MNA Mohsin Dawar, after his release from prison on Saturday, turned to Twitter to express his continued "zeal and enthusiasm" in countering what he claimed was "state oppression", saying that although the "accusation of violence against us was hurtful […] it will not dissuade us from our path, which is the path of nonviolence. "
Dawar, along with MNA Ali Wazir, had been named in a police report after a confrontation in May between PTM members and Army personnel near the Kharqamar checkpoint in North Waziristan, which resulted in multiple deaths and injuries.
PTM is a rights-based alliance that, in addition to demanding the removal of mines from former tribal areas and greater freedom of movement in the latter, has insisted on ending the practices of extrajudicial executions, enforced disappearances and illegal detentions, and its practitioners must be held accountable within a framework of truth and reconciliation.
Dawar was registered on several charges, including murder, attempted murder, terrorism and interference in official matters and subsequently imprisoned in June.
The MNA, calling the incident a "tragedy," said it would go down in history as an example of the "brutal state response to peaceful protest."
He claimed that the state had "accumulated even more violations of human rights and decency" in the way he had treated him and Wazir.
"The most painful of all this was the denunciation of violence against us, the preachers of nonviolence. But all this will not dissuade us from our goal, which is to achieve peace and equal rights for our people and will not deter us from our path, which is the path of nonviolence, "he said.
The member of parliament emphasized that jail was nothing more than a small price and that "we are willing to risk our lives for our people."
Dawar also thanked "all who raised their voices" for their release. "There are too many names but one that I must mention is [Bilawal Bhutto Zardari] for his unwavering support both inside and outside parliament. "
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"Ours is a long struggle, and it is not only for the benefits of Pashtuns but for every victim of state oppression in this country. Pakistan's greatest weakness is the silence of its good people. This status quo will end only when there is Enough good people talk, "he said, calling on people not to remain as spectators.
On Wednesday, the Bannu bank of the higher court headed by Judge Nasir Mehfooz had conditionally accepted the bail requests of the MNA on the condition of providing two bail bonds of Rs1 million each. The court ordered the two legislators to appear before a relevant police officer once a month and prohibited them from traveling outside the country.