KARACHI – The chief of the London faction of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) Altaf Hussain is set to fly to the Unites States soon after the elections there to gain US support and apply indirect pressure on Pakistan government.

Altaf, who is also facing a ‘severe’ financial crisis, is expected to hold meetings with ‘important government officials’, representatives of think tanks, besides delivering lectures at various universities, The Express Tribune reported.

Nadeem Nusrat, the party’s second-in-command, conferred the tour, however, did not clarify how and when Altaf Hussain would go to the US. The visit, referred to as a ‘political’ tour, is expected to last as long as three weeks.

Altaf is virtually banned from conducting politics in the country. Authorities are persistently moving against his party. His once-close ‘lieutenants’ have dissociated themselves from him. He is wanted in a number of cases, in Pakistan, ranging from murder to sedition. And his accounts are running out of money.