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Farooq Sattar released by police after brief detention

Updated Mar 18, 2017 01:43am


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Muttahida Qaumi Movement Pakistan (MQM-P) leader Dr Farooq Sattar was released after being briefly detained on Friday night in Karachi.

Sattar was arrested from the Sharae Faisal area of the metropolis while he was returning from a private wedding function. He was traveling with his protocol, which included guards and his driver. Protocol members were searched and were not arrested.

Deputy Inspector General (DIG) South Azad Khan had confirmed the arrest. Sattar was briefly detained a day before March 18, the 33rd foundation day of MQM.

However, a spokesperson from the CM House denied that Sattar was arrested by the police. He added that non-bailable warrants for the leader have been issued and he should apply for pre-arrest bail.

MQM-P leader Khawaja Izharul Hassan said the party's course of action will be decided after a meeting of the Rabita Committee.

Heavy police contingents had also surrounded the party's provisional headquarters in the PIB Colony area.

The MQM leader had not applied for a pre-arrest bail in the hate speech case.

An anti-terrorism court (ATC) had also declared the MQM leader as an absconder in multiple cases.

Sattar and the others were charged with listening to, organising and facilitating a speech made by Altaf Hussain in which he railed against the military establishment and security agencies. Hussain was also accused of inciting MQM workers to attack the offices of two media houses in the same speech.

On Aug 22, 2016, the day of the speech, Sindh Rangers had taken Sattar and MQM leader Khawaja Izharul Hasan into custody from outside Karachi Press Club.

The two leaders had intended to address a press conference in connection with the attack on ARY News; however, as they were about to start, Rangers officials arrived at the site and asked both leaders to accompany them to Rangers headquarters.

The two were released after eight hours in custody.


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zaryab chandio Mar 18, 2017 12:32am

I stand with my Mohajir brothers in the arduous and hard time.

subuhi tabbasum Mar 18, 2017 12:34am

But why???

Imran khan (mardan) Mar 18, 2017 12:36am

So after 7 months our LEA's realise all of a sudden that Farooq sattar was also involved in that wretched day's incidents. Bravo

Syed haider Mar 18, 2017 12:38am

This is totally inacceptable in democratic society Long live MQM

M.Saeed Mar 18, 2017 12:38am

Let them face the real music that they deserve since long. This time, they must be presented with the extensive wrath of law.

rashid nasim Mar 18, 2017 12:41am

Very funny.

MUNTAS Mar 18, 2017 12:42am


M Jamal Mar 18, 2017 12:52am

We are our own enemy.

uk expat Mar 18, 2017 12:53am

Well done Rangers.Nobody is above the law.

Majid khan Mar 18, 2017 12:49am

Arrest of Dr. Farooq Sattar today raises questions on Police efficiency and Sind Government involvement.

It is said that since August 2016 Court had ordered for arrest of Farooq Sattar and then repeated reminded Police but Police had failed to carry out the orders. Question is why Police did not arrest him in last six month. WHY TODAY? It is also said that arrest is political. 2nd question WHY PPP Government stepped in now? First of all Police officials who were ordered for Farooq's arrest and they failed, they must be suspended for negligence of duty and inquiry be done that who was behind the case who did not let police carry out arrest orders. If any ministry is involved then that minister be also arrested in contempt of court. Arrest after 6 months does not make sense.

Asid Mar 18, 2017 12:55am

By Monday everything will be fine . Just a drama . Tell us something new .

rashid nasim Mar 18, 2017 01:22am

Very funny

Sheraz ali Mar 18, 2017 01:51am

What is going on here. Police is one of the corrupt institutions of Pakistan, no credibility. Law enforcement agencies only seeing MQM as law breakers why not others...

Khan USA Mar 18, 2017 03:20am

The policies of political victimization will never end !

PakCanuck Mar 18, 2017 04:22am

Pakistan's Law Enforcement Agencies (LEAs) are out of control.

Abraham haque Mar 18, 2017 04:45am

What are the charges or just regular harassment?

salma Mar 18, 2017 04:46am

Drama.. Drama.. save MQM P and boost image.

Aamir Mar 18, 2017 05:30am

Don't know if we could ever learn from history.

Pragmatic approach Mar 18, 2017 05:51am

Dr Farooq Sattar must pursue his case through lawful manner.CM Sindh already advised him to obtain bail.Dr Farooq lawyers can well defend him by quoting "Constitutional Right to Listen" as defended by US Courts,and reported in Natiinal Review. The responsibility squarely lies on speaker from London who is already banned, for his speeches & diatribes.

Anti-corruption Mar 18, 2017 05:57am

If Farooq Sattar is a true patriot, he must disown all the criminals in his party and hand them over to police. I'm sure he knows the criminals in his party.

Khan USA Mar 18, 2017 08:00am

If Farooq Sattar is not a criminal then why was he arrested and if he is a criminal then why was he released . If people are arrested just because they are named in FIRs then all CMs , ministers , MNAs, MPAs whose names are in FIRs , should be arrested ! This is all pressure tactics and political victimization and as usual police is the perfect tool for this purpose !

Khan USA Mar 18, 2017 08:01am

@uk expat Please read the news carefully . He was arrested by police and not Rangers ! You are congratulating on political victimization.!

Khan USA Mar 18, 2017 07:59am

Khwaja Izhar was arrested by SSP but Farooq Sattar was arrested by DSP. It is a status issue too !

DR ankit Mar 18, 2017 08:17am

Why did he not apply for pre arrest bail? Does he still think he's untouchable in Karachi and above the law?

imran ali Mar 18, 2017 10:20am

yes divided we fall

Ra Mar 18, 2017 11:52am

People still support Altaf bhai so sickening

Aam aadmi Mar 18, 2017 01:45pm

Thing is that if Mqm-p head wants to put the wrong doings in order within party why is he or his fellows being harrased or victimised and disturbed by any one on various allegations that cast bad impression at national level as well as on democracy

asad Mar 18, 2017 02:11pm

Altaf hussain will continue to get mohajir support because establishment failed to deliver following things: 1. Urdu speaking representation as per their population in LEA's 2. Continuation of Quota System in Sindh. 3. Powers in sindh rest in hand with feudal. 4. Perpetrator of Qasba Ali Garh, Hyderabad riots, Katti pahari never been brought to book. 5. Continuation of failed policy by creating artifical factions like Haqiqi and PSP. 6. Not giving urban sindh their proportionate return to them as per contribution in national exchequer. 7. Custodial deaths on the basis of race. 8. Encroachment of land of Karachi.