- Says interview given after 24-day enforced disappearance, 5-month after May 9 incident has no legal status
- Fears kidnappers may try such tactics on other PTI disappeared leaders
- PTI refreshes demand of empowered penal to probe May 9 incident
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) dubbed the interview of the party forcibly disappeared leader Usman Dar on a private TV channel as “old wine in a new bottle”, as it was given after 24-day enforced disappearance and five months after May 9, thus it neither has any significance in the public eyes nor does it have any legal status.
Reacting to the developing, PTI said that after spending 24 days in the custody of unknown kidnappers, Usman Dar’s appearance on a private TV channel undoubtedly exposes the kidnappers themselves.
PTI stated that Dar was forcibly disappeared from Karachi on September 10 and several statements/messages of his family including his mother and brother about his enforced disappearance.
It was said that during the last five months, the whole nation has seen the police raids on the residence of Dar, the mistreatment of his mother and other female family members and the closure of his factory and residence, as nothing hide from the countrymen.
During this 24-day enforced disappearance, marks of physical and mental violence and coercion are evident from his trembling voice, hesitant body language and incoherent thoughts.
“It is feared that similar tactics will be tried on our other kidnappers including Sadaqat Abbasi, Farrukh Habib and Sheikh Rasheed and more such dramas may be aired in the coming days,” PTI said.
“We fully sympathize with Usman Dar and feel his unwavering commitment to the PTI,” the statement maintained, adding that Chairman Imran Khan’s innocence and public support for PTI was testified by Dar himself.
PTI stressed the need that the state should shun the practice of airing such flopped and boring dramas and movies and should constitute an empowered high level judicial commission to prove May 9 related events without any further delay to bring the truth before the nation, besides giving the people the right to vote and hold elections within a constitutionally mandated time period of 90 days.