Reacting angrily to charges levelled by MQM Pakistan leader Amir Khan, the former Minister for Ports and Shipping Babar Khan Ghauri on Sunday dismissed allegations that he owned 31 petrol stations in Karachi, according to a statement made available here
Ghauri had been living in exile since long before the break-up of the party following August 22 hate-Pakistan speech by its founder Altaf Hussain, when the party split into factions.
Speaking at the party’s 33rd Founding day function in Karachi Saturday night, Amir Khan had accused him of being a member of Altaf Hussain’s psychophants’ team and minting money during his time as minister. Ghauri refuted Khan’s allegation of the former owning 31 petrol stations. “I would like the MQM-Pakistan leader to provide evidence to back his claim,” said the formal federal minister.
The former minister said the public is being distracted by political rhetoric instead of elected officials taking concrete steps to resolve their problems. Talking to Geo News, Ghauri said: “I don’t wish to engage in mudslinging but I have the right to take legal action against such allegations.”
“Babar Ghauri, who owns properties of millions of dollars in American, owns 31 petrol pumps here in Karachi. Did he inherit it from his father?” he said. “He should give the money to the worker, he has run away after looting from here.” Speaking at MQM-Pakistan’s Youm-e-Tasees, senior leader Amir Khan expressed his disapproval for the MQM-London leadership.
Khan named London-based party leaders Wasy Jalil, Babar Ghauri, Imbisat Mallick, Mustufa Azizabadi, and Muhammad Anwar as, ‘chamchagir brigade.’ He wanted to know whether Ghauri inherited that wealth from his father, How did build this fortune, he asked”
Without naming the MQM-Pakistan founder, Khan thundered: “It’s you, not us who is the traitor. You have always left the workers on their own in difficult times.” “Disgusting language is being used against Pakistan by Wasay Jalil,” alleged Khan. “If you (Jalil) have any courage, come here to Pakistan and then chant these slogans. We will see how brave you are then.”
Khan jibed at his former leader through a comment on the late Benazir Bhutto’s bravery, who he said arrived in Pakistan to be with her voters despite being aware of the impending threats. Khan concluded his speech by saying: “There comes a time when one has to decide between the country and individual personalities.”