Dubai: Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) Pakistan leader Farooq Sattar was released after a few hours arrest late Friday night in Karachi, police and party officials confirmed.
Sattar was arrested when he was returning home after attending a wedding at the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) museum, according to MQM Pakistan spokesman Ameen ul Haq.
Sattar has been shifted to Chakiwara Police Station and is expected to be presented before a court in the morning. Karachi Police chief has also confirmed the arrest.
Police officials said personnel from the City Division had arrested the MQM leader in a case over hate speech, sedition, and incidents of violence in Karachi on August 22 last year.
Police sources said that non-bailable arrest warrants had already been issued for Sattar.
Following Sattar’s arrest late Friday, a large number of police personnel reached the MQM Pakistan central offices located in Karachi’s PIB Colony.
On August 22 last year, MQM’s workers turned to violence and surrounded the offices of media houses in the city, upon its chief’s directives.
Several anti-Pakistan slogans were chanted during the party chief’s live telephonic speech. At least one person was killed in the violence that ensued after the provocative speech.
Following the speech, law enforcers had taken Sattar and MQM leader Khawaja Izharul Hasan into custody from outside Karachi Press Club.
The anti-Pakistan speeches, which had been delivered by MQM founder Altaf Hussain from London, strained relations between the Karachi-based party’s self-exiled leadership in the UK and its workers and leaders in Pakistan.
The events of the day led to the party splitting into two factions — the MQM-Pakistan severing ties and distancing itself from any statement coming from the London-based leaders.