MQM leader sent on 7-day physical remand
13 September, 2013
KARACHI: Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) on Thursday sent Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) sector in charge and former MPA Nadeem Hashmi on a seven-day physical remand.
Hashmi was arrested late on Tuesday over his suspected involvement in the murder of two policemen – Muhammad Ali and Arif – in Hyderi locality. He was subsequently shifted to the Pirabad Police Station where police registered a murder case against him.
The former MPA was taken to court in an armoured personnel carrier (APC). He was held inside the APC briefly in wait for ATC Judge Khalida Yasmeen before being taken to court under heavy security. The exact charges and names of accomplices – if any – would be ascertained during the hearing for remand.
Under ATC rules, police can request for a 14-day remand in order to investigate and prepare their case for the next hearing. Police appealed to the ATC for a 14-day remand but the lawyer of Hashmi appealed for a remand of three days. The court, however, approved a seven-day physical remand. Separately, the MQM has submitted a requisition for Sindh Assembly session.
Talking to the media, MQM MPA Faisal Sabzwari condemned the arrest of former MPA Nadim Hashmi and termed it a conspiracy against the party. He said that any political party or ethnic group should not be targeted in the operation.
He added the party did not resort to protests despite raids in MQM-dominated areas in which, he said, as many as 100 activists had been arrested during the last six days. Sabzwari said that the MQM had announced its support to the federal and Sindh governments for bringing peace in Karachi. He, however, said that the MPA was arrested in a fake case. He asked as to why Taliban sanctuaries were not raided by security agencies.
Hashmi has been booked in the case in FIR No 181/13 under Section 302 of Pakistan Penal Code (PPC) and Section 7 of Anti-Terrorism Act of 1997.