The anti-terrorism court granted interim bail on Saturday to Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan chief Farooq Sattar in five cases pertaining to hate speech.
During hearing on the cases, the ATC judge expressed anger over the Sattar’s absence from the court for over nine months. However, the MQM-Pakistan chief told the court he was unaware of the arrest warrants issued for him.
Sattar added he respects the court, therefore, came for the hearing as soon as he got to know about the arrest warrants. He told the courts the allegations levelled against him were baseless, but he would face the court nevertheless.The court granted bail to Sattar, ordering him to submit bail bonds in two cases worth Rs250,000 each and of Rs50,000 each in three other cases. The hearing was adjourned till June 9.
Talking to the media outside the ATC, Sattar spoke about the issue of power outages. He said people who are answerable in this case should respond first that is to say they wanted an answer from National Electric Power Regulatory Authority, Federal Minister for Water and Power Khawaja Asif and State Minister for Water and Power Abid Sher Ali.
Sattar talked to the media persons about the solution to long hours of outages, saying the federal government and Nepra should form a team of engineers who should make sure that the furnace oil plants are functional.