SWABI: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Police on Friday issued arrest warrants for Pakhtun Tahaffuz Movement (PTM) chief Manzoor Pashteen, MNA Ali Wazir and six others.

The arrest orders were issued by Swabi police against Pashteen, Wazir, Dr Said Alam Masood, Fazal Advocate, Khan Zaman, Mohsin Dawar, Samad Khan and Noorul Salam who were also declared as proclaimed offenders. A case was registered against PTM leaders on 28 August for holding a gathering at cricket stadium in Swabi’s Shah Mansoor Town without required no-objection certificate (NoC) from authorities concerned. In the public gathering, the PTM chief and others allegedly made contemptuous statements against state institutions.

The persons nominated in the FIR also face charges for disrespecting the national flag. Swabi Police said that the superintendent of police investigation wrote to the deputy commissioners of North and South Waziristan about arrest orders of the PTM leaders.