Scotland Yard charges Altaf Hussain for ‘encouraging terrorism’ in Karachi in 2016

The founder of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), Altaf Hussain, has been charged by Scotland Yard in incitement speech inquiry for Intentionally Encouraging or Assisting Offences, Contrary to Section 44 of the Serious Crime Act 2007. The police announced that the MQM founder has been charged in relation to 16 August 2016 speech, which was  made in London and in whose aftermath violence ensued in Karachi.

The charge as stated by the UK police is that Hussain “On 22 August 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 leader had appeared at the Southwark Police Station in South London on Thursday for the third time in four months to face the police interrogation in relation to the incitement speech inquiry.

Source: The News