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Hate speeches: LHC asks Altaf Hussain to submit apology

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A three-member bench headed by Justice Syed Mazhar Ali Akbar Naqvi had heard petitions against Altaf Hussain, who is asked to assure not to do it again through affidavit.

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Earlier, the court had ordered on three identical petitions seeking a ban on media airing Altaf Hussain’s speeches because of his statements against the state departments.

They had also sought proceeding following Article 6 of the Constitution against the party chief and disqualification of MQM’s parliamentarians.

Defending Altaf, his counsel Asima Jahangir argued that the ban on the MQM leader will be against the constitution.

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Meanwhile, interior minister informed the court through a report that Pakistani passport of Altaf Hussain was expired in 1994 and that now he possess dual nationality.

The court termed the report as incomplete and ruled the ministry to resubmit a full report in the next hearing of the case.

On the other hand, the counsel of a petitioner contended before the court saying the petition was non-maintainable as MQM chief’s request was not signed by the applicant but instead by his party’s leader Farooq Sattar.

The court adjourned the hearing till October 2.

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