MQM-London employees throw ink on Tariq Mir at charity event
LONDON: Supporters of London’s Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) have thrown ink on Tariq Mir, former senior leader and head of the Treasury of MQM, at a charity fundraiser held under the banner of the charity challenged called Society of Unwell and Needy (SUN).
The charity event near Edgware was organized by Tariq Mir, who controls the SUN Association and has refused to hand over control of the association to MQM founder Altaf Hussain, whose supporters say Tariq Mir and the late Muhammad Anwar betrayed Altaf Hussain and occupied party resources. Tariq Mir denies all these allegations and says he is acting within legal limits, stating that the charity is owned by the people of MQM and not a few individuals.
The event was organized to raise funds for educational projects in Karachi and elsewhere. About five MQM-London workers bought tickets and sat inside the hall. More than halfway through the event, three of them surrounded Tariq Mir as he came out of the toilets and threw ink on his face and clothes – and left the scene. The police arrived immediately on the scene and registered the complaint.
Outside the venue, about two dozen MQM-London workers led by Suhail Khanzada, MQM UK Incharge, Nasir Ali, Nadeem Sheikh and others shouted slogans against Tariq Mir as guests passed.
MQM-London workers sought to enter the venue to disrupt the event, but a fight broke out at the entrance between security guards and MQM-London workers.
Police arrived after the emergency call and protesters were not allowed to enter the site but were allowed to demonstrate across the road. Family members of many former MQM activists, including the family of the late Muhammad Anwar, also attended the fundraiser.
Protesters alleged that Tariq Mir had illegally taken over the charity SUN and was in control of tens of thousands of pounds that had been donated to the charity on behalf of Altaf Hussain, the founder of MQM. They said the dispute over the SUN charity was in court and the fundraiser should not have taken place.
Earlier, the MQM founder alleged that Tariq Mir had illegally occupied the SUN charity and his apartment near Burnt Oak Broadway.
The problem started when Tariq Mir announced that he had taken Shumaila Imran Farooq’s case to a local court in Edgware, telling the court that he wanted to transfer ownership of 221 Whitchurch Lane, owned by the charity SUN , in Shumaila.
Dr Imran Farooq’s widow lives in a one-bedroom apartment with her two sons. She is suffering from cancer and she has confirmed that the MQM factions – both London and Pakistan – are not helping her. Altaf Hussain had asked Tariq Mir to transfer ownership of the SUN charity to his name, but Mir refused and told him he would be committing a crime, in violation of Charity Commission rules.