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Names of top MQM leaders to be put on ECL

ISLAMABAD: In the wake of startling revelations by Saulat Mirza, an MQM worker on death row, the federal government has decided to put the names of eight Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM’s) leaders on Exit Control List (ECL).

According to private Dunya News TV channel,  sources, the decision was taken after death Saulat Mirza made sensational revelations against MQM and its leadership.

Quoting unnamed sources in Interior Ministry, the channel said that the of senior MQM leaders Babar Ghauri, Haider Abbas Rizvi, Wasi Jaleel, Khalid Maqbool, Waseem Akhtar, Amir Khan and Saif Abbas would be put on ECL in a bid to stop them from fleeing abroad evade legal action.

Moreover, the federal government will soon issue guidelines to Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) in this regard.

It is to be mentioned here that Saulat Mirza, in a video statement aired on private TV channel hours before his scheduled execution which was subsequently deferred, hurled startling allegations on Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) and its top leadership.

Mirza said he was an MQM worker and received direct orders from MQM leader Babar Ghauri to assassinate then KESC MD Shahid Hamid.

“I along with three others accomplices was summoned at Babar Ghauri’s house where I took Altaf Hussain’s orders via telephone. Altaf Hussain would usually pass on instructions through Babar Ghauri,” alleged Saulat Mirza.

Mirza said workers like him were used as “tissue papers” by MQM, and were disposed off when there was no use left for the party. “Other workers should take a lesson from my ending. Criminals in the party would get protection under Governor Sindh,” he claimed.

Saulat said that workers in the MQM who gained popularity among the public are eventually sidelined. Mustafa Kamal was humiliated and then kicked out because he had grown popular and Azeem Tariq was murdered for the same reason on Altaf’s order,” Mirza said.

“I have no vested interest in making these allegations at this hour. I just want to leave a message for those who wish to join, or are part of political organisations, to learn from my mistakes,” said the death-row inmate.

Mirza was found guilty of murdering the then managing director (MD) of Karachi Electric Supply Corporation (KESC), now K-electric, Malik Shahid Hamid, his driver Ashraf Brohi, and his guard Khan Akbar outside Hamid’s residence in DHA on July 5, 1997.