Altaf Hussain requests Modi for asylum, financial assistance
Altaf Hussain, the founder of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) charged with a terrorism offense, asked for assistance from Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi by giving him and his companions’ asylum and financial assistance, stated in a media report on Sunday.
On October 10, in a case related to his explosive speech transmitted from the UK to his supporters in Pakistan in 2016, the UK Royal Prosecution Services charged Hussain with the terrorism offense.
He is due to stand trial in June 2020, passport remains with the UK police as part of his bail conditions, and he is not allowed to apply for any travel document except allowed by the court.
Lawyers were now considering whether Hussain has broken his bail conditions by asking Modi to let him stay in India while he expects the trial of his case.
In his first ever-public speech after the UK police relaxed his bail conditions, the MQM leader said he would like to travel to India because his grandparents are buried there.
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If India’s Prime Minister Modi allows me to come to India and give me asylum with my coworkers.
I’m willing to come with my colleagues to India because my grandfather is buried there. My grandmother and thousands of my relatives and buried there in India.
Addressing Modi, Hussain claimed that his assets, house, and offices seized in Karachi after August 22, 2017. If he could not provide him with asylum, he asked the Indian Prime Minister to help him with money.
Hussain’s MQM is powerful in urban areas of Pakistan’s southern province of Sindh, including its restless port city of Karachi.