KARACHI: An Anti-Terrorism Court in Karachi on Saturday indicted multiple Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) leaders in the cases pertaining to incendiary speeches.
A hearing was held in the Anti-Terrorism Court regarding instigating speeches made by the founder of the MQM. The court has indicted the suspects in the case, while the suspects have refused to accept the crimes.
The court has summoned the witnesses on Feb 1, adjourning the case till February 1.
Cases are registered in different police stations of Karachi against the current and former leadership of the Karachi-based party. Those nominated in the cases include Farooq Sattar, Amir Khan, Khawaja Izhar ul Hassan, Mayor Karachi Waseem Akhter, Abdul Rauf Siddiqui, Qamar Mansoor, Rehan Hashmi, Hunaid Lakhani, Mehfooz Yar Khan, Amjadullah and others.
MQM founder Altaf Hussain, who was arrested in London over charges of incendiary speeches in June 2019 and then was released on bail, had once again been grilled by London police in September last year.
The MQM founder had arrived at the police station at 9:00 am (GMT+1).
“A man in his 60s arrested in connection with an investigation into a number of speeches made by an individual associated with the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) in Pakistan has on 12 June been bailed to return to a police station in mid-July,” a press statement by Metropolitan Police had said in June.
In the incendiary speech of 2016 he had urged his followers to attack media houses. In a later speech, Hussain had also issued threats to the then director general Sindh Rangers, Lieutenant General Bilal Akbar.