Published On: Mon, Feb 16th, 2015 on 5:23 pm

Yorkshire protesters call Government to prosecute Pakistani politician Altaf Hussain

EXCLUSIVE: A group of Yorkshire residents have travelled to Number 10 Downing Street to call on the government to prosecute a Pakistani politician who resides in the UK.

Residents from Bradford, Dewsbury, Keighley, Huddersfield and Leeds gathered to voice opposition to Altaf Hussain, who is the leader of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) party and currently living in exile in the country.

PTI Altaf Hussain Protest London

Protesters gather outside Downing Street.

The protest was organised by the UK branch of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party, who voiced concerns over Hussain’s speeches, claiming they are ‘provocative’ and ‘incite hate’.

President of the Overseas Pakistan Solidarity movement and PTI activist, Asif Khan, said: “The protest was held against Altaf Hussain because he is a proven terrorist, and has been involved in kidnapping, extortion and murder. Unlike other political parties, we will challenge this person.

“We believe that this man is controlled by the British establishment, who on one hand are demanding the Pakistani government to do more on terrorism, and then they’re stabbing Pakistan in the back by harbouring this man. He should be prosecuted.”

Bradford West MP George Galloway also joined in the protest, and referred Hussain as a “criminal organisation gang boss”.

He said: “The airwaves are filled with discussion of terrorism and hundreds of hours of Parliamentary time are filled with combating terrorism, whilst in Edgware, a terrorist leader with a British passport in his pocket is organising terrorism in Pakistan on a grand scale.”

Protesters also accused Hussain’s ‘henchmen’ of being the culprits behind the Baldia Town factory fire in 2012.

In a press conference, PTI Chairman Imran Khan said the Pakistani government “must take action” and “the people involved must be caught and punished”.

The charges and allegations have been termed a ‘conspiracy’ by MQM.

The Yorkshire Standard has contacted MQM and is awaiting a reply.

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Hasan Faridi

- Hasan is the founder and editor-in chief of the Yorkshire Standard. A BA Hons graduate from the University of Huddersfield, he has over four years of experience in newspapers, magazines and radio.

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