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Hate speech case: Police file supplementary chargesheet against Farooq Sattar, Amir Khan

KARACHI: The Sindh Police on Saturday filed a supplementary chargesheet in an anti-terrorism court (ATC), declaring Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) chief Dr Farooq Sattar and another senior party leader Amir Khan accused for riots erupted in the city on August 22, 2016.

Both leaders have been named as accused for their alleged involvement in the hate speech episode by the London-based founder of MQM last year.

During the court proceedings today, the investigation team informed the judge that the leaders could stop rioting erupted after the MQM founder incited the party activists to violence in his speech but they remained ‘unconcerned’, complying the orders instead.

The investigation team said it could be seen, in light of a video, both leaders were extending their support to the MQM founder during his hate speech, whereas Amir Khan could be heard as saying, “The orders of MQM founder will be implemented.”

Police probe team contended that the two leaders claims of detachment from the statement of MQM founder were also untrue.

After hearing the arguments, the judge adjourned the hearing till January 20.

Dr Farooq Sattar along with other MQM-P leaders have been facing charges of organizing, facilitating and listening to the incendiary speeches made by MQM London chief Altaf Hussain where he railed against the military establishment and other security institutions after initiation of Karachi operation. He was accused of inciting the party workers to attack the office of ARY News.

The two main cases regarding incendiary speech and subsequent violence on Aug 22, last year, were lodged at the Artillery Maidan police station.

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