Press Trust of India
Karachi, 22 July
The Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) has locked horns with cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan, accusing him of using the killing of a woman leader of his Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaaf party for political gains.
Khan, currently in London, told a gathering recently that the British government should stop its citizens from inciting violence. His remarks were perceived as a reference to MQM chief Altaf Hussain, who lives in self-exile in London and is a British citizen.
He also held the MQM chief responsible for the killing of Tehrik-e-Insaf leader Zahra Shahid Hussain, who was shot outside her home in Karachi on 18 May.
The MQM’s coordination committee responded to Khan’s comments today by saying that he was using the killing of Zahra Hussain for political gains.
Why is a party that didn’t even condemn the killing of two of its elected representatives raising a hue and cry over the killing of Zahra, who wasn’t awarded any party tickets during her life? senior MQM leader Haider Abbas Rizvi said.
Khan was acting as both lawyer and judge in accusing the MQM of involvement in Zahra’s death, he said. This just shows Imran Khan’s political immaturity, he added.
While speaking in Britain, Khan accused the MQM chief openly threatening Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf workers and leaders through his public broadcasts. He iterated his earlier stance that the British government is responsible for controlling the actions of its citizens. He said he had asked Britain to act against Mr Hussain after he allegedly threatened to kill Tehrik-e-Insaf workers.