Dozen Leaders of Karachi-Based MQM Party Summoned By FIA in ‘Money Laundering Case’

KARACHI: Pakistan’s top investigation outfit, the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) on Monday summoned Dr Saghir along with 10 senior members of Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) through a notification. This comes as an important development in the money laundering probe being initiated against the MQM founder Altaf Hussain who remains self-exiled in London.

The MQM founder remains based in the UK capital since 1992 and was facing investigation for money laundering which was being pursued by multiple security departments, including the Scotland Yard.

MQM’s Dr Saghir has been summoned by FIA to appear at 11:00 am on February 15, at its Counter Terrorism Wing in the federal capital.

Muhammad Shahid, Muhammad Zubair, Muhammad Tahir, Rauf Mughal, Manzoor Ahmed, Muhammad Irfan, Rafeeq Rajput, Kamal Siddique and Kaiful Warra are other members of the party who have been summoned.

The inspector in the case has warned the leaders of the financial capital’s strongest (secularist) party to be ready for punishment in accordance with the law in case of non-compliance with the order.

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The British investigative agency had dropped the money laundering case against the MQM founder in October 2016, however, the case continued with the FIA.

According to the notification, the agency has summoned 10 leaders of the Karachi-based political organization for being allegedly involved in illegal foreign funding and covert support of anti-Pakistan forces, including the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) of India.

The notification read that Dr Saghir along with 10 MQM members were summoned to appear before FIA team and answer questions concerning the MQM founder and his assets.

Altaf was arrested by the Scotland Yard in June 2014 and was released some days later.

Pakistan’s investigation agencies and its premier accountability bureau NAB are actively pursuing all major cases involving financial crime, corruption, graft, nepotism, etc. across the board.

The country’s Supreme Court last week  headed by the Chief Justice noted that the economy is being bled by illegal and surreptitious theft of national wealth which is stashed in foreign countries.

The 3-member bench issued a written order saying that the same money could otherwise be utilized for the welfare of the people in projects such as education, health and public welfare. “Such delinquency constitutes violation of the fundamental rights of the citizens of Pakistan and is a matter of great public importance,” the order stated.

 

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