London police extends bail to MQM’s Mohammad Anwar


LONDON: Senior Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) leader, Mohammed Anwar’s, bail in a money-laundering case was extended on Wednesday on the same terms until a date in February 2016.


Earlier, Anwar appeared before the Metropolitan Police investigators at a Central London police station, where he was questioned for hours.

Anwar was bailed to return to a Central London police station today (October 7, 2015) as part of an on-going investigation into allegations of money-laundering.

Both MQM and Anwar vehemently deny the charges.

Anwar was arrested in London in April 2015, the party said.

Five other men previously arrested in connection with the investigation remained on police bail while inquires continued, the statement said.

The party’s leader Altaf Hussain, who has been living in self-imposed exile in Britain since 1992, is one of those. He was arrested and questioned last June, leading to protests which led to a lockdown in Karachi.

Hussain, who is wanted in his homeland in relation to a murder case, has been living in self-imposed exile in Britain since 1992 and obtained British citizenship a decade later.

MQM is the most influential party in Pakistan’s southern port city of Karachi, its commercial capital and home to 18 million people.

In 2010, Imran Farooq, a founding member of MQM who was on the run from Pakistani police, accused of involvement in murder and other serious crimes, was stabbed to death in London.

British detectives have made a number of arrests and named suspected they would like to question, but no one has been charged with his murder.