ATC rejects CTD plea seeking extension in Mohsin Dawar, Ali Wazir's physical remandArchive
A Bannu anti-terrorism court on Tuesday rejected the Counter-Terrorism Department's plea seeking an extension in the physical remand of MNAs Ali Wazir and Mohsin Dawar in a case pertaining to an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) attack targeting security forces near a checkpost in North Waziristan's Kharqamar area.
On the evening of June 7, an IED planted near a security checkpost in Kharqamar went off, martyring three officers and a soldier. Four security personnel sustained injuries in the attack.
The same day, the CTD Bannu nominated the Pashtun Tahaffuz Movement-affiliated MNAs in a first information report registered against the attack on the complaint of the North Waziristan district police officer.
Both Wazir and Dawar were already in CTD custody at the time of the IED blast ? they had been arrested last month following the May 26 Kharqamar checkpost attack. Wazir had been taken into custody the day of the attack, while Dawar surrendered himself to security forces a few days later.
The ATC judge sent both MNAs to jail on judicial remand after the six-day physical remand obtained by the CTD on June 19 expired today.
The MNAs maintained in court today that they had been in jail when the June 7 IED blast happened and they were not involved in the attack.
The FIR, which states that the attack is linked to speeches made by the PTM-linked MNAs, booked them and others under Pakistan Penal Code sections:
Section 7 of the Anti-Terrorism Act, and Section 16 of the Maintenance of Public Order Ordinance were also added to the FIR.