Waseem Akhtar files petition for urgent bail

KARACHI: Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) mayor-nominee Waseem Akhtar on Monday filed a petition in the Sindh High Court (SHC) for an urgent hearing on his application for bail in party chief’s hate speech case. Waseem Akhtar along with other MQM leaders have been booked in cases by Sohrab Goth and Site police for listening to a speech of MQM chief Altaf Hussain criticising the military establishment and other institutions.

In November last year, the SHC had issued notices to the federal and provincial law officers on the MQM leader’s petition, seeking the court’s directive to quash the cases under sedition and terrorism charges against him for supporting his party leader’s speech against the army in July last year. The cases against him were registered after complaints had been filed by two citizens who accused the MQM leader of inciting public to violence and harming the national interests in his remarks made on television channels.

The clauses of the Anti-Terrorism Act and the Telegraph Act were placed by the police. Hundreds of cases of treason and criticism of the country’s intelligence agencies had been registered against MQM chief last year after he openly issued defamatory statements against law enforcement agencies and the Pakistan Army in his July 12 address.