By Dr Shahid Qureshi:-
Waseem Akthar the newly elected mayor of Karachi largest city of Pakistan was caught red handed with spying equipment at the Rangers Headquarters in Karachi. It was reported on 2nd September 2011, that while working as MQM-A Group MNA (member national Assembly of Pakistan), he was stealing security plans of Karachi city during the government elite group meetings at the Rangers Headquarters in Karachi.
After the publication of this report I called and spoke to Shoaib Suddle former Head of Intelligence Bureau (IB) for his opinion on this serious matter. He was very shocked with the report and quoted the “standard operating procedures and conduct of the parliamentarians who attend official meetings at the prime minister house and chief minister house”.
I spoke to General Hamid Gul former head of Inter-Services Intelligence for his opinion about this serious issue. He was shocked but not surpassed. He was of the view that: “Waseem Akhtar might be spying for more than one international agencies”.
I also contacted General Asad Durani former head of ISI about this matter. In his view it was a “serious security matter” and must be dealt with seriously.
Keeping in view the opinion of all the above and those Ranger’s Officers who caught Waseem Akthar red handed with spying equipment and published reports how can Government of Pakistan allow this man to become Mayor of such an important city of Pakistan? I wrote an article published on September 2, 2011.
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“MQM caught spying red-handed for foreign nationals and smuggling classified state material outside Pakistan and violated Official Secret Act. According to a report published in the press Waseem Akthar (MNA) and former advisor to the Chief Minister on policing caught with spying devices and equipment’s.
It is reported that MQM members in Karachi were sending recordings of the meetings with President Asif Zaradri, Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilliani, Chief Minister, and Interior Minister Rehman Malik. MQM also recoded and smuggled classified proceedings of sensitive meetings at the Rangers Headquarters in Karachi discussing security plan of Karachi most important city of Pakistan.
The mode of transfer of the information is not been mentioned but one can assume sending as multi- media file (voice recording) via internet or by an airline employee coming to London from Karachi. Questions come to mind are why MQM politicians recorded and smuggled sensitive recordings to London: (a) they are forced to do for third party or parties (b) Altaf Hussain’s mistrust on local leaders in Karachi (c) Paranoia and HPD of Altaf Hussain.?
Keeping in view MQM’s profile it is highly likely that they have been sending by internet. It is possible that copies of those audio files kept in the main servers of the internet providers at various locations in the world including Singapore. One can assume that British GCHQ might have intercepted these communications as they monitor all faxes, emails, and communications in and out of the country.
It is possible that Indians might have access to the files too as they might have access to the servers. MQM has put Pakistani security at risk and violated the official Pakistan’s Secret Act by spying for foreign nationals based in foreign country. It is reported that MQM not only recorded classified proceedings of city’s security plans with security and law enforcement agencies but also smuggled them out of the country violating official Secret Act.
MQM was sending classified Pakistani Government secrets to London. Dr Zulifqar Mirza minister responsible for security of the province had the information of MQM spying network and complained to the security agencies who acted swiftly and confiscated spying devices from Waseem Akthar Member National Assembly of Pakistan. Mr Mirza sadly feeling helpless and protested to the President of Pakistan who seemingly protecting MQM beyond imaginations. He demanded ban on the MQM members participating in all sensitive government meetings.”
It seems like a fact now that Religion, Madrassas and Taliban were used for miss directions. MQM-A and Altaf Hussain has damaged more to Pakistan and its economy than three wars with India following Indo-US agenda. Both Asif Zardari and Nawaz Sharif facilitated this damaging agenda that is why Nawaz Government allowed Waseem Akthar to become mayor of Karachi?
Is Pakistani establishment really sleeping or complicit in damaging Pakistan? It is time for the security establishment to start detoxification and cleansing before it is too late. No public office should be given to people without full security clearance as standard practice worldwide.
(Dr Shahid Qureshi is senior analyst with BBC and editor of The London Post. He writes on security, terrorism and foreign policy. He also appears as analyst on Al-Jazeera, Press TV, MBC, Kazak TV (Kazakhstan), Turkish TV, LBC Radio London. He was also international election observer for Kazakhstan 2015, March 2016 and Pakistan 2002. He has written a famous book “War on Terror and Siege of Pakistan” published in 2009. He is a PhD in Political Psychology and also studied Law at a British University)