Altaf confessed to RAW ties to UK officials: Ex-diplomat
Islamabad - The former deputy head of mission made the most damning revelation that Altaf Hussain and his team had a documented agreement with RAW and the police had evidence of that.
Britain's former deputy head of mission in Karachi Shaharyar Khan Niazi has claimed that the Muttahida Qaumi Movement's leader Altaf Hussain voluntarily told the British government that he worked for the Indian intelligence agency Research and Analysis Wing (RAW).
Shaharyar Khan Niazi worked for the British High Commission in Karachi for over a decade but importantly he remained at the heart of the policymaking as far as Britain's dealing with the MQM was concerned during the most crucial period - from 2010 until 2013 - after he was promoted to the position of Deputy Head of Mission.
In his interview for Geo News TV channel after quitting his post in the middle of 2013, Shaharyar Khan Niazi revealed that Altaf Hussain confessed to his involvement with RAW during a diplomatic meeting in late 2011/early 2012. Niazi claimed that the British government and Scotland Yard had evidence that a written agreement existed between the MQM and RAW.
"The Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) is well aware of the fact that Altaf Hussain has links with RAW."
Asked about evidence that the UK had on Altaf Hussain's links to RAW, the former deputy head of mission told Geo News: "There is a lot of evidence but let me share with you the most important one. Firstly, a member of Her Majesty's diplomatic service officially called on Altaf Hussain around 2011-12 and during that meeting Altaf Hussain voluntarily confessed and accepted that he worked for RAW.
"Secondly, there is evidence that Altaf Hussain's team facilitated contacts between the RAW and Baloch insurgents. Hussain's team helped bring the two together. Thirdly, there are financial trail of links with RAW; and fourthly, confessional statements about these links exist and one of these has been leaked already, there are on-the-record interviews and confessions."
The former deputy head of mission made the most damning revelation that Altaf Hussain and his team had a documented agreement with RAW and the police had evidence of that.
"Altaf Hussain and his team have a Service Delivery Agreement with RAW. Basically, an agreement as to what Altaf Hussain and his team will deliver for the RAW. There are communication exchanges, including emails. This evidence was found by Scotland Yard during the murder investigation of Dr Imran Farooq and the money-laundering investigation."