Pakistan's political parties have urged the government to exercise restraint in handling the grass-roots Pashtun Protection Movement (PTM), arguing that the military's crackdown and potential collision with PTM could threaten the stability of the South Asian nation.
On Monday, several local media outlets reported that authorities arrested PTM activist Gulalai Ismail for what officials call an "anti-state speech" she made in Peshawar that allegedly "incited Pashtuns against the government and armed forces."
Muhammad Ismail, Gulalai’s father told VOA the news of her daughter’s arrest has not been confirmed by the local police yet. “Some local media outlets carried the false reports about Gulalai Ismail’s arrest. But that is not the case. I checked with police in Peshawar and the police didn’t confirm her arrest,” Ismail said. He said authorities did carry out raids, however, on several homes of family friends with the possible intention of detaining her.
“Last night police raided our relatives and family friends’ houses in Peshawar in an attempt to arrest her, but she was not there. I have no contact with her and don’t know her whereabouts,” he added.
Ali Wazir and Mohsin Dawar, two other prominent leaders of PTM, who are also members of the national assembly (MNAs), are in prison after the Anti-Terrorist Court ruled against them for allegedly inciting the deadly clash on May 26 at Kharqamar check post in North Waziristan.
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