Premier Nawaz Sharif had prior knowledge of Altaf Hussain’s arrest? By Dr. Nazir S Bhatti
The British High Commission Karachi was temporarily shut down and all diplomatic staff flew back to UK, a night earlier before arrest of MQM Chief Altaf Hussain in money laundering case in London on June 3, 2014. The investigations of money laundering case against Altaf Hussain was initiated when London Metropolitan Police recovered an undisclosed amount of cash from International Secretariat of Muthida Quomi Movement MQM during search operation to collect evidence in Dr. Imran Farooq murder case in 2013. The MQM Chief is under arrest of Scotland Yard Police and taken to police station from hospital to record his statement according to media reports of today but until courts not issue any judgment on this case, no one have right to comment on fate of Altaf Hussain.
It is very important to note that did British High Commission in Pakistan closed his one diplomatic wing situated in Karachi and shifted his staff without bringing in notice of Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Government of Pakistan? It’s according to norms that if any diplomat of any country plans to travel from his assigned station to any other city of Pakistan, his Mission Office duly informs The Interior Ministry of Pakistan and Ministry of Foreign Affairs of government of Pakistan a week earlier from his traveling date; Then how anyone can believe on statement of Information Minister of Pakistan Senator Pervez Rashid that news of arrest of MQM Chief Altaf Hussain came in notice of Prime Minister of Pakistan Mian Nawaz Sharif when he was in meeting in Islamabad? Did Nawaz Sharif not enquired from British Prime Minister that why he is closing British High Commission office of Karachi? If Nawaz Sharif was not duly informed about closure, then who ordered Pakistan Rangers to deploy extra security forces to protect British High Commission Karachi?
On other hand, it is totally denial of facts when Pakistan Rangers beefs up security of vacant Deputy High Commission offices Karachi, a night earlier than news of MQM Chief Altaf Hussain arrest spreads in Pakistan; It is crystal clear fact that Scotland Yard Police had discussed arrest of Mr. Altaf Hussain with British Prime Minister David Cameron on which British Foreign Office took decision to shut down British High Commission Office in Karachi and it might be duly brought in notice of Prime Minister of Pakistan Mian Nawaz Sharif, PM Security Advisor Sartaj Aziz and Interior Minister Ch. Nisar Ali. On which Federal Government of Pakistan directed Pakistan Rangers and other Security Agencies in Sindh to further rise security level around British High Commission office at Karachi.
It seems mockery to Pakistani nation that Prime Minister of Pakistan Mian Nawaz Sharif expresses his concerns on arrest of MQM Chief and orders Pakistani High Commission in London for Councilor access applications for Mr. Altaf Hussain; When, Mian Nawaz Sharif was fully aware that British High Commission Karachi diplomats are only leaving Pakistan that situation of law and order can arise in Karachi after arrest of MQM Chief Altaf Hussain or may be all this was happening under an agreement of Pakistan and British Government.
I feel sympathy for leaders and workers of Muthida Quomi Movement MQM when they are forced to thank government of Pakistan on their support statement for MQM Chief Altaf Hussain because they are fully aware that who is involved in conspiracy to target their chief;
Why London Metropolitan Police waited for one year to arrest MQM Chief Altaf Hussain, if they had any strong evidence of money laundering against him? It’s very important that this question may be discussed if we want to surface facts that British and Pakistani governments conspired to crush Muthida Quomi Movement MQM with arrest of MQM Chief Altaf Hussain’s!!!!
For reference, in 2013, when it was feared that London Police can take action in money laundering case against MQM Chief Altaf Hussain, I wrote a letter to British Prime Minister David Cameron that investigation of Dr. Imran Farooq murder case and Money Laundering seem to be politically motivated to target MQM Chief which may damage struggle for poor and downtrodden communities in Pakistan as he is only representative of middle class and lower middle class. I received automated confirmation of my letter but no response was given as British claims from decades that its judicial system is independent and investigation institutions are free but I was sure that such behavior is not being conducted in this case.
The conspiracy theory in money laundering case against MQM Chief Altaf Hussain cannot be ruled out because millions of dollars were funded to root out MQM from political scenario of Pakistan in national general elections of 2013 but conspirators failed to achieve their goal and MQM survived.
Now, It is up to government of Nawaz Sharif to clarify that he is not part of International conspiracy and why his government delayed to issue ID and Passport to Mr. Altaf Hussain? Was there any offer to MQM Chief to voluntarily leave United Kingdom by British Government to avoid any charges against him but conspirators had under the table agreement also that such Pakistani travelling documents shall never be issued?
Whatever, the situation may be; Altaf Hussain is true leader of 98% poor people of Pakistan and feudal lords, business tycoons, right wingers and extremists will be soon exposed and judged by 180 million citizens of Pakistan.