Mustafa Kamal unveils new party, accuses Altaf of having links with RAW
KARACHI: Former city nazim Mustafa Kamal on Thursday announced to form a new political party, which he said, is unnamed for now.
Addressing a press conference after his surprise return to Pakistan, he displayed the flag of Pakistan, calling it the flag of his newly formed party.
“We, Mustafa Kamal and Anees Qaimkhani, are forming a new organization or you may say a party or whatever you want to call it,” he said, adding “we have not named our organization for now”.
Flanked by former MQM colleague Anees Qaimkhani, this was the maiden media appearance by the two leaders after a prolonged absence from local political scene and rifts with the leadership of their former party, the MQM.
He told reporters that the agenda of his press conference would be split into three parts, where he would outline why “I and Anees left the party. Second, why we have come back, and what we will do next.”
Kamal accused Altaf Hussain of insulting party workers several times in public meetings, especially once in May 2013 when he changed the party set up overnight.
He recalled that during his time in the MQM, the party’s Rabita Committee would continuously be degraded and insulted by Altaf Hussain within weeks and months, but recently the situation had worsened so much that the Rabita Committee would now be insulted every few minutes.
What was first done in private settings was being done in public through media channels, he said.
He recalled how the MQM Rabita Committee was manhandled by people when the PTI secured 800,000 votes. He also revealed that a time came when former Interior Minister Rehman Malik would dictate the press releases for MQM, adding that Malik had access to the MQM chief even more than MQM leaders.
The emotional leader, with tears in his eyes at one point, demanded to know why children of MQM workers continue to bury their fathers. He demanded to know what the agenda is behind all these sacrifices. “Is it to help fund Altaf Hussain’s alcoholism, to finance their properties and wealth abroad?” he asked.
“We were a civilized community. We have now been reduced to RAW agents,” he said. “What do you want us to see? More arrests? Torture? Martyrs? I agree you have to give sacrifices in movements. We are willing to sacrifice ourselves. But tell me what for?”
Kamal minced no words when claiming why he left the MQM after he realized that all his efforts and hard work was not for the benefit of the people but to fund the ills of one man.
“We have returned today because every child of Pakistan, every party, the establishment of Pakistan as well as the present and past governments know, that Altaf Hussain has links with the Indian intelligence agency, RAW,” he alleged.
“When Dr. Imran Farooq was martyred, and the Scotland Yard started gathering evidence from his residence; they took away a truckload of evidence from his (Altaf’s) residence. For six or seven months, the investigators studied the evidence and documents that they had collected. Then they summoned the members in London, including Altaf Hussain who was interviewed for three days,” he said.
Mustafa Kamal claimed that during the Scotland Yard interviews, they were asked whether they were taking funds from India.
He added that all the individuals denied the allegations for at least 10-15 minutes and then the Scotland Yard began serving them documentary evidence proving all the allegations that they had just denied.
Kamal claimed Altaf was misleading the people of Pakistan that “since he has raised his voice against the establishment of Pakistan, he is being cornered and silenced”.
He added that the low-level workers of the party, “the unit in-charges, the organizational committees – none of them know the truth and are buying into the lies, believing the Rangers are doing a great injustice to their leader and the party.”
He claimed that Altaf has been lying to and misleading the people who support him and the party.
He added that, while Altaf Hussain was misleading everybody, senior party leadership was summoned to Dubai and were apprised about the allegations which had been accepted before the Scotland Yard.
“Did Saulat Mirza have any personal dispute with Shahid Hamid? Who made Saulat Mirza the murderer of Shahid Hamid. Ajmal Pahari, who made him a terrorist?” he said, visibly in tears.
Mustafa Kamal asked how the Urdu-speaking Mohajir community that was known for its literacy and eloquence has been reduced to being labeled RAW agents. He stated that the RAW agents were made so by the Altaf Hussain’s MQM.
“Do not hate the Urdu-speaking people for the actions of certain people,” he said. He urged the establishment of Pakistan not to hate the Urdu-speaking people because of the actions of Altaf Hussain.
“Giving instructions to party workers to go and train using weapons, why?” demanded Mustafa Kamal. He revealed that Altaf Hussain who never came to the party office for months, which was only minutes from his residence in London, was not going to return to Pakistan to lead anyone.
“We have come to save lives, to bridge the differences,” he said, adding that he was praying to the Almighty to bring Altaf Hussain back to the right path. He urged Altaf Hussain to seek forgiveness from the Almighty.
Mustafa Kamal appealed to the establishment to see the Urdu-speaking community in the same light as the rest of the loyal citizens of Pakistan. He appealed that the community was not disloyal to the state and pleaded that they be brought back to the fold so they could help build the country.
After spelling out why he had left the party and why he has returned to Karachi, Mustafa Kamal outlined his next line of action. “Today we are here to launch a party that does not have a name, but just the two of us, Anees Qaimkhani and myself Mustafa Kamal are laying the foundation of such a party that does not have a name today but, we can tell you today what this party will do.”
Kamal and Qaimkhani unfolded and displayed a Pakistani flag to the press, saying that this would be the party’s flag.
Mustafa Kamal dispelled any notion of likening his return to that of Afaq Ahmed and others who he said had come under the protection of others. Responding to a question about being on the wanted list Anees Qaimkhani rejected the rumours, stating that wanted people are on the run they do not come out in the open.
Rehman Malik rejects Mustaf Kamal’s allegations
Former interior minister and central leader of Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Rehman Malik has rejected the allegations of former mayor of Karachi, Mustafa Kamal levelled on him during a press conference in Karachi on Thursday and termed it baseless and concocted.
Rehman Malik, reacting to the accusations of Mustafa Kama said that it was not his duty to dictate the declaration of MQM. He said that his meetings with the MQM chief were in connection with strengthening the allied governments in Center and province. He added that either Sindh Governor Ishratul Ibad or Farooq Sattar would present during the meeting.
Rehman Malik said that being interior minister, Altaf Hussain had never his support for ‘criminal’ workers. He said that he represented his party, PPP, in meetings with MQM chief Altaf Hussain.
No one in MQM can respond to Kamal’s allegations: Sheikh Rashid Ahmad
The President of Awami Muslim League (AML) and Member of National Assembly, Sheikh Rashid Ahmad has said that there is no one in the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) to respond to the press conference of former mayor of Karachi, Mustafa Kamal.
Reacting to the press conference of Mustafa Kamal, Sheikh Rashid Ahmad said that revolutionary changes could come within MQM in next 72 hours. He said for the first time a big voice has risen within MQM, adding it is a big trial for the party.
Sheikh Rashid said that MQM workers could also move towards Mustafa Kamal. He said that Rehman Malik would also come in grip.