MQM founder Altaf Hussain charged with terror funding, money laundering

MQM founder Altaf Hussain. Photograph:( ANI )

ANI Karachi, Pakistan Nov 01, 2017, 09.59 AM (IST)

Muttahida Qaumi Movement founder Altaf Hussain has been charged with terror funding and money laundering, after Pakistani's Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) submitted an interim charge-sheet before the administrative judge of the Anti-Terrorism Courts (ATCs).

Hussain and others were booked by FIA's State Bank Circle earlier this month on the complaint of UK based businessman Sarfaraz Merchant.

The FIA had named MQM's Senator Babar Ghauri, Karachi Deputy Mayor Arshad Vohra, Khawaja Rehan and Senator Ahmed Ali as co-accused.

Investigating officer (IO) Mohammad Ali Abro named the MQM founder as absconder interim investigation report filed on Tuesday. 

However, the charge-sheet does not mention the residential addresses of the absconding accused.

The co-accused have not been named in the charge-sheet, nor shown as exonerated of charges.

The administrative judge of the ATCs sent the case to ATC-II for formal trial.

The FIA said the co-accused sent money to the MQM founder through the Khidmat-e-Khalq Foundation (KKF), the party's charity wing and KKF was used as a source of illegal money transfer to Hussain.