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Sunday, 19 May 2013

George Galloway on Altaf Hussain

British MP Galloway Calls Upon London Police Chief:

Arrest British Citizen Altaf Hussain
“Godfather of Karachi
For Incitement To Murder

(Courtesy: George Galloway MP’s Blog) 
Posted: 19 May 2013 02:41 AM PDT

On his blog George Galloway posted this about Altaf Hussain.

This entry was posted on May 14, 2013, in Pakistan and tagged Altaf HussainelectionImran KhanKarachiMQMterrorism. Bookmark the permalink.

Yesterday I called upon the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police to arrest a British citizen for incitement to murder. It is an open and shut case. You can watch his lips move on television, broadcast from London, in the wake of the controversial election count in the giant port city of Karachi, Pakistan. Hussain openly threatened the young democracy protesters agitating for a re-run of the election there that he would have them cut them down with swords.
No-one should think this mere rhetoric, Hussain is already convicted in Pakistan for multiple murder extortion organised crime and terrorist offences. That’s why he lives in Edgware. In fact he is chief suspect in over 100 murder cases, including in England in the murder of one of his own leading comrades.
Five years ago I gave a speech in Parliament asking why the then New Labour government was not only tolerating the presence in this country of a mafia style chief making regular broadcasts from London ordering crimes to be committed in a friendly country, but had actually given the Don a British passport!
The previous, Conservative, government had, I believed, refused citizenship to Altaf Hussain. New Labour as just one of many crimes against the people of the Muslim world thought differently and conveyed upon a convicted murderer all the rights of citizen upon him.
This at a time when a secret treaty with the United States had been signed by New Labour allowing the extradition of British citizens to the US merely on the say-so of American prosecutorial authorities without a scintilla of evidence that they had been involved in terrorism of any kind.
So much for the war on terror, I said.
The reply to my speech, from the now disgraced former Blair War leader Geoff Hoon is worth watching as a study in smug smirking malevolent arrogance, such a hallmark of the Tony Blair/New labour era.
If you can’t bear to watch let me tell you that answer came there none to my salient question; why was Altaf Hussain being allowed to mastermind terrorist operations in Pakistan from London in full view of the authorities? And why was he awarded British citizenship?
There the story would have lain – like the ten dead bodies a day in Karachi for which Altaf Hussain is responsible – stone dead.
Until this week, when in a broadcast extraordinary even by his standards he openly threatened death, disfigurement, murder, mayhem and secession in Pakistan. From his well-stuffed sofa in the capital city of the United Kingdom, chief adjutant state in the War on Terror.
I have tabled questions, which must be answered tomorrow, to the British Prime Minister David Cameron and the Home Secretary Theresa May, on this latest crime. Many millions of people in Britain, in Pakistan and around the world are waiting for the answers. Watch this space.

Posted: 19 May 2013 03:04 AM PDT
George Galloway, in a series of parliamentary questions and a parliamentary motion, has asked the British Prime Minister and the Home Secretary to remove MQM leader Altaf Hussain's British citizenship.

Hussain is currently living in London after successfully applying for citizenship during the tenure of the last Labour government. He says that he fears for his life were he to return to Pakistan.

Galloway asked the government to examine whether the MQM leader should be thrown out of the country after Hussain made a serious of inflammatory broadcasts. However, following the assassination of the vice-president of Imran Khan's party, the PTI, which is blamed on the MQM, Galloway is once again raising Altaf Hussain's status in the British Parliament. Zara Shahid Hussain was shot dead outside her house as Karachi votes in a partial re-run of the Pakistan general election.

Imran Khan blames MQM's Altaf Hussain for Karachi killing

The shooting happened on the eve of a highly-contested vote
Imran Khan, the leader of Pakistan's PTI party, has blamed one of his political rivals for the killing of PTI vice-president Zahra Shahid Hussain.
She was shot dead outside her home in Karachi by gunmen on a motorcycle.
On his Twitter feed, Mr Khan said he was holding the leader of Karachi's dominant MQM party, Altaf Hussain, responsible for her death - a claim the MQM has strongly denied.
It comes as Karachi votes in a partial re-run of Pakistan's general election.
Police are investigating whether Mrs Hussain's killing was the result of an attempted robbery or a politically motivated murder.
Her funeral will take place later on Sunday at a mosque in Karachi.
Doctors at Karachi's Jinnah Hospital have told the BBC their initial examination showed two bullet marks on her body.
A full post-mortem report is expected within 24 hours.

Mr Khan said Mr Hussain, who is in self-imposed exile in London, had "openly threatened PTI workers and leaders through public broadcasts".

He said he was also holding the British government responsible, as he said he had warned them about Mr Hussain.
Mr Khan tweeted his accusations from his hospital bed, where he is recovering from a back injury sustained during a fall at an election rally in Lahore.
Last week, police in London confirmed they were investigating complaints that Mr Hussain had broken UK laws by issuing threats in a speech he made the day after the vote.
In response to accusations of electoral fraud, he is alleged to have threatened his accusers with violence.
Mr Hussain says that his remarks were taken out of context.
He has lived in the UK since 1991, saying his life would be at risk if he returned to Pakistan.
Sunday's electoral re-run in Karachi was ordered after Mr Khan's party accused the MQM of widespread vote-rigging and intimidation.
The MQM - which took most of the seats in Karachi - denies any irregularities and is boycotting the vote, which is taking place under tight security.
Voter turn-out appears slow but steady, says the BBC's Shahzeb Jillani, in Karachi.
The PTI is hoping to win the vote and make inroads in Pakistan's commercial capital, our correspondent adds.
Whatever the outcome of the re-run, it will not overturn the result of last week's vote, in which conservative leader Nawaz Sharif secured an unprecedented third term in power.

Zahra Shahid Hussain

·                                 Believed to be in her 60s
·                                 Retired university professor
·                                 Founder member of Imran Khan's PTI (Movement for Justice)
·                                 Central vice-president of the PTI
·                                 Former president of the PTI women's wing in Sindh provinc. Led a PTI protest in November against a Nato air strike which killed 24 Pakistani soldiers near the Afghan border

The MQM is seen as a perpetrator - as well as a victim - of violence in Karachi, our correspondent says.
Since the 1980s, it has won every election it has contested there.
But it also stands widely accused of ruling Karachi by fear and through vote-rigging, our correspondent says.
The general election on 11 May marked the first transition of power from one democratically elected government since the creation of the state of Pakistan in 1947.
However, the campaign was marred by violence in which about 150 people were killed across the country.
Mrs Hussain was shot by gunmen on a motorcycle outside her home in Karachi's upmarket Defence area, the family neighbourhood of assassinated Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto.
The MQM (Muttahida Qaumi Movement) is supported mainly by Muslim Urdu-speaking people whose families moved to Sindh province at the time of the partition of India in 1947.
Voting in Karachi on 11 May was disrupted by a bomb attack outside the office of the ANP party, in which 11 people were killed and more than 40 injured.
The bombing happened in the Landhi district of Karachi, where Taliban militants are known to be active.
(Courtesy: BBC)

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