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Government decides to pursue case against MQM chief in UK

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ISLAMABAD: The centre and the Sindh government decided to go after Pakistan powerful but absent politician in the United Kingdom, taking help from the British legal apparatus as they decide to file a case against Altaf Hussain in the UK for stirring violence back home.

The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz government reiterated any kind of violence or statement against Pakistan, its existence and armed forces would not be endured.

Islamabad will exchange evidence of Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief inciting violence in Pakistan with the UK police in the next few days, an official confirmed on Friday.

Sindh government had shared collected evidence against Hussain with centre based on which top decision-makers decided to begin the trial.

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Tangible evidence, available to suggest Hussain had asked MQM activists on August 22 to ransack media houses alleging a lack of media coverage, will be sent to Scotland Yard authorities in Britain.

Officials said they have received strong evidence and documents against the MQM chief that fulfil the legal requirements of the UK government for taking action against Hussain.


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However, it is learnt by ARY News that the PML-N government will not seek MQM chief’s extradition because he is a British citizen and does not hold a Pakistani passport.

Federal Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan had announced to file a reference formally against Hussain to the British authorities only a day after the MQM chief sent an angry mob to attack media houses in Karachi following his speech.

Nisar had said that the centre would not allow a single person to hostage Karachi and its people.

 

Scotland Yard monitoring developments

Scotland Yard said it was investigating whether the Muttahida Qaumi Movement leader incited violence in Karachi when he addressed party workers and supporters from his north-London base last Monday.

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Violence erupted in Karachi after MQM’s Altaf Hussain, who has been living in Edgware for over 20 years, addressed supporters in the city via a telephone call.

The police are examining Hussain’s speech following “numerous calls from the public” to see if his remarks broke any English laws, a Scotland Yard representative said.

She added, “Where evidence of criminal activity is found we will consult with the Crown Prosecution Service.”

 

Speech that did the upset

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MQM chief has a history of addressing party members in Pakistan through a loudspeaker linked to his London home telephone since he has taken a refuge in Edgware, England for more than 20 years.

On August 22, he did another speech but the words he picked to explain himself were noxious

Hussain made worrying anti-Pakistan statements and ordered party activists to attack media houses including ARY News for allegedly not giving due coverage of his workers.

MQM workers clashed with police and ransacked ARY News Karachi bureau leaving one person dead and several others injured.

Hussain’s second-in-command Dr Farooq Sattar later was compelled to “disown” MQM chief’s statements and announced the party should now be run “from Pakistan alone”.


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Muttahida chief also apologised for his remarks, blaming “mental stress”, only to make another anti-state speech the next day but this time in the United States through a telephone link.

Hussain’s speech on Monday failed to gain results since top party leaders disowned him after those speeches.

The Sindh government has demolished Muttahida offices established on public properties and amenity plots across the province and have arrested scores of MQM activists throughout the week.

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