MQM’s Wasim booked for inciting people to violence

KARACHI: Cases have been registered against Muttahida Qaumi Movement’s (MQM) Wasim Akhtar in two police stations for allegedly inciting people against intelligence agencies.

Locals have registered cases in SITE Super Highway Industrial Area and Sohrab Goth police stations. Police said that the cases include sections of terrorism and incitement against government departments.

The cases also accuse Akhtar of using foul language for intelligence agencies. An officer added that the MQM leader has been booked under Sections 123-A (condemnation of the creation of the state and advocate of abolition of its sovereignty), 124-A (Sedition) of Pakistan Penal Code and Telegraph Act and Section 7 of Anti-Terrorism Act of 1997.

Earlier police registered a sedition case against a senior London-based MQM leader on the complaint of a local, who cited media reports as the sole evidence in his plea. Though the police authorities did not come up with any immediate plans against Muhammad Anwar, the MQM leader, the Muttahida termed the case continuation of a “state-backed campaign against the party”, vowing to take the legal course to counter the allegation.

“An FIR has been registered against Muhammad Anwar at the Gulbahar Police Station on a complaint of local resident Imran Bikik,” said DIG-West Feroze Shah. “He approached the police and filed a complaint after which the due process was followed to register the FIR.”

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