Pakistan to pursue 'legal action' against MQM founder Altaf Hussain, rules out extradition

The exiled leader living in London since 1992, in an address earlier this week, had said: 'Pakistan is a cancer for the entire world Photograph:( Others )

WION Islamabad,Pakistan Aug 27, 2016, 08.45 AM (IST)
Days after Pakistani paramilitary forces raided the headquarters of Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) in the port city of Karachi,  Pakistan has said it will not seek the extradition of MQM founder Altaf Hussain from Britain. 

However, a legal action will be pursued against the MQM leader for his alleged incendiary address earlier this week that provoked MQM party workers to resort to violence in Karachi on August 22, Islamabad has said. 

Pakistan to seek British government 's help 

Pakistan said it would provide evidence against Hussain to the British Government on Monday. It ruled out Hussain's extradition as both nations don't have a treaty to do so, reports Geo TV.

It said that the British government would be asked to take legal action against Hussain. Scotland Yard is also conducting its own investigation in this regard and collecting evidence against the MQM founder.

Sources said that services of a legal council would also be taken, if required.

Reportedly, Pakistan interior minister Chaudhary Nisar Ali Khan is in close contact with British authorities regarding the issue and the interior ministry is pushing UK's home department to take action against Hussain as provoking people to violence was also against British laws.

Member of parliament for Bradford West Naz Shah has also asked the UK authorities to consider proscribing the MQM as a terrorist organisation because of MQM founder's incitement of violence, attacks on Pakistan`s armed forces and the state of Pakistan itself.

Shah has also written to Scotland Yard chief Sir Bernard Hogan Howe and home secretary Amber Rudd. In her letter, Shah asked the Scotland Yard to explain why the police have failed to take action against Hussain over his several speeches which incited violence in Pakistan.

Crackdown deepens dispute 

The operation carried out by the troops on Tuesday deepened the dispute between MQM, which has dominated Karachi politics for decades, and local security forces that regularly spills into violence.

The exiled leader living in London since 1992, in an address earlier this week, had said: "Pakistan is a cancer for the entire world." His speech had prompted the MQM party workers to attack a TV station in Karachi. 

The riots by the MQM workers following Hussain's speech triggered a crackdown leading to the sealing of the party's headquarters Nine Zero, along with several other offices in the metropolis and elsewhere in Sindh.

A case of treason was filed against Hussain by the police. However, Hussain later asked for forgiveness from the army and Rangers chiefs.

"From the depth of (my) heart, I beg pardon from the Pakistani establishment," he said. "I was under severe mental stress over extra-judicial arrests and (the) precarious condition of my workers sitting at (a) hunger striking camp." he said. 

The British authorities have also been investigating Hussain for money laundering after a huge pile of cash was recovered from his residence and office in London in December 2012.He was arrested in June 2013 and released after questioning and was bailed six times since.

(WION with inputs from agencies) 

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