Manzoor Pashteen handed over to police on seven-day physical remand

PTM leader was presented before ATC Judge Abual Hasnat Zulqarnain in Islamabad

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Thursday, December 07, 2023
Manzoor Pashteen, leader of the Pashtoon Tahaffiz Movement (PTM), speaks during a public gathering on August 7, 2023. — Facebook/Manzoor Ahmad Pashteen


ISLAMABAD: An anti-terrorism court (ATC) in Islamabad on Thursday handed over Pashtun Tahaffuz Movement (PTM) chief Manzoor Pashteen to police on a seven-day physical remand.

Pashteen was arrested in Balochistan's Chaman area on Monday after his security guards allegedly clashed with the police and opened fire.

The PTM leader was presented in the ATC court where Judge Abual Hasnat Zulqarnain approved Pashteen’s seven-day physical remand.

The PTM leader's lawyer told the court that holding rallies was his client’s right and added that Pashteen’s car was fired upon in Balochistan.

Security personnel from the police, Levies and the Frontier Corps (FC) were carrying out routine checking when armed men accompanying Pashteen refused to stop the vehicle and opened fire at the security forces, the deputy commissioner had said following Pashteen’s arrest.

The official had revealed that the forces retaliated and fired at the tyres of the PTM chief's vehicle — who along with the armed men managed to flee the scene,according to a Geo News report.

The PTM, in a statement, had confirmed the incident saying that the party chief's vehicle came under fire near Chaman Press Club while he was en route to Quetta after addressing a sit-in organised by the All Parties Tajir Mehnat Kash.

According to a party spokesperson, eight bullets were fired at Pashteen's vehicle with the incident injuring one woman — who is being treated in a hospital.

The party chief, along with his entourage, returned to Chaman and surrendered before the authorities, the party spokesperson added.