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Malik is a born liar: Pak minister

world Updated: Aug 29, 2011 01:14 IST
Imtiaz Ahmad
Imtiaz Ahmad
Hindustan Times
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A home minister on Sunday accused Pakistan's interior minister Rehman Malik of harbouring terrorists who killed innocent people in Karachi and the MQM party of murdering several prominent persons, including a journalist, in the past year.

In his two-hour press conference, Sindh senior minister Zulfiqar Mirza, who also announced that he was resigning from his Cabinet position and as a member of the Sindh provincial assembly, said Malik was a "born liar".

Mirza said that Rehman Malik was protecting a number of terrorists who were involved in targeted killings in Karachi, where more than 200 people have died in the past month.

Mirza also said that MQM chief Altaf Hussain told him on a visit to London that US "had decided to break up Pakistan" and that the MQM would continue to work on this agenda, as it had no other option.

For this accusation, Mirza held up a copy of the Quran on his head as he said this - to prove that he was not lying.

Mirza, also a close friend of President Asif Ali Zardari, gave details of hired assassins and said the reason why violence was not ending was because they were being protected by the MQM and the government.

He said that many convicted murderers were released by the government and the MQM so that they could carry out murders at their behest. He also gave details of the men who killed Geo reporter Wali Babar.

He said that MQM was like a cult and that people of good reputation were held hostage by the party.

"They don't want to be in the party but are forced to stay," he said.