KARACHI: The Muttahida Quami Movement – Pakistan on Tuesday barred its legal team from further representing party’s founder Altaf Hussain in cases against him in London, ARY News reported.
According to ARY News correspondent Rafay Mahmood, the MQM Pakistan after detailed consultation decided to disassociate itself from cases against the MQM founder in London.
Sources revealed that the MQM founder still faces several cases in London, including the murder of Dr. Imran Farooq who was killed in London in 2010.
In this regard several lawyers pursuing the cases were in contact with the Dr. Farooq Sattar-led MQM in Karachi.
However, MQM Pakistan has now contacted the lawyer’s firm in London and stopped it from pursuing the cases on their behalf stating that its has no connection with the London-based founder.
The MQM has requested the lawyer’s firm to refund the fees amounting to several hundred thousands pounds, which had been submitted to fight the cases in British courts.
The MQM Pakistan has already disassociated itself from the MQM founder after his controversial statements on August 22, and altered its constitution to scrap discretionary powers given to him
It has repeatedly denied that it is in any contact with him, and has claimed to the sole and legitimate party. Dr. Farooq Sattar was subsequently appointed the convener of the party.
Another faction called the MQM London had emerged causing further splits in the party.