KARACHI: Deputy Mayor Karachi Arshad Vohra and other MQM leaders including Babar Ghauri used to send Pakistani and Indian funds to MQM founder Altaf Hussain in London, Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) told a court on Tuesday.
FIA had registered a case against Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) founder in connection with money laundering charges at the department’s state bank circle. The petitioner accused the party leaders of transferring money to Altaf Hussain’s account using Khildmat-e-Khalq Foundation, MQM’s charity wing.
According to ARY News correspondent, the initial report presented in the anti-terrorism court by FIA said that MQM leaders transferred money from Pakistan and India using illegal means with Altaf Hussain as the ultimate beneficiary. The report maintained that MQM leaders Arshad Vohra, Babar Ghauri, Khawaja Rehan and Khawaja Sohail Mansoor used to collect money using different terror techniques and then transfer the money to the party’s London-based founder using KKF’s bank accounts.
The report also states that the money provided by India was to spread terrorism in Karachi while the amount collected by locals was through using terror techniques.
It is pertinent to note here that MQM was a unified group till August 22, 2016, when the thenparty chief Altaf Hussain urged his followers and supporters to raise anti-Pakistan slogans and attack media houses. The next day, party’s top men headed by Farooq Sattar dissociated themselves from the London-based founder.
Some of the party’s known figures had already denounced Altaf Hussain’s activities and were working under former Karachi mayor Mustafa Kamal’s Pak Sarzameen Party (PSP). Karachi’s current deputy mayor Arshad Vohra also recently joined PSP.
Babar Ghauri is living abroad while MQM-Pakistan only claims to remember Altaf Hussain as party’s founder, not chief while Altaf Hussain leads MQM-London there in the British capital.