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Interpol refuses to issue red warrant against Altaf Hussain

Updated Feb 25, 2017 05:12pm


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ISLAMABAD: Interpol has refused to issue a red warrant against MQM founder Altaf Hussain, saying it does not intervene in political and religious matters of a state.

A senior official of the interior ministry told Dawn on condition of anonymity on Friday that Interpol had sought a clarification from the government over the request for issuance of the red warrant against Mr Hussain, besides asking for details of the sedition charges against him.

The official said the Interpol communication was being examined at the highest level and would be responded to over the next two weeks.

Also read: Scotland Yard drops money laundering investigation against Altaf Hussain

An Interpol notice is an international alert circulated to communicate information about crimes, criminals and threats from police in a member state or an authorised international entity to their counterparts around the world. The information disseminated via notices concerns individuals wanted for serious crimes, missing persons, unidentified bodies, possible threats, prison escapes and criminals’ modus operandi.

Govt asked to provide details of sedition charges against MQM founder

There are eight types of notices, seven of which are colour-coded by their function: red, blue, green, yellow, black, orange and purple. The most well-known is the red notice which is the closest instrument to an international arrest warrant in use today. The eighth — special notice — is issued at the request of the United Nations Security Council.

As a matter of policy, Interpol only publishes a notice that adheres to all the proper legal conditions. For example, a notice will not be published if it violates Interpol’s constitution, which forbids the organisation from undertaking activities of a political, military, religious, or racial character. Interpol can refuse to publish a notice that it considers inadvisable or a potential risk.

The Federal Investigation Agency recently sent a written request to Interpol for issuance of the red warrant against the MQM founder living in self-exile in London. The documents annexed with the request included a copy of the FIR registered against Mr Hussain for delivering a hate speech on Aug 22 last year through a video link inciting the party workers on hunger strike outside the Karachi Press Club to attack some media houses, and documents pertaining to subsequent investigations into the matter, besides a court order declaring Mr Hussain a fugitive.

In his speech, Mr Hussain had not only raised slogans against Pakistan, but also called the country “a cancer for the entire world”.

Days after the highly objectionable speech, Pakis­tan formally sent a reference to the British government against the MQM founder.

One person was killed and more than six were wounded when the MQM activists rampaged through a busy neighbourhood of the metropolis on Aug 22, setting vehicles ablaze, clashing with police and storming a media house.

The MQM activists, according to the findings of an inquiry, were “incited by their leader, who is a British citizen, in a telephone speech from London”.

The MQM faction in Pakistan has since disowned Mr Hussain and his aides based in the London office of the party.

The government had asked the British authorities to initiate legal action against those responsible for inciting people to violence in Pakistan, said a spokesperson for the interior ministry while sharing details of the legal reference with the media.

The reference said Mr Hussain had not only violated the British law but also breached international laws and, therefore, he should be convicted in accordance with these laws. Evidence of Mr Hussain’s provocative speech was also shared with the UK government.

A copy of the FIR registered against Mr Hussain was also attached with the reference, along with photographs showing the MQM workers attacking media houses and creating a law and order situation. It also carried the transcript of his hate speech.

“However, no demand has been made for Mr Hussain’s extradition,” the spokesperson said.

Published in Dawn, February 25th, 2017


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Aditya Feb 25, 2017 07:36am

Justice prevails. No amount of lies can shadow it.

Shah Feb 25, 2017 07:45am

UK is keeping all anti Govt. people and ill gotten money from all over the world how can they handover it.

Karachiwala Feb 25, 2017 07:47am

Throwing out money laundering case and no move on Dr. Imran Farroq murder in UK is enough to tell they are on whose side.

Riz Feb 25, 2017 08:05am

God knows when these corrupt politicians will leave Pakistan alone. I guess never unless common men started showing their responsibilities towards country.

Aamir Feb 25, 2017 08:03am

International agencies are not biased or have prejudice that much to issue warrants without relevant proofs. MQM again wins.

Let me say Feb 25, 2017 08:13am

Unfortunately the Interior Ministry had not been serious from day one due to political benefits,and confortable U- turns readily available from MQM(A). Now the paradigm has itself U- turned altogether,MQM(A) or MQM(London) is not relevant in Pakistan.There is no harm in exchanging letters with Interpol, atleast the people attentions could be diverted from some issues.

imtiaz ali khan Feb 25, 2017 08:21am

Political mafias of Pakistan.

Jaffer Feb 25, 2017 08:22am

justice should be served across the board including panamagate.

air conductor Feb 25, 2017 08:27am

Do not go after the person , go after the reasons his ideology prevailed and touched millions of hearts. The injustices of the system that still continue to scar life of the middle and lower class.

Saeed Feb 25, 2017 08:29am

What a joke

jA-australia Feb 25, 2017 08:36am

The basic assumption is that the Pakistani government actually was serious and not just playing a game. That assumption has not been validated by the government's actions to date.

M. Emad Feb 25, 2017 08:38am

Altaf Hussain is the founder leader of Pakistan's 3rd biggest political party -- MQM.

syed hasan Feb 25, 2017 08:46am

Pakistanis have to decide they want Pakistan or corruption ( Altaf, Nawaz and Zardari )

Vijay Feb 25, 2017 08:51am

@Shah What has Interpol got to do with the Brits?

Aftab Feb 25, 2017 08:55am

Pakistan must come out of its bubble world.

Raza Farooqi -NY Feb 25, 2017 08:55am

God bless Pakistan, its people and the politicians.

Politicians, real representative of people, who have saved Pakistan from the disaster, when adventures turned into misadventures.

Hold the fort boys.

S. A. M. Feb 25, 2017 09:15am

those politicians of Pakistan requesting interpol to issue red warrants against altaf should look at themselves as well. i think they would find tgat they also stand in the same line as that of mr altaf. not a single leader in pakistan is honest

Shaukat Ali Khan Feb 25, 2017 09:37am


Justice denied is justice prevailed for some.

A Feb 25, 2017 09:39am

No one cares about Pakistan

Bala Feb 25, 2017 09:40am

A big tight slap to govt.

aslam shaikh1 Feb 25, 2017 10:06am

The Untouchables

Rehan Feb 25, 2017 10:10am

Im suprised no one in the government knew Interpol's charter. Pakistan government really doesn't know how to play games.

Sameer Feb 25, 2017 10:13am

@ Raza Farooqi -NY sorry but these politicianz dont represent me. My statesman do...its time we bring them front.

asad Feb 25, 2017 10:13am

they want mohajirs to elect their leadership from the bunch they selected not the indigenous.

air conductor Feb 25, 2017 10:19am

Do not go after the person, go after the reasons his ideology prevailed and touched millions of people. The same problems still scar the middle lower class families in both urban and rural areas. Until there is social justice you will not be able to curb this phenomena.

SB Feb 25, 2017 10:35am

@ Raza Farooqi -NY Forget it my friend, politicians are the parasite who are stealing our resources and money from people of Pakistan. Open your eyes and see where are the assets of politicians.

Fazal Karim Feb 25, 2017 10:48am

Altaf is an arsenal for use at a critical time by U.K.

Jawaid kamal Feb 25, 2017 10:55am

Sorry this is Interpol and not rangers.

Juror Feb 25, 2017 11:06am

This is what happens when people start believing their own lies.

DJ Feb 25, 2017 11:17am

Why would they do it as its not in their interests at this time.

waleed fakhar Feb 25, 2017 11:55am

Long live Altaf bhai ..

Z Feb 25, 2017 12:21pm

Now a days no one argues with Pakistan.......they don't even give reasons. They don't bother and say NO !!

Sab Se Pahle Pakistan Feb 25, 2017 12:29pm

Interpol is doing the right thing. If they listens to such requests, many Pakistanis would have been included on Interpol's arrest warrants.

MS QAZI Feb 25, 2017 12:41pm

The point of consideration is why there is a trend that nation look to an exiled leader. And, what is performance of local leader in the process of service to the nation. What are the greivances and missing feeling which compel nation to look outside the country. Better re focus to our local election system which promotes the ethnic differences to intolerence level.As per 2013 election the total of registered voters were 86 million.Which represent 14% KPK,57% Punjab,22% Sind and 7% in Baluchistan. Whereas the actual population of provinces are, KPK 14%,Punjab 46%,Sind 28% and Baluchistan 12% Further, when we talk about Karachi, there are some constituencies which are equal to five constituencies in rest of the country.It seems very unfair.

JAWAAD farooque Feb 25, 2017 12:47pm

When someone is to be handed over, no questions are asked but when Western powers are backing someone every single hurdle is created to stop the peace process

Philosopher(from japan) Feb 25, 2017 12:49pm

Interpol doesn't come under the jurisdiction of interior ministry. Isn't ?

Raja Feb 25, 2017 12:49pm

What Ch Nisar is doing now??

Abdulla Hussain Feb 25, 2017 01:34pm

British government don't want to let this big catch slip, to be used later.

mEHAK GULAB Feb 25, 2017 02:06pm

Good Riddance

pqrs Feb 25, 2017 02:06pm

thanks Interpol

yogi Vinayak Feb 25, 2017 03:40pm

Good news!

SU Khattak Feb 25, 2017 03:51pm

As long as these characters are governing, Pakistan will continue to be seen as a joke.

Shahzad Feb 25, 2017 03:57pm

Pakistani corrupt looters (so-called leaders) think that the way they treat and use Pakistani bureaucracy and other relevant insitutions as their own, they could treat international institutions like Interpol too. For their surprise, international institutions do not work to fulfill someone's wishes.

BAXAR Feb 25, 2017 04:00pm

@Raja "What Ch Nisar is doing now??" Another press conference, I guess.

faris Feb 25, 2017 04:40pm

Govt knows very well that the Interpol's founding principles stop it from taking political cases.

The govt can easily negotiate extradition directly with the UK govt - but it never will because Nawaz-Zardari-Altaf are all one.

Topi Drama.

AAK Feb 25, 2017 05:00pm

Fake case Fake request Worst result

Iftikhar Bashir Feb 25, 2017 05:16pm

You need to be POWERFUL to get your right; being RIGHTFUL is not enough. If Pakistan was a powerful country, there was no need to get it done through Interpol, the UK would have deported Altaf on Pakistan's demand.

Sheeda Tully trump Feb 25, 2017 05:24pm

in the poll, no help from interpol

Khanm Feb 25, 2017 05:28pm

Unless substantial evidence is is just another futile attempt...The only purpose for which power can be rightfully exercised over any member of a civilized community, against his will, is to prevent harm to others. His own good, either physical or moral, is not sufficient warrant...

Sayedi Feb 25, 2017 05:32pm

@air conductor you are great, your thinking is in the right direction. Leave Urdu speaking Pakistanis on themselves and correct yourselves; they are the custodian and safe guard for the country including Altaf Hussain and The General.

Ghani K Feb 25, 2017 05:34pm

He made a speech from London inciting his supporters to attack a particular news network in Karachi . His supporters did, it resulted in the death of one person. What more proof does Interpol need ?

Jameeluddin Feb 25, 2017 05:39pm

Thanks Interpol is not in Pakistan.

Talha Noor Feb 25, 2017 05:43pm

Now only final option is left that FIA with Choudhry Nisar go London in person and try to bring Altaf Hussain.

Ghani K Feb 25, 2017 05:41pm

When they even failed to link Altaf Hussain with the murder of Dr. Imran Farooq, money laundering even though thousands of £ were recovered from his house. Altaf Hussain is their man , working for them.It shows you why Altaf Hussain remains untouched.

Shahid-khi Feb 25, 2017 05:50pm

@Ghani K Knowing all this you still try your luck. Hunh...

Muhammad Feb 25, 2017 05:51pm

@Shah "UK is keeping all anti Govt. people and ill gotten money from all over the world how can they handover it" Shah I totally disagree with you If the ruling parties themselves involved in the heinous crime how come they would give proper proofs and documents to Interpole and / or even to UK government then it will become a precedent and next time they will also be caught on the same basis you cannot expect UK government to act illegally first complete your home work before blaming others simply leveling allegations is not enough for the independent courts of developed countries see what they did with their own President in US

Poor Pakistani Feb 25, 2017 05:58pm

After watching proceeding of PANAMA GATE case, this news confirm the incompetence of our Law department.

Poor Pakistani Feb 25, 2017 06:01pm

@Fazal Karim So he is for our government to

Muhammad Feb 25, 2017 06:17pm

@Ghani K UK or any other civilized country cannot act only on your whims and wishes their courts need solid proofs they can throw out ill prepared cases of any person whether it be President of US the main reason of their development / advancement is their justice system

Adnan Jidaker Feb 25, 2017 06:19pm

For all MQM Lovers - PMLN Government was not serious while requesting interpol for Altaf, they just want to distract masses from Panama Case. Moreover, all status quo politicians are partner in crime along with the real rulers of Pakistan.

Ahsan Feb 25, 2017 06:17pm

Is this a good news for millions of Muhajirs settled in Sindh?

Muhammad Feb 25, 2017 06:21pm

@Iftikhar Bashir "You need to be POWERFUL to get your right; being RIGHTFUL is not enough" totally wrong remember you are talking about advanced and civilized countries where every body is equal before the law most recently they throw out the appeal of the most powerful person in the world i.e. President of America

Jk Feb 25, 2017 06:22pm

So typical no one ever studied interpol law regarding issue of red warrant to make sure order complies with the law.

Kala_bacHa Feb 25, 2017 06:27pm

Interpol is real and doesn't waste time on fake cases. Case closed!

Counterpoint Feb 25, 2017 06:54pm

Interpol did the right thing by not letting itself used for political agenda. Interpol should be used only to capture criminals & Militants etc.

Counterpoint Feb 25, 2017 06:56pm

@Shah Mr.Shah, even General Musharraf lives in UK with all his ill-gotten wealth.

Masood Feb 25, 2017 07:00pm

He is their asset, nothing will happen to him!

Rashid Feb 25, 2017 07:15pm

After interpol response, now it is officially prove that all the allegations against Altaf Hussain and MQM are politically motivated.

JAMIL SOOMRO, NEW YORK CITY Feb 25, 2017 07:22pm

The British Justice System was always well respected and was adopted by the former colonies as they thought it was well principled and continued using the same but it appears in 2017 it is all trash.

Zeeshan Feb 25, 2017 08:39pm

PMLN or PPP both are corrupted Parties. Corruption cannot clean Pakistan. There is no will from them to act against this British National

DemAgogue Feb 25, 2017 08:47pm

Why waste time and resources on arresting and bringing this person to Pakistan. Just don't give him any media coverage and ban him from communicating to anyone in Pakistan. If he has any remaining supporters in the country put them in jail

Muhammad Feb 25, 2017 09:05pm

@Masood "He is their asset, nothing will happen to him!" Such an ignorant comments

Truth Feb 25, 2017 09:31pm

@Counterpoint Gen Mushraf has two houses in Dubai & UK.

Khan USA Feb 25, 2017 10:25pm

@Muhammad No he is the asset of all Karachites ! Even Hyderabad and Mirpurkas people have voted for AH !

Khan USA Feb 25, 2017 10:24pm

Murder in UK and investigation in Islamabad ! This is called height of nonsense ! Scotland has no evidence and Islamabad has evidence and accused ? False evidences based on political vendetta is not acceptable is any civilized world !

Shahid Khan Feb 25, 2017 11:00pm

Amazing level of professionalism that Interpol has displayed.

Muslim Medina Feb 26, 2017 02:39am

@Counterpoint Please do not bring Musharraf in this mess. He lives in Dubai. Altaf is now a British citizen and they can try him for any wrongdoing.

Agha Ata Feb 26, 2017 05:57am

I think it is right. Interpol shouldn't intervene in political and religious matters of a country. If that happens, there will be no end to this system.

SHAHID LATIF Feb 26, 2017 11:38pm

@Karachiwala yes unfortunately

white noise Feb 27, 2017 02:02am

@Agha Ata but he is no ordinary person Agha G, is he?

Mustafa R. Feb 27, 2017 02:18am


'Dr. Imran Farroq murder in UK is enough to tell they are on whose side.'

They have moved on Imran Farook murder case, evidently this move isn't to your liking, not that I am a believer in the British justice system. Don't worry about what the British justice system says, Altaf is done with MQM and Karachi.

Meesaq Feb 27, 2017 03:59am

@DemAgogue Why ? What Crime ? This was a fight among political parties for power in Karachi. Rangers were called. It benefited PML-N. They are playing to the gallery. Politicians have divided AWAM for their benefits.

BAXAR Feb 27, 2017 03:23pm

@white noise "but he is no ordinary person Agha G, is he?" He is, according to law. No public office, no public money, no public discretion, no troop under him, no public servant under him, not under oath, no authorized signature to disburse public money. That is the definition of an ordinary citizen.

Abdulla Hussain Feb 28, 2017 12:48pm

UK government is siding with Altaf Hussain because he is a big catch for them.