- Tariq Mir says only four party leaders had knowledge of RAW funding
Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) leader Tariq Mir has made startling revelations about party’s links with Indian spy agency Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) in his confessional statement to the London Metropolitan Police, a private media outfit has reported.
Mir’s eight-page-long confession details that the Indian government used to provide funds to MQM chief Altaf Hussain through various sources and the meetings between MQM leaders and RAW officials used to take place in different European cities such as Rome, Zurich, Vienna and Prague.
The confessional statement reveals that MQM’s funding by the Indian spy agency started back in 1994 and initially the party used to receive GBP 800,000 annually. With these initial funds, Mir further discloses, nine houses had been purchased in London.
It adds that some MQM members did not want to see (slain leader) Dr Imran Farooq in the party, while only four MQM leaders, including Altaf Hussain, had the knowledge of party’s RAW funding.
Mir further says that after MQM’s inclusion in the government of former president Pervez Musharraf, Indian officials were notified that further funds would not be needed.