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MQM demo slams Galloway’s statement on party supremo

07:08 PM | 7 May, 2015
MQM demo slams Galloway’s statement on party supremo
KARACHI (Web Desk) – Scores of MQM activists held a demonstration in Karachi on Thursday, protesting British politician and writer George Galloway’s interference in Pakistan’s internal affairs.
Galloway had, speaking about a money laundering case, said noose was being tightened around Muttahida Qaumi Movement chief Altaf Hussain. Citing his sources, Galloway had told a group of reporters that Scotland Yard was inches away from arresting Hussain.
Galloway has no right to meddle in “our internal affairs”, MQM leader Haider Abbas Rizvi said.
Other MQM leader Rauf Siddiqui demanded the British government take notice of MQM protest against Galloway’s irresponsible statement.
The protest demonstration was held outside Karachi Press Club , where charged MQM protestors chanted slogans against Galloway.
Muttahida leaders, on the occasion, demanded state institutions and media take notice of Galloway’s exuberant interest in a purely Pakistani matter.
They called Galloway’s remarks as uncalled-for and suspected he was doing that upon someone’s request. They also called on British Parliament to suspend Galloway as a legislator.

Earlier in mid-April, London’s Metropolitan Police extended MQM chief Altaf Hussain’s bail till July.

Hussain was given extension in his bail plea after he was questioned for more than five hours by investigating officers.

“I trust the British judicial system,” said Hussain as he walked out of the police station, adding “MQM workers should remain peaceful during the course of investigation.”

Earlier that day at 10:00 am, MQM chief accompanied by MQM leaders Babar Ghauri, Farooq Sattar, other members of the Rabita Committee, and his legal team, arrived at the police station.

Hussain told a pivate television that he was hopeful that he would emerge victorious.

According to MQM, the party chief arrived at Southwark Police Station by appointment.

Priot to that, addressing party workers and activists gathered at Azizabad’s Jinnah Ground in Karachi over telephone, Hussain asked his supporters to pray for him, saying one has to undergo tests in a political struggle.

The MQM supremo was arrested on June 3, 2014 during the course of a money laundering investigation initiated in July 2013 by the London Metropolitan Police, prompting thousands of people in Karachi to stage a sit-in calling for his release.

He was then shifted to Wellington Hospital over concerns to his health and underwent angiography and other tests. Having been discharged from the hospital, Hussain was taken to the Southwark police station where he was questioned for nine hours.

He was released on bail four days after his arrest in 2014, and granted two bail extensions ─ the first in July 2014 and the second on Dec 3, 2014. His bail extension is expiring today.

During their investigations, the London Metropolitan Police had discovered ‘a considerable amount of money’ during raids on Hussain’s residence and office in London.

A statement from the police had said that the cash was found when a counter-terrorism unit of police raided Hussain’s office on Dec 6, 2012 under the Police and Criminal Evidence Act in connection with the investigation of Dr Imran Farooq murder case.

In 2010, Imran Farooq, one of MQM’s founding members and a confidant of Hussain, was murdered in London.

The MQM chief’s visit to the police station coincides with the presentation of a primary suspect in Dr Imran Farooq’s murder case in a Karachi court, as per an announcement made by Federal Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan on Monday.

Living in self-exile for over two decades, Hussain gained British citizenship in 2002 after leaving Pakistan in the early 1990s when a military operation was launched to end ethnic unrest in Karachi.

The author is working as Editor Digital Media for Daily Pakistan and can be reached @ItsSarfrazAli.


Currency Rates in Pakistan Today - Pakistani rupee to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 17 April 2024

Pakistani currency saw minor adjustment against global currencies on April 17, 2024. US dollar was being quoted at 277.4 for buying and 280.4 for selling.

Euro comes down to 293.15 for buying and 296.1 for selling while British Pound stands at 344.25 for buying, and 347.6 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 75.4 and Saudi Riyal's new rates was at 73.30. 

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 17 April 2024

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 277.4 280.4
Euro EUR 293.15 296.1
UK Pound Sterling GBP 344.25 347.6
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.45 76.2
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.3 74.05
Australian Dollar AUD 181 182.5
Bahrain Dinar BHD 739.38 747.38
Canadian Dollar CAD 201 203
China Yuan CNY 38.45 38.85
Danish Krone DKK 40.45 40.85
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.57 35.92
Indian Rupee INR 3.33 3.44
Japanese Yen JPY 1.86 1.94
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 902.26 911.26
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.24 58.84
New Zealand Dollar NZD 164.75 166.75
Norwegians Krone NOK 25.38 25.68
Omani Riyal OMR 722.1 730.1
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.37 77.07
Singapore Dollar SGD 204.5 206.5
Swedish Korona SEK 25.72 26.02
Swiss Franc CHF 307.11 309.61
Thai Bhat THB 7.61 7.76


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