Muttahida Quami Movement founder Altaf Hussain seeks asylum in India

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Nov 18, 2019, 05.51 PM(IST)

MQM founder Altaf Hussain. Photograph:( ANI )

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Hussain has been living in exile in the UK since the launch of 'Operation Clean Up' that had been launched by the then Pakistani Government in 1992 targeting MQM.

The founder of one of Pakistan's main political party Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM) previously known as Muhajir Qaumi Movement, Altaf Hussain has pleaded to Modi to grant him and his colleague's asylum in India.

The MQM founder also sought financial assistance from the Indian prime minister.

Hussain has been living in exile in the UK since the launch of 'Operation Clean Up' that had been launched by the then Pakistani Government in 1992 targeting Muttahida Qaumi Movement.

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He is due to stand trial in June 2020 and passport remains with the UK police.

Hussain was charged by the UK's crown prosecution services for encouraging terrorism through a speech relayed to his followers in Pakistan in 2016.

In a video speech recorded by Hussain after London police relaxed his bail conditions, he turned towards Modi for help.

The MQM leader said he would like to travel to India because his grandparents are buried there.

Hussain alleged that his assets, house, and offices were taken over in Karachi leaving him with no means to “fight for justice” against the Pakistani regime. 

MQM and its leader Altaf Hussain decided to boycott elections in 2018 due to military intervention in political affairs,  
 
Promising that he would not interfere in any politics, Hussian has said that he welcomed the supreme court verdict in the Ayodhya case.