FIA seeks Kamal, Merchant’s help in probe against MQM

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Qaimkhani: Will register party in 2018

Staff Reporter

Islamabad/Karachi—The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) on Saturday contacted former Karachi mayor Mustafa Kamal and Sarfaraz Merchant to probe allegations levelled against the top Muttahida Qaumi Movement leadership.
Sarfaraz Merchant, a close aide of MQM leader Muhammad Anwar and a co-accused in money laundering case against Altaf Hussain, was contacted by Director FIA Inam Ghani in London, sources told.
The FIA has invited Merchant to come to Islamabad. On this, he said that he will respond to the request after consulting his legal aides.
On the other hand, Sindh FIA Director Shahid Hayat contacted Mustafa Kamal in Karachi to obtain details regarding alleged links between the MQM leadership and Indian intelligence agency Research and Analysis Wing.
Kamal, who won wide support as mayor of Karachi from 2005 to 2010 for his efforts to ease traffic and improve public services, levelled blistering criticism at Altaf Husain’s strongarm tactics in a press conference last week after returning to Pakistan after three years.
Kamal left Pakistan in 2013 over reported differences with Altaf Husain, and had lived in Dubai since then.
He accused Altaf Hussain of being an Indian agent and a ‘dictatorial drunkard’ who has mismanaged the affairs of Pakistan’s biggest city from his base in north London.
In a blistering attack, Mustafa Kamal also accused Hussain of overseeing an organisation that has turned some activists into “international terrorists”.
Meanwhile, former Muttahida Qaumi Movement member Anees Qaimkhani on Saturday stated that the party he and Mustafa Kamal formed will be registered in the year 2018.
Qaimkhani further added that MQM is feared only because of its militant wing.
Qaimkhani and Kamal have formed their own political party after renouncing their association with MQM. Various members of Muttahida have joined their ranks till now and more are expected to join them in future.
In another development, a member of Sindh Assembly belonging to Muttahida Qaumi Movement has contacted Mustafa Kamal and Anees Qaimkhani and intends to join their newly formed political party, sources say.
The name of the Sindh Assembly member is being kept confidential. A press conference in this regards will be held on Monday in which the personality will renounce his or her affiliation with Muttahida and will join Kamal’s party.

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