Says Altaf confessed after Scotland Yard received evidence that a written agreement existed between RAW and MQM
Says British govt briefed former interior minister Rehman Malik about Altaf’s links with RAW “a couple of times”, but Malik went and told Altaf about the investigation and told him he would intervene to stop charges against Altaf
Britain’s former deputy head of Mission in Karachi Shaharyar Khan Niazi has claimed that the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM)’s leader Altaf Hussain voluntarily told the British government that he worked for the Indian intelligence agency, Research and Analysis Wing (RAW).
Shaharyar Khan Niazi worked for the British High Commission in Karachi for over a decade but importantly he remained at the heart of the policy-making as far as Britain’s dealing with the MQM was concerned during the most crucial period – from 2010 until 2013 – after he was promoted to the position of Deputy Head of Mission.
In his first interview since he left post in the middle of 2013, Shahryar Khan Niazi said that Altaf Hussain confessed to his involvement with RAW during a high-profile diplomatic meeting in late 2011/early 2012. Niazi claimed that the British government and Scotland Yard had received evidence that a written agreement existed between the MQM and the Indian premier spy agency RAW.
The former UK diplomat is privy to crucial information and was witness – as well as being part of it – to the sensitive and important communications, which went on between the UK authorities and the MQM.
According to Shahryar Khan Niazi, there is evidence linking Altaf Hussain with the Indian government.
“The Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) is well aware of the fact that Altaf Hussain has links with RAW.”
When asked what the evidence was that the UK had regarding Altaf Hussain’s links with RAW, the former deputy head of mission said: “There is a lot of evidence but let me share with you the most important one. Firstly, a member of Her Majesty’s diplomatic service officially called on Altaf Hussain in 2011/12 and during the meeting Altaf Hussain voluntarily confessed and accepted that he worked for RAW.”
“Secondly, there is evidence that Altaf Hussain’s team facilitated contacts between the RAW and Baloch insurgents. Altaf’s team helped bring the two together.”
“Thirdly, there are financial trail of links with the RAW; and fourthly, confessional statements about these links exist and one of these has been leaked already, there are on-the-record interviews and confessions. What has come out in the public domain so far is only the tip of the iceberg.”
The former deputy head of mission made the most damning revelation that Altaf Hussain and his team had a documented agreement with RAW and the police had evidence of it.
“Altaf Hussain and his team have a Service Delivery Agreement with RAW. Basically, an agreement as to what Altaf Hussain and his team will deliver for the RAW. There are communication exchanges, including emails. This evidence was found by Scotland Yard during the murder investigation of Dr Imran Farooq and the money-laundering investigation.”
The former top diplomat made a startling revelation that the then interior minister of Pakistan under Pakistan People’s Party (PPP)’s government Rehamn Malik was briefed by the British government that Altaf Hussain had links with RAW.
Shaharyar Khan Niazi said: “Rehman Malik was briefed officially by the British government about Altaf’s links with RAW a couple of times”.
Shahryar Khan Niazi also said there was “credible information to suggest that the Interior Minister (Rehman Malik) met Altaf Hussain and told him that he had spoken to the British Home Secretary (Theresa May) and that on his (Malik’s) intervention all the police investigations concerning the MQM leader would be terminated and all charges would be dropped against Altaf Hussain.