news Wednesday, June 24, 2015 - 05:30

A BBC report claiming that India has been funding the political party Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) has received denials from all corners and criticism on social media in India and Pakistan.

According to the report, a Pakistani official has told the British public broadcaster that India has trained hundreds of MQM militants over the past ten years. The political party has been a major force in the politics of the city of Karachi in Pakistan.

The BBC says that it was told that the British authorities had interrogated senior MQM officials who had revealed a source of funding as India. The official reportedly also told the BBC that in 2005-06 several mid-ranking officials of the MQM had received training in India, and that recently, a lot many junior party members also received training here.

The report comes after a senior Karachi police official Rao Anwar claimed in April that two MQM members had confessed to him that they received training in India. Weapons had been reportedly found at an MQM property by British authorities in 2010.

The party reportedly has a strong base of refugees from the Partition era and claim to be a secular party for the middle-classes in Pakistan.

The BBC report has met with denials and criticism though:

The Indian authorities have said the claims are “totally baseless” and the Indian High Commission in London has said that “Shortcomings of governance cannot be rationalised by blaming neighbours.”

MQM leader Wasay Jalil took to Twitter, calling it a “table report”.

Journalists from Pakistan have not found it too amusing:

Neither have some from India:


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