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Court in Karachi issues non-bailable arrest warrants for Altaf and other members of MQM

KARACHI: A court issued arrest warrants for MQM chief Altaf Hussain and 21 other members of the political party, ARY News reported.

According to details, non-bailable arrest warrants were issued by the court against the MQM chief and 21 other members, in a case pertaining to the  issuing of provocative statements against armed forces. The court has ordered to arrest those involved in the case by 11th March. The court has adjourned proceedings till 11th March.

MQM’s nominated mayor Waseem Akhtar and Rauf Siddiqui are on bail in the same case.

On Sep 7, the Lahore High Court had banned broadcast of the MQM chief’s speeches and images after he had used derogatory remarks against country’s armed forces.

In its verdict, the LHC had also directed Pakistan Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) to ensure implementation of the ban in print and electronic media.

MQM later challenged the ban through its counsel Asma Jahangir, who is a renown lawyer of the country.

In a petition, MQM stated that imposing a ban on Altaf Hussain’s speeches was in contrast with basic human rights and the Constitution of Pakistan.

Meanwhile, MQM’s Waseem Akhtar said his party stood for genuine democracy in Pakistan. He said the MQM had also taken out a rally in support of the armed forces in their operation against terrorists. Akhtar also reminded how it was Altaf Hussain who had pointed out Talibanization in Karachi was taking place.

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