KARACHI: A judicial magistrate issued non-bailable arrest warrants on Monday for the Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) chief and other party leaders for ‘resorting to violence’ during a protest outside the CM House.
MQM-P convener Farooq Sattar, deputy convener Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui, Sindh opposition leader Khawaja Izharul Hasan, and Karachi mayor Waseem Akhtar were booked by police last month for organising a protest outside the CM House against water scarcity in Karachi.
During the hearing, the investigation officer presented a progress report before the District South judicial magistrate.
He cited failure in arresting the absconding suspects which included Sattar and Siddiqui while Akhtar and Hasan were able to obtain bail from a court.
The police had implicated around 500 people, mostly unidentified, for the alleged rioting.
According to the prosecution, the party leaders incited their workers to cause a riot in the Red Zone by blocking roads as well as disrupting law and order. The rally started from the Karachi Press Club.
The accused leaders led the protest but were stopped by police on their way.
Notwithstanding, they moved ahead to the CM House.
As the march approached the CM House a skirmish ensued as the police placed containers as barricades to stop the protesters from proceeding any further.
The judicial magistrate directed the investigation officer of the case to arrest the absconders and submit a compliance report on the next hearing on August 17.
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