The International Criminal Police Organisation (Interpol) has contacted its British office and sought details of the legal status of Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM) founder Altaf Hussain’s stay in Britain, it emerged on Saturday.
According to a report by Express Tribune, the move came after the government of Pakistan through the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) formally requested Interpol for the release of Hussain’s red warrant as he is wanted by courts with regard to different criminal activities.
In June The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) has sent an application to Interpol requesting the issuance of a red warrant against Muttahida Qaumi Movement-London (MQM-L) chief Altaf Hussain.This is the second time the Pakistani authorities have approached Interpol for issuance of the red warrant of Altaf Hussain.
A similar attempt was made in February which was not honoured by Interpol, saying it did not intervene in the political and religious matters of a state.
Interpol also sought a clarification from the government over the request for issuance of the red warrant against Hussain, besides asking for details of the sedition charges against him.
According to the interior ministry, all legal requirements for the warrant request have now been fulfilled keeping in view the rules and regulations of Interpol.
Altaf Hussain, who is wanted in Pakistan for a string of criminal cases, fell out of favour with mainstream MQM workers after an inflammatory speech on August 22 last year which saw treason cases being registered against the estranged party leader.