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Provocative speeches: ATC defers indictment of Sattar, other MQM leaders

KARACHI: An anti-terrorism court (ATC) on Saturday deferred indictment of MQM-P chief Dr Farooq Sattar and other leaders of the party in cases pertaining to the incendiary speeches by the party’s London based founder.

The ATC judge irked when the MQM leaders moved an application seeking to put off framing of charges against them.

The court observed that the MQM leaders were asked to appear before it at 1:00 pm on Saturday. Some of them turned up quite early while some were expected to appear on the scheduled time, it added.

The Judge expressed annoyance that the accused persons appeared as and when they liked in utter disregard to the court orders.

The judge directed all the accused to appear together before the court on the same time so that he could frame charges against them. The court set Jan 27 for indictment of the accused in the case.

Moreover, the court repeated non-bailable warrants for the arrest of Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui, Khushbakht Shujaat and others over their perpetual absence from the trial proceedings.

In 2016, Artillery Maidan police had booked the MQM leaders for praising and facilitating the anti-state speeches delivered by the party founder outside Karachi Press Club, inciting the party workers to attack the media houses.

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