KARACHI: Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) issued non-bailable warrants for the arrest of 25 senior leaders of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) in a case registered against them for facilitating Altaf Hussain’s July 12 speech critical of the military establishment.
The MQM leaders were named in different FIRs by private complainants who alleged that the applicants had attended a public gathering and listened to Altaf Hussain’s outburst against the security agencies on July 12 this year.
In his speech, Hussain had accused the paramilitary forces of torturing and killing his party workers.
Compiled on the basis of FIRs registered against the MQM leaders at police stations in Malir cantonment, Sukhan, Bin Qasim Town, New Town and Steel Town, Karachi police presented before the ATC a charge sheet in which the MQM leaders were charged under Section 12 (collection of evidence in the absence of accused) of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC).
Accepting the charge sheet, ATC-I judge Bashir Ahmed Khoso issued non-bailable arrest warrants for 25 MQM leaders, including MQM chief Altaf Hussain, MQM’s mayoral candidate for Karachi Waseem Akhtar and senior party leaders Farooq Sattar, Khawaja Izharul Hassan, Rauf Siddiqui, Qamar Mansoor, Rehan Hashmi , Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui, Rasheed Godil, Kaiful Wara and others.
No notice served to Bilawal by NAB: Murtaza Wahab
ISLAMABAD: Adviser to Sindh’s Chief Minister for Information, Murtaza Wahab, on Wednesday said that Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari has not received any call-up notice from the National Accountability Bureau.
Murtaza Wahab said that neither Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari has received any notice from NAB nor it is received by staff members of Bilawal House.
Wahab added that Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) has always adopted legitimate path and leadership of the political party will follow law after receiving notice.
NAB prepares another Reference against Agha Siraj Durrani
KARACHI: National Accountability Bureau has informed an accountability court that a reference was ready against Sindh Assembly Speaker Agha Siraj Durrani over allegedly amassing assets disproportionate to his sources of income.
The investigation officer submitted a progress report, stating the NAB chairman has given the go-ahead to filing of a reference against Durrani.
He told the accountability judge that copies of the reference would be provided to the defence counsel.
The court adjourned the hearing of the case until 30th of this month.
Minister for Narcotics Control passes away
ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Narcotics Control Sardar Ali Muhammad Mahar passed away at Khangarh in Ghotki district in the Sindh province on Tuesday.
He died due to sudden cardiac arrest at the age of 52 years at his village Khangarh, PTV news reported.
Ali Muhammad Mahar also remained Chief Minister of Sindh from 2002 to 2004.