ISLAMABAD: The International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol) has sought explanation from Pakistan over the matter of issuing red warrants for Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) founder Altaf Hussain, based in London since 1992.
In its reply to Federal Investigation Agency (FIA), the Interpol has asked Pakistan to explain treason charges against Hussain till March 13, an official said.
Interpol has taken the stand that it does not act over religious and political matters. Pakistan would explain the matter by due date, the official said.
The interior ministry had approved the FIA request to issue ‘red warrants’ for MQM founder in hate speech case.
An Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) had ordered to ensure presence of MQM founder on next hearing in the case. Hussain is also wanted to police in several cases including terrorism.
After lots of deliberations, the FIA on orders from its ministry had sent the request to Interpol in connection with the incendiary anti-Pakistan speech of Hussain delivered to his supporters in Karachi on Aug.22, 2016.
The ATC had directed the FIA to get the custody of Hussain by using all available means at its disposal.
On Feb.13, FIA requested the interior ministry to issue red warrants of Hussain and bring him back to the country through Interpol in Imran Farooq murder case.
The official said that the FIA will send more records to the Interpol against Hussain, justifying the issuance of red warrants against him. He said that the Pakistan government will continue to vigorously pursue the matter with Interpol to take it to a logical conclusion.