LAHORE - The Supreme Court was moved yesterday seeking high treason case against MQM leaders and ban on their party.

Zafarullah Khan of Watan Party filed the petition in the SC Lahore Registry. The petitioner stated that Altaf Hussain and other leaders of the MQM spoke against Pakistan and anti-state slogans were chanted in their gatherings. He stated that such anti-statement itself is charge sheet against the party while many other party dissidents had stated that MQM Chief was agent of RAW.

The petitioner submitted that registration of the party can be cancelled under Section 15 of Political Parties Ordinance. He further pleaded the court to order federal government to file reference against the party. He also prayed the court to order the government to provide record of anti-state speeches as well as record of money laundering to Scotland yard for against MQM chief and other leaders.

INP ADDS: A petition has been filed in the Lahore High Court seeking cancellation of registration of Mutahidda Qaumi Movement as a political party.

The plea was filed by one Advocate Aftab Virk who that it is mandatory for any political party to be patriotic; however the petitioner didn’t shed light on parameters for evaluating patriotism.

He claimed that MQM chief was involved in anti-Pakistan activities. Altaf Hussain raised slogans against the country in his speeches, he held.

“These statements prove that MQM is an anti-Pakistan political party,” he added while urging the court to issue orders to cancel MQM registration. In August 2015, the LHC had banned live broadcast of speeches of the Mutahidda Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain. A three-member bench of the LHC heard the treason case against Hussain.

Four identical petitions were filed with the court, seeking ban on Hussain’s speeches. One of the petitioners said that the MQM chief gave speeches which were tantamount to treason. They pleaded the court to initiate action against speeches of Hussain as federal government and relevant ministries failed to take any action against it.

The MQM chief has been in hot water ever since he launched diatribe against Pakistan Army and armed forces for targeting his party in the guise of operation against criminals in Karachi.

MQM activists clashed with police and ransacked office of ARY television station in Karachi on Monday, leaving at least one man dead and seven others injured. The violence erupted soon after the influential Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) party's self-exiled chief stoked up his supporters in the city, castigating the media for not giving them due coverage.