A Pakistani court on Saturday ordered the launch of a Pashtun rights leader critical of the army, his attorney said, months later he was arrested on sedition charges.
Manzoor Pashteen, leader of the Pashtun Protection Movement (PTM), was detained last month on charges of sedition, hate speech, incitement from the nation, and criminal conspiracy.
His attorney Saeed Akhtar told AFP he had been bailed on three to five complaints .
“Now the court has granted him bail in the rest , contrary to surety bonds of a hundred million rupees ($650) each,” Mr. Akhtar said.
He added he expected Mr. Pashteen could be released from prison on Saturday. A government prosecutor also affirmed the bond.
Mr. Pashteen, a former pupil, and also the PTM have rattled Pakistan’s army since 2018 with forecasts to finish alleged abuses by security forces targeting ethnic Pashtuns from the restive tribal regions along the border with Afghanistan.
Once plagued with militancy and unrest, the area is where Washington considers Pakistan provides safe haven to militant groups such as the Afghan Taliban and Haqqani Network.
The military has carried out several operations in the area, and safety around Pakistan has dramatically improved in the past several decades.
However, the PTM assert the operations came at a heavy price due to alleged abuses — such as enforced disappearances and targeted killings.
The motion stays peaceful, but continues to be noteworthy for its lead verbal attacks on the armed forces in a state where such criticism is mostly regarded as a red line.
Islamabad and the army have denied the claims and detained PTM activists.
A social media blackout has retained news and pictures of calm PTM rallies off TV screens and front pages nationwide.
Pashtuns are a fiercely independent cultural group that straddles either side of the boundary between Pakistan and Afghanistan.
They account for approximately 15 percentage of Pakistan’s population, using the vast majority of those 30 million-strong group residing in the shore.
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