Mustafa’s charges may not be set aside like that

ADDRESSING a news conference in Islamabad, Chairman Pakistan Tehreek-i Insaaf Imran Khan demanded formation of a judicial commission to investigate the allegations levelled by former Mayor of Karachi Mustafa Kamal against MQM Chief Altaf Hussain. The Interior Minister Chaudhary Nisar Ali Khan straight away rejected the demand by saying it is not necessary to form judicial commission only on basis of some allegations.
The interior minister’s rather surprising remarks, rejecting judicial probe into Mustafa Kamal’s allegations, we believe are not based on merit but are a clear reflection of some political expediency. One must not forget that the allegations levelled against the MQM chief have not come from an ordinary person or worker of the party but from the one who has served as Mayor of Karachi city and who was also a close confidante and loyalist of Altaf Hussain. During his 20-year long affiliation with MQM, he always remained in the forefront and this was the reason that he was selected by the party’s top leadership for the office of Mayor in 2005. Also, the charges that he has levelled against Altaf Hussain are not ordinary but quite serious challenging his loyalty to the country. With tears in eyes, he repeatedly lamented the sufferings and violence faced by the people of Karachi over the years. The allegation that Altaf Hussain has links with Indian intelligence agency RAW are not new and they have become a scar on the face of MQM. In our view, time has come and it is also in the interest of MQM and more than that Altaf Hussain, that the matter is investigated in depth. Instead of facing the allegations with blatant rejection or aggressive attitude, the party should deal the issue with legal methods to clear its name. The judicial probe would be the right course to bring out the truth and if the charges levelled against the MQM proved false, it would enhance party’s goodwill and image amongst the masses.

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