LONDON: Sarfraz Merchant, one of the central characters in the MQM-related money-laundering investigation, has refused to appear before Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) on March15 to record his statement.
“It is very important case and the FIA does not set its record straight and puts the whole context of the investigation right” he said adding he will not appear unless including members from the secret agencies in the investigation team.
Merchant, who alleged that Muttahida Qaumi Movement was receiving money from the RAW, said that he have proofs that MQM chief Altaf Hussain, Mummmad Anwar and Tariq Mir is talking money from Indian spy agency.
Sarfraz Merchant said that he will cooperate with the FIA once amends have been made to the summon, record set straight and inappropriate language and threat of punishment withdrawn. Sarfraz Merchant elaborated that it was the Scotland Yard that originally said that the MQM took money from the Indian government sources.
He said it’s a matter of record that the MQM leaders including M Anwar and Tariq Mir accepted before the Scotland Yard investigators that they received money from India for several years – in tune of millions of Pounds.
Meanwhile, Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar directed FIA Director Shahid Hayat to address Merchant reservation as earlier.