ATC issues non-bailable warrants for two MQM lawmakers.
Anti Terrorism Court heard the case of May 12, 2007. The court issued arrest warrants for the absconding members of provincial assembly Sindh, Adnan Ahmed and Kamran Farooqi besides other 24 accused in the case.
Adnan Ahmed, who was elected from Gulshan-e-Iqbal area of the city on MQM seat, has gone underground since the start of Rangers led Karachi operation whereas Kamran Farooqi, who was elected as member Sindh assembly from Kharadar, is missing since last six months.
The judge ordered police to arrest all absconding accused, including two incumbent lawmakers, and produce before the court on October 4, today. Other absconding accused include Shujaat Hasgmi, Umair Siddiqui, Aijaz Shah, Junaid Buldog and Iran Aka Major.
The elected mayor of Karachi Waseem Akhter, former MQM sector in-charge Aslam Kala and eleven other accused have been arrested the same case.
Last month police in it challan submitted in the court claimed that Waseem Akhter has confessed to having ordered mass killing of May 12, 2007, it emerged on Tuesday.
Dozens of workers of different political parties, including Awami National Party and Pakistan Peoples Party, were killed when they were on their way to Karachi airport in order to receive the then deposed chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry.
Dr Arbab Ghulam Rahim was Chief Minister in the provincial coalition government of Sindh whereas Waseem Akhter was his cabinet member and performing as advisor home department.
The May 12 killing were committed on the directives of Waseem Akhter, police say the arrested MQM leader has confessed before interrogators.
The Muttahida Qaumi Movement Chief, Altaf Hussain and two members of the provincial assembly have been indicted in the case after the confessional statement of Waseem Akhter, police said.
Those lawmakers indicted in the case include Kamran Farooqi and Muhammad Adnan. Few days ago Rangers had raided house of Dr Farooq Sattar in a failed bid to arrest Farooqi, however, he had left the place, sources said.
According to reports the police have arrested one accused Aslam aka Kala on the indication of Waseem Akhter. Police have also recovered huge cache of arms from his possessions.
Other absconding in the case include Shujaat Hashmi, Umair Siddiqui and Farhan Shabir aka Mullah, police said. Sajid Shatro and Junaid Bulldog are also among the 13 accused and are absconding.
Earlier, Akhter was produced before the administrative judge of anti terrorism court here at Sindh High Court in two cases, in which police prayed for his physical remand, which the court granted.
After the proceedings, counsels of Waseem Akhter told media a conspiracy was being hatched to bar their client from becoming mayor of Karachi but they would face the courts in their respect.'
Meantime, the Sindh High Court rejected a bail pea of Pak Sarzameen Party president Anis Ahmed Qaimkhani, asking him to file a plea in the trial court. On Wednesday Malir police had taken into custody of Waseem Akhter for interrogation in two of the cases registered against him.
Waseem Akhter had been arranging gatherings for Altaf Hussain wherein the MQM chief would spit venom against the security forces, which are rendering their lives for the security of motherland and Pakistani nation, Rao Anwar told The Frontier Post, adding Waseem Akhter will be grilled by Malir interrogation officers regarding his anti-state acts and Raw connection.
The MQM leader involved in anti-state activities is accused in more than 25 cases in Malir district, and has not been bailed in two cases, Rao said.
The court order has been granted to take Akhtar into his custody.
Police on Tuesday had arrested MQM leaders Waseem Akhter and Abdul Rauf, President of Pak Sarzameen Party, Anees Qaimkhani and PPP leader Abdul Qadir Patel after anti terrorism court in Karachi rejected their bail extension plea in terrorists harboring case.
Police escorted all leaders to central jail for judicial custody.
The above accused [ Waseem Akhter so Akhter Muhammad Khan] is hereby remanded to Jail custody with direction to produce him again on 3-8-2016 at 8:30am sharp, without fail,a remand warrant from MS Khalida Yasmeen, judge Anti terrorism Court No II, Karachi reads.
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|Publication:||Frontier Post (Peshawar, Pakistan)|
|Date:||Oct 4, 2016|
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