Nisar contacts UK officials on Altaf’s speech


ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan contacted British authorities and discussed anti-Pakistan speech of MQM leader Altaf Hussain.


“Use of British soil for speeches against Pakistan and its institutions by any person is condemnable,” he said, according to our correspondent.

Chaudhry Nisar said Altaf Hussain has not only injured feelings of the entire nation and Urdu-speaking community but also committed a serious crime.

The minister urged Britain to cooperate with Pakistan in bringing Altaf to book for his ‘serious crime’.

On Monday, activists of Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) clashed with police and ransacked two private television stations in Karachi, leaving at least one man dead and seven others injured.

The violence erupted soon after exiled leader of the MQM, Altaf Hussain, gave a telephone address to his supporters in which he castigated the media for not giving due coverage of his workers.

During his highly aggressive anti-Pakistan speech, Altaf Hussain not only raised slogans against Pakistan but also called the country a ‘cancer for entire world.’

MQM workers, who had just ended a week-long hunger strike over Rangers crackdown against them, attacked offices of ARY, Neo TV and Samaa’s DSNG after his address from self-imposed exile in London.

MQM workers also clashed with police on the streets, sparking volleys of gunshots and tear gas in several places across the city.

Dozens of men and women barging into ARY’s office, smashing doors, windows and equipment with rods and batons and setting fire to several vehicles.

Meanwhile, Rangers arrested MQM’s top leader in Karachi, including Farooq Sattar, before a press conference at Karachi Press Club late Monday.

Rangers also raided MQM headquarters Nine Zero and other party buildings in Karachi and other cities of Sindh late last night, and sealed the party offices.

DG Rangers and Chief Minister Sindh visited media houses and ensured security to media persons.