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Leading Pakistani Politician Arrested in London

FILE - This is a May 20, 2013 file photo of a supporter of Altaf Hussain, leader of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement, (MQM) holds his picture during a protest rally in Karachi, Pakistan.
FILE - This is a May 20, 2013 file photo of a supporter of Altaf Hussain, leader of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement, (MQM) holds his picture during a protest rally in Karachi, Pakistan.
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A leading Pakistani politician has been arrested in London, sparking fears of unrest in his home city of Karachi.

Officials with the Muttahida Qaumi Movement or MQM party said Altaf Hussain was detained Tuesday on suspicion of money laundering. British police said a 60-year-old man was arrested following a search of his property in London, but they did not confirm his identity.

Altaf Hussain leads the MQM party in Pakistan's southern port city of Karachi. He has been in self-imposed exile in London since the early 1990s, when Pakistan's government cracked down on his party. He regularly addresses his supporters in Karachi through a loudspeaker connected to a telephone.

Following reports of Hussain's arrest, police said extra security has been deployed to protect the British consulate in Karachi, which has been the scene of political, sectarian and militant unrest.

MQM officials are urging supporters to remain calm and maintain peace in the country's financial hub. Businesses in Karachi closed early, fearing riots and other violence. Pakistan Railways briefly halted trains in the city.

The MQM largely represents the Urdu-speaking community, whose members migrated to Karachi from India during that country's partition and the subsequent creation of Pakistan in 1947.

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by: FARAS from: KARACHI
June 03, 2014 12:13 PM
Bad news, The british rule this country for 300 hundered years in INDI A and Paksitan by supporting a mindset of establishment. That is why indo pak in poverty and China progressed.

by: Areeb from: Karachi
June 03, 2014 9:55 AM
The city is happy and will be relieved if British police succeeds in proving the charges. We know and have witnessed many times before that those protesting on roads are forced to do it by the party. Since they confiscate NIC and threat people. Finally, whatever begins, has to end !

by: Don Schuster
June 03, 2014 9:41 AM
You mean like those wonderful folks who hid Ben Ladin???? Screw em

by: Zafar Sattar from: Karachi
June 03, 2014 9:22 AM
The best news for Karachi. The British government must investigate the matter of money laundrying because it is the money the people of Karachi paid them for living in Karachi. The majority of people are happy on his arrest and wish him all the worst in this world and hereafter.

by: Wyne from: USA
June 03, 2014 9:12 AM
Hopefully UK will arrest other Pakistani thieves (Bhutto, Zardari, Nawaz Sharif, Malik Riaz etc. etc.) as well that looted Pakistan to build empires in the UK and other European countries.

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