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Two more applications against Altaf soon: Nisar

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan will move two more applications against Muttahida Qaumi Movement founder Altaf Hussain, seeking the United Kingdom’s legal assistance in cases relating to money laundering and hate crime, Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan told reporters after inaugurating a citizens’ facilitation centre here on Thursday.

British Home Secretary Amber Rudd would visit Pakistan next week, he said, adding that some issues effecting the two countries’ relations would be raised during her visit. He was confident that help would not be denied as Pakistan was helping the UK out on several similar cases.

He said the MQM-London had not only targeted the country’s laws, but also the state itself. “We had raised these issues with the United Kingdom in the past and will continue to do so,” he said.

The minister confirmed that the name of the PIA chief executive officer had been placed on the Exit Control List over corruption charges. He said FIA’s initial report on irregularities in PIA revealed that the national flag career got plane on wet lease at a rate of $8,000 per hour, while a private airline got the same at $4,000 per hour.

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On the crackdown on blasphemous content on social media, Mr Nisar said the government was ready to go to any lengths to curb it.

Describing those responsible for circulating blasphemous content on social media as enemies of humanity, he said the government would decide whether to keep social media websites, including Facebook and Twitter, open in the next three to four days.

He said that if there were no signs of cooperation from the two websites during these days, a roadmap was ready. Those responsible for uploading objectionable material in Pakistan could be traced by the PTA, but if it was happening abroad, the government would need those websites to cooperate with it, he said.

Hours after the minister’s remarks, a spokesperson for the interior ministry announced that the Facebook administration had agreed to send a delegation to Pakistan to address the government’s reservations. He said the Facebook administration had also appointed a focal person for constant contact with the PTA.

The minister said the FIA had shortlisted 11 Pakistanis who were involved in chatting on blasphemous posts. They would be summoned for interrogation, he added.

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