Islamabad/London, Oct 10 Altaf Hussain, the founder of Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM),will now appear in custody at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Thursday after he has been charged with a terrorism offence in a case related to his incendiary speech relayed from the UK to his followers in Pakistan in 2016.
Hussain had reached the Metropolitan Police Southwark Police Station, accompanied by a handful of London-based supporters.Hussain has been accusing Pakistan government of carrying out atrocities against Balochs.
India has been using Balochs to further its agenda while Pakistan has been using Separatists to further their agenda.
“Altaf Hussain… was charged under section 1(2) of the Terrorism Act (TACT) 2006 with encouraging terrorism,” the Met Police said in a statement on its website.
The charge as stated by the UK police is that Hussain “on August 22, 2016 published a speech to crowds gathered in Karachi, Pakistan which were likely to be understood by some or all of the members of the public to whom they were published as a direct or indirect encouragement to them to the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism and at the time he published them, intended them to be so encouraged, or was reckless as to whether they would be so encouraged”.
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”.
On September 12, the MQM chief was grilled for five hours at the same police station in connection with the case. He was released with an extension in his bail.