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MQM founder leader Mr. Altaf Hussain appearing hate speech case at the Kingston-upon-Thames crown court in London


MQM founder leader Mr. Altaf Hussain appearing hate speech case at the Kingston-upon-Thames crown court in London
 Posted on: 2/3/2022 1

MQM founder leader Mr. Altaf Hussain appearing hate speech case at the Kingston-upon-Thames crown court in London

 

LONDON: Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM) founder and leader Mr. Altaf Hussain appearing a hate speech case at the Kingston-upon-Thames crown court which started from Monday.

Mr Hussain has pleaded not guilty to the charge filed under Section 1(2) of the Terrorism Act (TACT) 2006.

68-year-old Mr Hussain appeared confident and in high spirits as he entered the court premises flanked by London-based party central coordination committee members, other office bearers, workers and relatives. As he disembarked from his vehicle, he spoke briefly with reporters and said he has faith in the British judicial system but will not comment on the trial as it was a sub judice matter.

Talking to media outside the court he said,“I have endured such difficulties and tests during my 45-year struggle numerous times,” he said. “God has given me strength and I have remained steadfast. I have not been despondent even in the face of the biggest challenges. Neither am I despondent today. I beseech my supporters not to pay attention to rumours during this difficult time but stay united and pray.

“I cannot comment on the present situation of Karachi, as to what should happen and what should not happen. I can give well wishes and pray. Whoever is in politics and the parties there should work for the prosperity and peace of Pakistan’s biggest economic city.”

When asked about his health, Mr Hussain said he has not felt his best since he contracted Covid-19 early last year.

The hearing was adjourned and will continue on Thursday before jury. Due to Covid-19 restrictions and social distancing rules, the courtroom had a limited number of seats.

Talking to media, Mr Hussain criticised the Pakistani military establishment and said that they are interfering in the politics of Pakistan. He said that he is struggling for the rights of Mohajirs and all nationalities of Pakistan and wants Pakistan free from the interference of military establishment.

Mr. Hussain pay salute to all workers and sympathisers who are praying for him.

The MQM founder has lived in self-imposed exile in London since the early 1990s, when he applied for asylum. He was later granted British citizenship. From London, Mr Hussain has played an active role in politics, regularly broadcasting political speeches to his followers in Karachi.



2/21/2024 10:40:47 AM