 88 of CrPC was completed, during which it was found that none of them have any property in Karachi, Peshawar and South Waziristan.
In the light of the report submitted by the Investigating Officer, the judge ordered that the accused in the case be declared absconding criminals.
He directed the office to keep the case pending against the fugitive criminals till they are arrested or surrendered. The judge also took on record the report of the revenue officers.
Earlier in June, the court had directed the process of declaration and attachment of the suspects’ properties to be initiated after the investigating officer declared four persons missing.
According to the prosecution, the PTM leaders addressed a public gathering of around 2,000 participants at Sohrab Goth on December 6, 2020, in which they allegedly incited the public against the state and used derogatory language against the security forces. Was.
the police had Wazir arrested in Peshawar He was taken to Karachi in connection with the case on the request of Sindh Police.
Currently, Wazir is in judicial custody while 10 of his alleged accomplices – Javed Rahim, Sher Ayub Khan, Nurullah Tareen, Naimtullah alias Adil Shah, Ibrahim Khan, Muhammad Sher Khan, Basirullah, Muhammad Tahir alias Qazi Tahir, Muhammad Sarwar and Ahsanullah – are. On bail.
In the chargesheet filed earlier, the Investigating Officer had mentioned that the suspects named under the probe have been found to have committed an offense punishable under sections 120-B (punishment for criminal conspiracy), 121 (committing or attempting to make wages). waging war or waging war against Pakistan), 121-A (conspiracy to commit offense punishable under section 121), 124-A (sedition), 153 (incitement with intent to cause riot), 153-A (abetment to various enmity between groups, etc.), 505 (statement motivated by public mischief), 506 (punishment for criminal intimidation), 188 (disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant) and 34 (general) of the Pakistan Penal Code read with Intent) 7. of the Anti-Terrorism Act.