Gulalai Ismail’s parents freed in sedition case

PESHAWAR: An Anti-Terror Court in Peshawar acquitted the parents of Gulalai Ismail, Professor M Ismail and his spouse, in a case of sedition, conspiracy against the state, terrorism and terror funding.
Ismail announced the court’s decision through his Twitter handle on Wednesday. “Peshawar anti-terrorism court acquitted my parents in the fake and malafide case of sedition, terrorism and conspira-cy against the state after more than three years of harassment and innumerable court appearances,” pro-Pashtun Tahaffuz Movement (PTM) activist Gulalai Ismail stated. She also thanked those who stood with the family during the “difficult time”.
Member of the National Assembly (MNA) Mohsin Dawar congratulated Gulalai’s family and stated they had been per-secuted and harassed “for far too long”.
“Their resolve remains unshaken,” he added.
The Counter-Terrorism Department charged Gulalai and her family in a first information report (FIR) registered in July 2019. In 2021, the ATC refused to indict Gulalai and her parents due to the lack of evidence in the case. It maintained that because no evidence was provided by the prosecution, the charge couldn’t be framed against the accused, and they were discharged.
The CTD later submitted the complete sheet and produced more documents, claiming that the Ismails had aided the terrorists that attacked the All Saints Church in Peshawar in 2013 and Imamia Masjid in Hayatabad in 2015. –Agencies