Pakistan

Supreme Court petition seeks ban on MQM

ISLAMABAD: An application has been submitted in the Supreme Court of Pakistan seeking a ban on the Mutahida Quami Movement (MQM), ARY News reported. 

The application has been submitted by Barrister Zafarullah Khan and Hashim Shaukat of the Watan Party. It urged the court to order PEMRA to ban the broadcast of all political activities of the MQM.

It also said that treason cases should be lodged against the MQM chief and his facilitators. It also demanded that the MQM chief should be arrested through Interpol and held accountable for his actions.

The MQM has been struggling for survival after the controversial and derogatory speech by its chief, who raised anti-state slogans while addressing his party workers on 22nd August.

Later, MQM workers created chaos and anarchy outside the Karachi Press Club and attacked several policeman and media houses. Consequently, several leaders and members of the MQM were arrested by law-enforcement agencies.

Although the MQM distanced itself from the speeches and from its chief, a crackdown has been launched against the officers of the party, which are alleged to have been established illegals on amenity plots and encroachments.

The government is mulling plans whether to ban to the party and is reportedly consulting constitutional and legal experts. It has stated that a reference has been sent to the British government, but would not seek extradition of the MQM chief.

The MQM has raised severe apprehensions over the demolition and seal of its offices including the Nine-Zero Headquarters. It has repeatedly stated that it has distanced itself from the London secretariat of the MQM.

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