Altaf Hussain Called in by London Police as Bail Expires
KARACHI: Today remains the last day as regards Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) Chief Altaf Hussain bail in the money laundering case to which he has asked his supporters to pray for him, as he visits a central London police station on Tuesday.
Addressing party workers and activists gathered at Azizabad's Jinnah Ground in Karachi, Altaf Hussain said that one has to undergo tests in a political struggle. He also urged his followers to remain calm.
Bail granted to the MQM supremo in the case is set to expire on Tuesday.
In July 2013, the London Metropolitan Police had confirmed that investigations against Hussain had been initiated on charges of money laundering and incitement to violence.
The Metropolitan Police had also confirmed that ‘a considerable amount of money’ had been found during raids on Hussain’s residence and office in London.
A statement had said that the cash was found when a counter-terrorism unit of police raided Hussain’s office on Dec 6, 2012 under the Police and Criminal Evidence Act in connection with the investigation of Dr Imran Farooq murder case.
In 2010, Imran Farooq, one of MQM’s founding members and a confidant of Hussain, was murdered in London.
The MQM chief's visit to the police station coincides with the presentation of a primary suspect in Dr Imran Farooq's murder case in a Karachi court, as per an announcement made by Federal Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan on Monday.
MQM's senior London-based leader Mohammad Anwar, was also arrested on April 1 by London Metropolitan Police in connection to the money laundering case. He was released on bail after ten hours of custody,
Anwar's arrest had come three weeks after a raid on the MQM's Nine-Zero headquarters in Karachi.
The MQM chief was earlier arrested on June 3, 2014, on suspicion of money-laundering prompting thousands of people in his home city of Karachi to stage a sit-in calling for his release.
He was, then, shifted to the Wellington Hospital over concerns to his health and underwent angiography and other tests. Having been discharged from the hospital, Hussain was taken to the Southwark police station where he was questioned for nine hours.
He was released on bail four days after his arrest.
The bail was extended twice, first in July 2014 and then on December 3, 2014.
Living in self-exile for over two decades, Hussain gained British citizenship in 2002 after leaving Pakistan in the early 1990s when a military operation was launched to end ethnic unrest in Karachi.
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