LONDON – The UK authorities have reportedly turned down the Pakistani High Commission’s request to get an access to Mutahidda Qaumi Movement (MQM)’s supremo Altaf Hussain terming him a British citizen.
According one national news media channel and British authorities refused a plea forwarded by Pakistani High Commission in London on Thursday.
UK authorities have maintained that Altaf Hussain is a British citizen and acquire all legal rights. “He is living in UK for past 22 years. The matter is purely related to law so do not politicize it,” Dunya News reported UK authorities to say so.
Moreover, the local magistrate in London have also reportedly allowed London Met-Police to keep Altaf Hussain in custody for next 36 hours. The permission was granted when police maintained that due to health concern of the accused, statement could not be recorded.
However, MQM Coordination Committee from London issued a statement that workers must not listen to rumors and maintain unity.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali had a telephonic conversation with Governor of Sindh Ishratul Ebad and assured him that the government would provide full cooperation to the MQM leader in London. Later, Nawaz Sharif chaired high level meeting in Islamabad to lay down strategy for assisting Altaf Hussain.
Moreover, the leader of MQM Dr Farooq Sattar had demanded from the PML-N government to seek guarantee from its counterpart in UK that Altaf Hussain would not be teased or annoyed unnecessarily.