MQM founder charged with encouraging terror offence
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.