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British investigative agency Scotland Yard on Thursday dropped investigations into the money laundering case against Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) Chief Altaf Hussain in London, reported DawnNews.

Cases against senior MQM leader Mohammad Anwar and businessman Sarfaraz Merchant were also dropped by the Metropolitan Police. The cases were wrapped up due to lack of evidence.

Earlier in the month, the Metropolitan Police requested a two-week delay before deciding if they will try to confiscate cash found in the MQM’s UK headquarters and the London homes of Altaf Hussain and the businessman Sarfraz Merchant.

MQM leader Wasay Jalil tweeted, "We are thankful that Scotland Yard have decided to drop the money laundering case against Altaf Hussain."

London police official response

The London Metropolitan Police Service on October 13, following a detailed evidential review and upon receipt of legal advice, made the decision to withdraw their application in a civil case under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 for the forfeiture of over £500,000 in cash.

"The cash had been seized from a number of venues between 2012 and 2014," read the report.

Having examined all of the evidence the Met accepted that there was insufficient evidence to prove that the money seized was the proceeds of crime or was intended for use in unlawful conduct.

"Since 2013, officers from the Met's National Terrorist Financial Investigation Unit have been investigating allegations of money laundering to which the civil proceedings were linked. Officers have worked diligently on the investigation and thoroughly investigated all of the evidence to establish if any laws had been broken in the UK."

During the course of the investigation:

  • Six people were arrested
  • 11 other people were interviewed under caution
  • A total of 28 interviews were conducted at police stations of persons under investigation
  • Over 100 witness statements were taken
  • Nine premises were searched which were located in the South and North of England

The London police said that all reasonable lines of enquiry were exhausted, including international enquiries.

"A case file has been submitted to the Crown Prosecution Service for their careful consideration. Officers have now received their advice, taking into account all of the evidence identified during the course of the investigation, that there is not a realistic prospect of a successful prosecution under UK law, therefore the investigation is now complete and no further action will be taken," the police report said.

The police found £167,525.92 in the MQM’s offices in London and a further £289,785.32 in Mr Hussain’s home. A smaller sum — around £30,000 — was found in Mr Merchant’s home.

The MQM supremo was arrested in the case on June 3, 2014 by the London Metropolitan Police. However, Altaf was released four days later.

He was granted four bail-extensions during the investigations:

  • July 2014
  • Dec 2014
  • April 2015
  • July 2015

During their investigations, the London Metropolitan Police had discovered ‘a considerable amount of money’ during raids on Hussain’s residence and office in London.

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Sameer Oct 13, 2016 06:19pm

Good News.

Khan USA Oct 13, 2016 06:20pm

Altaf is innocent and courts have proved it !

aamir Oct 13, 2016 06:25pm

InshaAllah he would have all grace back soon.

Sab Se Pehle Pakistan Oct 13, 2016 06:23pm

Justice prevailed. This is the beauty of judicial system in England. The supremo of MQM has tendered unconditional apologize to the nation and armed forces. Please forgive and move forward for the betterment of Pakistan. MQM followers are in millions and politics in Urban Sindh is incomplete without MQM. On the other hand MQM please stay united. Your strength lies in unity. Don't let any conspiracy divide you. People of Urban Sindh are with you. Please be patient. Really good day for MQM leadership and Urban Sindh. Pakistan Zindabad

Khan USA Oct 13, 2016 06:31pm

Justice prevailed !

Khan USA Oct 13, 2016 06:44pm

AH is the only one who could get us victory in the 2018 elections !

Mrs.khalil Oct 13, 2016 06:57pm

Pakistan will not be affected by this news, but this will affect UK in long term, money recovered from his house and UK police is saying no concrete evidence found , this is actually a slap on British justice system.
Now at least Pakistani people can not give examples of UK 's law and justice .

Hammad Oct 13, 2016 07:07pm

Altaf Hussain is not a corrupt politican, it is proven now unlike others

Pakistani Oct 13, 2016 07:06pm

Amazing even now he has so many supporter and well wishers

Sab Se Pehle Pakistan Oct 13, 2016 07:28pm

@Pakistani : MQM is not just a political party. It is a passion. The love for MQM and its leadership cannot be removed by force.

syed haider Oct 13, 2016 07:59pm

long live mqm long live Altaf Hussain

Sajjad Oct 13, 2016 09:04pm

I have been saying this for long time that AH is innocent. now please restore MQM to its previous state and also, Rangers should leave karachi and make it return to its glorious time. Its been long living in peace :)

Muhammad Usman Oct 13, 2016 09:26pm

Its strange that £500,000 in cash was recovered from a home and they are saying no evidence.

Malik Oct 13, 2016 09:29pm

It is not a judicial victory as this case never went to court of law in the first place. The Scotland Yard had withdrawn it perhaps without prejudice and that means not a certificate of innocent but the case could not be tried in a court of law owing to insufficient evidence. Insufficient evidence does not amount to innocence. Again 500,000 pounds did not fall from the sky especially when Altaf Sahib never worked a single day in England. The last job he worked was in Chicago, and MQM does not like to be reminded what it was.

Indian Oct 13, 2016 09:36pm

It was just a political plot to hurt Altaf and MQM.

desi Oct 13, 2016 10:11pm

Truth prevails!

Dr Riffat Jabeen Oct 13, 2016 10:13pm

Unbelievable ... question mark on Scotland Yard & British justice system.

Sheraz Oct 13, 2016 10:18pm

CPS in UK is an independent organisation and not under political or police influence. Can some one tell Mr Nisar that British law system is not like Pakistani system who is under political influence where 27 or 30 case can register on a person in just one night.

Syed Ali Oct 13, 2016 10:23pm

@Sab Se Pehle Pakistan Wonderful comment. Now MQM must ask its constituents who they can bat for their causes with peaceful means; and that applies to other political parties; particularly disbanded parties.

faheem shah Oct 13, 2016 10:22pm


Nadeem Oct 13, 2016 10:35pm

No wonder, the stash of cash found at Altaf Hussain's residence was not enough evidence. Quite understandable, they still need his services.

Fareed N Oct 13, 2016 10:38pm

Soon they will close the murder case of Dr.Imran Farooq , Bhai will be free as bird. Money laundering case was a drama , final act was like we predicted - not guilty.

Karachiwala Oct 13, 2016 10:42pm

As expected. Everyone (who is not a PMLN supporter) knew that AH is innocent. He is our true hero. Do not mess with him again. Now please take back your Rangers and allow us live peacefully.

pakcricket Oct 13, 2016 10:47pm

interesting turn around in comments for mqm altaf. now try ik to declare how his donations were earned.

newpak Oct 13, 2016 10:52pm

Please explain where the money came from - does Altaf have 9to5 job in London that he is getting a salary? No, he's getting the money from Karachi based on mqm activity whether legal or not cannot be sent abroad.

Jami Oct 13, 2016 10:57pm

This is the beauty of British system that no one is arrested or put under trial under concrete evidence exists. Thanks this case was in UK. Congrats to all mohajirs.

Harmony-1© Oct 13, 2016 11:00pm

@Malik - There is no disgrace to work as a cab driver in Chicago.

Your point that the case never went to court of law in the first place is a good one.

Haque Parast Oct 13, 2016 11:10pm

To all the haters... it is not a crime to have £500,000 in home nor it is an evidence of any wrong doing as long as you can show that the source and intended use is lawful. Despite all efforts against MQM and Altaf Hussain the truth prevailed and justice done.

Mazher Bashir Oct 13, 2016 11:22pm

One week ago Scotland Yard got green signal to file the case and then suddenly they decided against it ,what happen during that time.

Kashif Oct 13, 2016 11:29pm

We people of Karachi love MQM and AH. It is not just a political party. MQM is our life and our blood. Any attempt to hurt MQM or AH will results in Karachi shutdown. Just as Kashmir is dear to Rawalpindi, MQM is dear to Karachi.

Ashar Oct 13, 2016 11:42pm

So where did more than 500,000 British Pounds in cash come from in Altaf Hussain's residence and office. He hasn't worked a day in his life except for drive a taxi !

Sarcasm Oct 14, 2016 12:39am

What about Imran Farooq's murder case ? Dropped ?

Adnan 2 Oct 14, 2016 01:22am

Jiye Altaf. He is innocent. Jiye Muhajir.

Amit Sharma Oct 14, 2016 02:25am

He was innocent and British have more credibility than Pakistan police.

Amit Sharma Oct 14, 2016 02:27am

Thank Goodness. He got deserved justice. Shame on his shallow opponents.

Khan USA Oct 14, 2016 03:02am

@Kashif Kashmir is dear to Karachi also !

kamran hussain Oct 14, 2016 03:03am

its a good news to pakistan and mqm, altaf hussain is the great, congratulation best of luck

NeutraView Oct 14, 2016 03:10am

Lack of evidence does not mean that crime was not committed. It simply means that police could not obtain sufficient evidence to prosecute.

Ahmed Oct 14, 2016 03:10am

British want to keep services of AH.

saber Oct 14, 2016 03:35am

5 million pound cash recovered and innocent.....strange

Iqbal Malik Oct 14, 2016 03:38am

@Dr Riffat Jabeen I fully agree with you.

Akil Akhtar Oct 14, 2016 03:52am 400,000 pound found is not we know he s scotland yards man.

Krish Oct 14, 2016 03:58am

I'm living in the UK. The law doesn't work based on illogical rhetoric, conspiracy theories and character assassinations. Justice will be done based on hard facts. Having a huge amount of cash doesn't imply a person being a money launder. People can keep cash obtained in legitimate sources.

san Oct 14, 2016 04:03am

Shocking news. Now i got to know why Scotland Yard team was invited to investigate the murder of Benazir bhutto.

Concerned Pakistani Oct 14, 2016 04:04am

@Ashar This is the money that political workers give as donations which is accepted worldwide. This amount in Pak rupees is few carores only which is not a big amount. Here raising such stupid questions shows only the biasness against MQM. Go ask these question from Imran frm where he is getting billions for constant rallies and Dharnas. Remember, Altaf Hussain is not a corrupt politican, it is proven now unlike others.

Dannish Oct 14, 2016 04:19am

Now at least Pakistani people can not give examples of UK 's law and justice

Comrade Oct 14, 2016 04:23am

This is a big slap in the face of Pakistani Establishment and Government. Well done United Kingdom.

Proud Pakistani Kashmiri Oct 14, 2016 04:55am

@Sajjad there is peace in Karachi BECAUSE of the Rangers!!

saeed Oct 14, 2016 05:11am

@Mrs.khalil .Agreed. Totally absurd then a BIG SLAP on British investigators

san Oct 14, 2016 05:42am

Shocking news.. Now i understand that why Scotland yard is being invited to investigate the murder of Benazir Bhutto.

uncle joe Oct 14, 2016 06:22am

Justice has prevailed!

shair khan Oct 14, 2016 06:30am

This must have disappointed lot of people including Imran Khan.

Momtaz Ahmad Ghulam Rasool Oct 14, 2016 06:38am

The British like to destabilise Pakistan;why does a person keep 200,000 punds in his house and not into a bank account speaks for itself.

Adnan Anwar Oct 14, 2016 07:12am

All of a sudden he has so many supporters, Sad day for Justice and Pakistan's future. All the corrupt politicians always get a walk away and Pakistan is left with nothing as always , we continue slide to the bottom of the barrel more and even more.

Kashif Oct 14, 2016 07:41am

@Sarcasm Soon it will also drop.

AHA Oct 14, 2016 08:02am

Some times I feed Altaf is made victim. Conspirators were just waiting for one reason to fix him and found it in his speech.

Baba Oct 14, 2016 08:06am

Fortunatelely this will not change anything in karachi. Karachi is now much better place with the help of Rangers and without AH. AH influence in karachi is no more and never will. Let karachitied enjoy and let them live peacefully

Philosopher (from Japan) Oct 14, 2016 08:27am

@saber 0.5 million dear not 5 million. The game of throne continues. Divide n rule policy is perfectly implemented here. Soon we will hear that AH will be cleared from charges local n international then mqm Pakistan will be standing against mqm Altaf aka London.

mhw Oct 14, 2016 09:19am

now its Pak Govt. responsibility to start money laundering case against the PML-N. if leaders. if they are loyal to Pakistan.

Start Panama !!!

sukhera Oct 14, 2016 09:34am

The British authorities have failed to conduct a thorough investigation. The burden of proof is on MQM to explain where the large amount of cash came from and why it was not deposited in the bank where it can be traced. If such large sum amount of cash was found with an American resident, the results would have been totally different. MQM got off the hook easily and now with new cash flow they will embark on new tactics to harm their adversaries.

Sajjad Oct 14, 2016 09:51am

@Proud Pakistani Kashmiri- I was being sarcastic, we don't deserve rangers who took life risks to clear Karachi of this menace and yet, we see so called literate crowd of supporters for AH.

Nazimuddin Oct 14, 2016 10:10am

Some people are very frustrated with the decision and performance of Scotland Yard investigators. In fact, they had made a decision and sentenced Altaf Hussain in their perceptions but British laws and courts do not follow Pakistani laws and do not function on wishes of people. It is a great news to have celebration for mohajirs in Pakistan during the toughest conditions in Karachi.

Shamshad Oct 14, 2016 10:15am

Whatever people of MQM opponents say Altaf Hussain is not corrupt as international media has never accused him comparing to Nawaz Sharif and Zardari. Altaf Hussain is the only true, vocal and sincere leader of mohajirs and will stay forever. Mubarak to all Mohajirs.

Manzar rahi Oct 14, 2016 10:24am

People of Karachi are jubilant but for some obvious reasons cannot express openly. This is great victory for Altaf Hussain and soon he will be playing an active old style role in politics.

Saleem Javed Oct 14, 2016 10:26am

Voila!! Altaf is back.

Dr.Karachi Oct 14, 2016 10:39am

Justice is done. Unlike Pakistan where the accused is made a criminal without any trial.

Muhammad Shoaib Khan Oct 14, 2016 10:51am

Its happens mostly...

Ausaf Qureshi Oct 14, 2016 10:51am

@Baba This may be your wishful thinking but you know in reality people of Karachi believe only Altaf Hussain. This fabricated peace is not long lasting. My question is supressing a nation by force how long non-urdu speaking people may userb due rights of muhajirs. One day people of Karachi will get their rights under Altaf Hussain's leadership.

Mukhtar Ahmed Oct 14, 2016 10:59am

Bravo. GA Altaf. GA muhajir.

The end is near Oct 14, 2016 11:07am

Scotland yard is corrupt.

Hamza Shahzad Oct 14, 2016 11:16am

Very bad decision!

MYRESPONSE Oct 15, 2016 03:29pm

@Momtaz Ahmad Ghulam Rasool What about millions of dollars in Swiss Banks, high value property in Surrey, England, and last but not the least Panama Leaks ? Did you ever ask this question to the leaders of the two major political parties of Pakistan?