In what appears to be an attempt to appease the establishment, the Muttahida Qaumi Movement has condemned the Indian spy agency Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) and other foreign powers for what it called trying to destabilise Pakistan by creating a law and order situation here.
The MQM, which recently came under a barrage of criticism after its chief Altaf Hussain made some controversial remarks, which he later clarified he had passed sarcastically, said that it was struggling for the national security and despite all injustices the loyalty of the party to Pakistan remained unblemished.
According to an MQM press release issued on Sunday, a meeting of the coordination committee was held simultaneously in Karachi and London to discuss the overall situation in the country. The meeting showed concerns on the infiltration of foreign countries in various parts of the country for spreading unrest. It said that foreign powers, particularly RAW, were spreading anarchy in Balochistan, Sindh, tribal areas and other parts of the country, which was highly condemnable. The meeting also condemned the Indian army for violating the Line of Control. Recently a police officer, Rao Anwar, claimed to have arrested two MQM workers allegedly trained by RAW and demanded that the MQM be banned for being “a terrorist party”. However, the police officer was removed from his post for making political comments.
The statement said the participants of the meeting also prayed for the success of Operation Zarb-i-Azb. The meeting condemned the resolution passed by the Balochistan Assembly against Mr Hussain and the “disgusting statements” being given by various political and religious parties after his recent speech. “Those who are making unwarranted criticism of Mr Hussain’s speech have themselves used disparaging remarks about the army,” it added. It was decided at the meeting that the MQM would continue to pursue the goal of a liberal, enlightened, democratic and progressive Pakistan according to the ideals of Quaid-i-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah and Allama Iqbal despite all odds. “Hopefully a day will come when the obsolete feudal system will be eliminated and Pakistan would join the ranks of the developed countries of the world,” said the statement.