Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) leaders Wasim Akhtar and Rauf Siddiqi, and Pak Sarzameen Party president Anis Qaimkhani were taken into custody in a terror facilitation case after an anti-terrorism court (ATC) rejected their interim bail on Tuesday. Meanwhile, Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) leader Qadir Patel managed to flee the court premises following the orders of his arrest.

eclaring his arrest ‘unconstitutional and unlawful’ Akhtar, who is also Karachi’s mayor nominee, said he was being politically victimised.

He vowed to file a formal appeal in the Sindh High Court.

“Even our lawyers are not being allowed to step outside the ATC and file a formal appeal in the high court.”

Home minister should get Patel arrested, says Shah

Later, Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah while talking to media said it was the duty of Sindh Home Minister Sohail Anwar Siyal to get Patel arrested.

“As far as Patel’s arrest is concerned, it was a matter in ATC. It’s the duty of home minister to get the absconder arrested,” he said.

A close aide of former president Asif Ali Zardari, Dr Asim Hussain, was arrested by the paramilitary Rangers on charges of corruption and facilitating terrorists in August 2015.

ATC denies Dr Asim bail in terrorists’ refuge, treatment case

The FIR registered by the Rangers deputy superintendent alleges Dr Asim provided medical treatment and shelter to terrorists and criminals on the behest of the arrested leaders, as well as Saleem Shahzad.

Last month, the ATC had rejected bail for Dr Asim in the terror facilitation case.

The former federal minister is currently in the custody of National Accountability Bureau (NAB) in Karachi.