Muttahida Qaumi Movement has been found to be linked with ‘over 70 bank accounts in the United Kingdom.’
United Kingdom police documents obtained by the BBC show of the 70 bank accounts linked with the party, a total of 26 are in the name of party chief Altaf Hussain.
As a probe is ongoing regarding money laundering charges against Altaf Hussain in Pakistan, members of MQM in the UK are waiting to hear if they will similar charges. Six British detectives were recently in Pakistan seeking co-operation in the alleged money-laundering case.
Denying the allegations, MQM said Scotland Yard’s claims regarding the bank accounts are baseless.
Though British police have been investigating MQM for several years, investigations picked up drastically since a meeting in London, between Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan and Home Secretary Theresa May in April.
Further, British police also submitted the Scotland Yard documents to Federal Investigations Agency (FIA), which included all necessary details regarding both open and closed bank accounts of the party. Scotland Yard has declined to comment on the documents.
The UK’s Crown Prosecution Service is already considering whether leading MQM officials should be charged with money-laundering offences but police say that does not stop them making further inquiries.
“The investigation continues and any further relevant information would be discussed with the CPS,” said a spokesperson at Scotland Yard.
This article originally appeared on BBC