LONDON: The Scotland Yard on Thursday dismissed a money laundering against Mutahida Quami Movement (MQM) founder Altaf Hussain and two others over lack of evidence.
The case also involved MQM members Muhammad Anwar and Sarfaraz Merchant after the Metropolitan Police recovered large amount of cash at the party headquarters and home in 2014.
MQM leader Wasay Jalil tweeted, “We are thankful that Scotland Yard have decided to drop the money laundering case against Altaf Hussain.”
It’s been a great day & we are thankful2 Almighty God that SLY have decided to drop Money Laundering case against Mr AltafHussain #MQM
— Wasay Jalil (@WasayJalil) October 13, 2016
Altaf Hussain was arrested in London on June 3, 2014 and was released a few days later. He was subsequently given four bail extensions until the case was dismissed over lack of evidence.
Interior Minister expresses reservations
Interior Minister Chaurdhry Nisar Ali Khan has expressed reservations over the dismissing over the money laundering case against the MQM founder Altaf Hussain.
He said that weapons lists had been recovered from his residence, and investigation was being held over the huge cache of weapons recovered from the party headquater in Karachi.
It may be mentioned that earlier Nisar met with British High Commissioner Thomas Drew where they discussed a range of issues including the reference cases against Altaf Hussain for raising anti-state slogans on 22nd August during a telephonic address in Karachi.