An Anti-Terrorism Courtroom (ATC) on Saturday issued a contempt of courtroom discover to Director Inspector Common (DIG) East Karachi Sultan Ali Khowaja for failing to submit challan of instances registered towards using hate speech by Muttahida Qaumi Motion (MQM) founder Altaf Hussain.
Throughout a listening to of 24 instances relating to Hussain’s speeches, deemed as “violent and anti-state”, the ATC expressed anger at police’s procrastination in submitting the chalan and first info reviews filed in East Zone police stations and issued non-bailable arrest warrants of all investigation officers concerned within the instances, together with Superintendent of Police (SP), Investigation II, East Zone, Altaf Sarwar Malik.
The ATC additionally ordered that the salaries of the involved officers be blocked and ordered all officers to seem earlier than the courtroom on February 10.
Since SP Malik has been replaced with Abid Hussain Qaimkhani, an officer of Sindh Police, the latter will seem within the ATC as an alternative of Malik.
Courtroom additionally issued non-bailable arrest warrants for MQM-P chief Rehan Hashmi for failing to attend the listening to.
Chatting with the media outdoors the courtroom, MQM-P chief Farooq Sattar claimed that allegations towards him have been false and baseless. He insisted that the ruling PPP also needs to be held answerable for Naqeebullah Mehsud’s killing and demanded a clear investigation into the matter. He went on to say that different events also needs to make sacrifices for peace in Karachi like MQM-P, that had paid a “big worth” to revive within the metropolis.
Social gathering leaders Amir Khan, Khawaja Izharul Hasan, Rauf Siddiqui, Mehfooz Yar, and Qamar Mansoor — all of whom have been nominated in a number of of the hate speech instances — additionally appeared in courtroom alongside Sattar.
MQM leaders are dealing with costs in reference to instances pertaining to the Aug 22 speech of Hussain, which triggered a violent protest, arson assaults and ransacking of media homes.
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