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An Anti-terrorism Court (ATC) on Monday issued non-bailable warrants for most Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) leaders, except for Waseem Akhtar, Faisal Sabzwari and Rauf Siddiqui, in regards to cases lodged in the Malir area of the metropolis last year.

The MQM leaders were not declared 'proclaimed offenders' by the court as the judge has deferred the decision till the next hearing, scheduled for April 6, due to a technical issue with the documentation presented in court.

The procedure for the same was completed but the judge deferred signing the order.

Police had submitted a report on Saturday requesting the court to take action under Sections 87 (proclamation for persons absconding) and 88 (attachment of property of person absconding) of the Criminal Procedure Code after they were unable to execute the warrants issued against Sattar, Altaf Hussain, Amir Khan and 30 others.

Sattar had been taken into police custody on Friday night, and senior police officials had confirmed his 'arrest' in connection with cases pertaining to the incendiary Aug 22 speech of MQM founder Altaf Hussain, which triggered a violent protest, arson attacks and ransacking of media houses.

However, he was 'freed' in less than two hours — reportedly on the intervention of a top provincial authority.

Later, a spokesman for the Sindh chief minister said Sattar had “escaped” when a police team went to arrest him.

The investigating officer, Inspector Hameed Khan, had told the ATC on Saturday that he was "unaware" of the Friday night 'arrest' of Sattar and his subsequent release.

Sattar, too, had taken an ambiguous position on the episode when he addressed a press conference in the early hours of Saturday at his PIB Colony residence. He had said he did not know whether the incident could be called an 'arrest' or not.

Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah on the same day said police had communicated to Sattar that he should obtain bail to avoid arrest.

He said the police had not arrested him yet as he was the leader of a major political party, but added that police would have no option but to arrest him if he would not obtain bail.

Farooq Sattar, Altaf Hussain, Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui, Amir Liaquat Hussain and other party leaders have been deemed absconders in two cases lodged at the Artillery Maidan Police Station pertaining to Altaf Hussain's Aug 22 speech outside the Karachi Press Club.

Correction: An earlier version of this story stated that Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan's leaders were declared proclaimed offenders. Court officials have since clarified that the leadership has not been declared as proclaimed offenders yet due to a technical issue with the documentation. The error is regretted.


Comments (14)

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Khan Mar 20, 2017 05:50pm

Arrest him or leave him alone. Stop this cat n mouse game. Public is fedup of such rediclous play.

Afridi Mar 20, 2017 06:20pm

Political victimisation

ft Mar 20, 2017 06:36pm

It's an eye wash, he has been arrested before, either out him behind bars or stop wasting public money.

N_Saq Mar 20, 2017 07:03pm

I am stumped at this argument that Farooq Sattar can not be taken into custody because he is the head of a major party. So it clearly means that there are people in Pak who are above the law? No wonder why no one is afraid of the law in Pak.

Again, until or unless everyone is brought under the purview of the law i.e. Generals, Feudals, PM, Judges, Mullahs, Leaders, Police etc etc the future of Pak will remain bleak. Once the supremacy of law is maintained and VIP culture is abolished then the things will automatically fall into their rightful place.

Kamal Mar 20, 2017 07:48pm

@N_SAQ. This is a part of political victimization against MQM Pakistan. Farooq Sattar and others have distanced themselves from the incendiary August 22, 2016 speech of Altaf Hussain. I fail to understand the logic to charge them for facilitating a speech by their leader at that time when none of them or for that matter any one in Pakistan knew what Altaf Hussain was going to say in that speech. Do not make fun of the law, courts and waste public money in such ill advised actions.

Kabir Mar 20, 2017 07:54pm

@N_Saq "until or unless everyone is brought under the purview of the law i.e. Generals, Feudals, PM, Judges, Mullahs, Leaders, Police etc etc the future of Pak will remain bleak. Once the supremacy of law is maintained and VIP culture is abolished then the things will automatically fall into their rightful place" WHO WILL BELL THE CAT ?

nadeem Mar 20, 2017 08:07pm

Loving this political drama! Cannot wait for the next episode.

PAaad Mar 20, 2017 08:21pm

Since MQM removal from Karachi there is peace, hope and love.

Rizvi Mar 20, 2017 08:27pm

@Afridi still they are innocent like new borns? After doing much damage?.Krachi is not just composed of MQM, they divided Karachi with hate and violence completely unacceptable.It should be banned

M.Saeed Mar 21, 2017 12:15am

"He was 'freed' in less than two hours — reportedly on the intervention of a top provincial authority". So, the keepers of proclaimed offenders are no more accomplices of crime, in Pakistan?

Syed haider Mar 21, 2017 01:00am

Long live MQM

riazullah Baig Mar 21, 2017 01:15am

Acquittal of PPP minister Kazmi, arrival of Sharjil Memon and his subsequent bail, and now this act seem to be part of melodrama. Should we expect soon the release of Dr. Aasim, Qader Patel and even that foot soldier Uzair Bloch? All these concerned parties have something in common, and since N League is under immense pressure because of Panama Case, therefore, they are using these guys as political leverages to strike a deal to face the coming days with some grace.

AHA Mar 21, 2017 03:30am

This is hate politics and makes MQM strong

Qazi Mar 21, 2017 07:53am

Get rid of MQM quickly they are highly dangerous and threatful for common public of Karachi.