ISLAMABAD - In what appeared to be a bizarre controversy, the government on Thursday clarified a statement issued by Information Minister that it had actually decided in principle to issue passport to Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain.
Information Minister Senator Parvez Rashid had earlier said that the government had issued passport to the MQM chief.
A spokesperson of the Federal Government has clarified the minister’s statement regarding issuance of passport to MQM leader Altaf Hussain.
“The Minister had actually said that it was decided in principle that a Pakistani passport would be issued to MQM leader Altaf Hussain.
The reported news that Pakistani passport or identity cards has been issued to the MQM leader is not correct,” concluded the spokesperson.
Hussain was arrested and was in custody of Scotland Yard in London in relation to allegations of money laundering.
Earlier, addressing the media after attending National Interfaith Harmony Conference, Rashid said that the government had no doubt about Hussain’s nationality. However, he said, there were several technical hurdles in issuance of passport to him.
The government would issue national identify card and passport Altaf after completing the due process and addressing the technical issues.