George Galloway has once more demanded that the police and the British government take action against the leader of the extremist Pakistan party the MQM, who is now holed-up in London.
The Bradford West MP has today written to the Home Secretary and to the Commissioner of the Metropolitan police over Altaf Hussain’s alleged involvement in an arson attack on a garment factory in Karachi. Two hundred and fifty-nine workers died in the fire in September 2012. A joint investigation team comprising Pakistan’s police and secret services submitted a report to court last Friday which alleged that the MQM leadership ordered the attack after the factory owner refused to pay extortion money.
“This man, Hussain, has been fingered in dozens of murders, as the alleged person who gave the orders. And now this horror,” Galloway said. “It’s inconceivable that this fire was ordered without his knowledge. Altaf Hussain’s house was raided last June on suspicion of money laundering but as far as I can see nothing further has happened. It’s now almost two years now since I called on the police to take action against him after he gave a series of filmed threats he made. He was given British citizenship for some unfathomable reason by the previous Labour government and to all intents and purposes he seems to be above the law. I am demanding answers as to why this despicable individual with blood on his hands is not facing justice.”