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Extradition of Altaf Hussain: Interior Ministry calls a meeting


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The interior ministry has called a meeting on Tuesday, January 8 to deliberate on measures being taken to extradite Altaf Hussain, Muttahida Quami movement chief who is wanted in a case pertaining to the murder.

Mr. Hussain who has been living in self-imposed exile in the United Kingdom is wanted the murder case of Imran Farooq. The former senior party leader of MQM, Mr. Farooq was stabbed to death near his home in North London on Sep 16, 2010.

Federal interior secretary will chair the meeting on Tuesday to discuss extradition of Altaf Hussain; Director General FIA, Sindh Inspector General Kaleem Imam and representatives of provincial home ministry will participate.

The ATC had already rejected the plea for calling foreign witnesses. The court adjourned the hearing till January 18 as the IHC decision on the prosecution

The Ministry of Interior, in October last year, had sent a request to Ministry of Foreign Affairs to approach authorities in United Kingdom for the MQM founder’s custody and ask Interpol for the red warrants of Mr. Hussain.

London Police have not been able to apprehend the murderers of Imran Farooq, even after eight years. An anti-terrorism court (ATC) in Pakistan, however, has indicted three suspects and declared four others as proclaimed offenders. The main suspect, Khalid Shamim had confessed on Dec 2016 that Dr. Farooq was a threat to the Altaf Hussain that is why he was murdered.

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During the last hearing on the said case on Jan 3 in ATC, the prosecution sought an adjournment of the case till the decision of its writ petition by the Islamabad High Court (IHC) for calling foreign witnesses.

The ATC had already rejected the plea for calling foreign witnesses. The court adjourned the hearing till January 18 as the IHC decision on the prosecution’s petition was expected on January 16.