Bureaucratic hurdles mount for Altaf Hussain to get Pakistani passport


WEB DESK – The conventional bureaucratic hurdles and red-tapeism has come in the way for Mutahidda Qaumi Movement (MQM)’s supremo Altaf Hussain to get a new Pakistani Passport from London’s High Commission.

The foreign office of Pakistan has confirmed receiving the application from Altaf Hussain to avail a Pakistani passport on Thursday.

The spokesperson of the ministry of foreign affairs claimed that Altaf’s application was forwarded to ministry of interior which then never replied back so far.

“Upon receiving the advice of interior ministry it would be sent back to London’s high commission,” spokesperson added.

Earlier, Altaf Hussain applied for the Pakistani Passport through country’s London’s high commission. He was then told to first get an overseas Pakistani identity card. Altaf Hussain had left the Pakistan on January 1, 1992 – as per claimed by MQM – allegedly to avoid several murder charges and other criminal cases.

After applying for the Pakistani Passport, Altaf told his party workers that currently he has only applied for the Pakistani passport, however, he could come to Pakistan anytime. He also maintained that he if his application would be rejected by the authorities then people would chose to act on their own will but I would prefer them to chose a peaceful way. In other words he hinted on possible outburst from his followers if his application to get a Pakistani Passport would be rejected.

Altaf Hussain was on political asylum in UK and also holds a British Passport.

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