PTI’s Ali Mohammad Khan released from Mardan jail after 80 days of incarceration

Published July 27, 2023
PTI leader and former MNA Ali Mohammad Khan was released from Mardan jail on Thursday. — DawnNewsTV
PTI leader and former MNA Ali Mohammad Khan was released from Mardan jail on Thursday. — DawnNewsTV

Hours after the Peshawar High Court (PHC) instructed authorities to immediately release him, PTI leader Ali Mohammad Khan was on Thursday set free from Mardan jail after nearly 80 days of incarceration.

Confirming his release to Dawn.com, Ali Mohammad’s lawyer Shehryar Khattak said the PTI leader had departed for his village in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s Hathian.

According to his lawyer, the former MNA was arrested eight times and kept behind bars for 80 days.

Ali Mohammad was first arrested by the Secretariat police on May 11 under Section 3 of the Maintenance of Public Order Order (MPO) in connection with the violence that took place on May 9 — the day violent protests broke across the country following PTI Chairman Imran Khan’s arrest.

“But despite getting bail, he was arrested seven times by the anti-corruption establishment in Mardan in several cases,” Khattak claimed.

The lawyer said that his client was granted bail in a corruption case by a Peshawar sessions court on Wednesday against surety bonds of Rs200,000. However, immediately after the court granted his release, Ali Mohammad was re-arrested under 3-MPO (Maintenance of Public Order) for one week on the orders of the Mardan deputy commissioner.

“Finally, he was released today on orders of the Peshawar High Court,” Khattak added.

PHC orders release

Earlier today, the PHC directed authorities to immediately release Ali Mohammad after his lawyer approached the court for bail.

The proceeding was attended by Ali Mohammad’s lawyers Nadeem Shah and Ali Zaman. Mardan additional deputy commissioner was also present.

During the hearing, which was conducted by Justice Ijaz Anwar and Justice Fazal Subhan, the court expressed displeasure over Ali Mohammad’s arrests.

“If one deputy commissioner is punished for indulging in illegal activities, it would be a lesson for everyone else,” Justice Anwar remarked.

He asked the additional deputy commissioner why the PTI leader was re-arrested yesterday, to which the latter replied that a letter regarding arresting Ali Mohammad under 3-MPO was sent to the administration by the district police officer.

“Do you not have a thinking of your own? Anyone will tell you and you will prepare a case?” Justice Anwar asked. “Ali Mohammad is in jail for two months … how did he violate the law and order?”

The court then summoned the deputy commissioner of Mardan to court in person on August 8 and adjourned the hearing.

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