Altaf Hussain, the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief, had been moved to hospital for medical examination after the London police detained him relating to money laundering due to poor health conditions. MQM leader  Wasay Jalil on Wednesday told reporters that London police wanted to question Altaf Hussain but he had to be taken to hospital due to ill health.

London police had raided Altaf’s residence in London and 40 police officers took part in the search operation. The residence was sealed after the search was concluded. Altaf wass arrested on Tuesday for suspicison of his involvement in money laundaring as police had earlier recovered £250,000 from his residence.


Violence erupted in Karachi after the news of the Altaf’s arrest. A number of vehicles were torched and all the businesses were shut down. MQM workers have staged sit in to demonstrate their support for their leader Alftaf Hussain.

MQM leader Dr Farooq Sattar has termed the arrest of party chief Altaf Hussain as violation of principles of justice by saying that no case has been registered against Altaf Hussain and his arrest without case was against principle of justice.

Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has assured governor Sindh Ishratul Ebad that Pakistan government will do whatever is possible to safeguard the interests of Altaf Hussain.

Altaf Hussian recently applied for issuance of Pakistani passport and identity card and indicated to travel to Pakistan. He has been living in the United Kingdom since 1992 and became British national in 2002.