Review of Scotland Yard’s decision to drop Altaf case sought

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has sought a review of the Scotland Yard’s decision of dropping the money laundering case against Mutta­hida Qaumi Movement (MQM) founder Altaf Hussain.

Review of Scotland Yard’s decision to drop Altaf case sought

Review of Scotland Yard’s decision to drop Altaf case sought

An informed source told Dawn that the interior ministry had written a letter to the UK authorities, asking them to reconsider the decision on the basis of evidence provided by Pakistan, in view of the sensitive matters of security and law and order.

He said the ministry had expressed concern over the decision to wrap up the money laundering case against Mr Hussain.

The letter stated that it was imperative for making headway in cases against Altaf Hussain in Pakistan that the United Kingdom shared evidence with it.

The cases against Mr Hussain, senior MQM leader Mohammad Anwar and businessman Sarfaraz Merchant were dropped by the Metropolitan Police in October last year for lack of evidence.

The London Metropolitan Police Service had on Oct 13, following a detailed evidential review and upon receipt of legal advice, taken the decision to withdraw their application in a civil case under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 for the forfeiture of over £500,000 in cash.

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