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UK police team in Pakistan to investigate MQM founder

April 7, 2019
 
UK police team in Pakistan to investigate MQM founder

Activists of Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), march at a protest in Karachi on July 14, 2015. Photo: AFP

A team from the UK police arrived in Islamabad on Saturday to see whether a case can be made in the UK against MQM founder Altaf Hussain.

It will record witnesses’ statements on Monday.

The MQM founder, who is a British national and is currently living in London, is accused of expressing anti-Pakistan sentiments during a telephonic speech on August 22, 2016. The speech was broadcast in Karachi by leaders of the MQM.

The Sindh police chief was sent a letter informing him about the police team’s arrival on April 6. A team of the Metropolitan Police’s SO15 Counter Terrorism Command will be interrogating six witnesses in the case and has summoned them on Monday. All six witnesses are from the Sindh police and the police chief has been directed to ensure their presence before the team.

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They have also asked for the FIR lodged against Hussain and the video recordings of the speech he made. He is accused of both making anti-Pakistan statements and inciting MQM workers to violence.

The police team will be looking to see whether there is sufficient evidence to prosecute Hussain in a UK court.

The team is in Pakistan on the interior ministry’s request.

 

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