Yesterday on ARY in the show ‘Off the Record’ with Kashif Abbasi he interviewed Imran Khan and MQM MNA Mr. Haider Abbas Rizvi. In the heated debate around the 26th minute of the telecast Haider Abbas Rizvi entangles with Imran Khan challenging him to prove with documentary evidence that the Canadian Courts may have declared MQM as a terrorist organization taking the challenge to vacate his MNA if he were to bring documentary proof to support the claim
Click over to on Awaz.tv to watch the show – fast forward to 26:40 minute marker, where Haider Abbas Rivzi brings up the Canadian challenge.
With all the confidence brimming from TV interview maybe its now time to help refresh Mr. Rizvi’s memory with full references to a few Canadian Federal court rulings questioning MQM as a terrorist organization
The decision stated –
Having reviewed the Board’s reasons in light of the evidence presented, I find that the conclusion of the Board to the effect that there are reasonable grounds to believe that the MQM is an organization that engages, has engaged or will engage in terrorism, is reasonable.
The National Post reported the story
The head of the Quebec branch of a Pakistani political party is facing deportation after the Federal Court of Canada ruled he belonged to an organization that committed terrorism. The judge upheld the deportation of Mohammed Kashif Omer, a resident of Montreal, on the grounds he is a member of the Mothaidda Quami Movement, or MQM.
A quick search of the Federal Courts of Canada website reveal a few more cases with MQM can be seen here
- Iftikhar Shoaq Jalil vs The Minister of Citizenship and Immigration
- Naeem v. Canada (Minister of Citizenship and Immigration)
- Jilani v. Canada (Minister of Citizenship and Immigration)
- Ali v. Canada (Minister of Citizenship and Immigration) (F.C.),
- Mohammed v. Canada (Minister of Citizenship and Immigration) (F.C.)
- Baqri v. Canada (Minister of Citizenship and Immigration) (T.D.)
Though these are all federal court rulings and it may technically be incorrect to say that Canadian Supreme Court has declared MQM as a terrorist organization. However, since the federal court judgment has not been challenged in the Supreme Court of Canada, the judgment of the Federal Court stands throughout the territory of Canada as a precedence and hence the interpretation would easily signify that MQM may actually be a terrorist organization
Is it time to show Mr. Haider Rizvi the door out of the Parliament – or will he unabashedly cling onto his seat?