These are tough days for Pakistani political party, Mutahida Qaumi Movement (MQM)’s chief, Altaf Hussain.
He has been on the radar of the British police for some time but things have moved beyond that. Just a few days ago, the Metropolitan Police’s Anti-Terrorism Command Unit concluded searches at two North West London addresses that involved nearly 55 hours and more than two dozen members of the police, including forensic scientists and members of the Serious and Organized Crime Agency (SOCA).
The involvement of the SOCA shows that there may be allegations of “money laundering” aspect and the net of the investigation involves more than what is widely known.
Senior Minister of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs Baroness Sayeeda Warsi confirmed that the Metropolitan Police have received an “unprecedented” number of complaints about the comments made by Altaf Hussain during his speeches made from London in which he is alleged to have threatened peaceful protesters with violence. This is for the first time that the British government has admitted this fact.
Legal experts in London believe that the MQM chief Altaf Hussain can be put on trial under UK Anti-Terrorism Act 2008 and he can even get life imprisonment.
But Britain has been a haven for the renegade leader for quite a few years now.
He slipped out of Pakistan just before the notorious Operation Clean-Up that lasted from June 19, 1992 to August 14, 1994. It is also said that he ran to save his life which had come under attack thrice by that time. He was given political asylum by the British government and is staying there since then and gets legal protection as a British citizen.
What many fail to understand is though, why he is allowed to make all the god-awful statements while sitting in Britain and how come none of his actions or even statements and threats has been taken seriously by the British government so far.
He had around 3576 cases for various charges against him that were dropped under the National Reconciliation Ordinance issued by the former President of Pakistan, General Pervez Musharraf in October 2007.
Altaf Hussain has a mercurial temperament and has been issuing statements from defying the creation of his own homeland to threatening people’s lives!
He is on the record for saying that the,“Division of the subcontinent was the biggest blunder in the history of mankind…’
The one voice in UK however, that refuses to give up is that of British Member of Parliament George Galloway. Galloway has embarked on civil legal proceedings against Altaf Hussain and openly calls him a God Father.
My latest announcement on Godfather of Edgeware Altaf Hussein. Brand new ... https://t.co/SUcCL68203— George Galloway (@georgegalloway) June 25, 2013
This is not the first time that civil legal proceedings have been considered by Altaf Hussain’s opponents. But not much has been done until recently.
The biggest question for even the British people is why does their state keep giving refuge to a scoundrel like him?
@georgegalloway Btw how come British Gov doesn't take any single action against Altaf Hussain?— Rohan Shams (@rohanshams) June 25, 2013
It could be that they never had enough dirt on him or that they did not want to be the ones to initiate anything. But that sounds ludicrous, unless of course the British government had a higher motive behind tolerating Altaf Hussain’s violent and threatening behavior and shady activities.
May be the murder of Imran Farooq, followed by the stubborn and vocal stance by the people of Karachi taken against Hussain and his part post elections 2013 was the last push needed.
It should have been! He broadcasted all the way from London the threat not only to “separate” Karachi from Pakistan but violence against democratic protesters as well. No amount of denouncing his words by either him or his party can be covered up by what he said over a telephonic address recorded and witnessed by many.
There is no doubt that Britain has had a soft spot for Altaf Hussain. It is very difficult to tell people otherwise when they see a blind eye and a deaf ear be turned towards all that the MQM leader has been on about during the last several years.
It is no more the case, but many observers are still dubious as to a justified outcome of the entire goings on in London. But the obvious facts do lead towards the conclusion that Altaf Hussain has lead himself and his party to a ditch.