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MQM rejects HRCP report on May 12 carnage

Karachi:The Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) has rejected all the accusations and allegations made by the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRP) Chairperson, Asma Jehangir, regarding the May 12 mayhem in Karachi, as totally baseless and unfounded. The MQM also termed the criticism a contempt of court as, according to them, this matter was pending in the courts.

This was stated by MQM Rabita Committee Deputy-Convener, Dr Farooq Sattar, while addressing a press conference at the Khursheed Memorial Hall on Tuesday. Sattar was referring to Asma Jehangir’s press conference in Lahore where she presented an HRCP report and directly accused the MQM as being responsible for the violence on May 12 as the party was part of the government.

He said as the MQM had been directly named by Jehangir in her report on the May 12 tragedy, it showed her ‘mala fide’ intentions which deserves condemnation. Satter added that the report was concocted, a bundle of lies, partial observations, and based on ethnicity.

Sattar said that the MQM wanted to disclose some other realities of just before May 12.

According to him, on May 11, Jehangir called at the MQM International Secretariat in London and had a telephonic conversation with Mohammad Anwar, a senior member of the MQM in

London.

Sattar claimed that on May 11 Asma informed him on the telephone that, “on May 12, there will be a bloodbath, bullets will be fired, and a conspiracy is being hatched against you (MQM).”

Sattar said when she was asked who the conspirators were, she was unable to give a satisfactory reply. All this information, said Sattar, showed that she was part of the conspiracy and was involved in the bloodbath of May 12.

He said that, instead of informing the nation of such a conspiracy, she is directly accusing the MQM of what happened on

May 12.

Sattar asked the HRCP chairperson not to play politics under the banner of human rights.

He said the case on the May 12 incidents is pending in the courts – for which the MQM had collected lots of evidence which would be produced – and presenting such a report by the HRCP was tantamount to contempt of court.

Replying to a question as to why this evidence of Asma Jehangir’s phone call to the MQM’s International Secretariat was presented now and not before, he said it is the right time to give such evidence.

He said MQM is the only party which has asked for the constituting of a high-level commission to conduct an inquiry into the May 12 mayhem and claimed that 14 MQM supporters lost their lives on that fateful day.

Sattar said, “we believe that the opposition parties have hatched a conspiracy against the Muttahida.”
Source: The News
Date:8/29/2007