In an early morning raid to his residence in Northwest London, the MQM founder Altaf Hussain was arrested by Scotland Yard. The media reports say around 15 Police officers from Scotland yard took part in the operation, and Altaf Hussain was taken to a central London police station.
The Scotland yard sent a letter to Pakistani authorities in 2017, under the Mutual Legal Assistance, to contribute in the investigation against the MQM founder. It was in the context of the two hate speeches made by him on March 11, 2015, and August 22, 2016.
In the said telephonic speeches from London, he encouraged his followers to riot against the state. He also threatened the DG Rangers Major Bilal Akram for severe results.
The Hate speech:
Soon after the speech, violence broke out in Karachi. The MQM workers attacked the ARY news headquarters. As a result, rangers held the senior leadership of MQM in custody. Speaking to the protester outside the Karachi press club Altaf Hussain declared, “Pakistan is cancer for the entire world,” he further added that, “Pakistan is a headache for the entire world. Pakistan is the epicenter of terrorism of the entire world. Who says long live Pakistan… It’s down with Pakistan.”
Later on, the Pakistani leadership of MQM sidelined themselves from the MQM founder.
The Scotland yard team visited Pakistan to investigate further into the matter and the FIA collaborated with them. FIA provided the team with evidence of money laundering and violence caused by his follower.
Scotland Yard statement on Altaf Hussain’s arrest:
A man has today, Tuesday, 11 June, been arrested in connection with an investigation into a number of speeches made by an individual associated with the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) in Pakistan.
The man, who is aged in his 60s, was arrested at an address in north-west London. He was arrested on suspicion of intentionally encouraging or assisting offenses contrary to Section 44 of the Serious Crime Act 2007.
He was detained under PACE and taken to a south London police station, where he currently remains in police custody.
According to the statement, the investigation led by officers is in relation to the hate speech he delivered at the 22 August 2016 and previous speeches mongering hate. The officers collaborated with Pakistani Authorities in the investigation.
Altaf Hussain A British Citizen will be Probed by British Authorities:
Pakistan’s Interior Minister Ijaz Shah said, Altaf Hussain is a British citizen and he will be investigated by the British authorities only. He added that Pakistan will not contact Interpol over the arrest.