ATC issues non-bailable warrants for MQM, PPP and Pasban leaders

KARACHI: An anti-terrorism court (ATC) has issued non-bailable arrest warrants for five absconders in a terror case registered against former federal minister and PPP leader Dr Asim Hussain.

The court on Wednesday ordered Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Altaf Hussain to arrest and produce the absconders including MQM’s Waseem Akhtar, Anis Qaimkhani, Saleem Shahzad, PPP’s Qadir Patel and Pasban leader Usman Moazzam before the court on the date of the next hearing on January 8.

MQM’s Rauf Siddiqui who was also named an absconder in the investigation report is on pre-arrest bail. A first information report (FIR) has been registered against Dr Asim for allegedly treating and harbouring terrorists, gangsters and activists of banned militant outfits at the North Nazimabad and Clifton branches of his hospital at the behest of political leaders.

Earlier, police in the remand paper had stated that IO Rana Zulfiqar had questioned Dr Asim, who confessed to having provided treatment to the alleged militants belonging to the MQM and gangsters of Lyari at his hospital and harboured them after MQM leaders Waseem Akhtar, Rauf Siddiqui, Anis Qaimkhani and Saleem Shahzad and Qadir Patel of the PPP asked him to do so.

The court also expressed displeasure over provision of incomplete prosecution documentation by the investigation officer to Dr Asim Hussain and directed him to present all prosecution documentation along with a list of documents before the ATC on the next date of hearing.

The court, in a hearing earlier this month, had ordered that copies of all prosecution documents, including statements of witnesses, be handed over to Dr Asim Hussain in compliance with Section 265-C of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) by December 30.

It is pertinent to mention that Dr Asim Hussain is on physical remand of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) and will be produced before the court on Jan 5.

Meanwhile, the anti-terrorism court sent Dr Asim Hussain on a nine-day judicial remand.

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