KARACHI: The anti-terrorism court(ATC), trying Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) leader Amir Khan for allegedly harboring criminals and instigating terrorism, sought on Saturday his passport to verify if he complied with court orders of coming back to the country in time or not. An ATC had earlier allowed Khan to travel abroad to perform the annual pilgrimage (Hajj), despite strict opposition by the prosecution. The directions for submission of the passport came after two persons, identified as Rashid and Arshad, moved an application before the court contending that their sureties be returned to them as Khan had returned to the country. The court had allowed Khan to travel to Saudi Arabia after he submitted a surety bond of Rs1 million to the court. According to the applicants, the amount was arranged by them and they want it back now. The court, accepting their applications, ruled that after confirming Khan’s arrival date, the amount will be reimbursed.
Published in The Express Tribune, November 8th, 2015.
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