Treason case hearing against MQM chief adjourned indefinitely

LAHORE: The hearing of the treason case against Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief was adjourned to an unspecified date due to non-availability of a bench to hear the matter, ARY News reported.

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According to details, a three-member bench of Lahore High Court (LHC) headed by Justice Ali Akbar Naqvi was to hear the treason case against the MQM chief today. However, due to non-availability of a bench the hearing had to be postponed.

The new date for the hearing of the case will be announced later.

In the previous hearing, defence lawyer Asma Jahangir had submitted her written argument in the court. “No person or institute can lodge a high treason case. Only the federal government has the authority to do so. The petitioners are not the aggrieved persons and thus the petition is not maintainable. The ban on the speeches of Altaf Hussain is a violation of the Constitution and fundamental rights,” she said.

The petitioners have to file a rejoinder to the defence arguments today.

The petitions, submitted against the MQM chief, stated that he seeks to make Pakistan Army a controversial institution by issuing statements against the military and the security institutions.

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Treason case hearing against MQM chief adjourned indefinitely

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