Thursday, December 9, 2021

Terrorists facilitation case: Abdul Qadir Patel exempted from court appearance

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KARACHI: An anti-terrorism court (ATC) on Saturday granted exemption to Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) leader and member of National Assembly Abdul Qadir Patel from appearance before it in a case pertaining to treatment and facilitation of terror suspects, ARY News reported.

The exemption was granted during a hearing, while former petroleum minister and PPP leader Dr Asim Hussain, Pak Sarzameen Party (PSP) President Anis Qaimkhani, Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan leader Rauf Siddiqui and Pasban leader Usman Muazzam were also present in the court.

The suspects were handed over copies of the documents provided by the joint investigation team head.

The prosecutor of Sindh Rangers also sought a copy of the documents.

On this occasion, the ATC expressed anger over absence of the special public prosecutor.

The court has adjourned the hearing till April 20.

Read More: Dr Asim treated MQM, Gang War, Al Qaeda terrorists, says Rangers lawyer

The case was registered on the complaint of Rangers against the PPP leader for allegedly treating and harbouring suspected terrorists and militants at the North Nazimabad and Clifton branches of his hospital at the request of some MQM and PPP leaders.

Dr Asim was alleged to have done all this on instructions of MQM leaders Wasim Akhtar and Abdul Rauf Siddiqui, Qaimkhani and Abdul Qadir Patel.

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