KARACHI - “The BBC report has (just) reaffirmed the facts about MQM that I had revealed in my press conference,” said SP Rao Anwar – who was suspended after he, violating protocol, alleged Muttahida of receiving funds from Indian spy agency RAW and urged to ban the political party and designate it as a terrorist entity.

Talking to The Nation yesterday (Wednesday), Rao again urged imposing a ban on the urban Sindh based party, saying such political parties or groups as work against national interest have no right to operate in the country and government is duty bound to take action against them.

SP Rao is said to have killed at least 100 terrorists in several alleged encounters during the ongoing targeted operation, launched in the port city against terrorists and hardened criminals, and has been serving in Malir area of Karachi.

In May this year he suddenly came to the scene producing two overage activists of Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) who ‘confessed’ before media of getting militant training from Research Analysis Wing (RAW) in India in 1990s.

“I gave anti-MQM statement after a comprehensive investigation,” Rao said, adding that the investigation he carried out has proved impartial as the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) formed to investigate Tahir aka Lamba and Mama Junaid – the two men he had produced in the press conference – has also confirmed after their investigation that MQM ran militant training camps in India.

Besides these two men, he said, “I have produced another MQM activist Imtiaz aka Guddu, who also confessed to have received militant training in India.” He said that MQM activist go to India in groups. He said the two MQM people he arrested – Lamba and Junaid –-were government employees. SP Rao said that MQM had killed its own leaders. He added that Muhammad Anwar plays a key role in taking MQM workers to India.

In his May press conference the SP narrated that MQM operatives went to India through Indian-held Kashmir, were trained there by RAW and then sent back to Pakistan for terrorist activities.

He had also claimed of recovering a cache of explosives, hand grenades and 9mm pistols from the possession of arrested accused.

Rao Anwar had alleged that MQM was spreading terror in the guise of a political party, and all the senior leaders of MQM including its chief Altaf Hussain were involved in it. He also claimed that Zulfiqar Haider and MQM deputy convener Nadeem Nusrat have been funding terrorist activities in Pakistan from London.

The MQM had strongly rejected all these allegations and called it part of an organised campaign to malign the popular party. The party on Wednesday also rejected BBC report, saying that Muttahida was a peace-loving political party that believes in the unity and integrity of Pakistan.