Pashtun Tahaffuz Movement (PTM) chief Manzoor Pashteen, MNA Mohsin Dawar and two others were declared proclaimed offenders by an anti-terrorism court in Karachi on Wednesday in a case related to sedition and the use of provocative language against state institutions during a public rally.
Pashteen, Dawar, MNA Ali Wazir, Muhammad Shafi and Hidayatullah Pashteen were booked for sedition, inciting the public to wage war against the state and using derogatory language against security forces at a rally held in Sohrab Goth on December 6, 2020.
On Wednesday, detained MNA Ali Wazir was produced before the court while the others appeared on bail.
The investigating officer told the court that efforts were made to arrest the absconding suspects — Pashteen, Dawar, Shafi Hidayatullah — in compliance with the court’s directives but they could not be traced.
He added that the process of proclamation under the Section 87 (proclamation of person absconding) of the Criminal Code of Procedure (CrPC) had been completed and there was no likelihood of the arrest of the suspects in the near future.
Revenue officers of Karachi’s Baldia and Saddar sub-divisions and deputy commissioners of Peshawar and South Waziristan also filed their reports regarding the process of attaching moveable or immovable properties owned by the four PTM leaders.
The revenue officers stated that it was discovered that none of them owned any property in Karachi, Peshawar and South Waziristan.
In light of the report submitted by the investigating officer, the judge ordered that the accused be declared proclaimed offenders in the case.
The case against them will be kept dormant till their arrest or surrender. The judge also took the reports of the revenue officers on record.
Police had arrested Ali Wazir in Peshawar in connection with the case on the request of the Sindh police and had flown him to Karachi.
Currently, Wazir is in judicial custody while 10 of his alleged accomplices — Javed Raheem, Sher Ayub Khan, Noorullah Tareen, Naimatullah alias Adil Shah, Ibrahim Khan, Muhammad Sher Khan, Baseerullah, Muhammad Tahir alias Qazi Tahir, Muhammad Sarwar and Ahsanullah — are on bail.