Sher Afzal Marwat claims he escaped police ‘abduction attempt’ in K-P

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Senior Vice President Sher Afzal Marwat alleged on Friday that Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) police attempted to ‘abduct’ him as he was en route to Gulabad near Chakdara for an upcoming convention scheduled for Saturday in Bajaur.

Taking to his official X handle, Marwat stated, “I managed to escape the attempt of DIR police to abduct me with the heavy-duty 300 policemen trying to ABDUCT me, while I was entering Gulabad near Chakdara on my way for tomorrow’s convention in Bajaur.”

Marwat urged PTI workers to attend the convention in large numbers, emphasising their commitment to a better Pakistan. “We will not give up our hope for a better Pakistan, and Inshallah we will fight against those who have chained our leader Imran Khan and want to see all of Pakistan in chains,” he said.

The former ruling party had previously claimed Marwat’s arrest while en route to Bajaur, sparking protests and the closure of Chakdara Road.

This development followed the registration of a First Information Report (FIR) against Marwat and PTI workers for organising a worker’s convention in Swabi last Saturday. Authorities charged 21 local PTI leaders and others for violating Section 144.

Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code 1898 empowers the district administration to impose a complete ban on any form of unlawful or unauthorised gathering, rally, assembly, protest, or gathering of more than five people.

Marwat had secured protective bail from the Islamabad High Court (IHC) in two cases previously. In October, a case was filed against him in K-P for allegedly provoking the public against state institutions through social media.

In August, over 90 PTI workers were arrested in different districts of K-P for holding rallies against the detention of the party’s founding chairman, Imran Khan.

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