ISLAMABAD - Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) has decided to keep mum and ignore the allegations of former mayor Karachi Mustafa Kamal against the party chief Altaf Hussian.

The MQM workers have received special instructions to avoid commenting over Mustafa Kamal’s revelations in future at any level. “Only some seniors will be allowed to comment in a very necessary situation, as party members would not go in TV talk shows on Mustafa Kamal related matter,” a senior member of party shared this with The Nation. The party members were only instructed to give a befitting response after Mustafa Kamal’s allegations against Altaf Hussain.

As Mustafa Kamal, after staying away from politics for around two years, initiated a new debate in political arena by levelling series of allegations against his old party leadership.

The former mayor, once believed to be blue-eyed of Altaf Hussain, said that MQM is taking funds from RAW. “Altaf ruined two generations of Urdu speaking youth and he never cared about Mohajir community,” these were the main allegations levelled by Mustafa Kamal in his press conference, considerably an attempt to provide dent to MQM.

When contacted, MQM’s senior member Ali Raza Abidi said that Mustafa Kamal is being used in some hidden hands. “MQM will not give importance to his false allegations as theses kind of allegations are not new for his party,” he said, adding that if Mustafa Kamal has any evidences then he should move to courts. “We (MQM) are ready to face him in court if his (Mustafa Kamal) allegations are based on facts,” he added.

MQM, currently facing Karachi operation, has earlier survived allegations levelled by senior PPP member Dr. Zulfiqar Mirza and MQM’s former member Soulat Mirza from the death cell. Saulat Mirza was handed down the death sentence on 24 May, 1999 for killing the MD KESC Shahid Hamid.

MQM, around six months before, had also submitted resignations accusing the government of pushing it against the wall and imposing unannounced restrictions on political, democratic and social activities.

The party had also decided to rejoin parliament when the federal government had assured to address the reservations of MQM by forming the Grievance Redressal Committee (GRC).

Whereas the incumbent government has not made functional the Grievance Redressal Committee (GRC) even after five months. This body had to submit final report in 90 days.

According to a notification, this GRC was to hold its first session within 15 days of its constitution and complete its work on the complaints within 90 days. The federal government had issued this notification on October 16 to form a five-member GRC.

MQM REGISTRATION

CHALLENGED IN LHC

Staff Reporter from Lahore adds: A writ petition yesterday was filed in the Lahore High Court, seeking an order to cancel registration of Muttahida Qaumi Movement as a political party.

Ali Javed Dogar, a youth wing leader of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, in his petition, submitted it was evident from the speech of former Karachi mayor Mustafa Kamal that MQM had links with Research and Analysis Wing (RAW), an Indian intelligence agency.

He said both MQM and RAW were involved in anti-state activities. The petitioner said under Section 15 of the Political Parties Registration Act, a party involved in activities against the state could not be registered as a political party.

He submitted the federal government could send a reference to the Supreme Court for cancellation of registration of such a party. He stated the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) could cancel the registration of MQM on its own.

The petitioner prayed to the court to direct the federal government to send a reference against MQM to the apex court. He also prayed to the court to direct the ECP to suspend the MQM registration as a political party.