An anti-terrorism court in Karachi indicted on Wednesday four men accused of the murder of MQM leader Ali Raza Abidi.
Farooq, Ghazali, Abu Bakr and Abdul Haseeb have pleaded innocent.
The court has issued a notice to the investigating officers ordering them to present their witnesses at the next hearing which has been scheduled for November 30.
The ATC has declared four MQM party workers, Hassnain, Bilal, Ghulam Mustafa alias Kali Charan and Faizan, wanted and absconding from court. Arrest warrants have also been issued for them.
According to the police, the murderers were paid Rs800,000 to kill the former parliamentarian.
“The motorcycle used in the killing has been burnt,” a police officer said.
Abidi was gunned down last year on December 25 outside his residence in Defence Housing Authority by unidentified armed men. The former MNA had resigned from the MQM shortly before his death.