Ali Wazir

A disqualification reference has been filed against leader of Pashtun Tahaffuz Movement (PTM) and member of National Assembly Ali from South Waziristan Ali Wazir for making provocative, abusive and insulting remarks against Pakistan Army and national institutions.

The speaker of National Assembly Speaker Asad Qaiser has sent a reference to the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), which was accompanied by First Information Report (FIR) based on a “provocative” speech made at a PTM meeting on December 6 in Sohrab Goth area of ​​Karachi. Along with the FIR, videos recordings of Ali Wazir’s “anti-Pakistan” remarks were also sent along with the FIR. The speaker has asked the ECP to disqualify Ali Wazir as “he is engaged in propaganda against the ideology of Pakistan, Pakistan’s sovereignty and security, the judiciary and the armed forces.”

Legal experts believe that for the disqualification of member parliament under Article 63 (G), it is necessary that he be convicted by a competent court and the Election Commission cannot disqualify a parliamentarian on the basis of an FIR alone.

Experts believe that the speaker and and the Election Commission can take action against any member parliament after a court court judgement. The constitution has made mandatory for the Speaker / Chairman of the Senate to send a disqualification reference against the guilty member to the Election Commission within 30 days.

This will be the first reference to disqualifying a member on the basis of mere First Information Report (FIR) during the incumbent government. In 2014, Speaker Ayaz Sadiq sent more than 24 references to disqualify Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf members, including Imran Khan on the basis of FIRs but were rejected by the ECP.

The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) police arrested MNA Ali Wazir on 6 December in connection with a case registered against him and several leaders of Pashtun Tahaffuz Movement in Karachi after a public meeting. They have been accused of several offences, including “hatching a criminal conspiracy” and passing “derogatory” remarks against state institutions.

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