The Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) on Friday filed a petition in the Supreme Court to request exemption for party chief Altaf Hussain from appearing in the apex court on January 7.

The petition was filed in the Karachi registry of the Supreme Court.

The apex court had issued a contempt of court notice to Hussain and his party’s deputy convener Dr Farooq Sattar on December 14 over the former’s derogatory remarks towards the Supreme Court judges.

The notice was issued during the hearing of a case on Karachi’s law and order situation.

The chief justice had stated that he had read the text of a speech made by the MQM chief and had found it to be offensive and threatening. The language used in the speech was tantamount to an attempt to obstruct justice, he said.