Mustafa Kamal launches political party after no-holds-barred tirade against Altaf Hussain

Published: March 3, 2016
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PHOTO: AYESHA MIR/ EXPRESS

PHOTO: AYESHA MIR/ EXPRESS

KARACHI: Former Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) leader and a once beloved ‘son’ of party supremo Altaf Hussain, Mustafa Kamal has announced to establish his own yet-to-be named party after blowing the whistle on Karachi’s most powerful political leader in a dramatic two-hour-long press conference.

In an unprecedented tirade against Altaf ‘Sahib’ (a notable departure from ‘Bhai’), Kamal accused him of working against the State and deceiving the people of Pakistan.

“Today we are launching a new political party,” a weeping Kamal said at a news conference. “Children have been slain and generations have been destroyed by Altaf Husain. This is my challenge.”

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He was accompanied by senior leader and former Rabita Committee deputy convener Anees Qaimkhani.

“We intend to build a local government system in the country, independent from the provinces, with the powers reaching even the smallest union councils.”

He unfurled Pakistan’s flag and termed it “new party flag”.

He denied being supported by the establishment. “I am not working on anyone’s agenda.”

Kamal served as the mayor of Karachi from 2005 to 2009. In August 2013, he quietly left the country, moving first to Tanzania and then settling in Dubai, informing party leaders through emails that he had left because of his wife’s illness and personal problems.

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Days later, Qaimkhani also followed Kamal’s footsteps to Dubai. According to news reports, Qaimkhani left the party and the country after MQM chief Altaf Hussain criticised and rebuked him over Kamal’s departure.

“This is my first press conference since I left MQM,” Kamal said while addressing the media at his DHA residence in Karachi on Thursday.

The former Karachi mayor said he wanted to apprise everyone why they left the country in 2013, why they have come back and what they plan to do next.

“In 2013, for the first time a non-Urdu speaking party, PTI, received a number of votes in MQM strongholds,” he said. “We thought, the MQM chief would learn from this and correct himself but he did not.”

But instead, the MQM chief threatened to attack innocent PTI workers sitting at Karachi’s Do Talwar, he continued.

“The MQM chief has never learnt from past mistakes and will never change.”

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“We told Altaf Hussain not to issue such remarks but since he has never accepted his mistakes, he disrupted the party structure on May 19, 2013 while he was drunk,” the former Karachi mayor continued.

The MQM supremo drank heavily and bluffed while he was in that state of mind, claimed Kamal.

“Is this what the Rabita Committee was designed and created for? To furnish excuses for Altaf Hussain’s bad words uttered on the media?” he questioned.

“For the last 30 years, just to save Altaf Hussain’s dignity and prestige, we kept on defending him despite all.”

Of politics, power and polarisation in Karachi

“Let me tell you why I, specifically, left the party. I was scared, I was so scared that God knew what I was doing and that I could not stop all that had been happening. I thought that to keep myself at the minimum level of Iman [faith] I can at least distance myself from all this mess,” he continued.

“Our conscience had awakened and that is why we distanced ourselves from the wrongdoings,” Kamal added. “I also knew myself and my family had life threats and that we would be killed if we opposed Altaf Hussain.”

And it was then when Allah bestowed His blessings upon us that we understand that decisions such as life and death are with Allah and not with Altaf Hussain, he added.

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The former Karachi mayor also claimed that “everyone knew Altaf Hussain’s people from the Indian and South African ‘setups’ were involved in killings in Karachi”.

I did not have any money nor any property, perks or privileges that I would worry about keeping and it was easier for me to wave goodbye to everything, he said.

Links with RAW

“Everyone from the establishment to those at the helm of affairs knew very well that Altaf Hussain had links with Indian spy agency RAW,” he alleged.

The first proof of Altaf’s links with India’s premier spy agency emerged when Scotland Yard found evidence from Dr Imran Farooq’s house after his murder, he continued.

Kamal said the “MQM has been taking funds from Indian spy agency RAW for the last 20 years.”

“We were a patriotic community, now we are called RAW agents.”

Delving into details regarding Scotland Yard’s questioning of MQM leaders, Kamal said, “Scotland Yard questioned Muhammad Anwar, Tariq Mir and Altaf Hussain and presented all the documents bearing witness to Altaf Hussain and other MQM leader’s relationship with RAW.”

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Politics over bodies

“Altaf Hussain wants establishment to kill innocent people so that he can play politics over dead bodies. But we have come to make people aware of the scheme,” the former Karachi mayor added.

He also questioned who made Saulat Mirza a murderer. “Who asked Saulat Mirza to kill Shahid Hamid?”

He broke down mid press conference and said party workers were not originally from RAW, but were made to work for the spy agency after they became members of MQM.

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Reader Comments (54)

  • imran ali
    Mar 3, 2016 - 2:37PM

    Hope it is not another sponsored game of establishment..Recommend

  • Defence Analyst
    Mar 3, 2016 - 3:05PM

    MQM lets start your work of brainwashing your supporters. BTW Pakistan needs more people like him so that we can become a successful nation.Recommend

  • Raghu
    Mar 3, 2016 - 3:12PM

    It would be best if he joins PTI.Recommend

  • Mar 3, 2016 - 3:45PM

    MQM is a mafia where no decent person can survive. Leaving the party alive is also difficult.Recommend

  • Adnan Siddiqi
    Mar 3, 2016 - 4:04PM

    Youth (ias) are anticipating that Mustafa Kamal would announce his induction in the paak saaf dry clean fan club of Niazi.Recommend

  • Parvez
    Mar 3, 2016 - 4:19PM

    How this will play out ……is anyone’s guess.Recommend

  • Mar 3, 2016 - 4:52PM

    Blind supporters of MQM open your eyes for gods sake. Just because this party uses the Urdu speaking ethnic angle doesn’t mean it cares. Stop supporting this mafia please. Swallow your false pride. Save our Karachi.Recommend

  • Insider
    Mar 3, 2016 - 4:59PM

    I think there should be no doubt left now that RAW is involved in the mass street murders of Pakistanis on our roads. It is time we take this up at the highest level. Recommend

  • SHah
    Mar 3, 2016 - 5:02PM

    @Adnan Siddiqi:

    What happend ….now please try to twist the facts here as well..MQM workers are terrorists…Recommend

  • M.Imtiaz Ahmadani
    Mar 3, 2016 - 5:03PM

    Nothing is going to be changed this time as well.These politicians have their personal matters.They don’t count us.Recommend

  • Jameel
    Mar 3, 2016 - 5:05PM

    Quiet awareness of wrong doing is complicity. Canada rejected asylum requests of many MQM asylum seekers on same grounds. In any civilized country Mustafa Kamal would be liable to be put behind bars after such public admission of guilt by association. Not so in Pakistan tho…Recommend

  • ahmer
    Mar 3, 2016 - 5:09PM

    another ploy by chaudry nisar and punjabis/establishment prior to census. The whole game is to stop mqm from getting control of sindh assembly which after the census will happen, not if. Recommend

  • Ali S
    Mar 3, 2016 - 5:16PM

    @imran ali:

    Looks like it, considering how many times he used the word ‘RAW agent’ in his speech – I must say that I largely agree with Kamal’s outburst against Altaf, but only our outdated agencies can be this obsessed with ‘RAW hand’. Anyhow, I do hope that Kamal contributes to Karachi once again – he was a great mayor.Recommend

  • Karachiite
    Mar 3, 2016 - 5:16PM

    Can’t believe MQM supporters are still finding ways to dodge around the topic here. Mustufa Kamal and Anees Kaimkhani, only people with a conscience. People who have seen MQM rise from the ground up know everything about the party, how many people have been killed, how our community has been destroyed from one that produced efficient civil servants, intellectuals and thinkers to one that produces target killers and bhatta khors; all at the whims of a man who lives drunken thousands of kilometres away. I’m at a loss for words right now so I’ll just leave here.Recommend

  • Abbas
    Mar 3, 2016 - 5:34PM

    Mustafa kamal has no any other allegation that pervious have to MQM . I m no any soft corner to MQM but MR. Establishment now you make same mistake as pervious . it go the help to MQM.Recommend

  • Raisani
    Mar 3, 2016 - 5:37PM

    Regardless of Politics, Speech of Mustafa Kamal seem to be from heart and it touched many hearts including mine. I wish him good luck.Recommend

  • John
    Mar 3, 2016 - 5:38PM

    No Sympathy from my side for Mustafa Kamal,Qaimkhani,MQM supporters or for Altaf Hussain’s Apologists.Mustafa Kamal deserves what he went through for being part of a fascist party in the first place.Likewise,No sympathies for the late Dr. Imran Farooque either.They all met ends in line to the choices they made in their life.I hope the sheeples called MQM voters can salvage some of their integrity and call out Altaf Hussain for what he is,nothing more than a thug,extortionist and a racketeer Recommend

  • Lord
    Mar 3, 2016 - 5:44PM

    May Allah make this a turning point in Karachi politics perhaps a lucky one.Recommend

  • Ay Jay
    Mar 3, 2016 - 5:46PM

    I know it’s too early to say anything, but I hope we get the party with the best manifesto now. And sure, we can trust on Mustafa Kamal. Forget whether it’s a move by establishment or not, all we need to care about is what is right and that is a strong democratic nation.Recommend

  • OBSERVER
    Mar 3, 2016 - 5:58PM

    they made PML-N from PML,..PMLQ from PML-N ,Patriot from PPP,,MQM(H) and MQM(M) from MQM next PTI TURNRecommend

  • ALI
    Mar 3, 2016 - 6:06PM

    Reminds me of Zulfiqar Mirza. I never liked MQM but it sounds like another drama by establishment.Recommend

  • Zee
    Mar 3, 2016 - 6:08PM

    This development once again reveals india’s terrorist activities against Pakistan. If Pakistan was indeed behind Pathankot attack, there should be more such paybacks to India for it’s continous involvement in supporting terrorist activities against Pakistan.Recommend

  • Procrastinator
    Mar 3, 2016 - 6:13PM

    Great press conference by Mustafa Kamal.. Spoke the hearts of Karachi’s public!Recommend

  • rashid
    Mar 3, 2016 - 6:24PM

    Dear All,

    Ex mayor of MQM spech well,when he was in party there is no dought he know all the thing and also at starting career MQM give the plate form and incorouge him,Before resign he always give respect to MQM leader such as superior once.

    if kamal is right so give solid prove in front of media,or court.he is just want to popularity again.Recommend

  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Mar 3, 2016 - 6:35PM

    After crash landing of PTI, Establishment has flown another stooge. Without MQM’s support, he cannot last long. Recommend

  • TruthHurts
    Mar 3, 2016 - 6:35PM

    Now after Musatafa Kamal’s statement that India is funding this terrorist party MQM (apart from other terrorist outfits like BLA, BRA, TTP etc) if someone still denies this fact then it means he/she doesn’t WANT to accept the truth!Recommend

  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Mar 3, 2016 - 6:44PM

    @Raghu:
    PTI is finished. 2018 is another Mian Sahib’s year.Recommend

  • Asif Maalik
    Mar 3, 2016 - 7:05PM

    Old wine in a new bottle. However result of any next poll in Karachi will decide how far this plan would successful. I think you can’t win people’s hearts through planting traitors. This plot will be back fired like Hqiqi.Recommend

  • karachite
    Mar 3, 2016 - 7:07PM

    What would it take for people of Karachi to wake up to the reality? Now even Mustafa Kamal, the person who worked truly for the city has spoken the truth!!!Recommend

  • Sadia
    Mar 3, 2016 - 7:08PM

    Total drama sponsored by Establishment. I will support MQM even more now after this…..Recommend

  • ali solangi
    Mar 3, 2016 - 7:18PM

    some peoples are forever and ALTAF HUSSAIN is one of them, whether punjab Establishment likes it or not Recommend

  • Imran Ahmed
    Mar 3, 2016 - 7:25PM

    Transparently an intelligence agency initiative. I hope it works positively for the mohajir, for Karachi and for Pakistan. Recommend

  • Ali S
    Mar 3, 2016 - 7:31PM

    @Raghu:

    No it won’t – it’s like going from one personality cult (Altaf Bhai) to another (IK).

    He said his party will build a local govt system in Pakistan – that’s what we really need for good governance, especially in Karachi. Karachiites are with Mustafa Kamal – he did a fantastic job as mayor back in Musharraf’s days.Recommend

  • Acorn Guts
    Mar 3, 2016 - 7:32PM

    Interesting to note that Mustafa simply repeated everything that has already been said before, no new front has opened through this press conference.Recommend

  • Ali Zaidi
    Mar 3, 2016 - 7:49PM

    It would be a disaster if he joined PTI, let this legend make his own way & he will do wonders!Recommend

  • Patriot
    Mar 3, 2016 - 8:07PM

    Musharraf was the first person in power who met the alleged RAW agent in London, strengthening his “legitimacy.” And, despite he used to claim that he followed the principle of “Pakistan first.” Next Zardari, met Altaf in London followed by Rehman Malik. These latter political personages also claim to be patriotic. Surprising and/or pathetic or both? Or none since this the norm of many a Pakistani politician? Recommend

  • Guest
    Mar 3, 2016 - 8:09PM

    Logic asks the question that if Mustafa Kamal knew that Altaf Hussain had connections with RAW why did he remain and follow the MQM agenda and his conscience has started bothering a bit too late .People can see through the insincerity of our politicians and we NEW and HONEST leadersRecommend

  • Amish
    Mar 3, 2016 - 8:12PM

    Can UN put sanction on India if this goes through? Already we know about their role in Balochistan, Karachi and Waziristan as time goes were getting more proofs
    Now where is America or to say the least those European countries who’ve been saying that Pakistan is sponsoring terrorism when India has been doing for over 20 years? I would love to see Indian establishment getting some heavy sanctions. We’ve Lost too many lives over Indian aggression.Recommend

  • Kickass
    Mar 3, 2016 - 8:13PM

    He was NOT WEEPING but was overcome with emotions; sign of an honest truthful person.Recommend

  • Pakistani
    Mar 3, 2016 - 8:27PM

    MQM supporters have always taken pride in mentioning the name of Mustafa Kamal as the best that has ever happened to Karachi. I wonder how would they react to his press conference against Altaf hussain? I really hope Kamal is taken seriously and many support his new party and see Altaf Hussain for what he really is: a RAW funded alcoholic!Recommend

  • asim
    Mar 3, 2016 - 8:39PM

    I am seeing criticism of PTI bu some of our respected members here, if they never got in power why should we keep bashing IK or PTI. The people in power had been PPP, PMLN or Army. Questions should be asked from people who are in authority and that’s the previous or current governments. PTI or other new parties who want to run the country shouldn’t be bashed until they come into power. Recommend

  • Mirza Asif Baig
    Mar 3, 2016 - 10:35PM

    I am Urdu Speaking and i am now supporting Mustafa Kamal for better future of Mujahir’s.
    I request all my urdu speaking brothers to do support Mustafa Kamal. if you cant then at least dont say bad about him. Recommend

  • NY
    Mar 3, 2016 - 10:40PM

    Soon there will be a statement from the MQM that Mustafa Kamal has never been a member of the party. Recommend

  • Nadeem
    Mar 3, 2016 - 10:55PM

    He could not have returned to Karachi without receiving security assurance from military, even a 5 year old can figure that out. But in exchange for that assurance, what did the Army ask for in return? Today’s press conference gives a hint, and coming days will reveal for sure. He has been given a script. In return he gets to live. Recommend

  • Observer
    Mar 3, 2016 - 11:06PM

    After these revelations by one of the most trusted former MQM member, the families of victims of Mr. Altaf Hussain are looking towards the UK and Pakistani Governments, to see as to what are they going to do about it now – since almost everyone has so far risked his life to expose Mr. Altaf Hussain’s crimes. .Recommend

  • Salim Khan
    Mar 3, 2016 - 11:43PM

    Mustafa Kamal is a light weight. Nobody can replace Altaf bhai. Those who brought him to fight against Altaf bhai are repeating the same dangerous mistake. In Pakistan, its very easy to blame someone as RAW agent,but its very difficult to earn the love of Karachi people like Altaf bhai has done.Recommend

  • Mar 4, 2016 - 1:33AM

    The flag Mustafa Kamal held there was a mirror image of the Pakistani Flag. The white is supposed to be on the left and the crescent should be facing right with the star in the middle. that was the only thing wrong I could find in his press conference.Recommend

  • SAM DITTA
    Mar 4, 2016 - 6:50AM

    others in MQM need to learn from him and join him sided by side..enough is enough!!!Recommend

  • mgakhi
    Mar 4, 2016 - 7:45AM

    @Raghu @mgaksa
    PTI should disband their Karachi unit and join Mustafa Kemal’s Party under Pakistan FlagRecommend

  • echoboom
    Mar 4, 2016 - 8:02PM

    Another drama queen..sobbing slobbers , pathological tyrants. Recommend

  • Ali
    Mar 5, 2016 - 4:18AM

    Wow .. we all youth we u #KAMAL!!Recommend

  • shhhhhhhhhhh
    Mar 17, 2016 - 10:56AM

    want email or contact no of this party membersRecommend

  • Khalid Hamid
    Apr 8, 2016 - 4:20AM

    This guy was the biggest supporter of altaf for v many years.now suddenly he has seen the light.smells fishy to me.i find it hard to believe in the sincerity of any politician.i just hope for the sake of the poor downtrodden people of Karachi that somehow some good comes out of this mess.i know the country is with me as I salute our armed forces.pak army ZINDABAD .pakistan ZINDABAD ❤️Recommend

  • Qamar Shah
    Apr 25, 2016 - 1:24AM

    Iam from distt gujrat and now living in london and I fully support mustafa kamal. Now everyone will see that punjabis gonna also support mustafa kamal as he is not like Alttaf Hussain. May Allah Mustafa Kamal live a long life. AmeenRecommend

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