Altaf to undergo medical tests; questioning may follow, Altaf asks workers to remain peaceful

LONDON: Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) Chief Altaf Hussain, who is in police detention since yesterday, asked sympathizers and workers of his party at MQM London Secretariat via telephone to remain strong and peaceful.

The founder leader of MQM told the party workers to refrain from taking law into their hands.

Altaf Hussain’s message was read out to the workers staging a sit-in at Numaish Chowrangi Karachi.

“The phases of trial and tribulations in the path of ‘Haq Parast’ struggle are not anything new for me,” Altaf Hussain said, adding, he had combated similar circumstances in the past and even today his spirits have not hit ground.

He further said: “Neither did I disappoint the nation in the past nor would I do it in future.”

Altaf Hussain also spoke to her daughter Afza Altaf on the phone.

Altaf Hussain, 60, was arrested from his residence located in North Western London at pre-dawn on Tuesday. According to reports, dozens of London police officials turned up at Altaf Hussain’s residence to execute the arrest.

Until last reports, the detained MQM leader, who had stayed in self-imposed exile in London since 1991, was taken to a hospital in London for getting his medical tests done.
KARACHI: Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) leader Wasay Jalil on Wednesday said that although the London police wanted to question party chief Altaf Hussain in relation to money laundering, he was moved to a hospital due to ill health.

Doctors would carry out a number of tests on Hussain, Jalil said adding that after those, the police was likely to decide on how to proceed.

Jalil further said that the MQM was in cooperation with the British police over its investigations in matters relating to alleged money laundering and the murder of Imran Farooq.

Hussain’s residence was sealed after the search of his London home was concluded by the British police.

The search was carried out by 40 personnel of the police, including members of the forensic team.

London police as saying that six personnel of the police were still present at Hussain’s residence.

Police moreover said that the residence will be handed over to the MQM chief after he gets bail.

Hussain was arrested by the British police on Tuesday on suspicion of money-laundering.

He was arrested in northwest London where he has been living in self-imposed exile since 1992.

Police in Britain do not name suspects until they are charged. But when asked about Hussain, the Metropolitan Police said a 60-year-old man had been detained at a residence in northwest London on Tuesday morning.

Hussain gained British citizenship in 2002 after leaving Pakistan when a military operation was launched to end ethnic unrest in Karachi.

His residence in London was previously raided on suspicion of money-laundering in 2012 and 2013 by British police.