Clashing Mohajirs and Pakistan military loyalists were forcibly separated by police and Secret Service personnel at a demonstration by Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM) on July 23.
A large gathering of ethnic Pakistani migrants from India from across US had marched to the White House after a party meeting in Washington DC.
Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain, who is in exile in London for nearly two decades, had addressed the meeting through a video link. He urged Obama to intervene to stop the killing of Mohajirs in Karachi by the Pakistani military.
Of late, key MQM leaders such as Farooq Sattar and Babar Ghauri have been visiting the US to sensitise Pakistan experts in Washington. Hussain, considered a runaway by Pakistan, urged the US to take note of the atrocities committed by the Pakistan army.
He promised to visit the US in October, amid speculation that Hussain might shift base after difficulties in London, where Pakistani establishment loyalists and his followers have clashed violently.
But, supporters of ruling Pakistan Muslim League (PML) and Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaaf (Imran Khan’s party) see the ethnic Pakistani migrants from India as traitors and allege that they were controlled by Indian intelligence agency, RAW .
They opposed the MQM protests, as the two sides advanced towards each other before the police intervened. The demonstrations were far larger than the ones organised by Khalistani activists and Kashmiri separatists, who Indian activists say are backed by Pakistan’s intelligence agency, Inter-Services Intelligence, say media reports.
According to sources, while India has had its share of embarrassment arising from the present situation in Kashmir, it appears Pakistan has greater problems, with both Mohajirs and Baloch groups indicating that all is not well in their country.