The Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) on Thursday confirmed that it had written letters to the embassies of 55 countries seeking help over the missing workers of the party. The 55 included India. The MQM says it was a “mistake” and that strong action would be taken against the person who made the clerical error. We all know who that person is. And, though not coming from within the MQM, the action being taken against him is very strong.

Let's, for a moment, put aside the fact that the MQM sent India an SOS message. The MQM has a long standing “policy” of demanding that international organisations and countries rescue its people. How can they justify putting up pretences that the Mohajir community is fighting for its life in Pakistan and needs to be saved? Pakistan is a country that has a democratic system, where the MQM has been able to gain massive political traction. It can legitimately play politics and adequately represent its supporters within the system and is on a better footing than many other minorities. To create the image of its own persecution is farcical, and, coming back to the letter to India, the false image is treasonous.

Do Altaf Hussain and his army of yes-men want their party to survive? The Pakistani people are patriotic to a fault, and at the extreme end of this are people like Hafiz Saeed who would like to engage his own Ghazwa-e-Hind. In such an environment, what is the MQM thinking sending seditious letters to Indian diplomats? MQM lawmaker Farooq Sattar is blue in the face defending mistakes, but when there are so many, are they really just mistakes?

A resolution has been passed in the Sindh Assembly condemning the MQM leader’s statements seeking foreign help and demanding strict legal action against him. The MQM then submitted resolutions to the Sindh Assembly targeting PPP co-chairman Asif Zardari and PTI chairman Imran Khan, in a tit-for-tat response. The Azad Jammu and Kashmir assembly wants him booked for treason as does the KPK national assembly. It may well be the end of the MQM as we know it, but a word of caution...

While the MQM may currently be the national villain, if they play their cards right (though unlikely), the narrative can very easily flip to being about the subjugation of Sindh by Punjabi power- even though action against the MQM has nothing to do with this. This might be how India views the situation why it continues to (allegedly) encourage the MQM; the MQM is the fire to burn the nascent peace in the provinces. All eyes are on the MQM and more of their dangerous liaisons will be exposed. But what is the interest of India and how will it react? Will the United Kingdom take action against it’s own citizen? We are only privy to the Rangers operation and MQM’s local troubles. The greater game is yet to be understood.