Videos con­tro­ver­sies rage to con­fuse pub­lic opin­ion in coun­try

Pakistan Observer - - KARACHI CITY - STAFF RE­PORTER

KARACHI—The cur­rent wave of video re­leases has ig­nited a con­tro­versy about their gen­uine­ness. Three videos in as many days have been leaked, and their public­ity on TV chan­nels as evoked de­nials and fil­ing of a pe­ti­tion from an ag­grieved mother , pray­ing for the court di­rec­tive to stop these right now.

These videos showed for­mer fed­eral min­is­ter Dr Asim Hus­sain,and a MQM per­son Min­haj Qazi ac­cus­ing for­mer Pres­i­dent Asif Zar­dair, and some se­nior MQM ac­tivists of be­ing in­volved in the mur­der of em­i­nent and revered per­son­al­ity like for­mer Gov­er­nor Ha­keem Said in Karachi in 1998.

While Dr Asim, chan­cel­lor of Zi­aud­din Univer­sity, in cus­tody since quite a while, has claimed in two suc­ces­sive videoas, leaked out from nowhere that his men­tor and stu­dent-time friend Asif Zar­dari’s foster brother Owais Muzaf­far “Tappi’ had been in­volved in mas­sive cor­rup­tion and forced oc­cu­pa­tion and buy­ing of lands and houses, he said in a sec­ond video that Zar­dari had sep­a­rate per­sons to look af­ter his ill-got­ten money in Dubai, in­te­rior of Sindh, and in USA.

Contents of both these videos had been con­tested by for­mer Se­nate chair­man Fa­rooq Nayak, chal­lenged in high court by his mother who prayed for stop­ping their re­lease on TV chan­nels., and by Asim’s coun­sel, for­mer Sindh ad­vo­cate gen­eral An­war Man­soor.

In sec­ond video, Asim claimed that Zar­dari had Fa­rook Nayak to look af­ter his fi­nan­cial as­sets in Switzer­land, a sec­re­tary whose name hefor­got in USA, Dr Ghani An­sari, and a banker Ghafoor in Dubai, and two per­sons Shah­nawaz Junejo and Hasan Ali to take care of his af­fairs in in­te­rior of Sindh. He said he came to know Junejo dur­ing the stint of sec­ond PPP gov­ern­ment.

How­ever Fa­rooq Nayak has ve­he­mently de­nied hav­ing any­thing to do with fi­nan­cial mat­ters of Zar­dari, say­ing that he was ad­vo­cate for Be­nazir and Zar­dari in cases agaist them since 1997. He had no other role.

Asim’s coun­sel Man­soor al­leged that these videos were se­cured un­der duress in de­ten­tion, and Asim may per­haps not even know that he was be­ing filmed. Such ma­te­rial had no le­gal sanc­tity, the coun­sel said.

The mother of de­tained doc­tor sought Sindh High Court’s help in di­rect­ing PEMRA to stop re­lay of these videos on TV chan­nels be­cause these were fake and was hurt­ing her son.

In an­other video, one Mi­h­naj Qazi, on re­mand now, said he was not in con­tact with MQM at the time of as­sas­si­na­tion of for­mer Gov­er­nor Ha­keem Mo­ham­mad Saeed. Qazi said that at the time of Saeed’s killing, Zul­fikar Haider and oth­ers were present in Karachi.

He al­leged that Zul­fikar Haider, Mehmood Sid­diqui, and Shakir aka Lan­gra as­sisted in Hakim Saeed’s mur­der. Qazi said that Im­ran Pasha, Amir from Li­aquatabad and oth­ers were ar­rested re­gard­ing the case.

Mehmood Sid­diqui at that time was the chair­man of the party’s stu­dent wing All Pak­istan Mut­tahida Stu­dents Or­gan­i­sa­tion Urdu (APMSO), Min­haj Qazi said.

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