Karachi Mayor indicted in red zone protest case

Minhaj, Amir indicted for sheltering terrorists

A district court on Saturday indicted Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan leaders including Mayor Karachi Waseem Akhtar, Khawaja Izharul Hasan, Mehfooz Yar Khan, Saathi Ishaq in a red zone protest case.
The MQM leaders had protested outside chief minister house on water shortage in the metropolis last year.
The court also declared 12 party members ‘proclaimed offender’, including party leader Dr Farooq Sattar, and Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui.
Judicial Magistrate (South) has summoned witnesses of the case in the next hearing. MQM held a four-hour protest sit-in outside CM House in June 2016. The party ended their protest after receiving assurances from the authorities to address their demands and grievances.
Representatives of the Sindh government including Special Adviser to the CM Waqar Mehdi, PPP leader Nasir Hussain Shah and the MD Water Board were sent to negotiate with MQM leaders led by Khawaja Izharul Hassan and Dr Farooq Sattar.
An anti-terrorism court on Saturday indicted Muttahida Qaumi Movement leaders Minhaj Qazi and Amir Khan for harbouring terrorists at the party’s headquarters, Nine Zero.
According to reports, Qazi and Khan were presented before the ATC on Saturday. During the hearing, police informed the court that an FIR has already been lodged against the leaders and they have been granted bail in the said case. The court was further informed that other party workers who are still at large have been declared absconders in the case.
The court asked the accused if they accept the charges against them, to which they replied in the negative. The court, while directing prosecutors to produce witnesses, adjourned the hearing till December 4.
According to the FIR registered at Azizabad police station, Khan, who was in charge of the party headquarters security at that time, with Minhaj Qazi, Raees Mama, Naeem, Aijaz Niazi, Shahzad Mullah and others had allegedly provided shelter to criminals and had been using them for terrorist activities in the city.
Mama and other absconding accused had been declared as proclaimed offenders.
Last month, police decided to form a joint investigation team to probe MQM leaders Amir Khan and Farooq Sattar in cases pertaining to a controversial speech by Altaf Hussain on August 22.
The police sent a request letter to the interior ministry for the matter and said that after approval the law enforcers will form the JIT to further investigate the cases.

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