MQM leader, two others arrested in Dr Asim terror facilitation case

| Updated: Jul 19, 2016 22:52 IST

Islamabad, July 19 (ANI): Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) leader Wasim Akhtar and two others have been taken into custody in a terror facilitation case after an anti-terrorism court (ATC) rejected their interim bail on Tuesday. Pak Sarzameen Party (PSP) president Anis Qaimkhani and MQM leader Rauf Siddiqui are among those arrested while Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) leader Qadir Patel managed to flee the court premises following the orders of his arrest, reports the Express Tribune. Declaring his arrest 'unconstitutional and unlawful,' Akhtar said he was being politically victimized and vowed to file a formal appeal in the Sindh High Court against the decision. "Even our lawyers are not being allowed to step outside the ATC and file a formal appeal in the high court," said Akhtar. A close aide of former Pakistan president Asif Ali Zardari, and ex-petroleum minister Dr Asim Hussain is already in custody in the case relating to providing medical treatment and shelter to terrorists and criminals belonging to banned terror outfits, at his family-owned hospitals in Karachi, on the behest of MQM leaders Abdul Rauf Siddiqui, Wasim Akhtar, Anis Qaimkhani and Saleem Shahzad and Pakistan Peoples Party leader Qadir Patel. Last month, the ATC had rejected plea for Asim's bail in the terror facilitation case. (ANI)