Minus one implemented, cases should be dismissed, says Farooq Sattar

MQM leader Farooq Sattar

Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan leader Farooq Sattar has demanded an end to cases against his party workers related to Altaf Hussain's anti-Pakistan speech on August 22 previous year.

Speaking at a public meeting on the eve of the party's 33rd foundation day, Sattar said he was unsure if police had arrested him in connection with a trial or detained him for questioning.

He said that MQM-P had never promoted politics of hate. "Let alone others, my own people are pushing us against the wall".

On Aug 22, the day of the speech, the Sindh Rangers had taken Sattar and MQM leader Khawaja Izharul Hasan into custody from outside the Karachi Press Club. Several non-bailable warrants have been issued against these leaders by anti-terrorism courts.

"PPP has not accepted our stance and still remains mired in the incident of August 22", he regretted.

He complained that the census did not show the exact population of Karachi and Hyderabad.

While Dr Sattar did not name and criticise any of his former colleagues, senior MQM leader Aamir Khan lashed out at Babar Ghori, Wasay Jalil, Mustafa Azizabadi for working against the interests of Pakistan and inciting party workers here while sitting in their comfortable houses overseas.

The senior MQM-Pakistan leader said this while talking to newsmen after his release following a brief detention by police personnel in Karachi.

MQM leader Faisal Sabzwari while throwing his weight behind Sattar's viewpoint said that Nawaz Sharif was also facing baseless cases. He said that the cases registered against him should be dismissed immediately, reports 24 News HD.

However, when contacted the spokesperson for the Chief Minister (CM) House denied that the police had arrested Sattar.

The IO, SSP Investigations (South) Faizullah Korejo underlined the fact that the three cases were transferred to a Malir court, saying that the investigation of the cases would be conducted by SSP Malir Rao Anwar.

Expressing its displeasure over non-arrest of absconding accomplice including Sattar and Amir Khan, the court directed the investigating officer to arrest the accused and produce them before it on Monday. "He should be believed when Farooq Sattar says that his party has parted ways with London", he said.

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