Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain underwent an angiography procedure on Thursday at a private hospital in London after which doctors have advised him to rest for 8-10 hours. According to the sources, Altaf’s daughter Afza met him at the hospital after the angiography during which the leader assured her that he was doing fine and there was nothing to worry about regarding his condition.
Altaf Hussain further said that doctors at the hospital were taking good care of him. On the other hand, supporters and sympathizers are planning to hold a special prayer session for the speedy recovery of their leader in Karachi today at Numaish Chowrangi. It may be mentioned here that MQM chief was admitted at a hospital in London after he was arrested by Scotland Yard on suspicion of money laundering on Tuesday. On Wednesday night, the MQM chief was allowed by Scotland Yard to make a call to the International Secretariat and called on workers to remain peaceful. MQM and hospital sources confirmed that Altaf Hussain underwent at least half a dozen tests on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, Pakistan High Commission said on Wednesday that Acting High Commissioner Imran Mirza had written to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) seeking consular access to Altaf Hussain. It was said that Pakistan High Commission had written to the FCO on advice of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. “We can confirm that we have received a diplomatic note from the Pakistani High Commission and have passed it on to the relevant authorities. It’s for the relevant authorities to make a decision on this,” FCO spokesperson said. Governor Sindh Ishrat Ibaad also called Pakistan’s Acting High Commissioner Imran Mirza and asked about Pakistan’s consular access request to the FCO. Mr Mirza assured the governor that every effort was being made to ensure that consular access is provided to the MQM chief. -thenews