Waseem Akhtar handed over to SSP Rao Anwar for investigation

Published: July 20, 2016
Waseem Akhtar makes a victoru sign as he is being shifted to Karachi Central Jail on Tuesday. PHOTO: EXPRESS

Waseem Akhtar makes a victoru sign as he is being shifted to Karachi Central Jail on Tuesday. PHOTO: EXPRESS

KARACHI: Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) leader and Karachi’s mayor-designate Waseem Akhtar has been handed over to SSP Rao Anwar of Malir police for investigation, an anti-terrorism court official confirmed with The Express Tribune on Wednesday.

Akhtar, along with three other political figures, was arrested on Tuesday after an anti-terrorism court rejected their interim bails in a terror facilitation case involving former petroleum minister Dr Asim Hussain.

Abdul Qadir Patel, Anis Qaimkhani & Rauf Siddiqui. PHOTO: FILE

According to the official, Malir police approached the ATC judge, seeking a non-objection certificate to ‘grill’ Akhtar, who was in custody at the Karachi Central Jail, in two cases he was nominated as a co-accused.

Subsequently, the judge allowed the police for interrogation.

Waseem Akhtar, three other politicians arrested on terror facilitation charges

About 30 cases are lodged across the Malir district against MQM chief Altaf Hussain, and party leaders have also been nominated. The cases are related to Altaf’s speeches, in which he allegedly instigated movement’s workers to wage a war against the state.

“We have arrested him. He is in our custody,” SSP Anwar told The Express Tribune. Akhtar will be presented in court on Thursday, he added.

Refuting allegations that the MQM leader will be victimised, the SSP said Akhtar was in custody of the investigation wing.

“There is no such thing as personal vendetta. He is nominated in FIRs lodged by the people. We have not made a case ourselves against him,” he said.

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Reader Comments (4)

  • Naim Khan
    Jul 21, 2016 - 1:13AM

    Long time over due, Waseem Akhtar should have been arrested years ego, I do not understand the law hurdles in Pakistan, a criminal walks free for years even becomes PM, Minister, Mayor and no one asks the Law makers how do you allow this? Why our news papers print names of police officers who investigate people like Waseem Akhtar and other terror organisations? It looks like Home minister doesn’t know his job or he himself belongs to enemy of the country? Army has proof that MQM has links with RAW, we have been listening to this since 1990’s why no action? I think top leadership of MQM should be arrested put in prison for in definite. Recommend

  • quatro
    Jul 21, 2016 - 1:20AM

    Tossing your political opponents in jail is something Sharif must have learned from Erdogan – he apparently hasn’t mastered control of the military.Recommend

  • syed & syed
    Jul 21, 2016 - 3:28AM

    Handed over to Rao Anwar who is famous for encounters and killings and enjoying this post because of a weak overage CMRecommend

  • Punjabi-of-Karachi
    Jul 21, 2016 - 4:48AM

    @Naim Khan:
    This is just a story made by establishment.Recommend

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