London police will not pursue Altaf ‘hate speech’ case: MQM

Updated June 12, 2014

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MQM chief Altaf Hussain. – File Photo courtesy: mqm.org
MQM chief Altaf Hussain. – File Photo courtesy: mqm.org

KARACHI: London's Metropolitan Police informed Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain that they have no intention of pursuing action regarding the content of his speeches, said a statement issued by the party late on Wednesday.

“Muttahida Quami Movement can confirm that the Metropolitan Police have officially informed Mr Altaf Hussain, founder and leader of MQM, that they (Met Police) have no intention of pursuing action regarding the content of Mr Hussain's speeches,” said the party statement.

The police review into the MQM chief’s speeches had started in May last year following allegations by his political opponents mainly the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI).

In a speech televised across various media channels after the May 11 polls, Altaf Hussain had ‘threatened’ to separate Karachi from the rest of Pakistan if the public mandate of his party was not accepted.

“We were always of the belief that there would be no further action in this regard,” said the statement.

“MQM would like to reiterate that it would continue to cooperate with the Metropolitan Police regarding their ongoing enquiries,” it added.


Altaf calls for military offensive against militants


Meanwhile, speaking to a rally oraganised here to mark 36th foundation day of APMSO – the MQM’s student wing, Hussain said he was ready to face cases against him being probed in London by the police.

He felicitated the party workers, student activists and office bearers on the APMSO foundation day.

The MQM chief expressed his deepest sympathies and solidarity with families of the victims of Karachi airport attack.

He urged the authorities to launch a major offensive against Taliban militants.

“It’s the right time to eliminate militancy from the country,” he said.