Members of the Muttahida Qaumi-London Movement have been involved in the killing of Pak Sarzameen’s Party and MQM-Pakistan activists in Karachi, according to a joint investigation team report.
The team is investigating an MQM-L worker who was arrested a few days ago. The suspect, Wahid Hussain, told investigators that his group was involved in the attack on PSP and MQM-P members in the city.
Hussain was arrested by the Counter-Terrorism Department and Rangers in a joint attack on the Gulistan-e-Jauhar area of Karachi on 19 February.
He claims to have been in contact with the notorious Belgian assassin MQM-L Saleem 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 MQM founder Altaf Hussain.
Altaf Hussain, once the most powerful figure in urban Sindh, was sidelined from Pakistani politics after a speech on August 22, 2016, in which he chanted anti-Pakistan slogans and incited party workers to commit violence against media houses in Karachi.
His party leaders distanced themselves from him and announced that his party would now operate from Pakistan, not London. The new faction was named MQM-Pakistan.
The Belgian team detonated a remotely controlled bomb at the MQM-P Mehfil-e-Milad event in Gulistan-e-Jauhar in 2018, the report quoted Hussain as saying. The group killed two PSP workers in the Gulbahar Karachi area a few days later and two MQM-P workers in New Karachi on January 13, 2018.
The suspect told investigators that he first met Belgium in 1999 and lived with him at the MQM office in Brussels. Belgium went to London in 2005-2006 to meet with the founders of MQM, he said.
Upon returning from London, Belgium began extorting 25 euros from each party worker in Brussels, according to Hussain. Belgium also visited Karachi in 2008 and formed a separate target killing team, he said.
Another MQM-L figure, Arif Ajakia, helped people of various ethnicities obtain asylum in Belgium by declaring that they were MQM-L workers, according to the JIT report.
Ajakia seeks 40 euros from each asylum or job seeker before fleeing to London after being accused of fraud of € 50,000, the report added.