Baseless: MQM rejects allegations made by SSP Rao Anwar

Published: April 30, 2015
MQM leaders addressing press conference on Monday.

MQM leaders addressing press conference on Monday.

Rejecting SSP Rao Anawar’s allegations, Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) leaders on Thursday said that contrary to claims made, Tahir and Junaid had been picked up weeks ago.

Addressing a press conference at Khursheed Memorial Hall at party headquarters Nine-Zero on Thursday evening, MQM leader Haider Abbas Rizvi said that Tahir had been arrested on February 25, while the Junaid had been arrested on March 24, not on April 29.

To substantiate his claim, Rizvi showed copies of a petition which had been filed by Tahir’s relatives in the Sindh High Court on February 27 pleading against his illegal attention.

Terming the allegations made by SSP Anwar a campaign to defame the MQM, Rizvi asked who would ultimately benefit from this smear campaign.

Read: Key MQM leaders maintain connections with RAW: SSP Malir

Rizvi said the political scenario in the city had changed drastically after the MQM took charge as the opposition leader in the Sindh Assembly and the party had launched a campaign for new provinces along administrative lines in the country.

“The (SSP Rao Anwar’s) press conference reminded me of the ‘90s,” Rizvi said, adding that allegations made then were being repeated. “There was nothing but lies in it (Anwar’s press conference).”

Further criticizing Anwar’s press statement, the MQM leader said he had blatantly violated the law since neither the Police Rules, nor the Political Party Order allowed an SP-level officer to make such claims.

Rizvi suggested that Anwar’s presser was related to a meeting between former President Asif Ali Zardari and Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah and an unknown ‘third person’ held at the CM House in Karachi on Wednesday evening.

“Many things will be cleared if journalists can determine who the third person was,” Rizvi said.

“We thought a new narrative would emerge, but all that came of it were accusations.”

The MQM leader strongly rejected accusations levelled by Anwar regarding his party’s alleged affiliations with Indian spy agency Raw.

“We are proud of being Pakistanis,” Rizvi said as he rejected the accusation.

He said he did not want a certificate of patriotism from any one, adding that it was for the first time that a ‘corrupt’, SSP-level police officer was labelling citizens as traitors or patriotic.

Earlier in the day, SSP Malir Rao Anwar alleged that the MQM maintains connections with India’s spy agency RAW.

Presenting two men allegedly with ties to the MQM, SSP Anwar claimed that the MQM was actively working against Pakistan.

“Key MQM leaders have connections with RAW,” he said, adding that the arrested MQM workers had received training from India’s spy agency RAW.

Suspension not enough for SSP Rao Anwar

Lashing out at the accusations made by SSP Rao during his press briefing, Muttahida Qaumi Movement chief Altaf Hussain said that the suspension of the officer was not enough and that he must be prosecuted.

Addressing his supporters via a telephonic address at Nine-Zero early on Friday morning, Altaf refuted Rao’s allegations and refused to directly respond to them. But he alleged that the SSP was a land grabber and a thief. He added that the party was investigating those behind Rao’s press briefing.

Lamenting how Muhajirs had been treated as second class citizens, Altaf said that every one enjoyed the fruit of sacrifices rendered by their ancestors to create Pakistan. Despite these sacrifices, the MQM chief said, Muhajirs were still being abused, mocked, called traitors and labelled as Raw agents.

Pointing to the 1992 operation, Altaf said that they were called traitors and labelled as agents of Raw then as well. The operation, he said, had caused MQM’s members and followers to be forced into exile. Despite this, Altaf said they were still raising slogans of “Pakistan Zindabad.”

He warned that if the campaign against MQM did not stop, it would plunge the country into chaos.

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Reader Comments (13)

  • Hasan Askari
    Apr 30, 2015 - 10:22PM

    I think there is no need to take this clown SSP seriously

    When establishment and other parties failed in elections and MQM won so what damage can this corrupt official do. It is storm in the tea cup

    However Urdu speakers should realize the dirty mindset behind all this.They should see the hate these people have against them. They can cross any limit to not give power to people of Karachi. They took local government, they took power, they looted our wealth and now they want to rob our votes. See the sickness behind their minds. Thats worrisome.

    No wonder balochis hate establishmentRecommend

  • raider
    Apr 30, 2015 - 11:43PM

    thank you establishment someone is there in this dead era of evils that likely to corral culprits, hundreds of murderers have been proved in connection with MQM but still they roam freely, they are being elected in parliament which is already teemed with such types of peoples, simply ban MQM to save Pakistan and Karachi and all the concerned personnels should be arrested and be trialed with immediate effect before this cancer expend to be virulent to whole country Recommend

  • Pakistani-Karachi
    May 1, 2015 - 12:07AM

    We love mqmRecommend

  • May 1, 2015 - 1:28AM

    The Urdu speaking Muhajjirs need a separate province. Karachi, Thatta, Hyderabad.
    One way or another. Very very soon. Hope Altafa in London is paying attention. Or
    there will be new MQM leaders.Recommend

  • Aleem
    May 1, 2015 - 2:40AM

    You banned Awami League under the same pretext and paid for it dearly in 1971. Then you did the same to Baloch nationalists and Pakistan has paid dearly, now you want to commit the same folly by branding MQM and Karachi walay as RAW agents?

    The story is as clear as ever…MQM could not be displaced by way of elections so now bring up tactics of “anti-Pakistaniat” and “RAW linkages”. That is the easiest way to discredit anyone in Pakistan. Simply call them a RAW agent and be done with it.

    What proof? Nothing, zilch! All this is doing is poisoning the hearts and minds of millions of Urdu speakers who gave up everything to become Pakistanis and this is how the sons of the soil treat them. No wonder Bangalis said buzz off and took off on their own and the Baloch are rearing to have a go at it.

    When one does not learn from history then he/she is bound to repeat it.Recommend

  • Mukti Bahini
    May 1, 2015 - 2:55AM

    MQM is the Mukti Bahini of West PakistanRecommend

  • Muhammad Omer Bashir
    May 1, 2015 - 3:06AM

    Dear Express Tribune!

    As an ordinary pakistani, This is beyound understanding!.Every other day,criminals are caught and they claim their links to MQM. So i understand that MQM are bunch of terorists but they are trying to hide under the old rheotric of Being Mohajirs . When some body points fingures at MQM, MQM tries to pose it as muhajirs are being blamed which is definately not the case.

    On the other hand, when taking votes, They are Mutahida , not muhajirs.

    Secondaly, why cannot we let rangers take over the city and sweep the criminals altogther!!

    OMER BASHIRRecommend

  • MJS
    May 1, 2015 - 4:46AM

    Our establishment needs to take refresher courses from CIA on how to carry false flag operations. Even the documents that this clown submitted as evidence are laughable. When was the last time a spy agency, such as RAW, issue instructions to it’s operatives on papers with the national flag (of India) as a letterhead template? Recommend

  • Shakil Khan
    May 1, 2015 - 5:02AM

    Here comes the warning of terror from “political” party

    He warned that if the campaign against MQM did not stop, it would plunge the country into chaosRecommend

  • Luciferous
    May 1, 2015 - 6:01AM

    Altaf Hussain needs some urgent cosmetic surgery to have his face rearranged.
    There are lot of highly qualified and skilled specialists in Karachi who are able, willing and ready to perform the service free of any charge. They may even agree to bear his travel and accommodation expenses!

  • Shehryar
    May 1, 2015 - 6:40AM

    @Motiwala: What a shallow, irresponsible and pathetic argument. You can’t run a city, what will creating a new country accomplish? How many small muslim countries are there in the world and how how many of them are progressive with its citizens living in peace, equality? How many of them provide justice to its citizens and take care of their financial well-being? What makes you think creating a new country will change your fortunes? Recommend

  • shahid
    May 1, 2015 - 8:52AM

    the federal government should take action against ssp press conference and bring evidence in the court

    why the media likes to create disharmony between different segments of society and create sensation .we are already passing through a tough time
    media leave us alone and do not air any newes which harms and weakens our strengthRecommend

  • mohib khan
    May 1, 2015 - 8:41PM

    Red the article and the comments. Why would the rest of pakistan gang up against mohajirs. Unless it is something they are doing. Didn’t MQM start as a terrorist organization. This country has done a lot of compromises with the shady people to gain petty advantages now those were times when the rulers were mostly dictators and needed support. Or at times the political parties wanted to form coalition govts. MQM prospered a lot now the justice system and the agencies ie rangers, army police etc should take up the resp and clear the mess. We want a clean pakistan if the mohajirs cant remain clean they are welcome to go back to where they belong. As for subas karachi, thatta and Hyderabad are parts of sind and baluchistan. The primary people of the provinces should be asked if they want to give those areas to mohajirs well they are welcome. If not hard luck mohajirs either live as peaceful citizens of this country or leave the choice is yours. Altaf is already in UK the rest can follow if he survives the investigation there. We may have no objection to their decision. But parts of Pak remain parts of Pak and we will protect our country with sweat and blood.Recommend

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