Bri­tish govt has noth­ing to do with Altaf case: en­voy

The Pak Banker - - NATIONAL -

Bri­tish High Com­mis­sioner to Pak­istan Philip Bar­ton on Wed­nes­day said the Bri­tish govern­ment had noth­ing to do with a money laun­der­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tion against Mut­tahida Qaumi Move­ment (MQM) chief Altaf Hus­sain.

Speak­ing at a sem­i­nar ti­tled ' The Fu­ture of UK-Pak­istan Re­la­tions: A De­part­ing Per­spec­tive,' Bar­ton said the case against Hus­sain rested with the Lon­don po­lice, which is in­ves­ti­gat­ing charges against the MQM supremo.

On Pak­istan's fu­ture, Bar­ton said he be­lieved the coun­try was mov­ing for­ward in four four cru­cial ar­eas - "democ­racy, se­cu­rity, econ­omy and re­gional re­la­tion­ships". Shar­ing sta­tis­tics which por­tray a 48 per cent de­cline in ter­ror­ism-re­lated in­ci­dents, the Bri­tish en­voy saluted the brav­ery of Pak­istan se­cu­rity forces over their suc­cesses in cur­tail­ing ter­ror­ism.

"Thanks to the UK-backed Counter-ter­ror­ism As­so­ci­ated Pros­e­cu­tion Re­form Ini­tia­tive, con­vic­tion rates in ter­ror­ism cases have in­creased from 5% to over 50% in Pun­jab and from 3% to over 30% in Khy­ber Pakhtunkhwa," he said.

The Bri­tish en­voy ar­gued that with democ­racy and a rapidly re­cov­er­ing econ­omy, peo­ple in Pak­istan now had more space to think about the fu­ture, de­mo­graphic sit­u­a­tion, en­vi­ron­men­tal and eco­nomic chal­lenges.

The Lon­don Metropoli­tan Mon­day had in­formed MQM Po­lice on chief Altaf Hus­sain that his bail con­di­tions, in an on­go­ing money laun­der­ing probe, had been re­moved as there was in­suf­fi­cient ev­i­dence to bring a crim­i­nal charge against him.

The money laun­der­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tion was launched af­ter the Metropoli­tan Po­lice dis­cov­ered hun­dreds of thou­sands of pounds dur­ing two raids - one on an MQM of­fice and an­other on Altaf Hus­sain's res­i­dence in Lon­don. The raids were con­ducted in con­nec­tion with the in­ves­ti­ga­tion into Dr Imran Fa­rooq's mur­der.

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