Karachi: Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) in the letter written to Indian High Commission regarding four missing party workers came to light earlier today.

The letter stated that Pakistani security agencies detained as many as 12 party workers on their way to Hyderabad from Karachi. However, eight of them have been released while four are still in custody. This letter urges India to take notice of the matter and raise voice. 

The MQM said earlier today that it had written letters to embassies of 55 countries and not just New Delhi to raise voice for the party's missing workers. The party was clarifying its position after local television channels reported that the MQM had written to the Indian High Commission asking them to raise voice for recovery of the detained workers and describing their arrest as a human rights violation.

One TV channel showed a copy of the letter to Indian High Commissioner TCA Raghavan, bearing signatures of MQM leaders Arif Khan, Abdul Qadir Khanzada and Shabbir Qaimkhani, but MQM senior leaders said today that the party had written to embassies of 55 countries — and not just India — in order to raise the issue of four workers, who had gone missing while traveling to a wedding in Hyderabad.

 

MQM’s letter controversy

He said that letters had also been written to embassies of the United States, Britain, Japan, China, Australia and the Arab Emirates. Qaim Khani claimed that the act of highlighting only the letter written to the Indian embassy was based on malicious intent.

Meanwhile, MQM leader Farooq Sattar told reporters that the party had not written any such letter to the Indian High Commission. Sattar said that even if any such email had been sent due to an error of human judgment or technical error and should not be portrayed as an intentional act. On the other hand, Rabita Committee has said that dispatching letters to India and other countries regarding human rights violation in Karachi is a regular exercise.

MQM spokesperson said that copies of all letters written to foreign embassies have been sent to the Prime Minister (PM), Chief Justice (CJ) of Pakistan and Chief of Army Staff (COAS). “MQM owns what it does”, he added.