KARACHI (Web Desk) – Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) leader Abdul Qadir Patel presented himself for arrest at the Boat Basin police station on Tuesday.

He stated that he did not flee from the anti-terrorism court (ATC).

His arrest came hours later an anti-terrorism court turned down an extension in the bail plea of the PPP leader, who faces charges of allegedly sheltering and ordering the medical treatment of extremists’ at the Karachi hospital of former federal minister Dr Asim Hussain.

Patel, however, reportedly fled the scene.

While talking to media after arriving at the Boat Basin police station, he said that he got late for the hearing of the case and, when he arrived, he saw that the entrance to the courtroom was closed.

“I didn’t run away, I just moved out calmly,” Qadir Patel said, adding that he had come for the proceedings of the case all the way from London. “Why would I run then?”

When asked about contacting anyone in his party, he said that he had not yet contacted anyone.