The Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) founder Altaf Hussain was released on bail Wednesday (June 12) evening as he opted ‘no comment’ for every questions by Scotland Yard’s Counter Terrorism Command unit. MQM founder Altaf Hussain was arrested by Scotland Yard in an early morning raid on Tuesday (June 11). Altaf Hussain was taken to a local police station. 15 officers took part in a dawn raid at his north London home.
A statement by the Met Police today, without naming Hussain, said that “a man […] associated with the MQM in Pakistan has today, Wednesday, 12 June been bailed to return to a police station in mid-July”. “As part of the investigation, officers carried out a search at the north west London address and at a separate commercial address in north west London. Both these searches are now complete,” the Met police said in their 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 statement added.
According to reports, he was arrested for his hate speech which he delivered in Pakistan through telephone in 2016. 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.
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17 June, 2019