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.
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