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MP Naz Shah asks UK authorities to proscribe MQM ‘terrorist organisation

Member of Parliament for Bradford West Naz Shah has asked the UK authorities to consider proscribing the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) as a terrorist organisation because of Altaf Hussain’s incitement of violence, attacks on Pakistan’s armed forces and the state of Pakistan itself.

Naz Shah MP, who is member of the powerful Home Affairs Select Committee, has written to Sir Bernard Hogan Howe, the chief of Scotland Yard; Amber Rudd, the new Home Secretary who replaced Theresa May; and Keith Vaz, chair of the Home Affairs Select Committee.

In her letter to the Scotland Yard chief, Naz Shah MP asked him to explain why the police have failed to take action against MQM founder over his several speeches which incited violence in Pakistan.

She argued that MQM founder’s speech of August 22 cannot be defended under any circumstances.

“Had this speech been made in a private setting we could well argue it is under the freedom of speech. However, within the context of being in a position of political leadership and addressing the public, his speech cannot be defended legally, morally or objectively. Furthermore, has consideration been given to whether MQM should be proscribed as a terrorist organisation in the UK and if not then please explain the reasons for the same.”

She told the police chief that the state of Pakistan has attributed recent civil and political unrest “directly to a speech made on British soil by Mr Altaf Hussain”.

She said that on August 22, 2016, MQM founder “made a highly provoking, threatening and offensive speech against the state of Pakistan, Pakistan’s law enforcement Institutions as well as Pakistan’s media” and as a result, two media houses were attacked.

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