MQM-Pakistan chief Farooq Sattar briefly detained

Published: March 18, 2017
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MQM leader Farooq Sattar. PHOTO: EXPRESS

MQM leader Farooq Sattar. PHOTO: EXPRESS

KARACHI: In a not-so-surprising move, the police during wee hours of Saturday detained Muttahida Qaumi Movement’s (MQM) Pakistan head Farooq Sattar for an hour or so.

An Anti-Terrorism Court had issued on Friday non-bailable arrest warrants for Sattar and other MQM leaders as they are wanted in more than a dozen cases, including the August 22 violent attack on a media house in which a person was killed and several others were injured.

Sattar was picked up in a raid from near the PAF Museum on Shahra-e-Faisal, MQM spokesperson Aminul Haq claimed.

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Sattar’s coordinator Kashif also claimed that Sattar was taken to a police station in Lyari.

However, when contacted the spokesperson for the Chief Minister (CM) House denied that the police had arrested Sattar.

“As ATC had issued non-bailable arrest warrants against him, police went to arrest him, but he managed to escape from the scene,” the spokesperson said, while referring to an initial report of the police submitted to the CM.

The spokesperson said police have no other option but to arrest him.

After being released from the police custody, Sattar, while addressing a press briefing, said, “I was returning after attending a wedding when the police took me into custody. I was released after an hour of questioning.”

Addressing the briefing, he also demanded the release of his party workers in the August 22 case.

It is pertinent to mention that most of the cases against MQM leaders are related to the alleged hate speech by Altaf given over the past two years on different occasions.

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Reader Comments (5)

  • BrainBro
    Mar 18, 2017 - 1:07AM

    He is arrested by police or rangers every other week, only to be released a few hours later. Recommend

  • AnisAqeel
    Mar 18, 2017 - 2:03AM

    The only reasonable and sensible leader in Karachi for MQM. Why the gamblers test the patience of a demanding group for their rights. Same happened in E Pakistan and ‘they’ have not learnt anything. Easy solution is to cleanup, provide good public education, water/electricity and the facilities according to the share they provide in the shape of taxes…and negotiate instead of bullying.Recommend

  • Jamal
    Mar 18, 2017 - 3:00AM

    so there were non-bailable warrants against him and he was released in an hour or so. What a joke.Recommend

  • Alee Humair
    Mar 18, 2017 - 4:24AM

    Mohajir discrimination is at its peak . Mohajir can not be denied . Government has been trying to get rid of mohajir polictics for the last 20 to 30 years .

    Mohajir is a reality and needs to be accepted by the elites. Divide and rule wont work . Discrimination wont work . Every person or community has a limit of being oppressed . Mohajirs are an integral part of the country .

    Jiye Mohajir Recommend

  • Faisal
    Mar 18, 2017 - 12:34PM

    @Alee Humair:
    if after 70 years Mohajirs haven’t done anything for Pakistan and only looted Karachi by mafia tactics, then why don’t they go back to the secular democracy of India where they will be loved, protected. Pakistan doesn’t need Mohajirs who are not loyal to Pakistan. Mohajirs who say Pakistan zindabad welcome! Mohajirs who love someone in UK or India and shout jiye Mohajir – pls. leave us alone and go back to IndiaRecommend

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