MQM Founder Altaf Hussain Arrested: London Metropolitan Police
Scotland Yard has arrested Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) founder Altaf Hussain in a raid on Tuesday.
The arrest was confirmed by the London Metropolitan Police.
He is arrested in relation to the 2016 hate speech in which he commended his followers to “take the law in their hands”.
MQM leader delivered a fiery speech on August 22, 2016, after which as a result party worker destroyed a media office in Karachi and chanted anti-Pakistan slogans.
The MQM leader was “arrested at his 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,”
According to 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”.