MQM founder Altaf Hussain reluctant during police inquiries

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LONDON: The Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) founder Altaf Hussain has refused to answer questions of detectives from Scotland Yard’s counter-terrorism Command Unit, Geo News reported.

During the inquiry at Southwark Police Station, the MQM founder only confirmed his name, date of birth and his residential address but responded with “no comment” option to all other questions asked by the police.

Prior to the two-hour interview, Hussain was told that he had the option of going for no comment. His counsel advised him not to answer questions of the police, maintaining that his client would answer questions only before an independent judge and jury if charged.

Geo quoted the source stating that the interview, which started at 10 pm was stopped at midnight after Hussain complained he was feeling unwell due to chest pain.

A request submitted by Scotland Yard on Wednesday seeking additional 12-hour detention of Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) founder Altaf Hussain was also approved.

The police scheduled another interview at 10 am BST (2 pm PST) and once the interview is over the police will then take the file before the Crown Prosecution to seek a charging decision.

Altaf Hussain was arrested from his London residence on Tuesday morning and remained in police custody overnight. The MQM founder has been arrested in relation to the incitement of violence speech of 2016.