ISLAMABAD - Pakistan People’s Party yesterday said former Interior Minister Rehman Malik never had clandestine meetings with Muttahida Qaumi Movement chief Altaf Hussain in London.

Earlier, MQM dissident Mustafa Kamal claimed Rehman Malik – then Interior Minister – was regularly updated on London Metropolitan Police interrogation in connection with Dr Imran Farooq murder case by the MQM leaders.

Addressing a news conference in Karachi the previous day with Anees Kaimkhani, Kamal hinted Malik even knew about the alleged RAW links of Altaf Hussain.

A PPP spokesman rejected reports quoting the MQM dissident. “Whenever necessary Senator Rehman Malik had been meeting Altaf Hussain and such meetings were held with the knowledge and approval of the party leadership,” he added.

The spokesman said there was no truth in the assertions that Rehman Malik had been meeting the MQM chief secretly or without the knowledge and approval of the party leadership.

Rehman Malik claimed Mustafa Kamal’s allegations against him stemmed from past bitterness. The former Interior Minister said he never discussed any issue with the MQM leadership regarding the party affairs and his meetings with Altaf Hussain were restricted to coalition in Sindh and the centre when the PPP was in power from 2008-2013.