U.K. Police Release 'Don of Karachi' Altaf Hussain on Bail
A young girl from Pakistan's Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) party holds a photograph of party leader Altaf Hussain during a sit-in protest calling for Hussain's release in Karachi on Friday.ASIF HASSAN / AFP - Getty Images
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It also said two men, aged 72 and 44, were arrested in December as part of the same investigation and let out on bail pending further inquiries until early September.
Hussain effectively controls the sometimes violent port city of Karachi from his headquarters in a north London suburb and is known for his fiery addresses to his supporters through a loudspeaker connected to a telephone.
The MQM party's support base is millions of Muslim Urdu-speaking people whose families migrated to Karachi and nearby areas at the time of the 1947 partition of India.
Within minutes of his arrest, panicked shopkeepers and market stall owners in Karachi closed their businesses and the city ground to a standstill due to massive traffic jams as people rushed home for fear of violence.