ATC grants interim bail to Farooq Sattar in five cases


KARACHI, June 03 (TNS): The Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) granted interim bail on Saturday to Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan chief Farooq Sattar in cases pertaining to hate speech.

The ATC judge expressed anger over the Sattar’s absence from the court for over nine months. However, the MQM-Pakistan chief told the court he was uninformed of the arrest warrants issued for him.

The ATC had issued non-bailable arrest warrants for Sattar over were issued after the founding leader of MQM  in a speech to participants of a hunger strike outside the Karachi Press Club on August 22, 2016  incited party workers after which they took to the streets, ransacked media houses and vandalised property.

Sattar added he respects the court, therefore, came for the hearing as soon as he got to know about the arrest warrants. He told the courts the allegations levelled against him were baseless, but he would face the court nevertheless.

The court granted bail to Sattar, ordering him to submit bail bonds in two cases worth Rs250,000 each and of Rs50,000 each in three other cases. The hearing was adjourned till June 9.