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Why MQM Expelled Salim Shahzad ?

By Shayan Khan • Feb 13th, 2009 • Category: Politics • 19 Comments

In a very surprise move, the Coordination Committee of Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) has expelled Salim Shahzad, right hand of Altaf Hussain, the chief of MQM, who is in self-exile in London. Salim Shahzad came back to Pakistan after a long time from London. He escaped to London with Altaf Hussain years ago and was responsible for all the covert activities of MQM in Karachi, including riots management.

Altaf Hussain then wanted to get rid of Salim. He apparently took assurance from the Zardari administration to allow Salim come over to Karachi without any arrest and live for sometime. Salim came and was ordered by Altaf Hussain to arrange for Pukhtoon massacre in Karachi in the name of blocking Talibanization. Salim was exposed by the intelligence agencies and Shoaib Suddle personally manipulated Salim Shahzad who was offered pardon in lieu of coopeation.

Salim had no objection but to oblige. MQM has started to unlink themselves from Salim and they are also threatening PPP to not play with fire. Karachi is once again apprehensive. PPP is paying heavy price for “reconciliation.”


 
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