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MQM’s Babar Ghauri released in hate speech case for want of evidence

Naeem Sahoutara
July 13, 2022


<p>A photo of MQM leader Babar Ghauri. — Babar Khan Ghauri Twitter</p>


MQM leader Babar Ghauri.

Karachi police on Wednesday released MQM leader Babar Ghauri in a case pertaining to the facilitation of an alleged hate speech by Muttahida Qaumi Movement founder Altaf Hussain, defence counsel Shabbir Shah confirmed to Dawn.com.

Ghauri, a former federal minister for ports and shipping, was arrested from Karachi airport on June 4 upon his return to the country, ending his seven-year self-imposed exile.

The following day, police obtained his week-long physical remand from an administrative judge of the antiterrorism courts (ATC) to interrogate him and complete the investigation into the seven-year-old case.

On Wednesday, the investigating officer (IO) produced the MQM leader before the ATC’s administrative judge upon the expiry of his physical remand.

The IO informed the judge that Ghauri was interrogated in custody but no evidence was found of his involvement in the alleged offence and that the record showed he was out of the country when the case was lodged against him and other party leaders.

He further said that Ghauri’s physical remand was no longer required by the police and recommended that the MQM leader be set free due to a lack of evidence.

Meanwhile, the defence counsel argued that his client was in the United States when he along with around 30 other MQM leaders, including Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui and Waseem Akhtar, were booked in the case.

The counsel also pointed out that the majority of the nominated MQM leaders booked in the case had already been acquitted.
After hearing the arguments from both sides, the judge ordered for Ghauri to be released.

However, the MQM leader is also facing two other cases.

Before his return to the country, Ghauri had obtained pre-arrest bail from the Sindh High Court in a corruption reference and a money laundering and terror financing case.

The former shipping minister, along with the MQM founder and other party leaders, had been booked by the Federal Investigation Agency in 2017 in a money laundering and terror financing case.

The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) had also filed a reference before an accountability court in 2018 against Ghauri and others for the alleged illegal regularisation of 940 employees of the Karachi Port Trust, causing losses to the tune of Rs2.8 billion to the national exchequer.

An accountability court had declared Ghauri as a proclaimed offender in the case after NAB had declared his whereabouts untraceable.


 

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Duh.

Did anyone think something else was going to happen?

He would just come back to Pakistan after 7 years of hiding for no reason at all, just to go to jail?

I wrote it on this forum or somewhere else when he came back that the case was going to be taken back by the state. Step 1 is almost at completion.

Farooq Sattar is already patching up with MQM-P. MQM-H is the next step, after that Mustafa Kamal will join his old buddies.

All this paves the way for Altaf bhai to make his grand entry, under the auspices of our establishment of course, with an updated software just like Hamid Mir.

Muhajiron ki nayi umeed ajayen gay. Just to keep PPP in check.

Bilawal would be the next big thing in Pakistani politics, and just like MQM and BAP and Q were there to keep a check on PTI, MQM and BAP will be keeping a check on PPP, to turn the screws when needed.

N will be restricted to GT Road only, that too only Central Punjab. Abhi mian sahab ki baat nhn ban rahi estab kay sath, extension ki lalach agay dali to hai, magr Big B ain't budging, for now. Let's see what happens on that front. Ishaq Dar's return also depends on that.

Aik bas yeh pathan qabu nhn arahay, but you don't need them for making a federal government.

Someone bookmarked my post where I said warh gaye when Big B got an extension, and quoted it when this whole fiasco happened.

Bookmark this post as well, and quote it in two years.
 

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Duh.

Did anyone think something else was going to happen?

He would just come back to Pakistan after 7 years of hiding for no reason at all, just to go to jail?

I wrote it on this forum or somewhere else when he came back that the case was going to be taken back by the state. Step 1 is almost at completion.

Farooq Sattar is already patching up with MQM-P. MQM-H is the next step, after that Mustafa Kamal will join his old buddies.

All this paves the way for Altaf bhai to make his grand entry, under the auspices of our establishment of course, with an updated software just like Hamid Mir.

Muhajiron ki nayi umeed ajayen gay. Just to keep PPP in check.

Bilawal would be the next big thing in Pakistani politics, and just like MQM and BAP and Q were there to keep a check on PTI, MQM and BAP will be keeping a check on PPP, to turn the screws when needed.

N will be restricted to GT Road only, that too only Central Punjab. Abhi mian sahab ki baat nhn ban rahi estab kay sath, extension ki lalach agay dali to hai, magr Big B ain't budging, for now. Let's see what happens on that front. Ishaq Dar's return also depends on that.

Aik bas yeh pathan qabu nhn arahay, but you don't need them for making a federal government.

Someone bookmarked my post where I said warh gaye when Big B got an extension, and quoted it when this whole fiasco happened.

Bookmark this post as well, and quote it in two years.
Why our establishment have so much delusion of grandeur, ego or anguish against imran khan , that they would rather make deal with the devil himself .
 

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Babar Ghauri leaves for UAE after being released

Naeem Sahoutara
July 14, 2022


KARACHI: Police on Wednesday released former federal minister Babar Ghauri in a case pertaining to allegedly facilitating an incendiary speech of London-based Muttahida Qaumi Movement founder Altaf Hussain in 2015.

After getting released from police custody, Mr Ghauri left Karachi for the United Arab Emirates. on Wednesday night.

Mr Ghauri was arrested at Karachi airport on June 5 after he returned to the country ending his seven-year self-imposed exile. The next day, police shown him arrested in the 2015 hate speech case and obtained his physical remand from the administrative judge of the antiterrorism courts to interrogate him and complete the investigation into the seven-year-old case.

On Wednesday, the investigating officer produced the MQM leader before the administrative judge upon expiry of his physical remand.

The IO verbally informed the judge that the MQM leader was interrogated in custody and no evidence was found to show his involvement in the alleged offence.
He stated that the record showed that he was out of country when the case was registered against him and other party leaders.

The IO further said that the custody of Ghauri was no more required and recommended to set him free due to lack of evidence.

On the other hand, defence counsel Shabbir Shah also argued that his client was in the United States at the time when he along with around 30 other MQM leaders including Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui and Wasim Akhtar were booked in the present FIR.

He also produced travel documents in court and pointed out that majority of the nominated MQM leaders had already been acquitted in the present case.

He asked the court to discharge his client from the case since there was no evidence to prove his presence in the country at the time of occurrence of the alleged incident.

After hearing arguments from both sides, the judge ordered release of the MQM leader.
Later, Advocate Shah confirmed to Dawn that the police had set free Ghauri due to lack of evidence in the case.

However, he is also facing two other cases. Before his return to the country, he had obtained pre-arrest bail from the Sindh High Court in a corruption reference and a money laundering and terror financing case.
The former ports and shipping minister, along with MQM founder and other party leaders, had been booked by the Federal Investigation Agency in 2017 in a money laundering and terror financing case.
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