LONDON, Oct 11 (APP):Muttahida Qaumi Movement’s (MQM) London-based chief Altaf Hussain was Thursday charged with a terrorist offence and indicted on charges of terrorism in the case pertaining to hate speech he made in 2016, where he instigated his workers and supporters for resorting to violence and taking law in their hands.
The 66 years old self-exiled MQM leader was taken into custody and later produced before West Minister Magistrate Court.
It may be mentioned that MQM London Chief had been banned from addressing the crowd in Pakistan for fear of instigating them to violence.
He had been bound to stay at his designated address in London.
The next hearing of his case will be held at Central Criminal Court, London at Old Bailey on November 1.
When media persons tried to talk to Altaf Hussain, his aides said “No thank you” instead of talking to media.
Altaf Hussain had been charged under section 1(2) of the Terrorism Act (TACT) 2006 with encouraging terrorism,” the Met Police said in a statement on its website.
According to the Met Police, “Hussain was previously arrested on June 11 on suspicion of intentionally encouraging or assisting offences contrary to Section 44 of the Serious Crime Act 2007.
He was released on bail and subsequently charged as above.”
In June this year, Altaf Hussain was detained in London.
The investigation, which was being led by officers from the Met’s Counter Terrorism Command was 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.
MQM London chief Altaf Hussain left Pakistan in 1992 after a violence erupted in Karachi and he was issued a warrant in a murder case.
Since then he had been living in London in self-imposed exile and also got British nationality.
Altaf Hussain was also wanted by Government of Pakistan and its law enforcing authorities for his alleged involvements in various offences including murders.