KARACHI - Responding to the Indian funding claims, Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) coordination committee in a statement on Wednesday rejected the allegations levelled against it in a report broadcast by the BBC. It said, “MQM is a peace-loving political party that believes in the unity and integrity of Pakistan.”

MQM committee said the allegations leveled against Muttahida were not new. MQM was accused of Jinnahpur conspiracy in the past and a host of other allegations to blemish its image. All these allegations proved to be false with the passage of time.

The committee further said the reporter had broadcast several reports against the MQM in the past. Opponents of MQM used these reports as a tool for scoring political gains and media trial of the MQM. The new report by the same reporter was part of a media trial that was going against the MQM for many years, it added. The further said, “We categorically reject all the allegations leveled in this report. We believe that this report is aimed at tarnishing the image of the MQM in Pakistan and throughout the world.” It is pertinent to note that BBC is a British institution and the allegations made in the report apparently relate to an investigation that was still underway in Britain.

“Interestingly, all the allegations in the report are made on the strength of a Pakistani source that should be sufficient to explain the reality of these claims,” said MQM coordination committee, adding, that it was also worthwhile to note that the reporter who had prepared the report was neither a BBC correspondent nor an employee of the BBC. “He is a freelance journalist who has published and broadcast several news reports against the MQM in the past. This freelance reporter has not reported on several important events having the national and international significance that have occurred in Pakistan in the past few years. He has only been reporting against the MQM on television and newspapers,” the committee was of the view. The committee appealed to MQM office-bearers and workers not to get provoked by the misleading BBC report. It asked them to remain peaceful. It hoped that the media trial against the MQM would reach its logical end.