LONDON/KARACHI: The bail application submitted for the release of Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain was accepted and he was released early Saturday, days after he was picked up by London police on suspicion of money laundering, DawnNews reported.

Police source were quoted as saying that the 60-year-old, who had been detained for interrogation over money laundering suspicions, was released on a personal bail without any charges framed with the condition that he would appear before authorities whenever required.

A large number MQM activists along with party leaders Rauf Siddiqui, Babar Ghauri, Farogh Naseem and MPA Khawaja Izharul Hassan were present outside the police station waiting to welcome their party leader over his release on bail.

The London Metropolitan Police had shifted Altaf Hussain to the police station earlier after he was discharged from the hospital,where he was interrogated for by police for nine hours in the presence of his lawyers.

Upon his release Mr Hussain was expected to reach the party’s international secretariat to address his supporters, who have been staging protests in urban Sindh, particularly at Karachi’s Numaish Chowk, ever since his arrest four days ago.

Soon after his arrest the MQM chief was shifted to a hospital over concerns to his health where he underwent angiograpghy.

source: Dawn