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Raw funding allegations: Merchant agrees to testify in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: Sarfaraz Merchant, an accused in London money laundering case has agreed to travel to Pakistan to testify before a committee inquiring into allegations of Indian funding to the MQM, ARY News reported on Tuesday.

Merchant is expected to fly in Pakistan to record his statement before the committee formed by the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) on a mutually agreed date, sources said.

Merchant had earlier objected over a summon, saying he didn’t level any allegation against Altaf Hussain but the documents he received from the Scottland Yard had allegations against the MQM chief and others for getting funds from the Indian spy agency Research and Analysis Wing (RAW).
Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali directed the FIA to address Merchant’s reservations.

FIA director Inam Ghani subsequently, called up Sarfaraz Merchant and addressed his reservations.

He said that another summon will be sent to Merchant with the changed wording calling him to Pakistan to record his statement as witness on a mutually agreed date.

Merchant had claimed in an interview that the Metropolitan Police had seized weapons during a raid on the London residence of MQM chief Altaf Hussain. The raid was part of investigation into money laundering charges against the party.

He had also said that Scotland Yard had also told him that the MQM had received funds from India.

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