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Abidi’s father demands return of son’s car

KARACHI: The father of former Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) leader Ali Raza Abidi on Wednesday approached the administrative judge of the anti-terrorism courts seeking to return his son’s vehicle which is in police custody since his murder, ARY News reported. The administrative judge assigned the application to the ATC-II for hearing. After conducting preliminary hearing, the ATC judge issued a notice to the investigation officer to submit his reply by Jan 19. Former MQM-P MNA Ali Raza Abidi was gunned down…

ATC hears May 12, 2007 mayhem cases

KARACHI: An anti-terrorism court here on Saturday resumed hearing of four cases pertaining to the May 12, 2007 mayhem, ARY News reported. Mayor Waseem Akhtar and 20 other accused nominated in the cases appeared in the court. Police produced an absconding accused, Abdul Zahid, before the ATC judge who ordered provision of a copy of the charge-sheet to him for perusal. The judge ruled that he would indict the accused on the next hearing after an amendment to charges. It is pertinent to mention here that the mayor and…

ATC adjourns Naqeebullah murder case hearing till Jan 30

KARACHI: An anti-terrorism court (ATC) on Monday adjourned the hearing of a case pertaining to the killing of Naqeebullah Mehsud in a ‘staged’ encounter till January 30. The former Senior Superintendent Police (SSP) Rao Anwar and other co-accused in the case appeared before the court today (Monday). The lawyers from both sides completed their arguments over the bail plea of 10 accused involved in the murder case. However the court reserved its judgment on the bail plea and adjourned the hearing till January 30. The…

Police reopen eleven May 12, 2007 mayhem cases

KARACHI: Out of 65, eleven cases regarding the May 12, 2007 mayhem which were closed with the approval of a relevant court have been reopened, police informed the administrative judge of anti-terrorism courts on Friday. The police submitted a report to the judge, stating that 11 cases regarding the May 12, 2007 riots which claimed at least 50 lives in Karachi have been reopened and assigned to the Anti-terrorism Court-II for hearing. The ATC will take up tomorrow (Saturday) these cases registered at different police…

SHC grants bail to MQM ‘hitman’, others in police van attack case

KARACHI: The Sindh High Court (SHC) on Tuesday granted post arrest bail to a suspected target killer,  said to be associated with the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), and four others in a case pertaining to an attack on a police van in the Chakra Goth area. A bench of the high court approved bail for Kamran Madhuri and four others against a surety bond of Rs0.5 million each. It directed the jail authorities to release them if they were not required in any other case. The applicants approached the SHC after an…

Incendiary remarks: ATC indicts ex-senator Faisal Raza Abidi

ISLAMABAD: An anti-terrorism court (ATC) on Monday indicted former Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Senator Faisal Raza Abidi in a case pertaining to anti-judiciary remarks. The court read out charges against Abidi who pleaded not guilty and opted to contest them. It directed the prosecution to present its witnesses on next hearing to record their testimonies against him. A lawyer representing him told the judge that his client isn’t well and therefore, be shifted to hospital for treatment. The court ordered a second…

Court defers hearing of May 12 violence case

KARACHI: Mayor Karachi Waseem Akhtar reached an anti terrorism court on Saturday to attend hearing of the May 12 violence case, ARY News reported. Twenty other accused were also produced before the court during the hearing. However, one of the accused, Zulfikar didn't turn up and his lawyer informed the court that his client was admitted at a hospital due to cardiac problem. The court adjourned the hearing till December 12 due to absence of one of the nominated persons in the case. Mr. Akhtar and other accused could…

Farooq Sattar, Waseem Akhtar, other MQM-P leaders indicted in hate speech cases

KARACHI: An anti-terrorism court on Tuesday indicted MQM-P leader Farooq Sattar, Karachi mayor Waseem Akhtar, and other party leaders in as many as 21 identical cases pertaining to hate speeches. The ATC judge read out charges against Farooq Sattar, Waseem Akhtar, Khawaja Izharul Hassan, Rauf Siddiqui, Qamar Mansoor, Rehand Hashmi and  others. All suspects pleaded innocence and opted to contest the charges. The judge, subsequently, summoned prosecution witnesses on next hearing on November 10 to record their…