LAHORE  - Strongly reacting to the demand of the Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM) move in the Sindh Assembly for banning the Jamaat-i-Islami, a JI spokesman said on Monday that instead, a ban should be imposed on the MQM , dubbing it as a terrorist organisation “working in the garb of a political party.”
In a statement, the spokesman said that the Muttahida Quami Movement emerged on the scene in 1978, as an ethnic organisation called “Mohajir Qaumi Movement”, and reorganised itself as Mutahidda Qaumi Movement in 1997.
“For the last two decades, the Muttahida Quami Movement had been involved in bloodshed, target killings and extortion in the port City.
During all this time, the Muttahida Quami Movement has been a part of the government and had been blackmailing the ruling parties,” he said.
The JI spokesman pointed out, “the Joint Investigation team report presented to the Supreme Court in the Karachi law and order case, has the evidence of Muttahida Quami Movement’s involvement in terrorist activities and its working for India’s secret agency RAW.”
Even at international level, the spokesman said, the Muttahida Quami Movement was a declared terrorist organisation because in 2006, a Canadian court had pronounced it a terrorist organisation.
The spokesman called upon the Federal Interior Minister to make the Joint Investigation teams report public, so that the truth was revealed.
The spokesman said that different parties should compete in the political front as the demand for banning parties was unconstitutional and undemocratic.