MQM leader Saleem Shahzad presented in ATC

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KARACHI: Former leader of Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) Saleem Shahzad has been presented before Karachi’s Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) today (Tuesday).
According to details, the accused was taken to the court amid high security for the hearing of various cases against him including providing medical facilities to terrorists.
The court  sent Saleem Shahzad to jail until February 18 on judicial remand.
During the hearing, Shahzad requested the court to provide him medical facilities in jail as he is fighting cancer. He told the court that he had been undergoing treatment in London.
The court ordered the jail superintendent to provide Shahzad with the required medical facilities.
A bail application was also submitted before the court and a bail hearing has been scheduled for February 11, while the hearing was adjourned till February 18.
Speaking to the media, he said that he had faith in the courts and that he would face trial in each of his cases.
He added that although there had been over 300 cases against him under the National Reconciliation Ordinance, but all had been finished.
“Right now there is only one case registered against me for which I have been arrested,” he said.
Saleem Shahzad said that leaders of Pakistan Sarzameen Party (PSP) are ‘kids’.
“When I was in politics, they (PSP workers) were not even in the party,” he added.
Earlier on Monday, the leader was taken into custody upon his arrival at Karachi airport from Dubai.
Saleem Shahzad has been accused of his escape from the country on fake identity card in 1990s. He was also declared as proclaimed offender in Dr Asim case.
Ex-MQM leader expressed satisfaction over the judicial system in Pakistan and said that he will face all the charges against him.
Meanwhile, chief of Pakistan Sarzameen Party (PSP) Mustafa Kamal said that Saleem Shahzad has no link with the party. He said there is still a scary voice behind MQM.

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