LONDON/KARACHI - Britain’s Metropolitan police indefinitely extended the bail of Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain in a money-laundering case.

It should be mentioned here that Hussain was on bail till July 15 in a money-laundering case. Scotland Yard police have informed the counsel of Altaf Hussain about the extension of the MQM chief’s bail. The Muttahida chief will not have to personally appear on July 15, the counsel was told.

Meanwhile, Altaf Hussain said in a statement that the people of Qasba and Aligarh Sector, particularly women and elders, have played an important role in the struggle of the MQM.

He said this while talking to the members of MQM Elders Wing and Women Wing of the Qasba Aligarh Sector on telephone.

“The people of Qasba and Aligarh Sector remained firm in the face of trial and tribulations and never left the MQM. They are standing by the MQM even today and working with courage and determination. I salute them from the core of my heart for their relentless struggle,” he said. The members of Women Wing and Elders Wing assured Altaf Hussain of continuing struggle under his leadership.


Commenting on the press conference by Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, MQM Co-ordination Committee member Mustafa Azizabadi questioned which law disallows the collection of charity and donations by any registered welfare organisation.

Azizabadi asked which law empowers law-enforcement agencies to arrest MQM unit and sector heads merely on the basis of their political affiliation. “Does the Rangers’ statement about arresting the MQM unit and sector heads have the force of any law?” “Do the illegal and unconstitutional actions by Rangers and flagrant violations of law not make it clear that MQM is being victimised under a well thought-out plan?” he questioned.

He asked if arresting innocent people, subjecting them to brutal torture into custody and killing them extra-judicially have the force of law. Azizabadi said the hearts of the people of Karachi were bleeding because of brutality and excesses committed by Rangers. He asked Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan to make amends for the injustices being perpetrated by Rangers instead of rubbing salts in the wounds of the people of Karachi.