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UK charges MQM’s Altaf Hussain with Dread offence

Altaf Hussain, 66, that addressed political parties in Pakistan by London through telephone in years past was charged under section 1(2) of the Terrorism Act (TACT) 2006 with encouraging terrorism, the authorities said in a statement.

It stated:”On 22 August 2016 released a speech to audiences gathered in Karachi, Pakistan that were going to be known by a few or all the members of people to whom they had been printed as a direct or indirect encouragement to them to the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism and in the time he printed them, meant them to be so invited, or was reckless as to if they’d be so invited”.

Hussain was expected to look in custody in the Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Thursday. He had been previously arrested on June 11 on suspicion of blatantly encouraging or helping offenses against Section 44 of the Serious Crime Act 2007.

He had been released on bond and then billed, the authorities said. Hussain fled to London from the early 1990s after a crackdown in Pakistan on his celebration. He was then granted asylum.