KARACHI: The police during the early 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.
MQM’s spokesperson Aminul Haq claimed that Sattar was picked up in a raid from near the PAF Museum on Shahra-e-Faisal and 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.
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 should be mentioned here 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.