The British government has formally been asked by a member of the House of Lords whether MQM leader Altaf Hussain wrote a letter to the then PM Tony Blair in 2001 seeking UK help to disband the ISI in Pakistan. Lord Nazir Ahmed on Tuesday tabled parliamentary questions in the House of Lords asking Her Majesty’s government a number of questions relating to Muttahida Qaumi Movement, its London-based leader Altaf Hussain and Dr Imran Farooq, who was killed last year in London..
According to an email circulated to the media by Lord Nazir himself, the Labour peer asked Her Majesty’s Government whether they are “aware of the theft of large numbers of shipping containers carrying Nato supplies from the port of Karachi in Pakistan; what is the total value of Nato shipping containers and other Nato equipment and supplies stolen from the Proof of Karachi and else where in Pakistan.
He also questioned whether the British government had made any “representation to the Government of Pakistan regarding the death and injury to Nato personnel and the loss of Nato equipment and supplies belonging within Pakistan.” He also asked the government ‘wether they are able to report any progress in the investigation of Dr. Imran Farooq in North London and whether they have had any cooperation from the leader of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement based in London.”
He also questioned whether ‘they are aware of the support offered by Leader of the MQM, Altaf Hussain, in his letter to PM Tony Blair, and what was the official response to this offer; and whether “they are monitoring any dissident Pakistani leaders based in London.”
Lord Nazir’s questions have come after the allegations made by the former Sindh Home Minister Zulifqar Mirza, who claimed that MQM is working to destabilise Pakistan, Mirza also had claimed that MQM was responsible for target killings and extortion in Karachi. Zulifqar Mirza showed a letter written and signed by MQM leader Altaf Hussain addressed to the then British PM Tony Blair in which Altaf recommended the British government disbands the ISI as it’s a rouge intelligence agency and is a threat to world peace, Altaf also boosted in the latter that he can bring thousands of people on the streets of Karachi in support of Briton. These allegations were made in a well-published press conference and following on these allegations Lord Nazir has decided to check with the British government of the claims made by Mirza.
MQM has always been dogged by allegations, but this time the person alleging this stuff is credible and has evidence and if the British government confirms that yes it did received a letter of that nature from Altaf Hussain then that will be the end of MQM, which had been aspiring to expand throughout Pakistan.