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New MQM Paper Surfaces Verified by Karachi Trader

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One of the suspects in money laundering case against Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM) leaders confessed that a statement attributed to him on the letterhead of London’s Metropolitan Police is genuine.

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Sarfaraz Merchant, an MQM sympathizer contacted and laid bare the fact that he did not leak the paper regarding pre-interview briefing. Merchant revealed, “Instead, I handed this paper to two Muttahida leaders. One of them was in London and the other in Karachi.”

The MQM leaders leaked this papers, Sarfaraz Merchant pointed out adding that he disclosed names of those leaders to London police and Altaf Hussain.

He added, “London’s Scotland Yard police conducted this interview with me on April 5, 2015. The pre-interview briefing consisted of six pages.”

“The pre-interview briefing was conducted under money-laundering charges. Two London police officers, i.e. Mathews and Stephen were present at the session,” he elaborated.

Pre-interview briefing took place at Belgravia Police Station, he added.

It should be mentioned here that Merchant, who is a Karachi trader, is among six men being currently probed by Scotland Yard for the case.

Merchant was dragged into the money-laundering investigations as he made a donation and loan payments  to the tune of nearly half a million pounds to the MQM in London.

Having been arrested in the first week of December 2013 from his central London residence, Merchant was taken to a central London police station. However later, he was released on bail.

The other accused who are being investigated are MQM supremo Altaf Hussain, Muhammad Anwar, Iftikhar Quraishi, Sarfraz Ahmed and Tariq Mir.

The supremo was arrested on June 3, 2014 after the investigations were kick-started in July 2013 by the London Metropolitan Police. The arrest sparked protest sit-in by thousands of people in Karachi calling for his release.

Following an interview that lasted for more than five hours by investigating officers, Hussain’s bail was extended for a third time till July 9, 2015.

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