Poster of MQM party leader, Altaf Hussain
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Pakistan party MQM: Police investigate claims it incited violence from London

Police in London are investigating one of Pakistan's biggest political parties, the Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM) for possible money-laundering. BBC Newsnight understands that in raids on MQM-owned properties in London, police found hundreds of thousands of dollars of unaccounted-for cash.

The party's leader is Altaf Hussain, who lives in London in self-imposed exile. Officers are also investigating complaints alleging that Mr Hussain used his base in the UK to incite violence in Pakistan.

The party denies the allegations that murders in Pakistan were ordered from London and says it is the victim of "malicious" propaganda. It declined to comment about the money-laundering investigation while police inquiries continue and stressed no arrests have been made.

Watch the MQM response here.

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Owen Bennett-Jones reports.

  • 11 Jul 2013
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