Muttahida Qaumi Movement founder Altaf Hussain, who currently heads the London faction of the party, met US Congressman Dana Rohrabacher and Khan of Kalat Suleman Dawood, who is living in self-exile in London, in the British capital on Thursday.
According to a press release, Altaf briefed the American congressman on the alleged “unlawful arrests, torture, abductions, enforced disappearances of MQM workers and Mohajirs” in Karachi and other urban areas of Sindh.
According to the statement, Altaf also complained to the US Congressman, who is known for his anti-Pakistan views, about alleged illegal closure of MQM’s party offices throughout Sindh, including its headquarters, Nine Zero.
Congressman Rohrabacher, according to the statement, assured Altaf of his full support and pledged to raise these issues in the US Congress and other forums.
The Khan of Kalat joined the duo during the latter part of the meeting, which went on for four hours. Altaf and Dawood agreed to work together for rights of the Mohajir and Baloch people.
Rohrabacher is known for his anti-Pakistan stance in the US Congress. In 2012, he said the government of Pakistan was radical, and supported the Taliban, thereby was an enemy of US and freedom, and was one of two Congressmen who moved a bill in 2016 for the US to declare Pakistan “a terrorist state.”
Dawood went into self-exile after the assassination of Baloch nationalist leader Nawab Akbar Bugti in 2006.
Following Altaf’s anti-Pakistan speech in August last year, the MQM broke into two factions. While the ‘London group’ is headed by Altaf, Farooq Sattar is leading MQM-Pakistan.