Nation, May 08 – Imran Khan has written to the British prime minister as under:
“I want to urgently bring to your attention the activities of Altaf Hussain who was granted British citizenship after he fled from Pakistan as a fugitive from justice. At that time he was facing 234 registered criminal cases including 44 murder charges and 18 torture charges. MQM is controlled by Mr Altaf in mafia-style, with his word being the law. Detractors face the ultimate punishment – death, carried out through the private armed force maintained at his Karachi barricaded headquarters known as nine zero.
On Mr. Hussain’s orders MQM was involved in the 12th may 2007 carnage in Karachi where 48 people were killed and 200 sustained bullet wounds, including 10*** workers belonging to the PTI. Most recently, and at a time when the MQM is a coalition partner in the federal and provincial governments, Mr Hussain sought to incite ethnic violence by calling on his supporters to arm themselves and fight ‘Talibanization’ – a label he tried to put on two million Pakhtun workers of Karachi. As a result 36 people were killed over two days of violence.
In 2007, on two occasions the federal court of Canada ruled that MQM met the legal definition of a terrorist organization and its members could not be given political asylum. In addition, US state department website describes the MQM as a violent organization.
Considering that the British government has arrested people on mere suspicion in the Heathrow case and the recent Pakistani student’s case, it is shocking to find that no investigation has been conducted into the activities of Mr Hussain despite his public criminal record in Pakistan. It is hoped that the British PM would hold enquiry into Altaf Hussain’s activities in Pakistan in the light of British law on terrorism”.
PPP leader asks Ebad to resign:
Member PPP Sindh council, Suhail Ansari has said his party workers would foil all conspiracies being hatched to create violence in the City before or on May 12. Ansari alleged that all such conspiracies were being hatched from the Governors House and demanded immediate resignation of Sindh governor Dr Ishratul Ebad khan. He demanded the recovery of illegal arms not only in Lyari and Sohrab Goth, but from the whole of Karachi including Al-Karam Square, Azizabad, New Karachi, Liaquatabad, Korangi and Orange areas under the supervision of the Pakistan army.
The above reminds me of when the Sindh chief minister along with his law enforcers were sent on forced leave on May 12, 2007 and Ishratul Ebad set up control centre in the Governors House with Wasim Akhtar as his area commander in the killing fields of Karachi. I am attaching a column by Gen. ® Mirza Aslam Beg which needs to be read and reread.