LONDON/KARACHI - Pakistan People’s Party's Co-Chairman and former president Asif Ali Zardari arrived in London on Saturday to meet Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain who was released from British police custody after interrogation in money laundering case.

Sources said former president Zardari would convey his whole-hearted support to Altaf Hussain during the meeting and discuss political situation in Sindh, where PPP and MQM are coalition partners as well as the overall situation in the country.

The MQM chief remained under custody at London's Wellington Hospital for five days, before being shifted to Southwark Police Station. He later returned to his residence in North London on Saturday when police released him on bail.

His arrest triggered violence and protests in Karachi and other cities of Sindh where shutdowns halted businesses and civic activities for couple of days.

The other day, MQM leaders and supporters came to meet him at London's International Secretariat from where he addressed party workers in Karachi through video link, asserting that all allegations leveled against him would be proved wrong one day.

ALTAF THANKS POLITICIANS: MQM chief Altaf Hussain contacted with various political parties' leaders and thanked them for their support during his detention.

Altaf contacted with APML chief Gen (retd) Pervez Musharraf, former PM Raja Pervez Ashraf, Ch Shujaat Hussain and Shaukat Aziz and thanked them for expressing solidarity with him. All the political leaders congratulated the MQM chief on his release.

All the leaders also expressed good wishes for Altaf’s health.