LONDON -UNS – Muttahida Qaumi Movement’s (MQM) London-based chief has been indicted on charges of terrorism in a case pertaining to hate speech from the United Kingdom to his followers in Pakistan in 2016.
“Altaf Hussain… was charged under section 1(2) of the Terrorism Act (TACT) 2006 with encouraging terrorism,” the Met Police said in a statement on its website.
The charge as stated by the UK police is that Hussain “on August 22, 2016 published a speech to crowds gathered in Karachi, Pakistan which were likely to be understood by some or all of the members of the public to whom they were published as a direct or indirect encouragement to them to the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism and at the time he published them, intended them to be so encouraged, or was reckless as to whether they would be so encouraged”.
The MQM founder will now appear in custody at Westminster Magistrates Court on later on Thursday.
According to the Met Police, “Hussain was previously arrested on June 11 on suspicion of intentionally encouraging or assisting offences contrary to Section 44 of the Serious Crime Act 2007. He was released on bail and subsequently charged as above”.