By Dr Shahid Qureshi – :
“If you can’t baffle them with brilliance, dazzle them with bullshit!” said probably Lord Nelson, this is exactly what Altaf Hussain outsourced in London ‘telephone based’ leader of MQM and Rehman Malik doing? Altaf Hussain claimed his supporters in Karachi increased by 10 million in just two years because he claimed to have 20 million supporters in an interview with Edgware Times in November 1998. But in 2001 MQM claimed to have 30 million supporters when MQM send a fax to Reuters on 22 September 2001. “(MQM leader) Altaf Hussain has offered the unconditional support of over 30 million MQM supporters to the U.S. president and the international community,” its London-based international secretariat said in a statement faxed to Reuters. September 22, 2001.
Altaf Hussain’s MQM has caused more economic and human losses to Pakistan by strikes and terrorist activities then wars with India? There are reports that MQM has issued thousands of arms licences to its workers and sympathisers in Karachi and some of the licences might have been issued from other provinces. According to a source, ‘Altaf group is planning and preparing for armed fight with other groups in Karachi especially on 12th May 2009’. There might be a plan to divide Karachi on ethnic zones as Rehman Malik mentioned in Dera Ismail Khan? The alleged transfer of money from Karachi to London, Germany, Dubai, South Africa, Canada, and United States is alarming. There reports of increase in the arms sale in Karachi seem serious but what are the authorities doing?
Ms Bhutto, “condemned the killings of police officers and said, my thoughts are with families of those killed in the line of duty. She demanded that (Musharraf) government should brought killer/ terrorists to justice and protects the men doing their job and following orders”. Some people say that MQM is more dangerous then any terrorist organisation’.
Elements close to MQM were also allegedly involved in the terrorism, arson, and killings in December 2007, after the tragic death of Benzair Bhutto. Many analysts believe that it was a dry run by the foreign sponsored elements to separate Karachi from the rest of the country. The second dry run was done by Rehman Malik interior minister and gatekeeper of ‘Zardari Empire’, with ‘container blockade’ on 16th March 2009 when he closed down inter-province borders with containers. So what is Altaf Hussain up to now that is a crucial question to political and security leadership to think about. His alleged close links with the Indian agency and also acting like a mercenary force getting orders from foreign masters.
After September 11, the United States identified even more with the MQM as it was the only party in Pakistan that widely mourned the attacks on the US, openly condemned the Taliban and al-Qaeda, and launched a powerful campaign in support of the US attack on Afghanistan. Latterly, the MQM has been the only party to support the military’s intervention in the tribal areas.
Asia Times Online reported, ‘sources say that, ‘only US diplomatic intervention stopped Musharraf from taking strong action against the MQM after he received the report on the recent unrest in which the MQM was implicated. Washington indeed has a powerful southern ally in Pakistan’.
It is time for the government of Pakistan to approach its friends and allies to have a clear cut answers about the real Agenda in Pakistan? Crimes of Altaf Hussain and his party MQM are so heinous that he couldn’t dare going back to Karachi even the whole period of Musharraf and now Zardari rule?
The government of Pakistan says it will let the current legal proceedings take their course against Altaf Hussein, the leader of the MQM. The Minister of Information, Mushahid Hussein, said the government had not so far sought his extradition from Britain on November 8, 1998.The minister was responding to reports in a British Sunday newspaper that Pakistan was seeking his return to face trial. Altaf Hussein faces charges of terrorism, abduction, and torture in Pakistan.
I asked late Benzair Bhutto at dinner in London few years ago to comment on the targeted killings on reportedly more then 670 police officers in Karachi. Most of them killed had taken part in the Karachi Operation conducted by the PPP government. Ms Bhutto, “condemned the killings of police officers and said, my thoughts are with families of those killed in the line of duty. She demanded that (Musharraf) government should brought killer/ terrorists to justice and protects the men doing their job and following orders”. Some people say that MQM is more dangerous then any terrorist organisation’.
While talking to Edgware Times a local paper Altaf Hussain explained his plight: “It is never easy running a movement. One has to sacrifice many things — Jesus Christ sacrificed for his people.” He is receiving full support of Qadiyani leader, their International Secretariat, and network?
Until November 1998 Government of Pakistan was reportedly seeking extradition of Altaf Hussain who was said to be wanted in 50 murders and 150 cases of kidnapping and arson. Altaf Hussain, a trained pharmacist who has been living in England since 1992. ‘If extradited to Pakistan he will be killed’, said Altaf Hussain in an interview with a newspaper in 1998. “It is my wish that they take me to trial in a British court,” said Mr Hussain. “Then I will tell people nationally and internationally what has been happening in Pakistan.”
MQM’s deputy chief organiser of district Thatta and his wife were arrested by the police for trafficking 120 kilos of A class drugs according to a press report on 16th May 2004. Mohamed Ibrahim and his wife Ayesha Soho who is also member of district government were coming from Bolan area of Baluchistan on Jeep number BC 1248 when they were stopped by Dadar Police who discovered 180 kilos of HASH worth millions of from the secret compartments of the jeep.
Police has registered a case number 13/2004 report against deputy chief of MQM and his wife for drug trafficking. Area in charge SHO of the area Police confirmed that suspects have confessed they have been also involved in arms trafficking from Kabul and been to Afghanistan three times. Both were sent to SIBI jail in Baluchistan.
“MQM has been funded with the drug money apart from the money taken from the top businessmen in the name of support” according to a report published by The Frontier Post on December 25, 1998. The report says, “… What is more alarming is that the narco dollars have been used for funding the (MQM), a responsible source in the provincial government said. He added that such funding was tantamount to fuelling terrorism.” Is the Narco-terror funding still on?
Dr Shahid Qureshi is senior award wining investigative journalist and writer on security, foreign policy, and terrorism based in London.