BBC NEWS: Pakistan's MQM 'received Indian funding'

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  1. Rashna

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    Pakistan's MQM 'received Indian funding'
    By Owen Bennett-JonesBBC News
    • 55 minutes ago
    • From the sectionAsia
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    The MQM has a loyal support base among the Mohajir community
    Officials in Pakistan's MQM party have told the UK authorities they received Indian government funds, the BBC learnt from an authoritative Pakistani source.

    UK authorities investigating the MQM for alleged money laundering also found a list of weapons in an MQM property.

    A Pakistani official has told the BBC that India has trained hundreds of MQM militants over the last 10 years.

    The Indian authorities described the claims as "completely baseless". The MQM said it was not going to comment.

    With 24 members in the National Assembly, the Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM) has long been a dominant force in the politics of Pakistan's largest city, Karachi.

    British authorities held formal recorded interviews with senior MQM officials who told them the party was receiving Indian funding, the BBC was told.

    Meanwhile a Pakistani official has told the BBC that India has trained hundreds of MQM militants in explosives, weapons and sabotage over the last 10 years in camps in north and north-east India.


    Before 2005-2006 the training was given to a small number of mid-ranking members of the MQM, the official said.

    More recently greater numbers of more junior party members have been trained.

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    The arrest of Altaf Hussain prompted unrest in Karachi
    The claims follow the statement of a senior Karachi police officer that two arrested MQM militants said they had been trained in India. In April Rao Anwar gave details of how the two men went to India via Thailand to be trained by the Indian intelligence agency RAW.

    In response MQM leader Altaf Hussain issued a tirade of abuse at Rao Anwar.

    Asked about the claims of Indian funding and training of the MQM, the Indian High Commission in London said: "Shortcomings of governance cannot be rationalised by blaming neighbours."

    The UK authorities started investigating the MQM in 2010 when a senior party leader, Imran Farooq, was stabbed to death outside his home in north London.

    In the course of those inquiries the police found around £500,000 ($787,350) in the MQM's London offices and in the home of MQM leader Altaf Hussain. That prompted a second investigation into possible money laundering.

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    Who is Altaf Hussain?
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    • Born in Karachi in 1953 to a middle-class family; studied pharmacy at university.
    • Formed MQM party in 1984 to represent Mohajirs - descendants of Urdu-speaking Muslims who migrated from India to Pakistan.
    • Requested political asylum in UK in 1992, later gained British citizenship; continues to run MQM from north London.
    Pakistan's powerful but absent politician

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    In the course of the inquiries the UK authorities found a list itemising weapons, including mortars, grenades and bomb-making equipment in an MQM property, according to Pakistani media reports that the BBC believes to be credible. The list included prices for the weapons. Asked about the list, the MQM made no response.

    As the UK police investigations have progressed, the British judiciary has been taking an increasingly tough line on the MQM. Back in 2011 a British judge adjudicating an asylum appeal case found that "the MQM has killed over 200 police officers who have stood up against them in Karachi".

    Last year another British judge hearing another such case found: "There is overwhelming objective evidence that the MQM for decades had been using violence."

    The MQM is also under pressure in Pakistan. In March the country's security forces raided the party's Karachi headquarters. They claimed to have found a significant number of weapons there. The MQM said they were planted.

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    The MQM has the ability to put thousands of protesters on the streets of Karachi
    The party has a solid support base made up of the Mohajirs, or refugees who left India at the time of partition so that they could settle in Pakistan.

    The Mohajirs complain that they have been the subject of sustained discrimination in Pakistan. The MQM insists it is a peaceful, secular party representing the interests of the middle classes in Pakistan.

    As well as its electoral base, the MQM has formidable street power. When it orders a strike the streets empty and the whole of Karachi grinds to a halt.

    Altaf Husain has lived in self-imposed exile in the UK for more than 20 years. He was given a British passport in 2002. For many years the party has been accused of using violence to impose its will in Karachi.

    A number of MQM officials, including Altaf Hussain, have been arrested in relation to the money-laundering case but no-one has been charged. The party insists that all its funds are legitimate and that most of them come from donors in the business community in Karachi.

    India has long accused Pakistani officials of involvement in sponsoring militant attacks in India. Delhi, for example, has demanded that Pakistan take firmer action against those suspected of plotting and managing the Mumbai attacks of 2008.

    The latest developments in the MQM case suggest that Pakistan will now counter such complaints with demands that India stop sponsoring violent forces in Karachi.

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-33148880
     
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  3. Rashna

    Rashna Senior Member Senior Member

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    And so the drama gets more interesting....BBC finds pakistani officials quite credible apparently, the same officials deny proof provided by India and the US about pakistani involvement in terrorist activities in India...
     
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    Let the MI6 have the taste of ISI. Like CIA had. Sooner or later, they will come to us asking , what next?
     
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    From the article !

    the news is speculative and Pakistani drama !
     
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    its the Brits who are playing dirty , for reasons unknown British are really butthurt after Modi took over , hence the barrage of anti India articles in BBC n other news outlets . . remember they also brokered a deal between Afghan Intel and PAK ISI very recently ..!!
     
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    You should remember the news reports from last month indicating that MI6 was facilitating talks between ISI and afghan govt. MI6 was already in bed with ISI.

    We should start reading this incident in that context.
     
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    Yes, MI6 is right now supporting them, but that's temporary. MI6 will be blamed for supporting terrorists
     
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    I am reading this report with the following context.

    1) Nawaz sharif and pak COAS are going after all opposition parties except for Imran khan's party. Last week benezir Bhutto's party was targeted.
    2) pak COAS is doing more foreign trips than Nawaz sharif.
    3) this report gives credibility to the "india supports terrorists" narrative in pak. I am pretty sure Paki fanboys will keep referring to this report for another decade.
     
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    MI6 is a very old institution with lots of legacy, I don't think they will get blamed for any thing. They are just doing their job, same as ISI.
     
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    Eid ka bakra.

    Feed it today.

    But at the end......?
     
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    If they work against India, support anti Indian elements, India has right to call them terrorist. As India does not try to inflict damage to them. Well, they will have their lesson soon, just like CIA was double crossed by ISI.
     
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    I am reading this report with the following context.

    1) Nawaz sharif and pak COAS are going after all opposition parties except for Imran khan's party. Last week benezir Bhutto's party was targeted.
    2) pak COAS is doing more foreign trips than Nawaz sharif.
    3) one of the opposition party leader in Pakistan, Qadri is already out.
     
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    Am I the only one who is glad that UK is in bed with the Pakis ? :balleballe:
     
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    seems like mi6 want to do open war now.......gud
    1)lalit modi
    2)mqm
    those idiots still thinks they rule the world they dont know wat will happen if we open our front
     
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    BBC exposed Indian terror act on Pakistan
     
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    Please introduce yourself in the members section.
     
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    This kind of news only sells in Pakistan quam.
     
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    You can read my profile :pakistan:
     

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