FIA gets non-bail­able war­rants for four in MQM mon­ey­laun­der­ing case

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KARACHI: The Fed­eral In­ves­ti­ga­tion Agency (FIA) on Fri­day ob­tained non-bail­able ar­rest war­rants for four for­mer and cur­rent Mut­tahida Qaumi Move­ment (MQM) lead­ers in con­nec­tion to a money laun­der­ing case.

An anti-ter­ror­ism court in Karachi is­sued non-bail­able ar­rest war­rants for Babar Ghauri, Khawaja So­hail Man­soor, Ahmed Ali and Ar­shad Vohra.

FIA of­fi­cials said the four were re­peat­edly is­sued no­tices, but they failed to ap­pear for in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Ac­cord­ing to sources, the four have been di­rected to ap­pear be­fore FIA on Novem­ber 12.

A money laun­der­ing case was lodged against the MQM supremo and Khid­mat-e-Khalq Foun­da­tion (KKF) in Karachi in 2017. How­ever, it was later trans­ferred to the FIA's Coun­terT­er­ror­ism Wing, Is­lam­abad.

It is also per­ti­nent to note here that the MQM, fol­low­ing an in­flam­ma­tory speech by the party founder in Au­gust 2016, di­vided into two fac­tions, with Pak­istan-based mem­bers dis­tanc­ing them­selves from their Lon­don-based lead­er­ship.

Later, some mem­bers de­fected to other po­lit­i­cal par­ties as well, in­clud­ing Mustafa Ka­mal-led Pak Sarza­meen Party (PSP).

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