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ATC acquits Farooq Sattar, others in hate-speech case

KARACHI: An anti-terrorism court on Monday acquitted Dr Farooq Sattar and other Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) leaders in two cases pertaining to incendiary speeches, ARY News reported.

The ATC acquitted Dr Farooq Sattar, former mayor Wasim Akhtar, Rauf Siddiqui and Qamar Mansoor in two cases.

The accused had filed petitions in the court seeking their acquittal in two cases, which were approved by the court.

Sohrab Goth police station of Karachi had filed cases against the accused in year 2015.

The police during the hate speech case hearing had informed the court in a hearing last year in March that there was no evidence against the accused and requested for A-Class status for the two cases.

“There is no evidence of facilitating an abusive speech against the accused,” the police had informed the court.

The judge, expressed his displeasure with the police on request to the court to close the two cases.

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