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Why is Britain Supporting MQM Despite of Knowing it to be Party Causing Trouble in Pakistan

Britain’s Special Relationship With MQM’s Altaf Hussain

o   London Raid: Britain arm-twisted MQM chief Altaf Hussain to get behind Zardari

o   MQM’s Farooq Sattar warned British diplomats in Pakistan against ‘defaming’ Altaf Hussain

o   Farooq Sattar told a British diplomat that his party ‘is the only party’ in Pakistan ‘loyal to and shares common interests with’ Britain

o   Britain supports MQM through DFID, but the British govt. was not pleased when the party ended alliance with PPP

o   MQM sought British government support at United Nations against Pakistan on delimiting constituencies in Karachi

o   British high commissioner declined invitation to visit MQM’s head offices in Karachi to avoid suspicions over UK-MQM links

 

SPECIAL REPORT | 22 May 2013
PakNationalists.com

LONDON—Britain is soft on MQM and its chief Altaf Hussain, who gets to use London as a safe haven. He gets legal protection as a British citizen. But occasionally, Britain gives Altaf Hussain a little slap on the hand every now and then when he gets out of line.

This is apparently what happened one night in December.

MQM was creating problems for Pakistani president Asif Ali Zardari. Britain helped put together his coalition government. Former American ambassador Anne W. Patterson regularly intervened with opposition politicians to get them off Zardari’s tail every time he got in trouble.

This time it was Britain’s turn to talk some sense into Mr. Hussain. So a group of British investigators descended on the London office of MQM chief and occupied it for two days, on Dec. 6 and 7, 2012. The declared mission was to search his office for evidence linking him to the murder of Imran Farooq, a MQM cofounder mysteriously assassinated in London in 2010.

This piece of information – the British raid and London’s links to domestic Pakistani politics – represents one aspect of the intriguing relationship between Britain and MQM, a violent Pakistani ‘political’ party that almost occupies the country’s largest city, Karachi, where police and the military dare not tread. Residents of Karachi, also the country’s richest city, are forced to pay protection money to MQM and to an assortment of other parties like ANP, PPP and several criminal syndicates that are linked to one or more of these political parties.

The raid came as a shock to MQM, which had come to rely on Britain as a trusted safe haven for the party’s leadership.

Several weeks after the raid, Dr. Farooq Sattar, a top MQM politician and Altaf Hussain’s main representative inside Pakistan, met with Mr. Francis Campbell, the British deputy high commissioner in Karachi. The meeting was anything but cordial.

A desperate Farooq Sattar warned the British diplomat against harassing the party chief in London.

“MQM has evidences,” Sattar warned Campbell in the meeting, “that the British government is backing the PPP government in its policies of encircling MQM at home and threatening and pressurizing Altaf Hussain in London.”

This revelation comes from a British politician with access to information on his country’s unique relationship to MQM, which controls Pakistan’s business hub and is effectively threatening secession.

PakNationalists.com has concealed the names of the British politician and the Pakistani journalist on their request.

The information is a diplomatic treasure trove that appears to have been gleaned from British diplomatic correspondence, but PakNationalists.com has no way of verifying this information. However, the British source’s links to United Kingdom’s foreign policy community are unquestionable.

The data confirms what many in the Pakistani government already know: that Britain maintains a close relationship with MQM, protecting Altaf Hussain’s London safe haven, financially nurturing the party through British public funds, and, between 2008 and 2013, using the party to prop up the PPP-led coalition that served American and British interests in Pakistan and the region.

FAROOQ SATTAR & FRANCIS CAMPBELL

The Sattar-Campbell meeting is said to have taken place in Karachi sometime in January 2013. Sattar almost accused the British government of arm-twisting Altaf Hussain. “He termed the raid on MQM’s office in London as an attempt to defame MQM in Pakistan,” said the British politician. “He emphasized that MQM is the only political party [in Pakistan] that is loyal to British Government and shares common political interests with the British Government. He also requested Francis [Campbell] to intervene to resolve the political crisis in Sindh.”  [In upcoming reports, PakNationalists.com will show how several other Pakistani politicians made similar claims to British

To be fair to MQM, the information that the British politician provided is not limited to MQM but also covers meetings between Pakistani political parties and politicians and between British government representatives. Pakistanis will be stunned to read how some of their politicians are almost slavish in their dealings with the British government. This information will be released on PakNationalists.com over the coming days.

Despite the raid, the British government continued its special relationship with MQM. The raid was not publicized in the British media, and the party office in London and its chief were not put on media trial. Not a single British media outlet was briefed by the British government on this raid. No British media questioned what Britain’s business was allowing a Pakistani political party chief wanted by Pakistani courts to have a safe haven in London, using British soil to incite violence in Pakistan.

WASEEM AKHTAR & JONATHAN WILLIAMS

After the Sattar-Campbell meeting sometime in January, MQM legislator Waseem Akhtar met the British press attaché Jonathan Williams in Islamabad. This meeting is said to have taken place in the first week of February. The British source does not disclose where this meeting took place. Akhtar and Williams discussed the British government’s position on Pakistani general elections and MQM’s development projects in Karachi funded by the British government. For the first time, Akhtar hinted at MQM’s plans to end political alliance with Zardari’s PPP and sought British government’s support in the elections. Akhtar asked Williams to arrange for a visit by the British High Commissioner in Islamabad to MQM’s headquarters in Karachi to raise the party’s profile. To this, Williams was noncommittal, saying High Commissioner Adam Thomson would visit officials from all political parties before elections.

It is thought that a week or so after this meeting, the MQM ended its alliance with PPP on Feb. 16.

ISHRAT UL EBAD & ADAM THOMSON

On March 7, the British High Commissioner Adam Thomson traveled to Karachi to meet Governor of Sindh Ishrat ul Ebad, a MQM appointee. According to the British politician, it was most probably in this meeting that Thomson bluntly conveyed to Ebad and to MQM London’s displeasure at the demise of MQM-PPP alliance. “Mr. Adam Thomson conveyed to Dr. Ishrat ul Ebad, Governor Sindh, that MQM’s departure from alliance with PPP was not received well by” the British government, says the British politician. On his part, Ebad accused Pakistani intelligence agencies and the PPP of working together to undermine MQM’s influence in Karachi.

“Dr. Ishrat ul Ebad stated that practically Karachi is being governed by intelligence agencies and PPP is [undermining] the image of MQM in collaboration with intelligence agencies,” says the British source. The British high commissioner also conveyed to Ebad that he won’t be able to visit MQM headquarters in Azizabad, Karachi, in order to avoid creating an impression that Britain is sponsoring the party.

“The BHC regretted the invitation of MQM regarding High Commissioner’s visit to MQM HQ on the plea that BHC wants to dispel the impression of directing and formulating MQM policies by BHC,” said the British politician. Apparently the Ebad-Thomson meeting did end on a high point after all. The British high commissioner apparently conveyed to MQM official his government’s approval to fund two Karachi-based NGOs owned by MQM. One of them is called Ehsaas. The other NGO is called Raasta. The funding is to come from DFID, the British government agency that disperses aid to other countries in support of British policy objectives.

WASEEM AKHTAR

The British politician referred to another pre-election meeting between MQM’s Waseem Akhtar and an unnamed British diplomat. “Wasim Akhtar of MQM has assured British diplomats that if the British government helps MQM return to power, the party will look after UK’s interests in establishing a Business Zone at Baba and Bhit Islands adjacent to Kimari,” said the British source.

NASREEN JALIL & FRANCIS CAMPBELL

On April 1, senior MQM politician Nasreen Jalil visited Francis Campbell, the deputy British high commissioner in Karachi, where she sought British government’s support in taking the battle against Pakistani government and the Supreme Court of Pakistan to the United Nations. “Nasreen Jalil of MQM met British Deputy High Commissioner [Francis Campbell] at his residence in Clifton, Karachi on 1 Apr 2013, at 2000 hours. Nasreen conveyed party’s reservations on new delimitation of constituencies in Karachi. She added that new delimitation will lead to Talibanization of Karachi which may affect the smooth withdrawal of NATO supplies (containers) through the port city. She informed the British diplomat that MQM has taken the matter to the UN and requested UK’s support. MQM is also planning to invite a EU delegation to apprise them about the party’s stance on delimitation issue,” according to the British source.

WHAT ALL THIS MEANS?

These insights lay bare the extensive relationship between MQM and the British government. They also show the extent of problems that Pakistan is facing because of British safe havens for extremists and fugitives. Since the 1970s, Britain has allowed itself to become a safe haven for militants and extremists from the Middle East. In mid-1980s and mid-1990s, Egypt and Saudi Arabia publicly protested over British government’s protection for militants fighting to topple governments in Cairo and Riyadh. London has also played host to dissidents opposed to the Russian government under Vladimir Putin. It is obvious that Britain gives shelter to political fugitives to use them for its strategic policy. Aside from sheltering Altaf Hussain, there is strong evidence that Britain is hosting BLA terrorists involved in killing innocent Pakistani teachers, laborers and government officials.

London is also home to a British extremist group, Hizb al Tahrir, widely known to be penetrated by British intelligence, which in turn uses the group to further British interests in Middle East and Central Asia. The group has recently escalated a covert campaign to recruit lower- and mid-level soldiers and officers in Pakistan Armed Forces. It is the first case of a British-based group targeting Pakistani military personnel in what is suspected to be British psy-ops.

British sanctuaries for fugitives involved in violence and terror should top the Pakistani agenda. Another European country, Switzerland, has given a safe haven to Brahamdagh Bugti, the BLA terrorist commander who managed a terror campaign in Pakistan for years from his Afghan hideouts under American watch before he was escorted to safety in Europe by the American Central Intelligence Agency.

The British and Swiss examples point to a trend in development that needs to be nipped in the bud. This requires Pakistani government action, which is missing.

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Why is UK Supporting and Allowing Terrorist Activties Against Pakistan From Her Soil

British Deputy Prime Minister Defends Altaf Hussain’s Anti-Pakistan Remarks As ‘Free Speech’

The UK-MQM relationship is part of a wider problem.

SPECIAL REPORT | 21 May 2013
PakNationalists.com

ricarad051208-6Britain’s deputy prime minister Nick Clegg has publicly defended MQM chief Altaf Hussain’s statement on breaking Karachi away from Pakistan. Mr. Clegg says it is ‘free speech.’

Mr. Clegg gave a carefully worded statement to Geo News London correspondent Murtaza Ali Shah. In the statement, Mr. Clegg tried to create an impression that there was no consensus on whether Mr. Hussain’s statements constituted an incitement to murder Pakistani citizens. He also refused to make much of Altaf’s call for the secession of Pakistan’s largest city, Karachi, from the country. The city is virtually under the control of armed gangs linked to political parties, including the MQM.

 The British deputy premier appeared eager to point out that Mr. Hussain retracted the statement. He tried to justify MQM chief’s statement on Karachi secession as freedom of speech under British laws.

The caretaker Information Minister Arif Nizami has called on the interim Pakistani government to ‘take notice’ of Altaf Hussain’s statements from London but the government is silent.

The issue has wider diplomatic implications.

Altaf Hussain is widely known to be a British citizen. He is a fugitive from justice in Pakistan and Britain has provided him a safe haven and a hideout.

On May 15, he used British soil to threaten to kill Pakistani journalists and ordinary voters opposed to his violent party in Karachi. He also used British soil to call for the secession of Karachi from Pakistan.

The UK-MQM relationship is part of a wider problem.

London is a safe haven for BLA terrorists who raise funds in Britain for a bombing campaign in Balochistan that targets vital installations and ordinary citizens.

London is also home to a British extremist group, Hizb al Tahrir, widely known to be penetrated by British intelligence, which in turn uses the group to further British interests in Middle East and Central Asia. The group has recently escalated a covert campaign to recruit lower- and mid-level soldiers and officers in Pakistan Armed Forces. It is the first case of a British-based group targeting Pakistani military personnel in what appears to be British psy-ops.

Pakistan is yet to question Britain’s support for extremism and terrorism in Pakistan.

The statement of British deputy prime minister confirms British policy of supporting anti-Pakistan groups and elements.

Mr. Clegg can be easily proven wrong in a court of law. However, Pakistani government has chosen to remain silent on blatant attacks on its sovereignty and on open threats by foreigners against Pakistani citizens.

 Here is a video with English subtitles, prepared to be presented in a British court of law in the near future, that shows beyond any doubt how a British citizen used British soil to threaten to kill Pakistani voters and journalists and called for breaking Karachi away from Pakistan.

 It is hoped this evidence would encourage Mr. Clegg to question departments of his government on their policy of providing safe havens to criminals, extremists and terrorists.

 Click here to see the video of British Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg defending Altaf Hussain: http://j.mp/163jMjX

Click here to see a video with English subtitles that could help indict Altaf Hussain in a court of law: http://j.mp/12sytGX

How Nawaz Shareef Will Address Important Policy Matters

An Open Letter from a Citizen, to Mian Muhammad Nawaz Shareef, the Prime Minister of Pakistan in Making

My Dear Mian Nawaz Shareef,

nawaz_sharif_pakistan_government_may_13_2013People of Pakistan have given you a clear mandate for the third and probably the last time to rule this country. If we overlook the factor of rigging in elections on massive scale for the time being (which is a separate subject for discussion) we can conclude that collective wisdom of the masses, particularly of the Punjab, has decided to test your abilities to solve the acute and serious crisis through which Pakistan is passing. The collective wisdom has taken into account your past experience of governance, your expertise in business management and your rapport with international community, while putting the crown on your head, and justifiably expects that these advantages should be utilized to change the destiny of this nation. It has also given you clear majority in National Assembly so that excuse of any blackmailing or bargaining attached with a hung parliament is eliminated.

The challenges faced by Pakistan can be broadly divided in two categories; one having internal dimension and others having external dimension. I shall here dwell on only those issues which relate to the external front. If you pass the test in dealing which external challenges you would win about 80 % of the battle. The problems on internal front would just require your political will and honesty of purpose.

1. Pak-Iran Gas Pipeline

Please do not back out on Pak-Iran gas Pipeline Agreement. As an expert on economy you know better than anyone else how much importance this project carries for our betterment. Since it involves fostering closer relations with Iran, the agreement will not be digested easily by the west and the US and even by some of our friends in the Middle East. Once we believe that we should have good bilateral relations with all our neighbors including India, then why exclude Iran? Apart from diplomatic pressures from outside, your advisers will come up with many excuses like shortage of funds for this project. Please stand against all odds with resolve and do not budge. I know you can arrange funds for this. Where there is will there is way.

2. Gawadar Port Operation

Please carry forward the policy on Gawadar Port to be operated by Chinese company. The PPP govt had reluctantly signed the agreement with China in their last days in power as they were also under lot of foreign pressure not to sign it. We are already surrounded by forces that are bent upon damaging Pakistan including seceding Baluchistan from us. The presence of China in this region is the only option that can effectively counter this threat and ensure our security. The economic development that will follow this arrangement will go a long way to make Pakistan an Asian Tiger as you have already promised. Everybody knows that presence of Chinese influence in this area will not be acceptable to many countries including the US and India, but you have to put the interests of Pakistan above anything else. So please be careful. If you scum to the foreign pressure and retract from this agreement, you will be unfortunately seen as the tool of foreign vested interests, who have brought you in power to serve their purpose.

3. Foreign Funding of Sectarian Outfits

Please stop the sources of foreign funding to our sectarian religious parties. The news are in circulation that many of our friendly countries in the Middle East are providing huge funds to our religious outfits, some of them defunct, to support their activities. The authenticity of this can be confirmed by your intelligence agencies. If it is true then this is a major factor that is boosting extremism and terrorism in our country. You are expected to use your good offices with our friendly countries and stop the influx of such funds. All such funds, if they are required for welfare projects, should be funneled through government. Our friendly and brotherly Muslim countries should not make our soil as battle ground for religious extremists.

4. The End of ‘War on Terror’

Please note that the war on terror has already come to an end. The US President had already announced an end to the decade of ‘war on terror’ last year. I do not know why Pakistan was so reluctant to announce the same. Please tell the world community that we have now entered the phase of peacemaking, rehabilitation and reconstruction. This requires an active role of Pakistan to stabilize situation in Afghanistan. Any shortcut or ad-hoc measures are likely to create problems as of late 1980’s. Though the foreign powers have their own agenda but please try to convince them that if they want a stable region after the pullout of NATO, the best security arrangement can be achieved by involving Pakistan, Iran, Saudi Arabia, China and Russia.

5. Relations with India

And lastly, please be careful while taking extraordinary peace initiatives with India. Everybody desires good relations with our arch rival, but it has to be reciprocal. Take into account their inner intentions and the bargain must be on ‘give and take’. Kashmir dispute should remain cornerstone in our foreign policy and our moral and diplomatic support to the cause of Kashmiri people for self-determination should visibly continue. In any of your initiatives on bilateral relations with India you must take on-board all the stakeholders, including Army, otherwise you are liable to face another Kargil-like embarrassment. While giving any concession to India in terms of, say trade, keep in mind what all they are ready to yield to Pakistan.

Dear Nawaz Shareef, the nation is looking forward to your actions and deeds very eagerly and your govt will be kept under constant focus by the people of Pakistan, so please fasten your belt right now.

The Activities of Israeli Intelligence Mossad in Afghanistan

Israeli officials at a police station in Jalalabad, Afghanistan scrambled to control their secret station after a surprise raid by the Afghan Taliban on March 26, 2013.

Sources close to Terminal X report that the station, which was located inside a police compound in the city, was used by around 14 operatives of the Mossad, 3 of whom were reportedly “highly proficient in Arabic”. Just before dawn, it came under heavy firing and subsequent bombings by an 8-member brigade of the Taliban in a 2-hour raid. It resulted in the immediate killing of 12 Israelis with 2 in ‘highly critical’ condition shifted to an unknown hospital.

“This centre was being used as a mind-control academy by the Israeli spies who indoctrinated young recruits from within the country and Pakistan with highly interpolated material related to Islam”, said a senior source.

This, the source maintains, was evident from the fact that a large stash of ‘psychological manuals’ written in English and Hebrew along with copies of Islam’s holy books were recovered from the site. Night-vision goggles, headscarves along with a large cache of daggers were also found in a closet beside the station chief’s desk.

“The training centre housed recruits that were brought in from eastern Afghanistan and mostly from Pakistan, in particular South Waziristan. At least a dozen terrorists who were killed by the Pakistan Army in the ongoing Tirah Valley operation have their past movements traced to this very location”, said the source.

The source added that recruits are initially rounded up at the Indian consulate in Habibabad area of Jalalabad from where they are handpicked for programming in Mossad centres.

“This was just one of the 9 Israeli intelligence centres I personally know of”, the source added, “majority of which are in eastern Afghanistan”.

The presence of Israeli intelligence officials was kept highly classified, hence an alert was issued to Tel Aviv by their American counterparts in the CIA.

The Afghan Taliban’s spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid had accepted responsibility for the attack.

Read more: http://www.terminalx.org/2013/04/mossad-officials-killed-in-jalalabad-by-afghan-taliban.html#ixzz2SRXGvws1

Why Pakistan’s Next Prime Minister Nawaz Has Soft Corner for India

No Word On Indian Terrorism in Samjota Express attack, the Indian propaganda, and full support to Indian positions on Mumbai and Kargil.

 By ANSAR ABBASI | The News International | 10 May 2013

imagesPML-N chief and the generally anticipated next elected prime minister Mian Nawaz Sharif’s recent statements on Kargil and Mumbai incidents have raised many eyebrows and are seen as crossing the red lines.

In his bid to appease India or vent his pent up anger on the military establishment, days before the May 11 elections, Mian Nawaz Sharif have gone to the extent of committing that if he returns to power he would share the reports of commissions on Kargil and Mumbai incidents with New Delhi.

Like his other leading competitors including the PTI and the PPP, Nawaz however did not touch the issue of Kashmir in his election campaign or in his media interviews. Instead, Sharif who has served as the prime minister of Pakistan twice, promised to share with India his government’s findings on Kargil and Mumbai attacks.

He also did not utter a word about Samjhota express massacre of Pakistanis; the latest heroic handling of the Indian government and its ruling Congress party of the dead body of condemned terrorist and killer of 14 Pakistanis – Sarabjit Singh; the tit-for-tat murder of Sanaullah, a Pakistani prisoner in Indian jail; the recent matrydom of some Pakistani soldiers by Indian troops etc.

While Pakistani security agencies have been talking of the Indian role (besides other international powers) to fuel terrorism in Balochistan and the tribal areas of Pakistan, Nawaz Sharif assured New Delhi, “If I become the prime minister, I will make sure that Pakistani soil is not used for any such designs against India.” Nawaz Sharif, whose second government was dismissed unconstitutionally by former dictator General (R) Musharraf in October 1999 following differences on the Kargil issue, recently reiterated his party’s old stance of setting up a commission on Kargil to fix responsibility, surprised many by going to the limit of assuring India that he would share the findings of the report with New Delhi. He was also quoted to have given similar assurance about the outcome of the commission on Mumbai attacks. These statements of Nawaz reflect his anger on the basis of his past experience with the Pakistan Army and the security agencies but he apparently lost the balance by giving such an assurance India that could not be in the interest of Pakistan and its defence establishment.

How can a leader of his stature announce that if he becomes the chief executive of the country he would share with the Indians what should have been purely our internal matter and pertains to Pakistan Army? Such a pro-India stance of Nawaz Sharif where he talks everything that pleases India but ignores all those issues that could place New Delhi on the defensive is beyond comprehension.

Any talk on part of Pakistan and any of its leading political personalities on Mumbai attack, which according to Indian propaganda was the work of Pakistan’s premier intelligence agency, the ISI, requires extra caution. But here too, Nawaz Sharif promises a probe and sharing it with India.

Despite all sorts of Indian propaganda, there has been no sharing of any substantial evidence of Pakistan’s involvement in the Mumbai attacks. The Wikileaks had even shown the US telling India that the latter has no evidence of Pakistan and its premier intelligence agency’s involvement in the Mumbai attack. India also implicates Hafiz Saeed in the Mumbai attacks but has not produced any evidence as such and because of the same reason Hafiz Saeed was released by the Lahore High Court after he was arrested soon after the Mumbai attacks.

While the political leaders are expected to understand the sensitivities involved in any such matter, President Asif Ali Zardari soon after his election as president of Pakistan had also shocked many here in Pakistan by telling India that Islamabad would pursue the no-first-use nuclear policy whereas Pakistan’s declared policy is of “nuclear deterrence”.