WEB DESK: Mustafa Kamal, MQM defector and the leader of his own new party, Pak Sarzameen, has been demanding a ban on his former party for its leader’s alleged links with the Indian intelligence agency, RAW, on the basis of a claim made by a British citizen of Pakistani origin, Shaharyar Khan Niazi.
The demand being as untenable as it is his critics are not so wrong to view it as a sign of frustration over his failure to cause a sizeable dent in the MQM. Besides, there are holes in Niazi’s story who claims to have seen, as member of a British diplomatic mission, a written agreement between the MQM supremo Altaf Hussain, one of his close associates, and RAW. Common sense suggests such an agreement, even if made, would not exist in the form of signed document, as that would hold the chance of exposure, damaging the interests of the parties involved. In any event, unless the allegation is proved it will remain a mere allegation not worth of any serious consideration.
The MQM is a major political force in urban Sindh, with a significant presence in Senate, National Assembly, provincial assembly and local bodies. That it has a political wing and a militant wing is no secret and is well-known to all and sundry.
There is therefore a need to proceed against this wing with all the might of the law. Despite earlier allegations of a RAW connection the party emerged as a major winner in the recent local government elections in Karachi, Hyderabad and Mirpurkhas, where Kamal reiterated his extreme demand on Friday. Calling for a ban on a popular political party on the basis of unproven allegations, is totally unreasonable and undemocratic. Outlawing a party with which a large section of the population associates its aspirations is not going to help anyone.
Its supporters and sympathisers will stay with it unless and until they have their own reasons to make a different choice. The demand invokes unpleasant memories from the time of military dictatorships when political parties were broken through underhand tactics, yet they remerged as strong as before upon resumption of the democratic process.
It is worthwhile to note also that until sidelined by his old party Mustafa Kamal was one of its prominent faces, and should have known that its militant wing was involved in various criminal activities that, he now says, were RAW instigated.
And Anis Kaimkhani, his right-hand man in the Pak Sarzameen, is accused of supervising those activities as Deputy Convenor of the MQM Rabita Committee. Some of the others who have joined his side too have similarly tainted reputations. This in itself makes his demand all the more vexatious and self-serving. The right thing for him therefore would be to stay calm, and confront the MQM through the democratic process of elections.
Source: Business Recorder