Shandana Gulzar

Is PTI’s Shandana Gulzar ‘s sedition case dismissal a reflection of political favor?

Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kayani of Islamabad High Court (IHC) on March 24 quashed a sedition case against former PTI MNA Shandana Gulzar, media reports said.

Justice Kayani had reserved the decision on the petition of Ms Gulzar on March 14.

The case was registered on Feb 2 against the PTI leader in women police station, Islamabad for inciting people and spreading hatred against institutions.

The police invoked Sections 153A, 124A and 505 of Pakistan Penal Code which deal with sedition, incitement and spreading hatred.

The FIR stated that Ms Gulzar in an interview with a TV channel gave remarks against institutions in which an attempt was made by her to spread unrest and chaos.


According to the first information report (FIR), while replying to a question asked by an anchorperson on a news channel, Ms Khan said she saw her city Peshawar in the worst condition during the regime of Gen Pervez Musharraf.

Criticising generals, she said there were other big cities, like Lahore and cantonment areas in Punjab and Taliban should be sent there.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan were always targeted and not Sindh or Punjab, she added.

In response, the anchorperson said he did not expect such a reply from her, the FIR said, adding that the motive behind the interview of Shandana Gulzar Khan was to spread anarchy, mischief, anxiety and fear in the country.

Besides, it added, she wanted to spread rebellion, enmity and racism and create division among provinces and regions on an ethnic basis.

She linked terrorists with provinces, parties and institutions aiming to spread unrest and provincial bias in the country, it said, adding that she tried to destroy peace of the country, and created hatred and dissatisfaction among people against the government.

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