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Ali Wazir

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Muhamad Ali (In Urdu: محمدعلی) or commonly known as Ali Wazir (علی وزیر) is left wing political activist, leading figure of Pushtun Tahafuz Movement (PTM)and one of the prominent leaders of The Struggle[1]. He is vocal voice against Talibans and Army in region. Currently, he is a member of the National Assembly of Pakistan, since August 2018.

Early Life Ali Wazir is from Wanna town of South Waziristan, he received his early education from Wanna and studies Law at Gomal University, DI Khan. His father was the chief of the Ahmedzai Wazir tribe and his family led anti-colonial struggle.[2]. Wazir family has suffered lot socio-economic hardship due to their struggle. During war on terror; Wazir’s ten family members were murdered by insurgents and also their home, orchards and petrol pump were demolished.[3] On 4th November 2016, their Al-Muhib Market in Rustam Bazaar of Wanna was dynamited under Frontier Crimes Regulations (FCR) laws as a punishment for an explosion which killed an army officer and injured many others.[4]It is also said that his uncle and elder brother were killed by Taliban due to their consistence struggle against Taliban’s.[5]

Political Career During his studies at Gomal University, he was introduced to ideas of Marxism and joined The Struggle Pakistan. Since then he is active member of organization and a leader of Pakistan Trade Union Defence Campaign.[6] In 2008, under his leadership May Day was celebrated in Wanna.[7] He is also leading member of Pushtun Tahafuz Movement. Wazir ran on socialist program[8] for the seat of the National Assembly of Pakistan[9] as an independent candidate from Constituency NA-41 (Tribal Area-VI)[10] in Pakistan general elections 2008[11].[12] His opponent Moulana Abdul Malik Wazir through Peshawar High court delayed the results thus at in final result he got 3212 votes[13]. He ran for the seat of the National Assembly of Pakistan as an independent candidate from NA-41[14] in Pakistan general elections 2013[15]. He got 7641 votes and lost to Ghalib Khan[16] with a small margin of 381 votes only.[17] In current Pakistan general election, he is again running for the seat of National Assembly of Pakistan from NA-50[18]. Imran Khan[19], Chairman PTI[20] has also announced not to field candidate against him in constituency.[21]

Controversy On 5th February, Idrees wazir was killed by Talibans in Wana and in aftermath of incident spontaneous movement erupted.[22] DG ISPR in his press briefing accused Ali Wazir for raising anti-state and anti-army slogans[23]. He denied any casualties in area[24]. Due to Wazir’s involvement in General Elections; he along with seven others core committee PTM were removed from the PTM[25]. However later PTM denied their removal[26]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. https://www.indiatimes.com/news/india/meet-pakistan-s-ali-wazir-the-lone-marxist-who-won-assembly-seat-despite-losing-16-of-his-family-to-terror-350239.html
  2. http://m.himalmag.com/pasteen-tahafuz-protection-movement-rally-manzoor-pashteen-pakistan-rights/
  3. http://newsweekpakistan.com/from-gutters-and-war-zones/
  4. https://www.dawn.com/news/1294376
  5. https://www.marxist.com/pakistan-marxist-wins-election-in-waziristan.htm
  6. https://www.marxy.com/pdf/pak_elections08.pdf
  7. https://www.marxist.com/may-day-pakistan-2008.htm
  8. https://www.marxist.com/south-waziristan-elections-socialist-alternative.htm
  9. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Assembly_of_Pakistan
  10. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Constituency_NA-41
  11. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pakistani_general_election,_2008
  12. https://www.marxist.com/south-waziristan-elections-socialist-alternative.htm
  13. https://www.ecp.gov.pk/Documents/General%20Elections%202008/Results/[Gazette%20Notification%20of%20the%20Returned%20Candidates%20]%20-%20NA.pdf
  14. https://www.geo.tv/latest/86998-pml-n-candidate-wins-na-41
  15. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pakistani_general_election,_2013
  16. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ghalib_Khan
  17. https://www.ecp.gov.pk/Documents/General%20Elections%202013%20report/Election%20Report%202013%20Volume-II.pdf
  18. http://www.marxistreview.asia/ali-wazir-we-shall-fight-we-shall-win/
  19. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Imran_Khan
  20. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pakistan_Tehreek-e-Insaf
  21. https://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2018/06/27/pti-will-employ-any-strategy-to-win-elections-defeat-pml-n-imran-khan/
  22. https://dailytimes.com.pk/199967/mashaal-naqeeb-ali-wazir/
  23. https://www.dawn.com/news/1411983
  24. https://www.tnn.com.pk/peace-committee-members-attacked-ptm-for-chanting-against-pak-army/
  25. https://www.dawn.com/news/1417256
  26. https://tribune.com.pk/story/1747934/1-ptm-denies-expelling-mohsin-dawar-ali-wazir-ahead-general-elections/

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