Pashtun human rights activist and founder of Seeds of Peace network Gulalai Ismail has claimed that Swabi Police visited her home in an attempt to arrest her for “organising and speaking at the Pashtun Tahafuz Movement (PTM) jalsa in Swabi on August 12”.
A picture shared on her Facebook account shows the FIR registered against 19 people: Dr Mushtaq Ahmad, Liaqat Yousafzai, Colonel Rtd. Hidayat, Faiz Muhammad Kaka, Riaz Shahmansoor, Mohammad Ali, Khairul Ameen, Abid, Dr Jaseem, Comrade Yar, Manzoor Pashteen, Dr Said Alam, Advocate Fazal, Mohsin Dawar, Ali Wazir, Samad Khan/Muhammad Khan, Noorul Islam, Khan Zaman Kakar and Gulalai Ismail.
Speaking of her fellow PTM speaker and social media activist, Hayat Preghal, who has been in jail for the last two months, she added: “After the success of Jalsa, the state actors were in a frenzy, tried to destroy vehicles, tried to attack the guests, and at the end filed a police case against the speakers/organisers. Also, Hayat Preghal case hearing has once again been delayed.”
“The attempts to silence us will prove futile. People like me haven’t been supporting #PTM out of the blue. All of us had been raising these same issues using different strategies and platforms. Even before the PTM, we were paying the cost of speaking out. #PTM has brought us all on a single page, and we won’t be deterred by any kind of state pressure,” Gulalai’s statement read.
“The state shall know, we are willing to pay the cost @Hayat Preghal is paying at the moment,” she asserted.