ATC indicts MQM-P leader on charges of sheltering terrorists


KARACHI: An anti-terrorism court (ATC) on Saturday indicted senior Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) leader Amir Khan and activist Minhaj Qazi in a case related to abetting and aiding terrorists.

The judge read out the charges against the accused persons, who pleaded not guilty and opted to contest the accusations.

The court directed the prosecution to present its witnesses at the next hearing on December 4 to record their testimonies.

Amir Khan, who is out on bail, has been booked along with several other party activists for allegedly providing shelter to terrorists and using them for terrorist activities.

In 2015, the MQM leader was taken into custody by the Rangers in a pre-dawn raid on the party headquarters Nine Zero in Azizabad. Subsequently, he was placed under 90-day preventive detention for questioning.

According to the FIR registered at Azizabad police station, Khan, who was in charge of the party headquarters security at that time, with Minhaj Qazi, Raees Mama, Naeem, Aijaz Niazi, Shahzad Mullah and others had allegedly provided shelter to criminals and had been using them for terrorist activities in the city.

Mama and other absconding accused had been declared as proclaimed offenders.