FIR lodged against PTM’s Gulalai Ismail for allegedly defaming state

On Wednesday, Islamabad police filed a case against Pashtun Tahaffuz Movement (PTM) leader Gulalai Ismail for allegedly creating unrest and inciting violence, defaming state institutions.

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The first information report (FIR) lodged against the PTM leader mentions sections 500 (punishment for defamation), 153-A (promoting enmity between different groups, etc) and 124-A (sedition) of the Pakistan Penal Code, as well as sections 6/7 of the Anti-terrorism Act, 1997.

Ismail purportedly incited law-abiding citizens to commit treason and violence, while addressing a protest demonstration against the brutal rape and murder of a 10-year-old girl named Farishta, said the report.

Ismail, according to the FIR, is accused of delivering hate speech, inciting ethnic sentiments against the state and Pakistan Army, and causing a sense of fear and terror among people.

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