Karachi Court acquits Dr Farooq Sattar, others in hate speech case

Syed Umarullah HussainiWeb Editor

30th Nov, 2020. 02:58 pm
Dr Farooq Sattar

An Anti-Terrorism Court in Karachi has acquitted Dr Farooq Sattar and other Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) leaders in cases related to facilitating in hate speeches.

According to the details, the ATC acquitted Dr Farooq Sattar, former mayor Wasim Akhtar, Rauf Siddiqui, Khawaja Izhar ul Hassan and Qamar Mansoor in two cases.

Two cases were registered against the accused at Sohrab Goth police station. The acquittal of the accused was opposed by the public prosecutor, which was rejected by the court.

The court had on January 11, 2020, indicted former MQM convener Dr. Farooq Sattar and others but the accused pleaded not guilty.

The police during the hate speech case hearing had informed the court in a hearing last year in March that there was no evidence against the accused and requested for A-Class status for the two cases.

The police informed the court “There is no evidence of facilitating an abusive speech against the accused.”

Earlier today Leader of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) and former provincial minister Adil Siddiqui passed away due to the novel coronavirus on Monday.

He tested positive for the virus on November 22 and was put on a ventilator for over a week at a private Hospital in Karachi. According to the doctors, the leader suffered from lung failure.

Siddiqui had arrived in the country earlier this month after a long time abroad.


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