FIA contacts Scotland Yard for MQM founder’s extradition: report


ISLAMABAD: The Federal Investigation Agency’s (FIA) Anti-Terrorism Wing has reportedly contacted Scotland Yard for the extradition of Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) founder Altaf Hussain, who was taken into custody on Tuesday.

“FIA shared evidence with the Scotland Yard for MQM’s founder extradition,” INP news agency has claimed in its report.

“It was also learned that a three-member team of FIA is ready to fly to London and was waiting for a ‘green signal’ from the Interior Ministry,” INP said.

More than 30 cases are registered against the MQM founder in Karachi and he has been declared an absconder in a score of cases registered against him.

Altaf Hussain was taken into custody by the Metropolitan Police from his residence in London.

Following the arrest, London Metropolitan Police had issued a statement, which reads as “A man has today, Tuesday, June 11, been arrested in connection with an investigation into a number of speeches made by an individual associated with the MQM in Pakistan”.

The police statement says that the man, who is aged in his 60s, was arrested at an address in North West London. He was arrested on suspicion of intentionally encouraging or assisting offenses contrary to Section 44 of the Serious Crime Act 2007.