KARACHI: Waseem Akhtar and Rauf Siddiqui of Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) and Anis Qaimkhani of Pak Sarzameen Party (PSP) have been arrested here from an anti-terrorism court (ATC) after it rejected their bail pleas in Dr Asim case.
However, Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) leader Abdul Qadir Patel, who is also a suspect in the case, allegedly managed to escape after the hearing in the anti-terrorism court (ATC) in Karachi.
Meanwhile, Home Minister of Sindh, Sohail Anwar Siyal directed law enforcement agencies to arrest Abdul Qadir Patel immediately and present him before the court on Tuesday.
Former federal minister Dr Asim Hussain is facing charges of abetting terrorists and providing them medical treatment at his hospital. Rauf Siddiqui, Waseem Akhtar, Abdul Qadir Patel and Anis Qaimkhani are also suspects in the case.
Earlier, police personnel locked the gates leading out of the court premises, with strict security not allowing the MQM and PSP leaders to leave the building.
Speaking to Geo News earlier, MQM leader Waseem Akhtar claimed that they were unlawfully detained inside the building, with police not even allowing their lawyer to leave the building to file an appeal in the Sindh High Court.
“Today is a dark day in the history of Pakistan. We are being framed on the basis of a fake JIT report,” Waseem Akhtar told Geo News via telephone earlier.
“The judge herself admitted today that there are certain things in the JIT report which she is being forced to accept. There are a lot of personnel in plain clothes inside the courtroom. The gates have been closed and we are not being allowed to leave. Even our lawyer, who wants to go to the Sindh High Court to appeal, is not being allowed to leave,” he said.
“I request the chief justice of Pakistan to take notice of this mockery of the law,” he added.
Courtesy : TheNews