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Altaf Hussain caught escaping to South Africa?

London: Altaf Hussain self exiled leader of MQM-A caught escaping to South Africa by the authorities. According to sources, ‘Altaf Hussain was hiding in the Wrexham area close to Slough in Berkshire for the past few days. He was stopped when was going to Heathrow Airport in a private taxi. Interestingly the taxi driver was a Pakistani whom Mr Hussain thought as an English man due to his appearance.

According to sources Altaf Hussain told the authorities that, ‘he is leaving UK and going to South Africa for security reasons and personal protection’. According to sources he was told that, ‘security can be provided to him in the UK’. It is not yet clear if Mr Hussain detained or taken in protective custody. Mr Altaf Hussain is a British Citizen and living in self imposed exile since 1992.  He is never been to Pakistan since 1992, not a registered voter now and never voted in any elections ever since.

Earlier yesterday it was reported that British police raided two addresses including an office of  MQM-A in London in connection with the on going murder investigation of Dr Imran Farooq. It is reported that police took the crucial evidence in custody including the carpets for forensic investigation.   According to reports 35 well trained officers of the Scotland Yard took part in the operation on Thursday 24th August 2011”.

It is reported that those MQM-A terrorists arrested in Karachi were actually coming from Colombo Sri Lanka and had connections with the murder of Dr Imran Farooq. The arrests took place as result of tip off from British authorities.

According to reports both Khalid Shamim and another MQM-A terrorists who were arrested in Karachi while arriving from Colombo actually called in to be eliminated in Karachi by their own party MQM-A.   They had crucial information related to Dr Imran Farooq’s murder as well as target killing cells in various countries including South Africa. They knew too much about the MQM-A illegal and terrorist activities and needed to be eliminated that is why they were called in Karachi. They are lucky to be alive in the custody of Pakistani authorities than killed by their own death squad


http://www.thelondonpost.net/Aug262011000117.html

 
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Posted by on August 27, 2011 in murder case, Terrorist

 

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MQM responsible for unrest, killings in Karachi: Mohajir Qaumi Movement

MQM responsible for unrest, killings in Karachi: Ghauri

Staff Report

LAHORE: Mohajir Qaumi Movement Vice Chairman Shamshad Khan Ghauri has accused the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) for the unrest and killings in Karachi. He said this while addressing a press conference on Monday.

“The situation in Karachi is getting worse day by day and the whole city has become a slaughter house,” he said. Altaf Hussain requests for peace whereas in reality, his own party is responsible for the current unrest and target killings in Karachi, Ghauri claimed. MQM’s workers are being trained in South Africa by the Indian secret agency RAW, which is providing them with Israeli-made arms, a proof of which is Israeli arms and shells being recovered from places where such terror incidents took place, he said.

He said that MQM’s “armed terrorists” had installed iron gates at the entrances of Mohajir colonies just to stop entry of political workers, especially of their rival party Mohajir Qaumi Movement. “MQM has taken citizens as hostage after illegally occupying their properties,” Ghauri said, adding that the MQM had established a “state within a state”.

He said that peace could not be maintained until Altaf Hussain or law-enforcement agencies did not remove these iron gates and MQM’s checkposts at various points.

Police and law-enforcement agencies should be given full authority to deal with the criminals since most of the arrested target killers belonged to the MQM, Ghauri asserted, even adding that the MQM negotiated the release of these killers with the government through different meetings and pledged to support the government if its demands were met.

The MQM also asked the government not to send challans of these cases to the special courts, instead, the trials should take place in the civil courts, he informed. In these circumstances, Karachi police and law-enforcement agencies are helpless before the political high-ups, Ghauri said.

He also claimed that the MQM was terrorising journalists and the murder of Wali Khan Babar was its clear example, whose killers belonged to the MQM.

He said Karachi was a business hub and the government should save it by setting aside the “political under dealings” in order to halt the growing lawlessness and unrest.


http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=201182\story_2-8-2011_pg13_2

 
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Posted by on August 2, 2011 in Violence In Karachi

 

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Clash between MQM and MQM haqiqi in Karachi

KARACHI (Xinhua) – At least seven people were killed and a dozen other were injured on Friday as supporters of two groups from ethnic Urdu-speaking community clashed in some parts of the Pakistani port city of Karachi, police sources and witnesses said.

Armed activists of Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) and Muhajir Qaumi Movement (MQM-Haqqiqi) exchanged fire in Malir district which later spread to Landhi area, police said.

The clashes started after the MQM-Haqqiqi group led by Afaq Ahmed resisted attempt by the MQM to take control of Kokhrapar area in Malir, which had been stronghold of Haqqiqi group. Five activists of MQM were killed in Malir.

In retaliation, the MQM supporters attacked the Haqqiqi men in Landhi and killed two of its supporters.

A total of 12 people from both sides were injured in clashes continued for several hours.

Witnesses said that the Haqqiqi men also occupied five offices of MQM in Malir area after the clash.

The paramilitary force and police failed to control the firing.

Markets were closed and transport off the road as the clashes started early morning.

Karachi, the capital of Sindh province and Pakistan’s commercial center, has seen series of ethnic and political violence in recent weeks.

Scores of people were killed and many more were injured in clashes earlier this month between ethnic Muhajir and Pashtuns.

http://www.philstar.com/Article.aspx?articleId=708859&publicationSubCatego%20ryId=200

 
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Posted by on July 23, 2011 in Clash

 

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Israeli weapons used in Karachi

After a daylong visit President Asif Ali Zardari returned to Karachi from Iran and held meetings with officials on violence in Karachi and deteriorating law and order situation.

He expressed concern over the continuation of violence in the city and directed the Sindh home minister to take effective steps to quell violence.

According to official sources, the president asked the minister, Mr Manzoor Wasan, to take all possible measures to restore peace.

At a meeting at the Bilawal House, the home minister briefed the president on the security situation since the deployment of Rangers to clear the Kati Pahari area of gunmen and to evacuate the families trapped in that area.

Mr Wasan also informed the president about the killing of Amir Shah, President of the PIA Union, who was gunned down in Karachi on Saturday, the ensuing protests and weekend clashes between estranged communities in Mauripur area.

He said that Amir Shah appeared to be a victim of target killing and a report would soon be available to the government and the culprits would be traced.

About the violence on Mauripur Road, the president asked the home minister to resolve the issue by Monday and persuade the communities to bury the hatchet and live together peacefully.

Mr Wasan told reporters that law and order was the prime concern of the president and he had assured him that he would establish the writ of the government in cooperation with all stakeholders.

The home minister said he would try to take on board all the forces but needed some time to deal with the problem.

Mr Wasan said the president stressed the need for capacity building of law-enforcement agencies and assured him that better equipment would be acquired to deal with the menace of terrorism and meet the challenge of law and order.

Sources in the presidency said the president condemned the assassination of Amir Shah and urged workers to show restraint.

He termed the murder as shocking and asked the provincial authorities to use all resources to arrest the assailants. He
conveyed his deep grief and sorrow to the bereaved family.

Israel-made weapons

Meanwhile, Interior Minister Rehman Malik gave a new twist to the deteriorating law and order situation in Karachi as he said Israel-made weapons had been recovered from trouble-makers in the city.

He told reporters before his departure for Karachi from Islamabad that some external hands were involved in the unrest.

“Weapons are being brought to Karachi from abroad,” he said.

Not only weapons, the minister said, even target killers also were coming from outside. “Steps are being taken to tackle the situation,” he said without elaborating.

He claimed that the law and order situation in Karachi would be brought under control soon despite the fact that incidents of target killings are still being reported from different areas.

“President Zardari has ordered that peace should be restored in Karachi at any cost,” he said.

The minister also indicated that there was a breakthrough in PPP-MQM relations, saying: “The MQM is still with us because the separation is temporary.”

Commenting on the role played by Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain, the minister said the PML-Q chief was continuing his talks with the MQM on behalf of the PPP.

Mr Malik said the PPP-MQM coalition was necessary for peace in Karachi, adding that he hoped the MQM would revise its decision and rejoin the government soon.

“Doors of our party will always remain open. The president has welcomed the statement of Altaf Hussain and tension between PPP and MQM will end soon,” he said.

Responding to a question about PML-N workers who forcibly freed MNA Anjum Aqeel from police custody on Friday, the minister said: “PML-N workers consider Islamabad as Faisalabad and use weapons.”

He said the government would never forgive those who violate laws of the land. “We will make public the inquiry report being prepared on his escape from police custody,” he said.

Replying to a question about Zafar Qureshi, the former Additional Director of Federal Investigation Agency, he said the action taken by the government against him was legal.

http://www.dawn.com/2011/07/18/israeli-weapons-used-in-karachi-malik.html

 
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Posted by on July 19, 2011 in Terrorist

 

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MQM declared a terrorist organization by UNHCR

Pakistan: Information on Mohajir/Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Altaf (MQM-A)

Query:

Provide information on the Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Altaf (MQM-A) in Pakistan.

Response:

SUMMARY

The Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Altaf (MQM-A) has been widely accused of human rights abuses since its founding two decades ago. It claims to represent Mohajirs— Urdu-speaking Muslims who fled to Pakistan from India after the 1947 partition of the subcontinent, and their descendants.

In the mid-1990s, the MQM-A was heavily involved in the widespread political violence that wracked Pakistan’s southern Sindh province, particularly Karachi, the port city that is the country’s commercial capital. MQM-A militants fought government forces, breakaway MQM factions, and militants from other ethnic-based movements. In the mid-1990s, the U.S. State Department, Amnesty International, and others accused the MQM-A and a rival faction of summary killings, torture, and other abuses (see, e.g., AI 1 Feb 1996; U.S. DOS Feb 1996). The MQM-A routinely denied involvement in violence.

BACKGROUND

The current MQM-A is the successor to a group called the Mohajir Qaumi Movement (MQM) that was founded by Altaf Hussein in 1984 as a student movement to defend the rights of Mohajirs, who by some estimates make up 60 percent of Karachi’s population of twelve million. At the time, Mohajirs were advancing in business, the professions, and the bureaucracy, but many resented the quotas that helped ethnic Sindhis win university slots and civil service jobs. Known in English as the National Movement for Refugees, the MQM soon turned to extortion and other types of racketeering to raise cash. Using both violence and efficient organizing, the MQM became the dominant political party in Karachi and Hyderabad, another major city in Sindh. Just three years after its founding, the MQM came to power in these and other Sindh cities in local elections in 1987 (AI 1 Feb 1996; U.S. DOS Feb 1997, Feb 1999; HRW Dec 1997).

The following year, the MQM joined a coalition government at the national level headed by Benazir Bhutto’s Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), which took power in elections following the death of military leader General Zia ul-Haq. This marked the first of several times in the 1980s and 1990s that the MQM joined coalition governments in Islamabad or in Sindh province. Meanwhile, violence between the MQM and Sindhi groups routinely broke out in Karachi and other Sindh cities (AI 1 Feb 1996; Jane’s 14 Feb 2003).

In 1992, a breakway MQM faction, led by Afaq Ahmed and Aamir Khan, launched the MQM Haqiqi (MQM-H), literally the “real” MQM. Many Pakistani observers alleged that the MQM-H was supported by the government of Pakistan to weaken the main MQM led by Altaf Hussein, which became known as the MQM-A (Jane’s 14 Feb 2003). Several smaller MQM factions also emerged, although most of the subsequent intra-group violence involved the MQM-A and the MQM-H (AI 1 Feb 1996; U.S. DOS Feb 1999; Jane’s 14 Feb 2003).

Political violence in Sindh intensified in 1993 and 1994 (Jane’s 14 Feb 2003). In 1994, fighting among MQM factions and between the MQM and Sindhi nationalist groups brought almost daily killings in Karachi (U.S. DOS Feb 1995). By July 1995, the rate of political killings in the port city reached an average of ten per day, and by the end of that year more than 1,800 had been killed (U.S. DOS Feb 1996).

The violence in Karachi and other cities began abating in 1996 as soldiers and police intensified their crackdowns on the MQM-A and other groups (Jane’s 14 Feb 2003). Pakistani forces resorted to staged “encounter killings” in which they would shoot MQM activists and then allege that the killings took place during encounters with militants (U.S. DOS Feb 1996). Following a crackdown in 1997, the MQM-A adopted its present name, the Muttahida Qaumi Movement, or United National Movement, which also has the initials MQM (HRW Dec 1997).

MQM-A leader Hussein fled in 1992 to Britain, where he received asylum in 1999 (Jane’s 14 Feb 2003). The MQM-A is not on the U.S. State Department’s list of foreign terrorist organizations (U.S. DOS 23 May 2003).

While the multifaceted nature of the violence in Sindh province in the 1980s and 1990s at times made it difficult to pinpoint specific abuses by the MQM-A, the group routinely was implicated in rights abuses. In 1992 after the Sindh government called in the army to crack down on armed groups in the province, facilities were discovered that allegedly were used by the MQM-A to torture and at times kill dissident members and activists from rival groups. In 1996, Amnesty International said that the PPP and other parties were reporting that some of their activists had been tortured and killed by the MQM-A (AI 1 Feb 1996).
The MQM-A and other factions also have been accused of trying to intimidate journalists. In one of the most flagrant cases, in 1990 MQM leader Hussein publicly threatened the editor of the monthly NEWSLINE magazine after he published an article on the MQM’s alleged use of torture against dissident members (U.S. DOS Feb 1991). The following year, a prominent journalist, Zafar Abbas, was severely beaten in Karachi in an attack that was widely blamed on MQM leaders angered over articles by Abbas describing the party’s factionalization. The same year, MQM activists assaulted scores of vendors selling DAWN, Pakistan’s largest English-language newspaper, and other periodicals owned by Herald Publications (U.S. DOS Feb 1992).

The MQM-A has also frequently called strikes in Karachi and other cities in Sindh province and used killings and other violence to keep shops closed and people off the streets. During strikes, MQM-A activists have ransacked businesses that remained open and attacked motorists and pedestrians who ventured outside (U.S. DOS Feb 1996; Jane’s 14 Feb 2003).

The MQM-A allegedly raises funds through extortion, narcotics smuggling, and other criminal activities. In addition, Mohajirs in Pakistan and overseas provide funds to the MQM-A through charitable foundations (Jane’s 14 Feb 2003).

Since the September 11, 2001 terror attacks on the United States, the MQM-A has been increasingly critical of Islamic militant groups in Pakistan. The MQM-A, which generally has not targeted Western interests, says that it supports the global campaign against terrorism (Jane’s 14 Feb 2003).

This response was prepared after researching publicly accessible information currently available to the RIC within time constraints. This response is not, and does not purport to be, conclusive as to the merit of any particular claim to refugee status or asylum.

Source: http://www.unhcr.org/refworld/docid/414fe5aa4.html

 
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Posted by on July 16, 2011 in Terrorist

 

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With MQM silent, MRC grabs the headlines

KARACHI –  As violence raged in the city on Thursday, the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) mysteriously stayed out of the picture but the Mohajir Rabita Council (MRC) issued statements and handled the political situation.
After Senior Minister Dr Zulfiqar Mirza’s outburst against MQM chief Altaf Hussain, the citizens witnessed the death of 16 innocent people while 18 more were injured and 36 vehicles burnt to ashes.
A protest wave started from Karachi, spreading to other parts of Sindh, but Altaf’s statement came as a sigh of relief for the citizens. He made an impassionate appeal to end the protest against the racial and highly-bigoted language used against the children of the founders of Pakistan, keeping in view the perilous situation of the country.
However, it was observed on Thursday that the MRC remained active throughout the day as the media also carried statements of the council’s leadership but the MQM leadership remained silent, even though the MQM does not recognise MRC as its subsidiary body; giving rise to the question: has the MRC became more powerful than the MQM?
On Thursday morning, Federal Interior Minister Rehman Malik apologised to Altaf on behalf of Mirza, but it was not the MQM leadership that rejected or accepted his apology, but the MRC came to the fore with its general secretary Arshad Siddiqui dismissing Malik’s apology and demanding that Mirza apologises to the MQM chief personally.
The MRC also demanded that President Asif Ali Zardari immediately removes Mirza from his post or he will be held responsible for the situation in the city. Then Mirza himself issued a statement seeking apology, but this time too the MRC came forward and rejected the senior minister’s apology, demanding that Mirza and Awami National Party (ANP)-Sindh President Shahi Syed leave Karachi within 48 hours, or the situation may not normalise.
The MRC, claiming to be a group of elders of the Mohajir community, became famous after issuing a list of ‘chauvinist journalists’ on March 23, 2007, naming journalists, writers and analysts, ‘working against the offspring of the Pakistan Movement leaders.’
Once again on Thursday, the MRC became active suddenly and started accepting or rejecting apologies. Observers say that as the MQM tries to spread to other parts of the country, it is avoiding confrontation and cannot speak against other linguistic groups openly. And that is why the MRC is being made active to play a linguistic role as not a single statement of MRC was contradicted by the MQM.

 

http://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2011/07/with-mqm-silent-mrc-grabs-the-headlines/

 

 
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Posted by on July 15, 2011 in Violence In Karachi

 

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IFJ enraged by Muhajir Rabita Council threat to journalists

Mirza, Shahi Syed should leave Karachi or brace for protests: MCC

KARACHI: The Mohajir Coordination Council (MCC) said on Thursday that Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) leader Zulfiqar Mirza and Sindh Awami National Party (ANP) President Agha Shahi Syed must leave Karachi within 48 hours or the government should brace for serious protests.

Express 24/7 correspondent Shaheryar Mirza termed the MCC a small fringe element of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM).

The ultimatum has been issued by the MCC in the wake of Zulfiqar Mirza’s statementsregarding MQM chief Altaf Hussain.

Secretary Mohajir Coordination Council Mohammad Arshad told the media in Karachi that the MCC rejects Interior Minister Rehman Malik’s apology and demands Zulfiqar Mirza’s removal over hurling insulting remarks agaisnt the MQM Chief.

Earlier, Rehman Malik distanced the PPP from the controversial statement issued by Zulfiqar Mirza.

Talking to the media in Islamabad, Rehman Malik said the PPP leadership disowns the statement and has demanded an explanation from Chief Minister Sindh Qaim Ali Shah over the remarks.

Mirza has apologised for his remarks against the MQM.

In a statement released by the Sindh Ministry of Information, Mirza said that all Urdu-speaking people were his brothers and sisters and that he apologises for his statements against them.

 

Journalists get death threats

KARACHI, May 29: In what appears to be a direct death threat, bullets were found on Tuesday night in the cars of three senior journalists parked outside the Karachi Press Club.

The cars belonged to secretary-general of Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists Mazhar Abbas, Zarar Khan and photojournalist Asif Hussain. When the journalists opened their vehicles, each of them found a bullet wrapped in a brown paper envelope.

It may be pointed out that names of Mazhar Abbas and Zarar Khan had appeared in a statement of the Mohajir Rabita Council in which they were described as anti-Mohajir chauvanists.

The journalists immediately informed Sindh Governor Dr Ishratul Ibad Khan and IG Police Azhar A. Farooqi. An FIR was lodged with the police.

The Karachi Union of Journalists has strongly condemned death threats to the journalists and demanded that the culprits be brought to justice. It also demanded that the organisations whose names have appeared in this connection must publicly denounce and disassociate itself from such terrorist activities.

http://archives.dawn.com/dawnftp/72….05/30/nat4.htm

 

PUJ rally condemns threats to journalists

LAHORE, May 30: The Punjab Union of Journalists on Wednesday staged a demonstration in front of the Lahore Press Club to condemn death threats to three senior Karachi journalists.

A large number of city journalists carrying placards and banners urged the government to protect journalists. They also raised slogans against the MQM and the government.

The journalists given death threats included Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists Secretary General Mazhar Abbas, Zarar Khan and Asif Hussain.

Speaking on the occasion, PUJ President Arif Hameed Bhatti and General Secretary Amer Raza urged the government to take stern action against the MQM, and ban it. It should also expose those disturbing peace in Karachi, they said.

They also urged the Punjab government to ban the entry of the members of the party into Punjab.

They said the union would give a call for a hunger strike if the government failed to protect journalists who would continue to perform their duty without caring for the consequences.

Meanwhile, in a statement the South Asia Media Commission (SAMC) expressed its anger over threats to the life and property of journalists in Karachi and Peshawar given by, what it said, different extremist organizations. It urged the Pakistani authorities to protect the journalists.

The statement issued by SAMC Regional Coordinator Husain Naqi here said the life threats to the three Karachi journalists came a week after a shadowy organization, The Mohajir Rabita Council with links to the MQM, a party that supports military ruler President Pervez Musharraf, issued a list of a dozen journalists, declaring them as enemies, it said.

It said on May 25 gunmen attacked the Peshawar home of Daily Times cartoonist Muhammad Zahoor at around 2am. Four-time winner of the All Pakistan Newspaper Society’s annual best cartoonist award, Zahoor had drawn many cartoons on the Supreme Court chief justice’s dismissal in recent weeks.

The home of Nasrullah Afridi, the Urdu language daily Mashriq in the Khyber Agency section of the Tribal Areas, came under grenade attack after death threats made against him five days earlier by the head of Lashkar-i-Islam.

“We believe it is a very serious threat to working journalists. It is an attempt to muzzle the free media. The government should arrest those behind the threats,” SAMC Chairperson N Ram and General Secretary Najam Sethi said.

They said journalists needed to know that they would be protected from threats or attack. “If the government fails to do so, we will be justified in believing that there is complicity of the government in the current campaign to harass journalists,” they said.

They said the Muhajir Rabita Council had issued a threatening statement on May 22 with a list of some 20 journalists it described as chauvinist and hostile to their movement

http://archives.dawn.com/dawnftp/72.249.57.55/dawnftp/2007/05/31/nat45.htm

 

Threats to journalists condemned

KARACHI, May 29: In what appears to be a direct death threat, bullets were found on Tuesday night in the cars of three senior journalists parked outside the Karachi Press Club.

The cars belonged to secretary-general of Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists Mazhar Abbas, Zarar Khan and photojournalist Asif Hussain. When the journalists opened their vehicles, each of them found a bullet wrapped in a brown paper envelope.

It may be pointed out that names of Mazhar Abbas and Zarar Khan had appeared in a statement of the Mohajir Rabita Council in which they were described as anti-Mohajir chauvanists.

The journalists immediately informed Sindh Governor Dr Ishratul Ibad Khan and IG Police Azhar A. Farooqi. An FIR was lodged with the police.

The Karachi Union of Journalists has strongly condemned death threats to the journalists and demanded that the culprits be brought to justice. It also demanded that the organisations whose names have appeared in this connection must publicly denounce and disassociate itself from such terrorist activities.

http://archives.dawn.com/dawnftp/72.249.57.55/dawnftp/2007/05/31/nat31.htm

 

 

 

 
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Posted by on July 14, 2011 in Violence In Karachi

 

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