BBC report aftermath: UK should be told of other politicians’ corruption, says Altaf

MQM chief says his party is being cornered

Our Correspondent June 26, 2015
Chief of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) Altaf Hussain. PHOTO: APP

KARACHI: Reacting to calls for a thorough investigation into the British Broadcasting Corporation’s claim that the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) received support from India, party chief Altaf Hussain on Thursday said UK authorities should also be informed about the corrupt activities of other Pakistani politicians.

Mocking Thursday’s meeting between Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan and the UK High Commissioner Phillip Barton, the MQM chief said the government should call the envoy again and tell him about Finance Minister Ishaq Dar’s alleged money-laundering activities.

“Dar himself admitted to money-laundering. The UK authorities should be informed of that,” he said, adding that many corrupt individuals had been given a ‘clean chit’.

Addressing a general workers meeting at the Lal Qila ground in Karachi, Altaf denied that the MQM had any links with India’s premier spy agency, the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW).

The MQM chief added that while the party respects the BBC, its report had misled the whole Pakistani nation.

“This is the same channel that reported Iraq possessed weapons of mass destruction.”

Altaf said countless operations were being conducted against the MQM and the party was being cornered.

“To finish our 37-year-old movement, 37,000 conspiracies were launched against us. None of them have been successful thus far,” he told MQM workers.

Referring to the recent arrest of suspects in connection with the Imran Farooq murder case, he asked who were they arrested by five years ago and how did they manage to reach Chaman.

He asked Nisar to go an oath and tell them who the 1992 operation in Karachi was conducted against.

“In the ongoing operation, 41 workers have been killed so far. Chaudhry Nisar lied about the forming of a monitoring committee,” he added.

The MQM chief called for a transparent investigation into the death of party worker Waqas Shah during the Rangers raid on the party’s Nine Zero headquarters.

Published in The Express Tribune, June 26th, 2015.


Salman - SK | 8 years ago | Reply @AA: Very well put. Could not have said it better. I am more disappointed in the educated constituency of Karachi in continuing to vote for the MQM for these many years, and remain silent spectators, despite many reports of murders, extortion, and land-grabbing by MQM partisans. Forget that other parties are also involved in similar activities, that is not an excuse to encourage lawlessness.
AA | 8 years ago | Reply The 37-year-old movement for what ? Movements have goals, what goals have you achieved in 37 years in and out of government ? Are urban centers of Sindh better than the way they were 37 years ago ? Is discriminative policies of employment ended ? Have MQM moved ny legislation to empower people of Karachi, Hyderabad Sukkur, Mirpur Khas ? Insteadm, MQM destroyed Karachi's Industry, commerce and the highest employer of the youths of Karachi, the private sector. Education institutions marred with violent hoodlums, who have no interest in studying or advancing education. Handed guns instead of books in the hands of the youths of Karachi. Mugging, Kidnapping and violence is rampant since MQM came into power in Karachi. MQM did nothing but a blame game. Who is responsible is not the point, who started it, is not either, but who was in charge for the past three decades is important. What means of legislation you introduced to curb all this? All MQM did was tit for tat, if there was a Wadera culture in Sindh, MQM created gun culture in response. If there was patronage in rural Sindh, MQM created its own patronage in response. Did all of this brought any benefit to the residents of Karachi ? Non so ever, Hospitals are bad, schools are suffering, streets are unsafe, even people in home are unsafe. Unemployment is at its peak, while MQM indulge in nepotism. Getting its workers on jobs, not for their sake of carriers but to control institutions from inside.
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