Pak Sarzameen Party (PSP) leader Mustafa Kamal on Thursday asked the government to ban the MQM in light of allegations of collaboration with Indian Intelligence Agency Research and Analysis Wing (RAW).
In a reference to allegations that the said party has been receiving funds from RAW, he said, “If these allegations against such leaders and politicians associating with foreign agencies are even five percent correct and if there is any proof, the government should ban these parties”. He claimed, if the government believes we are wrong in saying so, we won’t speak about this matter but the government is saying the same things”.
Kamal claimed that Britain’s former deputy head of Mission in Karachi Shaharyar Khan Niazi had earlier said that there was a formal written agreement between MQM and RAW “against Pakistan” that detailed “what to do and what not to do”. He said, “They should either ban the party or make it clear that we are liars and file cases against us and ban us”.
Earlier in March, when Kamal returned to Pakistan, the MQM dissident unleashed a salvo of bombastic ‘revelations’ against party chief Altaf Hussain, accusing him of deception, addressing workers while intoxicated and poor running of the MQM.
Since then, the former mayor of Karachi has pulled former MQM heavyweights Advocate Anis, Raza Haroon, Anis Kaimkhani, Dr Sagheer, Iftikhar Alam, Waseem Aftab into his newly formed party.
The Pak Sarzameen Party’s name was announced on March 23rd and since then the party has opened offices in Hyderabad and Mirpurkhas. Advocate Anis and Raza Haroon both have slammed Altaf Hussain saying that the MQM chief is the reason behind party members jumping ship. However, MQM has denied all the allegations regarding the ‘minus Altaf formula’ and claimed that its workers are being ‘forced to change loyalties’.
Kamal and his colleagues have not specifically denied these allegations or others that suggest the new party is being backed by ‘certain quarters’. He was told that they would have to record a formal statement if they are willing to cooperate with the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) investigations.