Supreme Court grants bail to MNA Ali Wazir

Supreme Court grants bail to MNA Ali Wazir

Islamabad: The Supreme Court (SC) on Tuesday granted bail to Member National Assembly (MNA) Ali Wazir and ordered his release in

According to details, a three-judge bench headed by Justice Sardar Tariq Masood was hearing Wazir's appeal against the Sindh High Court’s (SHC) judgement earlier this year that dismissed his bail application.

The court directed Waziristan lawmaker to deposit surety bonds worth Rs400,000.

During the proceedings, the apex court remarked that the co-accused in the case was granted bail which was not challenged. "There is no justification for keeping Ali Wazir in jail," the SC said.

Justice Sardar Tariq Masood also questioned the relevance of ATA (Anti-Terrorism Act) charges against the MNA over alleged hate speech.

Advocate Lateef Afridi argued as counsel on behalf of Ali Wazir.

Pashtun Tahaffuz Movement (PTM) leader and MNA Ali Wazir was arrested on charges of issuing statements against state institutions during a speech on December 06, 2020.

The First Information Report (FIR) against the MNA was registered at a Karachi police station. 

Ali Wazir had filed an appeal against the Sindh High Court's (SHC) verdict which had dismissed his bail plea.

The MNA had claimed that he is innocent and not guilty of the offences mentioned in the FIR.