MQM’s Khawaja Izhar appears before ATC


The Anti- Terrorism Court Saturday (today) summoned Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) Pakistan leader Khawaja Izhar-ul-Hasan a day after he was released from a brief detention at a police station.

Due to the non-availability of a judge, the hearing was postponed.

The court was scheduled to hear 26 cases against MQM Pakistan leaders for facilitating hate speech.

While talking to the media after he was granted extension in bail in a case regarding provocative speech of MQM founder Altaf Hussain, he claimed that he was unlawfully arrested and would not sit quiet about it.

He said that he was on bail in 25 different cases, yet two FIRs were kept hidden and questioned the urgency demonstrated by the law enforcers for his arrest that even the Inspector General (IG) was unaware of it.

Khawaja Izhar also thanked the prime minister and the Sindh Chief Minister, Murad Ali Shah for playing their role for his release.

It would be better if Sindh CM and Sindh IG do what is constitutionally required of them in such an issue, he added.

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He accused Rao Anwar, suspended Senior Superintendent of Police of Malir area, of disrespecting the law by arresting him. Hassan said that the suspended SSP was supposed to tell him his crime but all he did was complain that MQM leaders have made huge properties.

He told the media that he was feeling unwell and was about to go to a hospital for a checkup.

Earlier, Khawaja Izhar-ul-Hasan was arrested by Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Malir Rao Anwar on Friday after his residence was raided by the police.

Later, Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah Friday suspended SSP Malir Rao Anwar who had handcuffed and detained Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) Leader Khawaja Izhar.

The CM Sindh had earlier suspended SHO Sohrab Goth who had supervised a raid on his residence.

Khawaja Izhar told that policemen in plain clothes had searched his house. He added only women were present at home and that they were harassed.

The MQM Pakistan leader added that he was not at home when the raid was carried out.

Sindh Speaker Assembly Agha Siraj Durrani condemned the attack saying that police should inform the speaker before conducting a raid at any assembly member’s residence.

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