Pakistan

KARACHI (Staff Report) – Former Karachi mayor Syed Mustafa Kamal has announced to hold the first-ever public gathering of his newly-formed party in the second week of April.

“Time will tell how many people would join our first political gathering,” Kamal said while talking to reporters outside his residence in Karachi’s Clifton neighbourhood.

Earlier on Sunday, the former MQM leader met FIA Sindh Director Shahid Hayat in connection with the allegations he levelled against the MQM’s top leadership.

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Hayat arrived at Kamal’s residence in Karachi’s Clifton neighbourhood on Sunday morning. “The FIA director has asked us to share evidence of Altaf Hussain’s money laundering and connections with Indian spy agency with RAW,” Kamal told the media.

After a dramatic return from self-exile earlier this month, Mustafa Kamal had accused the MQM chief of having links with India’s Research and Analysis Wing (RAW), and claimed the party had been receiving funds from the spy agency.

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Kamal served as Karachi’s mayor from 2005 to 2010, and was highly appreciated for implementing a number of infrastructural projects in the metropolis. However, he left Pakistan in 2013 and also resigned from the Senate after he developed differences with Altaf Hussain.

Sarfaraz Merchant – a close aide to MQM leader Muhammad Anwar – is being investigated in London against the MQM leadership.

Merchant – also a co-accused in the case – had alleged in a TV interview that the MQM was involved in money laundering and criminal activities and had connection with India’s main spy agency.

Interior Minister Ch Nisar Ali Khan has constituted an FIA committee to investigate the charges levelled by him.