The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) filed an application in an anti-terrorism court (ATC) here for the confiscation of the property of Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) leader Altaf Hussain and three others who were declared proclaimed offenders by the court in its last verdict regarding Dr Imran Farooq murder case. Will the ATC pass an order to confiscate the property of Altaf Hussain?
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The application, naming Altaf Hussain, Iftikhar Hussain, Muhammad Anwar and Kashif Khan stated that since the accused were declared proclaimed offenders by the ATC, their properties must be confiscated.
In response, the court accepted the application but no date for hearing is issued as yet.
Last month, an ATC in Islamabad had sentenced three accused in the Imran Farooq murder case to life imprisonment.
The judgement was read by ATC Judge Shahrukh Arjumand as the accused appeared before the court through a video link to attend the hearing. “The prosecution has succeeded in proving the case against all three of you,” remarked the judge during the hearing.
The accused, Khalid Shamim, Mohsin Ali Syed and Moazzam Ali had been in Adiala jail ever since they were arrested. Their sentences will run concurrently and their time already spent in jail will count towards their sentence, according to the detailed verdict issued.
The court had ordered the sentenced individuals to pay Rs1 million each to the heirs of the murdered MQM leader.
Moreover, the court in its detailed order, had stated that it had been proved that the “MQM founder gave the orders” to murder Farooq. “Two senior leaders of MQM-London conveyed the orders to Pakistan,“ said the court in its 39-page order. It added that Moazzam Ali selected the boys to carry out the murder from the then MQM headquarter, Nine-Zero.
“Mohsin Ali and Kashif Khan Kamran were selected for murdering Imran Farooq,” said the order, adding that both were taken to London and were provided support to carry out the crime.
According to the judgement, the sole purpose of the murder ordered by the MQM founder was to remove the resistance being faced by him from within the party ranks. It adds that the statement provided by the convicts to the magistrate and the evidence presented had a clear link. “The aim of the murder was to ensure that no one raises their voice against the party founder,” said the order.
A few days ago, a former leader of Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), Muhammad Anwar, has confirmed that the political party had received funding from the Indian government. It was already reported that the MQM had allegedly received financial aid from the anti-Pakistan element. However, the top leadership refuted such reports.
Muhammad Anwar made further revelations regarding the political party, said that a party leader had organized a meeting with him with an Indian diplomat at the beginning of the 90s era. He claimed that it was not his decision to meet Indian officials and he was instructed to coordinate the political party for contacts with the Indian government.
Mr. Anwar further said that blaming him for having contacts with India was completely wrong as he always tried to serve Pakistan. He offered the Pakistani government for cooperation to brought forward more facts.
Confiscate the property of Altaf Hussain: MQM-London is working against Pakistan?
MQM-London is currently not allowed to carry out its political activities in Pakistan due to a series of anti-Pakistan comments by its leader Altaf Hussain who is now not allowed to appear on TV screens. Altaf Hussain said in his video message, posted on MQM-L’s official social media platforms on 23rd March 2017 that Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi should help the Muhajir minority to be given rights in Pakistan.
Speaking from London, he said Modi should raise his voice for Pakistani Muhajirs and the people of Balochistan. He went on to say that migration was a ‘big mistake’ of the forefathers. He admitted that the MQM received funding from Indian government.
This was not the first time when Altaf gave controversial statements. In 2016, Altaf Hussain chanted anti-Pakistan slogans during his telephonic address after which his speeches were banned from electronic media. During this speech, Altaf Hussain also openly threatened media houses and asked the electrified crowd to attack those media houses which don’t support Altaf Hussain.
Altaf Hussain’s anti-state stance led to the break-up of MQM-L from MQM-Pakistan which was then led by Farooq Sattar, Hussain’s blue-eyed man. MQM-P disowned Mr. Hussain and clarified that there was no association between the two factions anymore.
Karachi has been seeing violence and acute law and order situation since the 1990s. Several people were killed, looted, exploited or made criminals for political interests of Altaf Hussain. However, during the last government of PPP, the Pakistan Rangers were given the task to restore peace and order in Karachi. The situation has improved significantly.
Moreover, after Pakistan arrested Indian spy Commander Kulbhushan Yadav whose codename was Hussain Mubarak Patel from Balochistan who later admitted that his job was to meet people in Karachi and Balochistan and spread violence.
“I commenced intelligence operation in 2003 and established a small business in Chabahar in Iran as I was able to achieve undetected existence and visits to Karachi in 2003 and 2004 and having done some basic assignments within India for RAW”, he said in a confessional video.
Therefore, some analysts believe that the MQM from the 1990s under the leadership has been taking help from the RAW to destabilize Pakistan. There is a sufficient amount of evidence in the shape of Kulbhushan Yadav that Karachi has been the main target of the RAW. There are chances that the court will order to confiscate the property of Altaf Hussain.