The federal government has decided to send all evidence pertaining to Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain’s provocative speeches through which he instigated violence in Karachi to the UK government for a strict action against its citizen.
Sources at Ministry of Interior said the Sindh government has provided all documentary evidence to the federal government.
The federal government has decided to send all the evidence to British government and Scotland Yard, seeking stern legal action against the MQM chief in the next few days, sources said.
However, they said the center has no plan to file any reference against the MQM chief.
They said that evidence provided by the Sindh government included a copy of First Information Report (FIR) registered against MQM chief, all CCTV footages, pictures, footages by electronic media, and transcripts of MQM chief’s speeches.
In the first step, the Government of Pakistan wants to take action against MQM chief through police; and in the next step it will also send its legal counsel to the UK to expedite the cases against Altaf.
Sources further said that the Ministry of Interior is in close contact with British authorities following MQM chief’s anti-Pakistan remarks and Pakistan High Commission in UK is pursuing the matter so that a legal action against MQM chief can be taken.
They said that the UK government assured Pakistan of taking legal action against MQM chief, adding Pakistan has decided not to ask British government to hand over Altaf Hussain as he (Altaf) is a British citizen and there is no extradition treaty between the UK and Pakistan.
The sources said there are legal complexities to permanently ban MQM but the government is considering the option and is busy in consultation with its legal experts.
They further said that according to the law in order to ban MQM, the government has to approach the Supreme Court. -Business Recorder