ISLAMABAD - The guessing game continues as to which MQM leaders might have disclosed to the UK authorities about party’s alleged receiving Indian government funds, after a BBC report claimed that admission by untold Muttahida leaders was made during the interrogation by Scotland Yard in Dr Imran Farooq murder case and money laundering case.
The BBC report did not identify the MQM officials and claimed a Pakistani high official was the main source of the story whose name was also not revealed. It said that several high profile party members have been questioned by the British authorities.
Muhammad Anwar, a close aide of MQM chief Altaf Hussain and a member of party’s central coordination committee, was investigated by the Scotland Yard on suspicion of money laundering in April this year. Iftikhar Hussain, a nephew of Altaf Hussain, was arrested at Heathrow Airport and remained on bail until October last year.
Pakistani officials, having knowledge about Pakistan and UK coordination on Imran Farooq and money laundering cases, were all clueless about the identity of unnamed MQM officials who purportedly made revelations about Indian funding to MQM.
A senior source however said he believed one of the men could have been Saulta Mirza. At Mach Jail, Saulat Mirza disclosed something related to foreign funding and MQM workers’ training by RAW, he said, but added that it was nothing new and had already been reported in local media.
A three-member team of New Scotland Yard also interviewed former Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) worker and death row prisoner Saulat Mirza this year, before his hanging in Mach Jail. The London police are yet to investigate two suspects in the Imran Farooq murder case who were arrested in Pakistan on the tip of Scotland Yard.
“The government is in touch with the British government through diplomatic channels while the officials of the London Metropolitan Police are expected to arrive later this week to investigate Mohsin Ali and Khalid Shamim, who were arrested by Frontier Constabulary near Quetta and Moazzam Ali Khan who was arrested by Rangers in Karachi,” Interior Minister Nisar Ali Khan told media this week.