Altaf Hussain being targeted through organised conspiracy: Rabita Committee

Leaders of the Rabita Committee condemn the BBC and say they reserve the right for peaceful protest.

Web Desk July 11, 2013
A file photo of Khalid Maqbool Siddique addressing a press conference along with the other MQM leaders in Karachi. PHOTO: FILE

Altaf Hussain and the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) are being targeted through an organised conspiracy, the Deputy Convener of MQM 's Rabita Committe Maqbool Siddique said in a press conference on Thursday, Express News reported.

The Rabita Committee's reaction came after the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) aired a documentary on MQM chief Altaf Hussain, his alleged use of threatening language in public speeches, a purported letter which offers services to the UK intelligence agencies and seizing of large sums of money from the MQM office in Edgware and Altaf's house.

Siddique said that ‘foreign media’ had shown irresponsible behavior by releasing a dubious documentary on the MQM, and that the Rabita Committee still had full confidence in Altaf’s leadership.

"The BBC showed clips of some parts of Altaf Hussain's speeches out of context. We condemn this."

He said that the false propaganda had only managed to increase their confidence in the MQM chief as their leader, and that their ties with the party's founder could not be disrupted through such means.

In a press conference, leaders of the MQM Raabta Committee said that they held the right for peaceful protest.

Earlier today, London Metropolitan Police said that an investigation is being carried out against Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain on charges of money laundering and provocation to torture.

Note: A BBC Online exclusive story on Altaf Hussain cases by Owen Benett Jones to appear shortly.