PHC sets aside orders barring Mohsin Dawar’s entry in North Waziristan

The Peshawar High Court (PHC) on Thursday set aside the ,North Waziristan administration’s directives, barring Pashtun Tahaffuz Movement (PTM) leader Mohsin Dawar from entering the area.

Dawar had challenged the administration’s order in the high court.

Ruling on it today, the PHC in its decision — the first after Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s merger with Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) — set aside the three-month ban imposed on Dawar’s entry by the deputy commissioner via a short order.

“The impugned order of political agent/district magistrate, North Waziristan Agency regarding expulsion of petitioner from the limits of North Waziristan is set aside,” said the PHC.

The Order of banning my entry into North Waziristan by Deputy Comissioner/ Political Agent North Waziristan has been set aside by d Peshawar High Court.I am extremely thankful to our mentor & the living legend Lateef Afridi Lala for his legal and moral support.God bless you Lala. ,,

— Mohsin Dawar (@mjdawar) ,June 14, 2018,

“Mr Mohsin Dawar is acting in a manner prejudicial to public peace and tranquility,” the local political agent had stated in a notification issued last week. “He is instigating the people through provocative speeches against the state.”

Read: ,The Pakhtun spring,

Dawar, a lawyer by profession, is an active member of the PTM. He was also the chairman of the organising committee of the National Youth Organisation — a sub-organisation of the Awami National Party — before he was ,removed, from the position in March 2018.

The PTM — an organisation working for the rights of those affected by the war against militancy in tribal areas, especially those from South Waziristan — has staged protests in different parts of the country against alleged enforced disappearances, extrajudicial arrests and killings, as well as the alleged mistreatment of the Pakhtun community by security forces.

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