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MQM chief’s posters taken down in Karachi

A supporter of Pakistan's Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM) political party, holds a poster of Altaf Hussain as he chants slogans along with others to show solidarity with their leader in Karachi June 4, 2014. Exiled Pakistani politician Altaf Hussain, one of the most divisive and feared figures in Pakistan, was arrested in London on Tuesday, his party said, sparking fears of a violent backlash in Pakistan and sending the country's biggest city into lockdown. REUTERS/Akhtar Soomro (PAKISTAN - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
A supporter of Pakistan's Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM) political party, holds a poster of Altaf Hussain as he chants slogans along with others to show solidarity with their leader in Karachi June 4, 2014. Exiled Pakistani politician Altaf Hussain, one of the most divisive and feared figures in Pakistan, was arrested in London on Tuesday, his party said, sparking fears of a violent backlash in Pakistan and sending the country's biggest city into lockdown. REUTERS/Akhtar Soomro (PAKISTAN - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

Karachi [Pakistan]: After a case of treason was registered against Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain for his inciteful speech, his posters were removed overnight from party strongholds in Karachi.

Footage showed his posters torn and lying on the streets in party strongholds, including Nine Zero, Mukka Chowk and Jinnah ground, reports the Express Tribune.

Also, the name of the party’s leader on Wikipedia has been changed from that of Altaf Hussain to Farooq Sattar.

Earlier today, the Pakistan Government has approached the British authorities to take legal action against Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain, who is in self-exile in London, for his slogans against the country and inflammatory speech that incited party workers to attack media outlets.

The Monday riots by the MQM workers and Hussain’s speech triggered a crackdown leading to the sealing of the party’s headquarters Nine Zero, along with several other offices in the metropolis and elsewhere in Sindh.

At least four treason cases were also registered against Hussain and his senior aides.

However, the party leadership in Karachi distanced itself from Hussain’s anti-Pakistan comments and decided to strip him of organisational powers for an indefinite period.

Also, his senior aides, including Dr Farooq Sattar, Khawaja Izharul Hassan, Nasreen Jalil and Amir Liaquat Hussain, disowned the all-powerful London office of the party. (ANI)

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