KARACHI - The MQM has distanced itself from the party workers who had gone to India following the 1992 operation “to save their lives”, the website of TV channel reported.

Muttahida Qaumi Movement’s Rabita Committee on Sunday said these workers went to India “without informing the party”; therefore, “this cannot be called the policy of the MQM”.

The party has been under fire after a number of people claiming affiliation with it were caught by the law enforcement agencies who admitted to receiving training from India and carrying out acts of terror and sabotage in the country.

“The MQM has nothing to do with the training of these people who had gone to India,” the party said in the important policy statement, calling itself a patriotic political party of Pakistan.

The party said thousands of MQM workers were forced to go to different parts of the country for saving their lives after the ‘state’s operation in 1992’, adding that some headed to foreign countries where they obtained asylum.

“The countries where the MQM workers headed include US, Canada, UK, France, Germany, Australia, Middle East states and others. Some went to India for saving their lives as they could not go to any other country.

“These MQM workers chose to go to India because they had family ties in India, and they thought that they will not face hardships of homelessness and hunger.”

Rabita Committee further said that MQM was a party formed by descendants of the founders of Pakistan and it cannot even think about any plan against the country.

The party appealed to the ‘establishment’ to review everything in the light of facts by casting aside ‘emotions and use of force’ as it would be in the larger interest of the country.

“Just as clemency is being announced for the estranged Baloch people who are highly praiseworthy, the establishment should also heal the wounds of Muhajirs by forgetting past bitterness,” it said.

The MQM committee went on to say that such a step would be in the interest of the nation and the country, and vowed to extend its fullest support to it.