The joint opposition has written a letter to National Assembly Speaker Asad Qaiser seeking the issuance of production orders for incarcerated MNA Ali Wazir during the National Assembly session to vote on the no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Imran Khan.
The letter was signed by Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari, Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N) President Shehbaz Sharif, President of the Balochistan National Party Akhtar Mengal, Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI-F) leader Asad Mehmood and National Democratic Movement (NDM) President Mohsin Dawar.
“As Speaker of the National Assembly, the impartiality of your office demands that you may issues production orders of every MNA regardless of Party affiliation so that no constituency of Pakistan remains unrepresented,” the letter asserted.
Ali Wazir, an MNA from South Waziristan, has been held in custody in Central Jail Karachi since December 31, 2020, when he was first arrested for sedition in the provincial capital. Wazir faces at least three separate sedition cases registered against him in Karachi and a similar case registered against him in Miran Shah, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
Wazir had been granted post-arrest bail by the Supreme Court on November 30, 2021, but an anti-terrorism court in Karachi, ATC-XII, had requested additional verification, stalling his release before his arrest was ordered in another case.
Most recently, he was formally arrested again in February another sedition case for organising a Pashtun Tahaffuz Movement (PTM) rally where participants were accused of raising ‘anti-state’ slogans.
The PTM has held a sit-in before the Sindh Assembly demanding Wazir’s release on bail since February 14.