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London Police team completes investigation into Altaf Hussain hate speech

RAWALPINDI: A team of London Metropolitan Police completed its investigation into the speech of Muttahida Qaumi chief Altaf Hussain in 2016 inciting to violence.

A 12-member British Metropolitan Police team was in Pakistani to record witnesses statement in connection with the ongoing probe into Altaf speech.

The British police team had reached Pakistan on Sunday to collect evidence and interview the witnesses of the case which it completed on Frida

Six officials of Sindh police appeared before the British police’s Counter Terrorism Command (S015) as witness and recorded their statements.

The Sindh police officials were called to Islamabad by the Federal Investigation Agency’s counterterrorism wing.

The police witnesses who appeared before the British investigators include Abdul Ghaffar, a sub-inspector at the Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP East), Karachi office; Inspector Hameed Khan from the SSP Investigation Officer, South-I Karachi; Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Saddar, Kanwar Asif; Saddar Station House Officer Inspector Peer Shabbir Haider; Saddar police constable Rao Rashid and Constable Qamar Zaman of Artillery Maidan Police Station.

FIA Counter Terrorism Wing (CTW) Director Dr Mazhar ul Haq Kakakhail coordinated with the British police team in completion of their investigation into the case.

The Sindh police officials interviewed by the British police experts were posted in Sadar Circle, Karachi at the time when the MQM leader had made his anti-Pakistan speech in August 2016.

After the MQM leader’s speech, the MQM supporters allegedly attacked media outlets near the Karachi Press Club, triggering more violence, including burning of vehicles.

Official sources said the aim of the British CTC team was to collect evidence in the form of written testimony from key witnesses to the events which took place on August 22, 2016.