MQM biggest hurdle to Talibanisation: Sattar



Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) leader Dr Farooq Sattar on Friday said his party was the only one standing against Talibanisation in Pakistan, which was why it was being targeted.

Talking to reporters after returning from London, Sattar said no allegations against the MQM had been proven in court, adding that the party was subjected to several terrorist attacks during its election campaigning.

“At least 80 MQM workers were martyred,” he said.

According to Sattar, the international media was being used against the MQM and he had met officials of the BBC and informed them that they were being misled.

A recently televised episode of ‘Newsnight’ on BBC Two claimed that 400,000 pounds were recovered by the London police during raids at the MQM office and Altaf Hussain’s residence on December 6, 2012 and June 18, 2013.

The programme further alleged that the MQM chief had made threatening statements from London to trigger violence in Karachi.

When Sattar was interviewed on Newsnight, he admitted that money had been recovered but did not say how much.

The MQM leader denied his party’s involvement in money laundering and said no threatening statements had been issued.

Sattar also alleged that the BBC had been influenced by pro-Taliban elements.