ATC Indicts MQM Activists in Illegal Weapons Case
KARACHI: An Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) in Karachi on Saturday indicted Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) activist Abdul Qadir Hingoro in an illegal weapons case while Ubaid K2 in case regarding possession of explosives.
While the accused Abdul Qadir pleaded not guilty in the case, the court summoned the witness on next hearing.
Abdul Qadir is accused of possessing illegal weapons and explosive material. He was arrested along with others during a raid at the MQM’s headquarters Nine-Zero.
In the March 11 raid, suspects including Ubaid K2, Farhan Shabbir alias Mulla, Nadir Shah, Amir Saleem alias Sarkata, Kazim Raza Rizvi, Imtiaz, Abdul Qadir and Nadeem Ahmed were arrested.
A case was registered against the arrested culprit at Gulberg police station for possession of explosives. After arrest, Ubaid had revealed that Deputy Superintendent Jail Amanullah Niazi was murdered after he refused to facilitate disenchanted worker of the party Saulat Mirza. Mirza was later hanged in Machh Jail after he was convicted in a triple murder case.
Several arrests were made and weapons seized during Nine Zero raid. The troops had presented the weapons before media after the raid and claimed that some of the ammunition and guns were stolen from NATO containers. MQM chief Altaf Hussain had alleged Rangers of bringing illegal weapons along at the raid site.
In the following week, the raiding party stated that MQM failed to put forth licenses of 53 weapons. An official of the force stated that a total of 124 weapons were seized from the Khursheed Begum Memorial Hall while licenes of 107 were provided out of which only 71 had been verified.
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