…meanwhile, FIR registered against PTM Bannu rally organisers


The government filed a First Information Report (FIR) against the organisers of the Pashtun Tahaffuz Movement (PTM) rally held in Bannu on October 28.

The PTM rally was held last month without any untoward incident.

A copy of the FIR


The government had on October 26 imposed Section 144 for 30 days across Bannu district in anticipation of the rally.

“A number of Threat Alerts are being received regarding possibility of terrorist activity in and around Bannu, with the possibility of targeting public gatherings and government installations, as communicated by FATA Secretariat Common Threat Picture (CTP) dated October 2, 2018, October 20, 2018, and October 25, 2018 and by Home and Tribal Affairs Dept,” read a directive issued by Bannu’s Deputy Commissioner (DC) Muhammad Ali Asghar.

“Now, therefore, I Muhammad Ali Asghar, Deputy Commissioner, Bannu under the authority vested upon me u/s 144 Cr.P/C do hereby impose complete ban within the territorial jurisdiction of district Bannu,” the directive further read.

PTM worker Gullalai Ismail was also arrested upon her return to the country on October 12, 2018.

Later she was released after protests against her arrest.