KARACHI: Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) leader Farooq Sattar on Sunday appealed to British Prime Minister David Cameron to take notice of unlawful and blatant violations of human rights against MQM Chief Altaf Hussain and his colleagues in London.
Addressing a massive MQM rally staged to express solidarity with party chief Altaf Hussain at MA Jinnah Road, Sattar said that Altaf Hussain was being harassed by the British administration.
“Why Altaf Hussain and MQM leaders are being harassed when neither an FIR has been registered nor a charge has been framed or a trial has taken place against them,” he questioned.
He asked five questions from British prime minister over victimization of Altaf Hussain and said Cameron should answer these questions in light of the human rights traditions followed in his country.
He asked that how can a resident and a national of Britain and European Union could survive without bank account and how can he pay his bills and fulfil needs of his daughter Afza Altaf?
He asked is it not violation of basic fundamental rights that bank accounts of Altaf Hussain and his colleagues were seized without registering any case against them?
“Is personal items of Altaf Hussain’s daughter could be made part of money laundering case as the British police has confiscated laptop, iPad and other accessories of Afza Altaf and has not yet returned them after one-year had passed,” he said.
He said that Altaf Hussain had a hobby of collecting coins in jars and asked if coin collection was organized crime in London. “Are coins collected in jar were of money laundering,” he said.
He said that why was so that on pressure of some British nationals of Pakistani origin, having ideological differences with MQM, British prime minister was going against their traditional good past human rights record.
He said that such a move from British government was against traditions of United Kingdom, charter of human rights and Magna Carta Charter.
He termed the issue as politically motivated and said that MQM would move British courts and protest at 10 Downing Street against the behaviour of British government.
Speaking on the occasion, MQM Deputy Convener Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui said that the British government should answer the question raised by Farooq Sattar.
He said that Altaf Hussain was victimized for speaking truth but said that he would not stop telling truth to the people and continue to do this.
MQM leader Haider Abbas Rizvi demanded of the government to stop extra-judicial killings of MQM activists and said that one more activist was extra-judicially killed on Sunday.
He demanded immediate release of the missing activists and said that the party was playing a crucial role in stabilizing the country.
MQM leader Nabil Gabol said that people of Karachi were victimized for supporting MQM leader Altaf Hussain. He said that major development projects were launched in Punjab.
“Karachiites have to face 14-hour load-shedding and water shortage,” he said adding that government should initiate metro bus service and projects to overcome water crisis in the city.
He said that majority of the taxes were collected from Karachi and if these facilities would not be given to the city then they would be forced to stop paying taxes to the government which would create problems for the authorities in Islamabad.
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