Hyderabad ATC issues non-bailable arrest warrants for Altaf

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An anti-terrorism court (ATC) here on Wednesday issued non-bailable arrest warrants for Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) Chairman Altaf Hussain in a sedition case, after police submitted a final challan of the case.

Altaf was booked under Sections 124-A (sedition), 153 (provocation with intent to cause riot), and 109 of the Pakistan Penal Code, section 25 of the Telegraph Act, and sections 6/7 of the Anti Terrorism Act (ATA) 1997.

The case was lodged on the complaint of Mohammad Usman Jokhio, who said in the FIR on July 11, 2015, that he heard a televised speech of Altaf Hussain on different television channels, adding that the speech was provocative and fanned hatred against the government, the army and other state institutions.

The complainant also handed over the recorded speech on a compact disk (CD) to police.

It was also alleged that Altaf Hussain had incited people for rioting and terrorism in the country.