MQM Founder Altaf Hussain Arrested in London Over Hate Speech
LONDON: Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) founder Altaf Hussain was arrested by Scotland Yard in an early morning raid on Tuesday, Geo News reported.
Citing security sources, it said Altaf had been shifted to a local police station. Around 15 police officials took part in the raid on his north London home. The Scotland Yard will record his statement in the coming hours.
A forensic unit of Scotland Yard is searching the residence of Altaf as well as the MQM office and International Secretariat.
The MQM sources have confirmed that Altaf Hussain was arrested.
It is reported that Altaf has been arrested in relation to the hate speech of 2016 in which he had urged his followers to take law into their own hands. He had also issued violent threats to the then Rangers DG Maj Gen Bilal Akbar.
Parts of Hussain’s speech that went viral on social media minutes after the violence broke out in Karachi showed that while addressing the MQM workers protesting outside the Karachi Press Club against “enforced disappearances and extrajudicial killings of workers”, the MQM supremo had not only raised slogans against Pakistan but also called the country “a cancer for entire world”.
Meanwhile, he is also facing investigation with regard to the murder of MQM leader Imran Farooq and money-laundering charges.
In 2017, Scotland Yard had sent a letter under ‘Mutual Legal Assistance’ to Pakistan in relation to two speeches made by the MQM founder on March 11, 2015 and August 22, 2016.
Both the Crown Prosecution Service and Metropolitan Police Services had confirmed to Geo News that a criminal investigation had started against Altaf Hussain.