Pakistan ask UK to take legal action against ethnic leader

ISLAMABAD (AP) " Pakistan's Ministry of Interior has written a formal request to London to seek legal action against an ethnic party leader, Altaf Hussain, according to a ministry statement Wednesday.

The Pakistani government sent a dossier on Hussain to U.K. authorities on Tuesday, with allegations of inciting violence and disturbing law and order in Pakistan, the statement said, adding that Hussain has violated both British and international laws.

Hussain is a British national and the founder of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement, or MQM party, which has long dominated politics in the southern city of Karachi.

The secular party represents ethnic Mohajirs " those who fled to Pakistan from India during the 1947 partition. Its supporters have staged violent protests and clashed with political rivals and police in the past.

Hussain delivered an anti-government speech last week via telephone to his supporters. After the speech his supporters chanted, "Down with Pakistan."

Afterward they ransacked three television stations. One person was killed in the ensuing violence. Hussain later apologized in a statement, saying he was under mental stress during the speech.

Pakistani security forces have arrested dozens of MQM supporters and sealed and demolished many of the party's offices.

The party leadership in Pakistan has since disassociated itself from Hussain, promising that the party wouldn't be run from London anymore. Hussain has lived in a self-imposed exile in London for years.

This story has been automatically published from the Associated Press wire which uses US spellings

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