Hate speech: Altaf Hussain arrested in London



Staff Report


The self-exiled founder of Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) Altaf Hussain was arrested by Scotland Yard in on Tuesday.

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, read a statement by London’s Metropolitan Police.

“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 offences contrary to Section 44 of the Serious Crime Act 2007,” the statement added.

According to the 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.

“Throughout the investigation, officers have been liaising with Pakistani authorities in relation to our ongoing enquiries,” statement said.

The arrest is in relation to hate speech made by Hussain on August 22, 2016.

Hours after Hussain delivered the incendiary speech, MQM workers had attacked the ARY News office in Karachi. Shortly after, the Rangers had detained a handful of senior MQM leaders overnight.

In the days that followed, the Karachi wing of the party led by Farooq Sattar distanced itself from Hussain and the London wing.