- Anwar misplaced his life to stage-4 most cancers at West London’s Royal Free Hospital on Friday
- The previous politician was the pinnacle of the MQM’s diplomatic wing and worldwide relations
- Anwar was the pillar of assist for Altaf Hussain when the firebrand chief left Karachi for the final time in December 1991
LONDON: A veteran chief of the Muttahida Qaumi Motion (MQM) Mohammad Anwar handed away after a protracted battle with most cancers on Friday.
He misplaced his life to stage-4 most cancers at West London’s Royal Free Hospital the place he had been admitted for 4 days.
“With our deepest sorrow we inform you, our beloved Mohammad Anwar passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family, today after bravely battling lethal cancer,” Imbisat Mallick, Anwar’s son-in-law tweeted.
“Verily we belong to God and to him, we shall return. May Allah grant him the highest place in Jannat,” he wrote.
“He was the most loving husband, father, grandfather, and father-in-law. He was always full of love, affection and was a pillar of strength for our entire family,” stated the assertion.
The previous politician was the pinnacle of the MQM’s diplomatic wing and worldwide relations and had additionally been a member of the social gathering’s coordination committee.
Imbisat Mallick stated Muhammad Anwar handed away after reciting the Kalma.
Mohammad Anwar, higher referred to as Anwar Bhai, was born on 1st Could 1950 in Dhaka, East Pakistan. He studied commerce on the College of Dhaka earlier than transferring to London within the early Nineteen Seventies to embark on his profession as an accountant.
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He labored as an accountant and ultimately opened up his personal accountancy follow, working it for a few years earlier than switching his full focus in 1991 to work for the political aims of the MQM–a Pakistani political social gathering then devoted to representing the Urdu talking group.
Pillar of assist
Anwar was the pillar of assist for Altaf Hussain when the firebrand chief left Karachi for the final time in December 1991, escaping the on-going operation towards him within the port metropolis.
Hussain had reached London with none native assist base. It was Anwar Bhai who supplied his accountancy workplace and its amenities – together with the fax machine and printer that might be used to generate well-known press releases – for the MQM chief.
Muhammad Anwar at the moment was not solely an advisor to the MQM chief but additionally acted as his bodyguard and spokesperson. When Altaf Hussain began making unscripted speeches dwell on TV, Anwar would advise Altaf not to take action.
He was identified for his outspoken views that generally differed with the MQM chief and his different colleagues.
When the MQM entered right into a coalition with Pervez Musharraf, Muhammad Anwar was given a senior function within the social gathering to barter and run the affairs of the social gathering however inside a number of years, MQM leaders would from time to time take away him from the Central Coordination Committee and ask him to take relaxation for lengthy durations.
This love-hate relationship continued for a few years – as with many different MQM leaders.
Anwar represented MQM in UNSC for a few years
For a number of years, Muhammad Anwar represented the MQM on the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNSC) and spoke passionately towards the alleged disappearances and killings of MQM employees. As a result of Mohammad Anwar, the identify ‘Mohajir’ was recognised within the United Nations.
He labored on the very high stage of the social gathering till 2016 when he left it as a result of political variations.
In April 2015, the veteran chief was apprehended by the Metropolitan Police within the money-laundering case. Nonetheless, the case was dropped and Anwar was by no means charged.
An anti-terrorism courtroom in Pakistan indicted him in Dr Imran Farooq’s homicide case and accused him of being concerned within the homicide however the Scotland Yard informed Geo.television that there was no proof of Anwar’s involvement within the homicide.
The controversial interview
Final 12 months, Muhammad Anwar’s unique interview brought about a sensation when he stated that the Indian intelligence company RAW had funded the MQM for some years.
Anwar had informed this correspondent that he personally met Indian diplomats and would give cash to the MQM management. He had stated that the whole MQM management – together with the present MQM leaders in Pakistan who’re a part of the coalition authorities – have been concerned absolutely within the scheme and now performing harmless.
Anwar was upset that solely he was being blamed for a lot of issues whereas those that have been absolutely concerned within the social gathering’s affairs – together with violence – claimed the ethical excessive floor.
His father’s identify was Muhammad Mughni Ansari. Common Ayub Khan had given him Tamgha-e-Khidmat for his companies to Pakistan on 14 August 1967.
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The late MQM chief at all times said that his household has served Pakistan like no different and allegations towards him and his household are hurtful and improper. Anwar at all times stated he was a patriot who needed to see a democratic and progressive Pakistan in step with the imaginative and prescient of Quaid-e-Azam, the founding father of Pakistan.
Anwar had informed this reporter just a few weeks in the past that he was within the strategy of writing a memoir on his life and politics of the MQM and had executed a whole lot of work. Destiny didn’t enable him to do what would have most likely made one of the vital attention-grabbing chapters of Pakistani politics, the spy dramas, violence, peace, and debacles.
Anwar leaves behind a spouse (Asma Anwar), two daughters (Anam Anwar, Saher Mallick and a son (Muhammad Emaan Anwar Ansari).