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London Police seek additional 12-hour detention of MQM chief Altaf Hussain

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The local police on Wednesday sought additional 12-hour detention of (MQM) founder Altaf Hussain, who was arrested by the in a dawn raid at his residence here a day before.

Hussain is being detained at the Southwark Police Station, where the submitted the request for additional detention after the expiry of the 24-hour deadline, Geo News reported.

Hussain's detention was confirmed by the MQM sources.

The has been arrested in connection with a 2016 hate speech, where he had allegedly asked his supporters to take the law into their own hands.

According to the Scotland Yard, the headquarters of the Service (MPS), the MQM has been arrested on the suspicion of intentionally encouraging or assisting offences contrary to Section 44 of the Serious Crime Act 2007.

The for the Government of Pakistan, Toby Cadman, told Geo News that there is sufficient evidence to charge Hussain.

"I have seen the evidence, I have reviewed all the evidence from Pakistani authorities and I can say that it presents a compelling case. It is my assessment that there is sufficient evidence to charge for a number charges," Cadman was quoted as saying.

According to the lawyer, the likelihood of Hussain being charged was extremely high. "I would certainly expect him to face charges. He may be held in custody. He may be bailed. But he will be brought before a and face trial. What we have to understand is that this process takes months," he said.

Cardman further stated that would still have options if the or decided against charging Hussain.

Without naming Hussain, the had said in a statement that "the man who is aged in his 60s, was arrested at an address in north west "

In the last three decades, the MQM has dominated politics in Pakistan, particularly in Karachi, where the party has the support of Urdu-speaking Muhajirs, who migrated from to during the partition in 1947.

Hussain regularly makes television addresses or to his supporters, where he heavily criticises the Army and for alleged "military oppression" of Muhajirs.

Hussain has also been accused by his opponents of encouraging his party workers to indulge in violence.

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First Published: Wed, June 12 2019. 15:16 IST
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