Indian HC denies receiving email from MQM

ISLAMABAD: Indian High Commission Thursday denied receiving any email from Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) over alleged disappearance of party workers.

The letter purportedly written by MQM’s leader Nasreen Jalil to Indian HC surfaced in which she asked the mission to raise its voice to safeguard human rights, particularly in Karachi. Responding to the media reports, the Indian HC said that it has received no such email from the MQM.

However, the Indian HC spokesman said there is a possibility that the letter was dispatched through courier service.

The spokesman further said that he would be able to confirm or deny the reports after receiving the email or letter. Earlier, Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) letter written to Indian High Commission regarding four missing party workers has come to light on Thursday.

The letter states that Pakistani security agencies detained as many as 12 party workers on their way to Hyderabad from Karachi. However, eight of them have been released while four are still in custody.

The letter urges India to take notice of the matter and raise voice. MQM said on Thursday that it had written letters to embassies of 55 countries and not just New Delhi to raise voice for the party’s missing workers.

The party was clarifying its position after local television channels reported that the MQM had written a letter to the Indian High Commission asking them to raise voice for recovery of the detained workers and describing their arrest as a human rights violation.

One TV channel showed a copy of the letter to Indian High Commissioner TCA Raghavan, bearing signatures of MQM leaders Arif Khan, Abdul Qadir Khanzada and Shabbir Qaimkhani.

But MQM senior leaders said that the party had written to embassies of 55 countries – and not just India – in order to raise the issue of four workers who had gone missing last while travelling to Hyderabad. MQM has the right to raise its voice on a global level, said MQM leader Shabbir Qaimkhani. He said that letters had also been written to embassies of the United States, Britain, Japan, China, Autralia and the United Arab Emirates.

Qaimkhani claimed that the act of highlighting only the letter written to the Indian embassy was based on malicious intent. Meanwhile, MQM leader Farooq Sattar told reporters that the party had not written any such letter to the Indian High Commission. Sattar said that even if any such email had been sent due to an error of human judgement or technical error, it should not be portrayed as an intentional act.

On the other hand, Rabita Committee has said that dispatching letters to India and other countries regarding human rights violation in Karachi is a regular exercise. MQM spokesperson said that copies of all letters written to foreign embassies are sent to the Prime Minister, Chief Justice of Pakistan and Chief of Army Staff.

Source: Business Recorder