Gilgit’s ATC declares MQM chief absconder

Published September 2, 2015
The court warned that if Altaf failed to appear on the next hearing, the court would issue verdict against him.—DawnNews screengrab
The court warned that if Altaf failed to appear on the next hearing, the court would issue verdict against him.—DawnNews screengrab

GILGIT: An anti-terrorism court (ATC) here on Tuesday declared Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain absconder for not appearing in a treason case.

During hearing of the petition filed against the MQM chief, judge Raja Shahbaz Khan issued notice to Altaf Hussain to appear before the court till Sept 10 in next hearing of the case.

The court warned that if Altaf Hussain failed to appear in the court on the next hearing of the case, the court would issue verdict against him.

Also read: LHC bans live broadcast of Altaf Hussain's speeches

Fifteen cases have been registered against the MQM chief in various police stations of Gilgit-Baltistan on charges of treason, incitement to violence and speeches against the state and armed forces.

On 28 July, the ATC had issued ‘non-bailable arrest warrants’ for Altaf Hussain for using derogatory language against the armed forces.

Published in Dawn, September 2nd, 2015

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