Rangers didn’t pressure me to expel Altaf Hussain, Farooq Sattar tells UK court docket

Former MQM Convener Farooq Sattar addressing a press convention on this undated photograph. — PPI/File
  • Dr Farooq Sattar offers proof earlier than UK court docket towards Altaf Hussain.
  • MQM-P is battling declare over management of seven belief properties.
  • Dr Sattar has been a powerful critic of MQM-P however in courtroom he defends motion taken towards Altaf Hussain.

LONDON: Former Convener of Muttahida Qaumi Motion (MQM) Dr Farooq Sattar informed a UK court docket that the rangers arrested him quickly after Altaf Hussain’s August 22, 2016 speech and stopped him from doing a press convention however allowed him to do it the following day, after he had spent an evening within the custody, to announce separation from occasion founder.

Dr Sattar was giving proof earlier than the Properties and Enterprise Division of the Excessive Courtroom towards the occasion’s founder who’s battling a declare from the MQM-Pakistan over the management of seven belief properties value over £10 million.

The Insolvency and Firms Courtroom (ICC) Decide Clive Jones heard from Dr Sattar what occurred on the day the MQM chief made the controversial speech, actions by Rangers, Dr Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui’s interview to Geo Information, commotion in Karachi and the way he used his powers to expel Hussain from the occasion.

Hussain’s lawyer Richard Slade KC cross-examined Dr Sattar for the whole second day of the trial as the previous MQM chief appeared earlier than the court docket to assist MQM-P’s declare towards occasion founder. 

Dr Sattar has been a powerful critic of MQM-Pakistan over how he was handled however within the courtroom he defended each motion taken towards Hussain by the occasion.

Pakistan’s Data Expertise and Telecommunication Minister Aminul Haque has introduced the case towards Altaf Hussain to realize management of the seven properties. The properties embody Abbey View in Mill Hill the place Altaf Hussain resides; 1 Excessive View Gardens in Edgware which is on lease; 5 Excessive View Gardens in Edgware; 185 Whitchurch Lane in Edgware; 221 Whitchurch Lane in Edgware; 53 Brookfield Avenue in Mill Hill and 1st Ground Elizabeth Home in Edgware which was once the MQM’s Worldwide Secretariat.

The MQM-Pakistan has requested the UK Excessive Courtroom to present management of those properties to MQM-Pakistan as Altaf Hussain isn’t any extra eligible to regulate these belief properties after the MQM was taken over by Pakistan chapter of the MQM.

It was Dr Farooq Sattar who led MQM in Pakistan on behalf of Altaf Hussain and Nadeem Nusrat was convener of the occasion from London. Each have determined to present their proof towards Hussain, and in assist of MQM-Pakistan. Farooq Sattar gave proof on-line from his Karachi dwelling through video hyperlink.

Altaf Hussain with co-defendants and witnesses (Iftikhar Hussain, Qasim Ali Raza, Iqbal Hussain, Musatafa Azizabadi) and his supporters sat within the court docket room wanting in disbelief at a number of the issues Dr Farooq Sattar stated. Altaf Hussain’s lawyer got down to inform the court docket that led by Dr Farooq Sattar and others within the MQM-Pakistan, Altaf Hussain was faraway from the occasion and excluded in a choreographed method, depriving him of his place and affect that he exercised as a pacesetter, ideologue and founding father of the occasion.

The King’s Counsel advised to Farooq Sattar that he began working towards the occasion’s founder solely after he was taken away by the Rangers quickly after Altaf Hussain’s twenty second August speech and that he was threatened and put underneath strain to distance himself and MQM from Altaf Hussain and his colleagues in London.

Dr Farooq Sattar denied the conspiracy and stated it was a unanimous determination of the MQM in Karachi to take management of the occasion to cease additional harm to the occasion. The lawyer saved suggesting to Farooq Sattar that he had buckled underneath strain from the state and agreed to behave towards the occasion in an unlawful and unethical method. Farooq Sattar denied and stated the steps he took had assist of the occasion and the employees.

Nevertheless, he struggled all through to elucidate to the court docket how he got down to disempower Altaf Hussain and lower him off after spending only one evening within the custody of Rangers – the well-known Mr Thaakur episode that noticed a heavily-built and moustached Rangers officer stopping a thinly-built Sattar from holding a media discuss at Karachi Press Membership.

Farooq Sattar accepted that he held talks together with his London counterpart Nadeem Nusrat on twenty third of August – the defence lawyer stated Sattar spoke to him on twenty second as properly however Sattar saved denying – they usually agreed on joint steps together with airing of an apology by Hussain over his speech. When requested what he mentioned with Rangers officers or what Rangers ordered him to do throughout his in a single day custody,

Sattar stated the Rangers wished to know who had been the individuals on the protest who had chanted controversial slogans and nothing extra. “The Rangers wished to see who was supporting Altaf Hussain and who responded to Hussain’s slogans.

They wished to determine a number of folks,” Farooq Sattar stated underneath cross-examination. As he stated this, MQM supporters accompanying Altaf within the courtroom chuckled. Did the Rangers ask you to expel Altaf Hussain, requested the defence lawyer. Farooq Sattar replied: ”It was totally my will to take away Altaf Hussain from the occasion.”Farooq Sattar accepted that he didn’t search approval from Altaf Hussain of MQM-London earlier than conducting proceedings at Avari Lodge the place Sattar introduced that the MQM’s issues can be dealt with in Pakistan solely and all selections can be made in Pakistan and never in London and that Altaf Hussain, the occasion ideologue, will in the meantime give attention to his well being solely.

Farooq Sattar agreed that in his talks with Nadeem Nusrat, he didn’t point out that he was going to take away Altaf Hussain or that he would really separate and break up the occasion. MQM sources say it was agreed between London and Pakistan that MQM-Pakistan will run the issues for a while till Hussain’s well being improved and issues calmed down a bit.

Farooq Sattar stated he didn’t want Hussain’s approval and didn’t break any legal guidelines as a result of Hussain himself introduced in a press assertion that he was giving management to MQM management in Karachi. The declare and defence revolve round MQM’s structure.

The MQM-Pakistan says it’s the true and solely MQM which is continuation of the MQM that existed on twenty second August 2016 and onwards after MQM in Pakistan separated methods from Altaf Hussain in London. The MQM-Pakistan says that its ruled by the unique occasion structure of 2012, which empowered Altaf Hussain however which was amended in August 2016 to disempower Altaf Hussain.

The MQM-Pakistan says it amended the structure on thirty first August 2016, eradicating powers of Altaf Hussain and that the MQM-Pakistan didn’t want Altaf Hussain’s approval underneath 9-B because the two-third majority accredited it. The MQM-Altaf or MQM-London says it’s the one unique MQM led by the founder and chief Altaf Hussain. It says that its ruled by a structure which was drafted on twenty first October 2015 by Senator Syed Ahmed.

The MQM-London says there have been a number of variations of this structure however there was one which was lastly adopted and accredited by the Rabita Committee on 22ndst October 2016. The MQM-London says it was accredited by Altaf Hussain. The trial continues and Nadeem Nusrat and Syed Aminul Haque will give proof on Wednesday.

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