KARACHI - India sponsors Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) to create unrest in Karachi, a police officer alleged on Thursday demanding the central government impose a ban on the political party.

Quoting the confessional statements of two MQM workers arrested by police, Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) for Malir division, Malir Rao Anwar, accused that India’s intelligence agency sponsors MQM.

Terming MQM a greater threat to the country than defunct Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), he urged the government to ban the party, which holds political sway in the port city, claiming it was involved in anti-state activities.

The SSP, himself a counterterrorism expert, in a press conference held at his office here on Thursday claimed to have gunned down around 100 terrorists in recent Karachi operation in various alleged encounters.

SSP Rao claimed that RAW, India’s intelligence agency, has been providing training to MQM workers for terrorism in Karachi. He said that MQM workers being trained by the Indian agency have expertise in making bombs and handling highly sophisticated weapons.

Rao produced two elderly men during the press conference claiming they were affiliated with the MQM. They were Muhammad Junaid Khan, son of Nazir Ahmed, and Tahir Rehan aka Lamba, son of Muhammad Anwar Khan.

The police officer said that on a tip-off about terror activities, police raided a house in Ahsanabad, Gulshan-e-Maymar, and arrested the two men. He also claimed of recovering a huge cache of weapons from them.

SSP Rao said MQM terrorists trained by RAW were behind the unrest in Karachi and the recent spate of killings of doctors, professors and other such professionals. The MQM was carrying out terrorism in the guise of a political party, he alleged. He also presented a publication entitled ‘MQM a terrorist organisation’, showing Indian flag printed on it.

Quoting the confessional statements of accused persons, he said they have been doing the criminal activities on the instructions of MQM chief Altaf Hussain and party leaders Nadeem Nusrat and Muhammad Anwar, who holds Indian nationality.

He said the police will make arrests (of MQM leaders) after making the final challans. Rao however did not name any local leader of the MQM but clarified that the arrested alleged terrorists did not name the Sindh governor in any criminal activity. The officer warned the MQM, saying he will see how strikes would take place if the organisation was declared outlawed.

The SSP said that MQM’s welfare organisation – Khidmat-e-Khalq Foundation – was bearing all expenses of MQM leaders and workers travelling abroad. MQM is working with the enemy of Pakistan and killing innocent people, he alleged.

He said that former Lines Area Sector Incharge Javaid aka Langra managed to reach India in 1993, having association with Indian agency RAW. He said that Langra and his brother Naveed got Indian nationality and supported Indian political party BJP. Javaid Langra is settled in Okhala, New Delhi, where he runs his property business. He said that terrorists reach India through Bangkok but they usually return from Kashmir to Lahore illegally.

The police officer said that both accused terrorists were employees of KMC as the MQM rewards such terrorists for their services, adding that police have sufficient evidence to prove the accusations. He said accused persons were themselves ashamed of their acts and seek apology from the Pakistanis.

Tahir Lamba told newsmen that he along with his companions would forcibly shut the markets during strikes announced by the MQM. He said that MQM former MPA Zulfiqar Haider and Muhammad Anwar have been directly instructing them for such activities. He said that former MQM KTC chief Hammad Siddique, Farooq Saleem and Tabish also used to give them instruction in Karachi.

Lamba said that Zulfiqar Haider had instructed them to reach India for arms training therefore they went to India where Tariq Zaidi aka Sunny took them to a militant camp in Dehra Dhon. He said that they returned to Karachi and established a team in Lyari where they killed Waseem and Danish associated with Sunni Tehreek during Lyari gang war.

Tahir Lamba further said that a RAW agent named Akram facilitated them to cross the border and have training from Indian army and RAW. He said he saw 20 to 25 workers of MQM getting training in the RAW camp at that time. Lamba said a Subedar named Ram gave them training at the camp. He said as they reached India, MQM leader named Tariq Bedi welcomed him.

Junaid Khan told the media persons that a man named Waqas arranged their passports and visas for India. He said that they got back to Pakistan in 2004. He unveiled that Imtiaz aka Guddu, who was in jail, used to provide them logistic support and he had killed Muhajir Qaumi Movement chairman Azeem Ahmed Tariq.

SSP MALIR TRANSFERRED

FOR ‘MISUSING’ AUTHORITY

Monitoring Desk adds: Sindh IG Ghulam Hyder Jamali on Thursday night transferred SSP Rao Anwar from Malir, according to a police spokesperson.

The top Sindh cop said Rao Anwar “misused” his authority following which he has been transferred from Malir district.

He has directed Rao Anwar to report to the Central Police Office, the spokesperson added.

The police spokesperson said that IG’s orders came after Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah took serious notice of Rao Anwar’s Press conference earlier in the day, in which he levelled serious allegations against Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM).