ISLAMABAD - The federal government yesterday authorised an already constituted investigation committee to probe charges of former Karachi Mayor Mustafa Kamal against Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) leadership and former interior minister for allegedly having links with Indian spy agency, RAW.

"Who so ever has documentary proof with regard to these allegations including Mustafa Kamal should present it before the interior ministry's three member committee already formed to probe money laundering allegations of Sarfarz Merchant against MQM leadership," Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali yesterday told a press conference at the Punjab House.

Some days back, the minister had constituted a probe committee to investigate allegations levelled by Sarfraz Merchant, an accused in money laundering case against MQM chief Altaf Hussain in UK, in a TV interview. We will soon request the public to share evidence of money laundering and other allegations against MQM leadership with this committee, he said.

He also appealed to the public including Mustafa Kamal to share any evidence in connection with money laundering with two other investigation teams, FIA team or the joint team of FIA and National Accountability Bureau (NAB). These two teams are separately investigating the case of money laundering as well.

At the same time, the minister rejected the demand of PTI and others for the formation of a judicial commission to investigate allegations of Mustafa Kamal, who the other day alleged MQM leadership for having links with Raw and spreading violence in Karachi. He also alleged that then interior minister Rehman Malik also knew all this because he had been sitting in the party meetings.

"The judicial commissions could not be formed on mere political statements, this needs documentary proof," he said. The former MQM leader did not refer to any evidence and he narrated old stories for most of the time.

However, Nisar ignored the fact that the government had formed the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) to investigate video statement of condemned prisoner Saulat Mirza against MQM leadership for allegedly ordering him to kill former KESC chairman.

About the disclosures made by Sarfaraz Merchant, he said the three-member committee had submitted its report and the team had decided to interview him as he had talked about documentary evidence. The trail of money laundering in this case goes from Dubai to London, he disclosed.

"A formal letter is being written to Merchant on Monday inviting him to visit Pakistan and share evidence. And if he refused to come, Pakistan would seek from the United Kingdom for a visit of committee to interview him," Nisar said and added: "We will pursue the matter in accordance with the law." The matter is also being taken up with the British authorities.

"But I am disappointed over the non-cooperation of UK in Dr Imran Farooq murder case," Ch Nisar said, adding that the government was forced to register this case in Pakistan after non-cooperation from there. He claimed that Pakistan had shared very sensitive and important information with UK but to no avail.

When asked how the FIR could be registered in Pakistan when the incident took place in UK, he said there were hundreds of instances where the crime was committed in one country and the case was registered in another. He cited the examples of Mumbai attacks and Pathankot attack in India whose cases were registered in Pakistan.

Nisar brushed aside speculations that the government was going to clip the anti-corruption powers of NAB and FIA. "The news in this regard is totally wrong," he said. He however said that the government was working to end duplicity of powers of these two anti-corruption watchdogs so that there should be no overlapping.

Replying questions, the minister said a technical study would be conducted on the cellular towers in Islamabad. The people used to allow placement of these towers on their roofs and other parts of premises for small financial benefits but most of them were unaware of health hazard of radiations emanating from these. The FIA is investigating the matter with technical input and after this, the cellular companies would be asked to suggest solution or otherwise to move the towers from populated areas in accordance with international standards.