PTI lawyer booked for ‘inciting public’

Published October 30, 2023
This image taken from a video posted on social media platform X shows PTI lawyer Sher Afzal Khan Marwat. — Screenshot courtesy Sher Afzal Khan Marwat/X
This image taken from a video posted on social media platform X shows PTI lawyer Sher Afzal Khan Marwat. — Screenshot courtesy Sher Afzal Khan Marwat/X

DERA ISMAIL KHAN: A case has been registered against Sher Afzal Khan Marwat, a member of PTI Chairman Imran Khan’s legal team, on allegations of instigating the public against state institutions through social media.

The complaint was filed by Abdul Majeed, a resident of Shorkot, and the FIR was registered at Saddar Police Station on Oct 27 (Tuesday). An official at the police station confirmed the registration of the FIR against Mr Marwat.

The charges against Mr Marwat fall under sections 120-B (punishment for criminal conspiracy) and 153-A (promoting enmity between different groups) of the Pakistan Penal Code.

Abdul Majeed, who identified himself as a “patriotic Pakistani citizen”, claimed in the complaint that members of the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf had long been orchestrating a campaign against the police and army on social media platforms.

He further alleged that Mr Marwat, a resident of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s Lakki Marwat district, recently posted a video on his YouTube channel in which he tried to incite the public against state institutions to create chaos.

Mr Marwat also asked people to come out of their homes and start a movement, Mr Majeed alleged, adding this act created fear among the people, raising concerns of violence similiar to that during May 9 nationwide riots following the arrest of Imran Khan.

Published in Dawn, October 30th, 2023

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