MQM Chief Altaf Hussain Asks Modi for Asylum in India

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London-based Pakistani leader and founder of MQM Altaf Hussain seeks asylum in India. — File photo

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NEW DELHI — The founder of Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), formerly Mohajir Qaumi Movement, Altaf Hussain of Pakistan has asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to grant political asylum to him and his associates in India, according to Pakistani media.

Living an exiled life, Altaf, made the request during a speech aired on social media from his London abode earlier this month, reports The Dawn.

“If India and Prime Minister Modi allow me to come to India and provide me asylum with my colleagues, I am ready to come to India along with my colleagues because my grandfather is buried there … my grandmother is buried there … my thousands of relatives are buried in India. I want to go to their graves and want to pray,” he said in the video message broadcast on social media on Nov 9, according to report.

“[If granted asylum] I will not interfere in any politics, I promise,” assured Mr Altaf to the Indian government in his speech.

Altaf Hussain, a British citizen who has been living in the United Kingdom for the past 27 years, is currently on bail in a case pertaining to incitement of violence. He was arrested twice in the UK, first in connection with a money laundering investigation and then in the present case.

Altaf’s party MQM in Pakistan has parted ways from him after a controversial speech given by him and the party is known as MQM-Pakistan while the exiled leader is heading MQM-London which is facing a ban since Aug 22, 2016 when Mr Altaf made an incendiary speech.

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