MQM founder charged with en­cour­ag­ing ter­ror of­fence

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Times Global - Naomi Can­ton

Lon­don: The founder of one of Pak­istan’s big­gest po­lit­i­cal par­ties liv­ing in ex­ile in Lon­don has been banned from broad­cast­ing any speeches on any plat­form and from com­ment­ing on the po­lit­i­cal sit­u­a­tion in Pak­istan.

Mut­tahida Qaumi Move­ment (MQM) founder Altaf Hus­sain ap­peared at West­min­ster mag­is­trates’ court in

Lon­don on Thurs­day charged with en­cour­age­ment of a ter­ror­ism of­fence un­der Sec­tion 1(2) of the Ter­ror­ism Act 2006.

Hus­sain was granted con­di­tional bail pro­vided that he does not broad­cast or pub­lish any mes­sage, video or au­dio via so­cial me­dia, ra­dio, TV or in­ter­net-based plat­form to the UK or over­seas con­cern­ing ei­ther this case or com­ment­ing in re­la­tion to the po­lit­i­cal sit­u­a­tion in Pak­istan. He must re­main in his north Lon­don home, his pass­port must re­main in po­lice cus­tody and he must not ap­ply for travel with­out the per­mis­sion of the court or the po­lice.

He was charged for a speech on Au­gust 22, 2016, in which he cas­ti­gated the me­dia for not giv­ing due cover­age to his work­ers. Po­lice ac­cused him of chant­ing anti-Pak­istani slo­gans, and se­cu­rity forces moved in to seal his party head­quar­ters.

Altaf Hus­sain

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