More than two years after his arrest, Member of the National Assembly (MNA) and leader of the Pashtun Tahafuz Movement (PTM) Ali Wazir was released from Central Jail Karachi on Tuesday.
Wazir was arrested in December 2020 for allegedly inciting hate against the state institutions, delivering provocative speeches, and treason. He was arrested from Peshawar and shifted to Karachi.
He, along with some other party leaders, was booked in four identical cases registered at Sohrab Goth, Shah Latif Town, and Boat Basin police stations under sections of the Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA) pertaining to the said charges.
As news of Wazir's release spread, Twitter seemed overjoyed and people shared their exuberance and delight at what they considered an overdue decision and a "win for democracy".
One user commented: "Long live democracy and democratic values. Ali Wazir is a free man."
Another user stated: "Great news! Comrade Ali Wazir is set to be released from Karachi jail this evening after more than two years [of] prison. Let's welcome him back after two long years of unjust arrest."
Many Twitter users also lauded Wazir's unflinching refusal to apologise, and his steadfastness in his stance over the two years of his incarceration.
One user tweeted: "Ali Wazir is finally released. 'They said that I should apologise but let me tell them that my body and flesh will melt and my bones will be buried but I will never apologise'- his words last year outside the parliament. He kept his word. He won. Ego lost. Here's to freedom!"
Several journalists too congratulated Wazir on his release.
"FINALLY and shukar. Welcome back Ali Wazir Sb."
"Welcome back Ali Wazir Sahab"
Journalist Murtaza Ali Shah commented: "Pashtun nationalist leader Ali Wazir gets a hero’s welcome after over 2 years of incarceration in a slew of sedition cases against him. Ali Wazir refused to surrender over fake cases."
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