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ATC issues non-bailable arrest warrants for senior MQM leaders including Waseem Akhtar

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KARACHI: An Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) on Tuesday issued non-bailable arrest warrants for Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) senior leaders including party chief Altaf Hussain and candidate for Karachi Mayor elections Waseem Akhtar.

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Warrants against MQM leaders on the allegation to facilitating anti-Pakistan speeches and inciting violence. Event goes back to July 12, when Altaf Hussain in public gathering criticized Pakistan Army.

Karachi Mayor Candidate Wasim Akhtar, Farooq Sattar, MQM parliamentary leader in Sindh Assembly Khawaja Izharul Hasan, Khushbakht Shujaat, Qamar Masnoor and Rasheed Godil are senior party leader against who warrants have been issued.

After the speech, across the country several cases were registered against MQM chief and other MQM stalwarts.

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Earlier, in clarification MQM leader said,  Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif to throw out ‘rotten eggs’ from the Pak Army and take legal action against those who are violating the army’s code of conduct by killing innocent citizens on the name of ‘so-called’ search operation.

MQM Chief reacted just after the announcement of DG Rangers Major General Bilal Akbar of disclosing the fact sheet in a couple of days about the March 11 raid by paramilitary force on the MQM’s Nine Zero headquarter in Azizabad. Mr. Hussain challenged the DG Rangers to come with Hamoodur Rahman Commission Report on East Pakistan Incident instead of false report against MQM.

Addressing to the party workers from London, Hussain asked DG Rangers, “Are Rangers a security force or a political party? Does the code of conduct of the armed forces allow the army, its paramilitary forces like Rangers, etc. to issue a charge-sheet against a political party?”

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