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Muttahida Qaumi Movement leader Farooq Sattar. — File photo
Muttahida Qaumi Movement leader Farooq Sattar. — File photo

KARACHI: Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) leader Farooq Sattar said Wednesday that the party would continue its protests until the government did not obtain a guarantee from its British counterpart that their chief who had been arrested by authorities would be protected, DawnNews reported.

The MQM leader said Hussain’s health was his biggest concern at the moment.

He also said that no charges had been pressed against the MQM chief, adding that detention without charges contradicted the tenets of justice.

Sattar said nobody could be arrested for questioning in Britain.

He also refuted the news that Hussain’s bail application had been rejected, saying that it was simply a baseless rumour. He said lawyers representing Hussain would submit a bail application today.

Sattar said several of the country’s top political leaders had expressed solidarity with MQM, adding that everyone had declared the matter as that of a sensitive nature.

The MQM leader said Karachi’s traders and transporters had also promised them full support.

Later, speaking to DawnNews, Sattar warned that if their chief was harmed while being held in custody by British authorities, then the matter would slip out of control.

He demanded of the government to obtain Altaf’s life assurance from its British counterpart while underscoring that if anything were to happen to the party chief, then it would be difficult to handle matters.

Sattar said the British authorities should either register a case against Hussain or terminate the case based on evidences provided by the MQM.

He said the party had donors in Karachi who would go to court and record their statements.

Comments (22) Closed

Ghazanfar Jun 04, 2014 03:56pm

Mr. Altaf Hussain felt 20 years back that UK is safe, thats why he went there. Now, Mr. Farooq Sattar is saying Government of Pakistan make sure he remains safe in UK... what an irony!

Shibli Jun 04, 2014 04:13pm

Finally What took British so long !!! I hope they will serve justice

khanm Jun 04, 2014 04:15pm

one gets the best protection in jail and better protection in maximum security prison, you get health benefits, physical work out, free food and lodging, entertainment, with 24hr Ac, which not even an average Joe gets them in Pakistan.unless you are the politicians... the only thing you lack is freedom...

sohail Jun 04, 2014 04:16pm

Farooq Bhai why don't you fly to London and due dharna out side Scotland office or at least ask you London MQM workers to do a sit in in front of the Scotland office. Do not shet aligator tears in Karachi, leave Karachi alone.

khanm Jun 04, 2014 05:28pm

@Ghazanfar the priorities have changed... don't you get it

Syed Asif Jun 04, 2014 07:15pm

If you want to protest.Do it in UK .please leave Pakistan.Pakistan already problems .PM Nawaz Already give a very good statement you need help contact the PM.

khurram Khan Jun 04, 2014 07:48pm

Please do protests in UK, do not paralyze Karachi's life.

Jee Jun 04, 2014 08:02pm

Why should the Government even be bothered about Mr. Hussain. He claims to be a British National and is very proud of that as well so he'll be penalized under British Law. If someone wants to protest, might as well go London..

Waseem Jun 04, 2014 08:25pm

If the workers and leaders of MQM are so concerned about Altaf Bhai health and safety .Please go in there arrange sit in in front of Scotland yard.Please let Karachi be remained peaceful.your protests are unjustified.

Parvez Jun 04, 2014 08:39pm

..... BUT 23 years ago he went to Britain and became a British citizen TO ENSURE HIS SAFETY.........providence works in mysterious ways.

Ahmer Jun 04, 2014 08:43pm

Come on, Dr Sattar! Altaf Hussain is very safe. He is in the custody of London police and not Pakistani police.

Ali Jun 04, 2014 09:15pm

Mr. Farooq Sattar everyone has to follow the law. You should remember Britain is an old democratic country and you guys are regular travelers to that country.

Munz Jun 04, 2014 09:24pm

Protest? What is wrong with you? People like you will never let Pakistan prosper or move forward!!

Syed Jun 04, 2014 10:05pm

go to u.k to protest. pakistan has nothing to do with this.

Farzana Jun 04, 2014 10:33pm

MQM wants to protest,they should go to UK. What they are doing in Karachi is not right. Pakistan government has not arrested him.

naghman Jun 04, 2014 11:15pm

what has karachi or pakistan have to do with british law?he is a british citizen.

JK Jun 04, 2014 11:41pm

Are you kidding? He is a British national. What Pakistan has to do with his arrest. Please have mercy on Karachi. Have not we suffered enough.

Amir Mahmood Jun 05, 2014 03:24am

MQM have large group of supporters in England, however they are not showing any respect and loyalty for Altaf Hussain by doing dharna in UK. What happens if Altaf Hussain is proven guilty?

Abbas Syed Jun 05, 2014 06:12am

Mr. Sattar statement that his party would continue its protests until Pakistan government obtains a guarantee from British government that his party leader, Mr.Hussain would be protected, is laughable. Mr. Sattar's party leader for whatever reason fled to UK for safety and security and sought refuge there. Why all of sudden Mr. Sattar finds UK unsafe and unsecure for his leader when he has been living there for twenty years and obtained its citizenship.

Muhammad Riyaz Jun 05, 2014 07:28am

@sohail WELL SAID.

Syed(Australi) Jun 05, 2014 07:35am

I do not understand why such an educated political party is behaving like kids and are showing there anger on Pakistani streets.

Instead I will ask MQM high command in Karachi and Pakistan who can easily go to London as they were going before for party meeting in the past to go there and show there concern at 10 Downing street in London or if they can not go there then better go to the consulate of Britain in Karachi or in Islamabad but please do not paralyse Karachi's life because this dharna is not going to be effective from here.

M Rafique Jun 06, 2014 11:57am

@Syed(Australi) "Manzil Nahin Rahnuma Chahiay"