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Pakistan ask UK to take legal action against ethnic leader

FILE - In this Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016 file photo, Pakistani paramilitary forces remove a poster of Altaf Hussain, leader of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement, or MQM, in Hyderabad, Pakistan. Pakistan's Ministry of Interior said it has written a formal request to London to seek legal action against Hussain. A ministry statement says the government sent a dossier on Hussain to U.K. authorities on Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2016, with allegations of inciting violence and disturbing law and order in Pakistan. (AP Photo/Pervez Masih, File)

FILE - In this Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016 file photo, Pakistani paramilitary forces remove a poster of Altaf Hussain, leader of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement, or MQM, in Hyderabad, Pakistan. Pakistan's Ministry of Interior said it has written a formal request to London to seek legal action against Hussain. A ministry statement says the government sent a dossier on Hussain to U.K. authorities on Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2016, with allegations of inciting violence and disturbing law and order in Pakistan. (AP Photo/Pervez Masih, File)  (The Associated Press)

Pakistan's Ministry of Interior says it has written a formal request to London to seek legal action against an ethnic party leader, Altaf Hussain.

A ministry statement says the government has sent a dossier on Hussain to U.K. authorities on Tuesday, with allegations of inciting violence and disturbing law and order in Pakistan.

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.

He delivered an anti-government speech last week via telephone to his supporters. Afterward they ransacked three television stations. One person was killed in the ensuing violence.

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