ISALMABAD - Mohajir Qaumi Movement (Haqiqi) (MQM-H) Chief Afaq Ahmad on Monday said that Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) has introduced the culture of extortion in Karachi and there is a dire need of deweaponisation campaign to restore complete peace in the port city.

“Altaf Hussain is not against extortion but he is against partner in this negative activity (extortion)... Without any discrimination strict action should be taken against the parties found involved in the extortion,” Afaq told the media at a press conference here. “MQM introduced extortion in Karachi and they don’t want partner in this business. It is the responsibility of media to present the real picture of this mafia who is involved in this heinous activities,” said Afaq Ahmed, adding that there was a dire need to expose these activities. The deweaponisation campaign should immediately be carried out in Karachi as it is very important to restore peace in the city, he added. “I am surprised to see MQM’s protest on extortion in Karachi...actually, some MQM persons involved in extortion were arrested in Karachi so MQM has carried out protests in order to put pressure on Manzoor Wasan,” he added.

To a question about expected alliance with other political parties, Afaq Ahmed said that MQM-H is in contact with different political forces including Jamaat-e-Islami (JI), Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI-F), Awami National Party (ANP) for making an alliance.

He further claimed that MQM chief Altaf Hussain had received gratitude money as former army chief Mirza Aslam Beg asked Younas Habib to give money to the MQM chief.

“I was in need of money for elections so I took some donation for election,” he added.

To a question, he said that People’s Aman Committee is also involved in extortion but his party (MQM-H) has never been involved in this activity.

To a question, he said that Altaf Hussain should come to Pakistan and do positive politics here in the country.

To yet another question about the law and order situation in Karachi, Afaq Ahmed said that he was not in favour of army control in the city.