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HindustanTimes Thu,10 Jul 2014

World

UK police set to arrest MQM’s Altaf Hussain?
Imtiaz Ahmad , Hindustan Times
Islamabad, July 13, 2013
First Published: 00:45 IST(13/7/2013)
Last Updated: 00:47 IST(13/7/2013)

The noose is tightening around Altaf Husain, leader of the Karachi-based Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), with strong rumours that the UK police would arrest him over the weekend.

Husain, who lives in self-exile in London, is facing an investigation over money laundering and there is a possibility that the discovery of unaccounted for hundreds of thousands of pounds from his house may lead to his arrest.

But there is more than money laundering that Husain is being accused of, say observers.

A BBC documentary aired on Thursday also suggested that the MQM leader may have had a hand in the murder of one of his close associates, Dr Imran Farooq, in 2010.

But the MQM denies any involvement.

Husain, a British national, told his supporters in Karachi over the phone that he would cooperate with the British authorities but at the same termed the move as a conspiracy against him and his party.

Fearing protests and violence in Karachi against the arrest, the Pakistan government said it had taken preventive measures. Officials said they had received reports of targeted killings in Karachi by MQM supporters.


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