MQM-L hitmen involved in Karachi political killings: investigators

MQM-L hitmen involved in Karachi political killings: investigators

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According to the report of the joint investigation team, members of the Muttahida Qaumi movement in London have participated in the killing of the Pak Sarzameen Party and MQM-Pakistan militants in Karachi.

The team has been investigating the MQM-L workers who were arrested a few days ago. The suspect, Wahid Hussain (Wahid Hussain) told investigators that his group had been involved in attacking PSP and MQM-P members in the city.

Hussain was arrested by the Counter-Terrorism Department and the Rangers in a joint raid in Karachi’s Gulistan-e-Jauhar area on February 19.

He confessed to have been in contact with MQM-L’s notorious hitman Saleem Belgium since 1999, according to the JIT report. Hussain said that Belgium formed a death squad in 2018 to kill MQM-P and PSP workers to please the MQM founder Altaf Hussain.

Altaf Hussain, once the most powerful figure in urban Sindh, was sidelined from Pakistan politics after his speech on August 22, 2016, in which he chanted anti-Pakistan slogans and incited party workers to violence against media houses in Karachi.

Leaders from his party distanced themselves from him and announced that the party would now operate from Pakistan instead of London. The new faction was named the MQM-Pakistan.

The report quoted Hussein as saying that the Belgian team detonated a remote-controlled bomb in the MQM-P Mehfil-e-Milad incident in Gulistan-e-Jauhar in 2018. A few days later, the organization killed two PSP workers in Karachi Gulbahar area and two MQM-P workers in New Karachi on January 13, 2018.

The suspect told investigators that he first met with Belgium in 1999 and lived with him in MQM’s Brussels office. He said that Belgium went to London to meet with the founder of MQM in 2005-2006.

On his return from London, Belgium started extorting 25 euros from each party worker in Brussels, according to Hussain. Belgium also visited Karachi in 2008 and formed a separate team of target killers, he said.

Another MQM-L figure, Arif Ajakia, was helping people of different ethnicities get asylum in Belgium by declaring them MQM-L workers, according to the JIT report.

According to the report, Ajakia sought 40 euros from every asylum seeker or job seeker, and then fled to London on charges of 50,000 euros of fraud.

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