LONDON: Due to insufficient evidences, Metropolitan Police decided on Wednesday to release MQM Founder Altaf Hussain on bail after keeping him as accused for more than 32 hours.
Altaf Hussain, apparently a ‘person non-grate’ for Pakistan establishment was arrested from his north London residence on Tuesday morning. He spent day and night at south London police station (Southwark). This is not a strange place for him as he had already stayed for few days there during investigation some years back.
The MQM founder was arrested in relation to the incitement of violence speech of 2016. According to Scotland Yard, he has been arrested on suspicion of intentionally encouraging or assisting offences contrary to Section 44 of the Serious Crime Act 2007.
It is stated that before the bail, Altaf Hussain refused to answer questions of detectives from Scotland Yard’s counter-terrorism Command Unit. At the Southwark Police Station, Hussain’s interview started at 10 pm on Tuesday night and continued for two hours till midnight.
He only confirmed his name, date of birth and his residential address. Onwards, he refused to answer questions of the police and decided to go for “no comment” option in response to all questions asked by the detectives.
Police have issued no statement on his release. MQM has also preferred to keep quiet and one party leader suggested to follow the ‘wait and see’ policy. “But a detailed statement should be expected which is being prepared”, he confided.
Upon reaching home from police station, Altaf Hussain was warmly greeted by the party leaders and activists. Earlier, several he was enthusiastic workers were present to recive him at the police station.
It is pertinent to mention that police issued a statement following his arrest without naming him that 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.
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.
He was detained under PACE and taken to a south London police station, where he currently remains in police custody.
As part of the investigation, officers are carrying out a search at the north west London address. Detectives are also searching a separate commercial address in north west London.
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.