Altaf released on bail, directs supporters to end protest in Pakistan

LONDON - Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) leader Altaf Hussain was released on bail from a police station in London on early Saturday morning, as he was interviewed at the police station after being discharged from Wellington Hospital.

The interview lasted for nine hours after which Altaf's lawyers filed bail application which was accepted and he was released from the police station. Earlier, Altaf was transferred to the police station on Friday after discharging from the hospital. According to reports, doctors had termed Altaf's angiography reports satisfactory, following which, the Scotland Yard decided to move MQM leaderto the station again.

Police sources said Altaf was released on a personal bail without any charges framed against him with the condition that he would appear before authorities whenever required. Soon after he was released, he addressed via telephone his party lawmakers and workers who were participating in a sit-in protest at Karachi's Numaish Chowrangi against their leader's arrest in London. Altaf commended the participants of the sit-in for their passion and commitment, adding that truth must always be spoken.

The MQM leader said that he had remained patient throughout his recent ordeal and did not beg for his freedom. He further said that he and his party knew how to stand up to oppression. Altaf also thanked Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and former president Asif Ali Zardari. He also expressed his gratitude for the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) for condemning his arrest and also thanked Tahirul Qadri, Chaudhry Shujaat and Pervez Musharraf.

He admitted that the Pakistani prime minister had played a positive role in the matter and expressed his determination that, if necessary, he would be prepared to sacrifice his life for truth. Altaf also thanked traders, transporters, scholars and artists for supporting the MQM during a difficult time. He also said that all former colleagues who were angry with the MQM have been forgiven.

The MQM leader directed his supporters to end their protests and concluded his speech by praying for Pakistan's deliverance from all internal and external dangers.

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