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Policemen escort MQM's former provincial lawmaker Nadeem Hashmi after a hearing at the Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) in Karachi.—Photo by Online
Policemen escort MQM's former provincial lawmaker Nadeem Hashmi after a hearing at the Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) in Karachi.—Photo by Online
Policemen escort MQM's former provincial lawmaker Nadeem Hashmi after a hearing at the Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) in Karachi.—Photo by Online
Policemen escort MQM's former provincial lawmaker Nadeem Hashmi after a hearing at the Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) in Karachi.—Photo by Online

KARACHI: An anti-terrorist court in Karachi on Thursday ordered a seven-day-long physical remand of former Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) lawmaker Nadeem Hashmi who was earlier arrested on murder and terror charges over the killing of two policemen.

Hashmi, in charge of the MQM’s North Nazimabad unit, was handed over to the police following the order of the ATC.

The former lawmaker was arrested for his alleged involvement in the Tuesday killing of two policemen in a North Nazimabad locality.

He was apprehended in a raid on his house in North Nazimabad and booked under the anti-terror law, killing of two policemen and snatching their official rifles.

The raid was carried out by the police on the house of the former legislator, who was booked in a case (FIR 181/13) under Sections 302 (premeditated murder), 397 (robbery or dacoity, with attempt to cause death or grievous hurt) of the Pakistan Penal Code and Section 7 of the Anti-Terrorism Act of 1997 at the Hyderi Market police station.

The FIR was lodged on behalf of the state.

The Investigation Officer (IO) had requested the court for a two week long remand, whereas Hashmi's counsel Shaukat Hayat had said that no evidence was available against his client and that the remand should therefore last no longer than three days.

Speaking to reporters outside the court today, Hayat said there was no need to send the former MPA on a week long remand, adding that no witnesses were named in the FIR against his client.

The counsel added that no arms and ammunition were seized from Hashmi during the raid on his residence.

Nadeem Hidayat Hashmi, 49, was elected an MPA in the 2013 by-election from a provincial assembly seat (PS-103) in North Nazimabad.

Comments (37) Closed

AHMAD Sep 12, 2013 03:53pm

Excellent is not enough for this to be given to Forces.

Sulman Sep 12, 2013 04:02pm

Very Good decision. This Operation must b carried on. No Pressure should be accepted from MQM or any other Party...

AB Sep 12, 2013 05:04pm

NOW this is the difference btw Wadera and COMMOM Man.. if he is affiliated to some Feudals then there wasnt any case against him and will b freed, but unfortunately he is Middle class common, so YES all rules are for him. No arms and ammunition were found, no witnesses were named in the FIR but still he is prisoned for NOTHING. This country is not for the common man. NO LAW/ NO Justice/ NO Protection.

Indusonian Sep 12, 2013 06:06pm

If MQM is not to blame for any violence in Karachi then why Karachi was progressing before MQM took control of Karachi ? Another question is that did MQM resolved the domicile issue of urban citizens of Sindh - the core reason for MQM formation ? Biggest question needed to be answered is that who killed Hakeem Mohammed Saeed ? He was a very big personality and his killers are roaming free till this day.

athar Sep 12, 2013 06:22pm

This is again one sided operation as it took place in 1992. If it is continue that way then do not forget the consequances will be terrible and after this those who are responsible for this operation will regreat for their life & coming generation of these people will curse them for their injustice.

Yasmin Elahi Sep 12, 2013 06:29pm

This is positive news and should be an important step towards restoring peace in the city and country. I am not against MQM, but simply no one should be above the law even if he/she is from an influential party.

Iqbal Khan Sep 12, 2013 07:06pm

this is the need of time to apprehend more culprits, without discrimination of black and white, to boost the morale of the security forces. Hues and cries may not proceed us to our goal of peace and tranquillity.

Fwad Ahmed Sep 12, 2013 07:44pm

MQM is name of terrorist organisation and it has to be demolished and its all workers you Qaim Ali Shah and all others who are trying to bring peace in our beloved city

FS Sep 12, 2013 07:48pm

How is he a former lawmaker if he was elected in a by-election in 2013?

HM Sep 12, 2013 08:08pm

Test case for ATC and Sindh Govt. If found guilty hang him for cold blooded murder. This will bring peace to Karachi.

pakiboy Sep 12, 2013 08:08pm

why is he caught ??.. operation start hotay hee .. saray qatil par MQM kay banday utha lo ..

G.Nabi Sep 12, 2013 08:13pm

Find evidence against him, if guilty punish him to maximum under the law.These area incharge of MQM are worst than mafia bosses. Arm twisting, coercion are the tactics they use against public.

DMDiL Sep 12, 2013 08:26pm

MQM is not created by angels. they should accept the fact that they have grown some bad seeds in Karachi. it's simply time to clean it up..

max Sep 12, 2013 08:26pm

Good Atleast now there looks like a determined effort by the PM to save the greatest city of Pakistan . Very Well done . But the operation should be across parties and no one should be left .

syed Sep 12, 2013 08:34pm

When you caught ppl with evidence. you let them go and here where is the evidence ? where are the witnesses ?? What we call it ? it always happened in karachi whenever NS comes in power.

How about UZAIR Baloch of PAC ? why you are scared of nabbing him ?

Dawar Naqvi Sep 12, 2013 09:21pm

In 1990 the government of prime minister Nawaz Sharif passed a resolution in the National Assembly to launch a military operation in Karachi to target 72

Naveed Ahmed Sep 12, 2013 09:30pm

I was already of the view that it would be the MQM which would be the most criticizing party in case of kind of action or operation in Karachi.

Siddiqui Sep 12, 2013 09:35pm

No one is above law! Period. "Zero tolerance" should be the new policy for establishing the rule of law in Karachi.

Mirza Sep 12, 2013 10:27pm

Looks very tuff on Mr Hashmi and more unfortunate from him that he is neither Jotoi nor Lashari to come out that easily from jail. He will also not going to get bun kabas and teas during his

IBN-E-ASHFAQUE Sep 12, 2013 10:33pm

If there is no evidence against the accused why did the court gave physical remand of 7 days? Injustice leads to violence not peace. Arbitrary use of force can work in short term but eventually it does not work. The operation in karachi must use force but it must be coupled with fairness and justice. Otherwise it will create more problems than it solves.

Mirza Sep 12, 2013 10:34pm

All these problems will be solved if the administrative powers will be handed over to the elected people of Karachi,Hyderabad,Sukkur and Mirpurkhas. Its unfair, to win seat from Larkhana by taking 20,000 votes and try to govern someone who took 200,000 votes......this will not going to workout in 2013 anymore.

Dawar Naqvi Sep 12, 2013 10:35pm

This is not a fair operation. PML N is implemnting divide and rule policy. Given authority to PPP CM Qaim Ali Shah is a wrong decision too. Today no one is representing urban areas of Sind in the Sind govt. Southern Sindh province should be made immediately.

Sab se Pehle Pakistan Sep 12, 2013 11:54pm

This is so disgusting. When ever there is an operation in Karachi they start targeting arresting innocent people. These MPA's of MQM works their heart out for the people of their area. I can guarantee this because I live in Karachi. They always help people of Karachi. There is a reason why we (people of Karachi) vote for MQM.

Look at him, he is innocent. Do you think he can even kill a fly? let alone killing people.

So disappointing. It is the case whenever PML-Ns govt takes over. They are not our representatives. WE DON'T WANT YOU (PML-N) in Karachi. Please let our representatives (MQM) serve us.

They are not getting hold of the criminals of Lyari and terrorist of Dorabh Goat etc. Instead they are capturing public servants.

I pray to Allah. Please have mercy on our city Karachi

itrat Sep 13, 2013 12:32am

A 49 year old guy , snatched an assault rifle and killed two police man on duty. no witness , no evidence . trust me he will be acquitted due to lack of evidence.

Irfan Sep 13, 2013 12:34am

This is not fair I am not MQM supporter, It is known to everyone that PPP and ANP also have terrorist wings then why Government is targeting MQM only? Government should do the operation but it should be fair operation

zia khan Sep 13, 2013 12:43am

@AB: You have given the verdict while case has yet to begin. No doubt he is a commoner but his party has learnt all the dirty tricks from vaderas to out maneuver the courts.

athar Sep 13, 2013 02:25am

AB You are very true in your statement.

Khan Sep 13, 2013 03:13am

Well, the PPP provencial government punishing MQM for not joining them. Karachi need to be separated now.....

Iqbal khan Sep 13, 2013 03:15am

@AB: We need a leader who does not bring into account crocodile tears of MQM or any other party. The days of fascists are counted soon. The ill-prayers of innocent people, whose families are destroyed, will desolate them all one day. If they are wadera or urban terrorist, both are faces of the same coin. If the former use their money the later trigger their bullet to terrorise victim's family and witnesses, or completely remove them from the surface of the earth, like the recent cases of Shahzeb and the journalist are evident examples.

Haroon Khan Sep 13, 2013 04:10am

@AB: I am not a big fan of MQM, but I would have to agree with your comments.

mike Sep 13, 2013 04:56am

how do u arrest anybody in that part of the city with out the help of the local people somebody wanted him arrested somepeople knew police was coming to get him

mike Sep 13, 2013 05:06am

can't blame anybody but ur self Pakistan just had elections everybody voted for their own people instead of electing the good people same bad guys from the past were elected b Pakistani first Punjabi/Sindhi/Baluchi/Pakhtoon and Mahjir second stop telling everyone else to do the right thing start doing the right stuff ur self its called check-up frm the neck-up look in the mirror u will c the problem correct it please before its too late

Qasim Manzoor Sep 13, 2013 05:52am

I don't think that the arrest of a "common man" can cause such a huge hue and cry in the city. What I am sure that such a "common man" has many other "common men" who burned vehicle and shutter downed shops and caused loss to the country worth billions of rupee. Such common men must be treated trickily. This is pity that we do find any witness against them due to moral bankruptcy.

Ah Sep 13, 2013 06:59am

@Sulman: This shows your hatred towards innocent people

Muhammad Sep 13, 2013 07:11am

@AB:it is his fault. He should have been born in a feudal family with a sliver spoon in his mouth .

SachBol Sep 13, 2013 07:08am

This all smells rotten and fishy. PPP, party of feudals which is no more party of Bhutto ideals, is bent upon controlling Karachi's finances and under world black money. And for that they have to make MQM impotent and weak. So now CAT is made watchman for the milk. May GOD have mercy on Karachi.

Zia Zuberi Sep 14, 2013 05:08pm