The founder of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement’s (MQM) was arrested in London on Thursday (Oct 10) in connection with an inflammatory speech he delivered via telephone in 2016 to his followers back home, local media and security officials reported.
Hussain, who has been living in exile for more than 25 years, leads the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), a party influential in urban areas of Pakistan’s southern province of Sindh, including port city of Karachi. He was arrested by Metropolitan Police from Southwark Police Station, where he appeared following expiry of his bail.
He was charged with a terrorism related offense. The arrest has sent shockwaves across Pakistan as Hussain once ruled Karachi, the country’s commercial capital, with an iron fist, shutting down the entire city in mere seconds with the help of his loyal workers. Hussain — who is wanted by Pakistani security forces in multiple cases relating to murder, terrorism, inciting violence and money laundering — has been charged with a terrorism offense on the charge of encouraging violence.
On Aug. 22, 2016, Hussain, who is notorious for his incendiary speeches, in a telephonic address, encouraged hundreds of his supporters to attack the office of a local broadcaster, which according to him, did not give “due” coverage to his party’s activities.
Hussain was previously arrested in June on the same charge but was released on bail. He is also facing inquiries for money laundering and delivering a hate speech to his supporters via telephone after the 2013 general elections. Pakistan’s Federal Investigation Authority has sent an extradition request to the U.K. government for Hussain.
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27 September, 2019