Ex­iled po­lit­i­cal leader charged with trea­son

The Myanmar Times - - World -

PAK­ISTANI po­lice charged the ex­iled leader of a ma­jor po­lit­i­cal party with trea­son and in­cit­ing ter­ror­ism, as his own sec­ond-in-com­mand vowed to dis­own him a day af­ter a vi­o­lent protest in Karachi.

Altaf Hus­sain, leader of the Mut­tahida Qaumi Move­ment (MQM) which rules Pak­istan’s big­gest city, was ac­cused with a dozen other party lead­ers of shout­ing anti-Pak­istan slo­gans on Aug 22.

Se­cu­rity forces also sealed the party’s head­quar­ters, a day be­fore the city coun­cil was due to elect im­pris­oned MQM mem­ber Waseem Akhtar as mayor.

MQM ac­tivists clashed with po­lice and ran­sacked a pri­vate tele­vi­sion sta­tion in Karachi on Au­gust 22, leav­ing at least one man dead and seven others in­jured.

Ac­cord­ing to a po­lice re­port, Mr Hus­sain chanted “down with Pak­istan” and called the coun­try a “bas­tion of ter­ror­ism”.

For more than two decades, Mr Hus­sain has ad­dressed sup­port­ers from his Lon­don home tele­phone.

On Au­gust 23, Mr Hus­sain’s sec­ond-in-com­mand Fa­rooq Sat­tar, who was also briefly ar­rested af­ter the vi­o­lence, said the MQM “com­pletely dis­owns” Mr Hus­sain’s state­ments, ac­cus­ing him of re­peat­edly em­bar­rass­ing the party. –

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