MQM is under pressure since past so many months. While the proceedings on the cases of the assassination of Dr. Imran Farooq and money laundering allegations against MQM leadership seems to stall, a splinter group has been formed in the ranks of MQM – led by Naeem Ahmed, who is currently playing a pivota role in assisting Scotland Yard’s investigation against MQM.
According to the News, Naeem Ahmed, who joined the MQM in 1984 and has served in senior positions in the party, including as the Joint Sector Incharge of Nazimabad Gulbahar, would be the convener of the MQM (Imran Farooq Shaheed). Ahmed was made Sector Incharge of North Nazimabad when the army operation was in early 90s. He was made the partyâ€™s Belgium organiser after he applied for asylum in the country.
Naeem Ahmed, 50, has announced that he will soon launch website of the party and claims to have support of â€œseveral senior former and current MQM leaders and activistsâ€. Itâ€™s understood that Ahmed is being supported by a businessman based in the UK who originally hails from Karachi but now lives permanently in Britain and has been active in the MQM in the past.
He said that the Metropolitan Police is right to say that Dr Imran Farooq was in advance talks with his colleagues to launch his independent party. â€œDr Imran Farooq had support of hundreds of die-hard activists in Britain and Karachi and it was clear to all that the doors of the MQM had been shut on him due to his ideology. He was killed because he was soon going to launch his party. We had told him that our support was with him all the way. He was contacting all those who had made sacrifices for the party but had been sidelined by a select group. Imran Farooq was a genuine leader who wanted the MQM to be party of the poor people and was against criminal elements.â€
Naeem Ahmed claims to have the support of dozens of â€œestrangedâ€ MQM activists. He says that initially he will only head the new party but will introduce other activists and office-bearers. â€œI have received tremendous amount of support from the workers who are aware about my plans and who want the killers of Dr Imran Farooq Shaheed to be brought to justice. We want the MQM (Altaf) to launch a movement to press on the British government to arrest Dr Imran Farooqâ€™s killers and we will support them.â€
Naeem Ahmed left Pakistan in 1996 and claimed asylum in Belgium on political basis.
In a letter dated July 1996, the MQM requested to the Commissioner General of Refugees in Belgium that Naeem Ahmed, if returned to Pakistan, is â€œmost likelyâ€ will be arrested arbitrarily, tortured or even extra-judicially killed. The MQM appealed for his asylum on humanitarian ground.
The letter added: â€œMr. Naeem Ahmed and his family members have suffered enormous physical and mental distress since the commencement of the Operation Clean Up on 19 June 1992. As his family also supported the M Q M .Their lives ware threatened by the personnel of law enforcement agencies and their sponsored terrorist Haqiqi Group.
His house was raided several times. Eventually his family had to abandon their house and went into hiding to save their livesâ€.Naeem Ahmed was recently featured in the BBC Newsnight documentary on the MQM and the three cases the MQM leadership is facing in London.
Naeem Ahmed told the BBC about his former party: â€œThey are not a peaceful party, they are a militant group, and they are like a bunch of mafias… They are an ideal party for violence.â€ Describing how he would question neighbourhood youth who would commit acts of violence in the name of MQM, Ahmed said â€œThey directly said, â€˜we got our order from London.â€™â€
Last known split in MQM was formation of Bihari Qaumi Movement (BQM) whose leadership was brutally killed in Karachi soon after the party was launched. Some analysts consider Dr. Imran Farooq was the main patron of BQM and he was trying to raise a counter force against MQM in Karachi, an action that could have cost him his life.