London: Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) founder Altaf Hussain was arrested in a raid by the Scotland Yard on Tuesday. The arrest was confirmed in a statement released by the London Metropolitan Police. The MQM founder was arrested in relation to the 2016 hate speech case in which he urged his followers to “take the law in their hands”.
Hussain had delivered a fiery speech on August 22, 2016, after which party workers vandalised a media office in Karachi and chanted anti-Pakistan slogans.
The MQM leader was “arrested at an address in northwest London”.“He was arrested on suspicion of intentionally encouraging or assisting offences contrary to Section 44 of the Serious Crime Act 2007,” said the statement from UK’s Metropolitan Police.
“He was detained under PACE and taken to a south London police station, where he currently remains in police custody.”“As part of the investigation, officers are carrying out a search at the north west London address. Detectives are also searching a separate commercial address in north west London,” added the police statement.
“The investigation, which is being led by officers from the Met’s Counter Terrorism Command, is focused on a speech broadcast in August 2016 by an individual associated with the MQM movement in Pakistan as well as other speeches previously broadcast by the same person.”
The British police added that throughout the investigation, a police team from the UK “have been liaising with Pakistani authorities in relation to our ongoing enquiries”.
In April, a police team from London visited the FIA Headquarter to record the statement of six witnesses of the Sindh police in the hate speech case against Hussain.
According to sources, the six officers of the Sindh police could not make it to Islamabad though the FIA had summoned them and sent a letter to the Sindh IGP seeking their presence along with the relevant record.
Sources privy to the development said the police officers sought more time to record their statements.