Altaf Hussain goes on trial for his 2016 speech which led to anti-Pakistan chants
On Jan 31, Altaf Hussain, the founder of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement began his three-week trial in London for his controversial speech inciting violence in Karachi in 2016.
On Aug 22, 2016, the MQM founder, who is also wanted by Pakistani police on a number of charges, delivered a controversial speech over the phone to a party gathering outside the Karachi Press Club which was then followed by his party workers yelling anti-Pakistan slurs and vandalising a media house nearby.
The MQM founder has categorically disputed the indictment and declared that he will defend himself at the trial whereas the statement issued by Metropolitan Police read: “Altaf Hussain, of Abbey View, Mill Hill, NW7, was charged under section 1(2) of the Terrorism Act (TACT) 2006 with promoting terrorism.”
Prior to the hearing, Hussain contacted CPS, saying that he was mentally and physically unable to stand trial. He stated that he had recently been diagnosed with Covid-19 and had gone through a particular struggle that has taken a toll on his health. As a result, Hussain requested for the trial to be delayed and dismissal of the case, but the CPS rejected his plea.