Scotland yard probe: Islamabad braces for London action fallout

British govt regularly updated Pakistan on probe against Altaf Hussain in several cases, says an official.

Zahid Gishkori July 11, 2013
“Special Police and Rangers’ contingents will be called in Karachi—even army might be called if the situation worsens,” says a senior Ministry of Interior official. PHOTO: EXPRESS/ FILE

ISLAMABAD: As fears loom that London Metropolitan Police might take action against Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) top leadership in the United Kingdom, the government prepares itself to handle the law and order situation in Karachi, The Express Tribune has learnt.

Interior Ministry and National Counter Terrorism Authority (NACTA) top officials have revealed that the government has put paramilitary forces on alert in nine cities of Sindh province.

“Special Police and Rangers’ contingents will be called in Karachi—even army might be called if the situation worsens,” said a senior Ministry of Interior official.

Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan also talked to inspector general police and Rangers after the NACTA and National Crisis Management Cell (NCMC) informed him that Karachi and some other cities of Sindh might witness worst law and order situation in the coming weeks, he added.

Teams of both the NACTA and the NCMC had submitted interior ministry a report which suggested that there could be severe repercussions of London Police investigations against MQM chief Altaf Hussain on charges of money laundering and provocation of violence.

The officials said the British government regularly updated Pakistan on developments in Imran Farooq’s murder case as well as the probe against Altaf Hussain in several cases.

Last week in an official message, the British authorities informed Islamabad that London Police had found significant evidences against MQM workers in Imran Farooq’s case as well as against some MQM leaders in money laundering cases. “If a money laundering case is established against any MQM worker, then it would be treated as a financial case,” said an official quoting the official letter sent to Pakistan.

Last week, the NCMC also presented interior minister a handout that said if MQM failed to join government in the centre as well as in Sindh, it might divide into various sub-groups, a senior official told The Express Tribune.

Responding to a query as to whether the government had prepared itself to cope with the situation following London Police action against MQM top leadership, Interior Ministry spokesperson Omar Hameed Khan said: “Yes, all possible security situations will be controlled.”

MQM Senator Col (retd) Tahir Hussain Mashhadi, however, said all rumours and speculations about MQM were baseless. He said London Police findings would not affect MQM and Karachi as they were questioning more than 1,300 persons in MQM leader Imran Farooq’s murder case. “All allegations, reports, findings are false and have no grounds against the party and its top leadership,” he maintained.

He said more than 109 MQM workers had lost their lives during recent months as the government failed to control terrorism. “Karachi may witness its worst law and order situation in the coming days,” Mashhadi predicted.

When contacted, officials of the Sindh Home Department said this kind of information or contingency plan is shared by the federal government, but they have not yet been informed about any such plan.

Published in The Express Tribune, July 12th, 2013.


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choclet | 10 years ago | Reply

if mqm has the guts then it should hit out at scotland yard and metro police. God forbid if anything happens in karachi. with rabta committee after rabta committee and cracks within most (after any type of prosecution against the guru) will go underground as they will be like sitting ducks for many other groups who will like to settle score with them. sensing something beforehand some might even cross over to dubai. now a hotel can never be a safe haven every time for some. let's not forget the thrashing, beating and attacks within the party after the post midnight address. the interior ministry should place them on ecl. by the way where is raza haroon? why are the prominent members not concerned about him?

A. Khan | 10 years ago | Reply

I believe Scotland Yard have the proof to indict Altaf Bhai. The wait is for Pakistan to take necessary steps to deal with the fall out. Remember Ch. Nisar saying that Pakistan government has been advised - there is no need for British government to do that.

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