Altaf, other leaders under no govt restrictions in Britain: Muttahida

Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) leaders on Saturday declared that party chief Altaf Hussain was not under any governmental restrictions in the United Kingdom and it was an international conspiracy to defame the MQM leader which would never succeed.

By Rehan Siddiqui

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Published: Mon 22 Jul 2013, 12:53 AM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 3:49 PM

Most of the senior party leaders including lawyers who flew to London to rally around Altaf Hussain have returned to Karachi while some others would be back in next few days.

The MQM leaders claimed that Altaf Hussain and other party leaders including Raza Haroon and their family members were well and in high spirits and that no leader of the MQM had been charged for any crime.

Regarding a recent episode of BBC Two’s programme ‘Newsnight’ that made accusations of money laundering against the party as well as the murder of its leader Imran Farooq, they alleged that it was prepared and televised out of context.

They further stated that a negative propaganda had been launched against the MQM, its founder and other members which was part of a global conspiracy against the party that would eventually fail.

The leaders said that the MQM was all for rule of law and that no restrictions had been imposed by the British government upon Altaf Hussain or any of the other party leaders.

Criticising the Pakistani media they claimed it was behaving in what may be described as an unprofessional manner and the MQM’s legal team was reviewing the situation and would soon decide the line of action in this respect.

The MQM has recently been under the spotlight not only on account of allegations of money laundering and some recent speeches made by Altaf Hussain from London via telephone but also over expected developments in the investigation of Imran Farooq’s assassination.

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