Hours after former Karachi mayor Mustafa Kamal’s unprecedented allegations against Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain, its leadership rejected the charges, saying such moves to divide the party are not new for them.
In a fiery press conference in Karachi, the former mayor lashed out at the party supremo, accusing him of links with the Indian spy agency RAW and using his workers to foment terrorism in the metropolis.
“Those who did not have any mandate spoke against Altaf Hussain and elected representatives of the party,” MQM convener Nadeem Nusrat said in a telephonic news conference from London Thursday evening.
MQM deputy convener Farooq Sattar and other senior leaders listened to the London convener as he responded to Kamal’s tirade against the party supremo.
“The media made the issue out of a non-issue and targeted the popular party, its renowned chief and millions of their supporters for two to three hours,” Nusrat said while referring to Mustafa Kamal’s media talk.
“No one else but Altaf Hussain is a solution to our problems and he should be contacted [in case of any issues],” the convener added.
He said ‘certain elements’ to be shunned creating the divide and forming new political outfits for such division.
The convener also aimed at ‘establishment’, asking them to “review their behaviour and refrain from providing refuge to those aiming to sideline the party chief”.
The MQM has a rich history and we have emerged successful in election year after year, Nusrat said, adding that they don’t want to go into the politics of blame-game. “We would also ask others not to resort to character assassination and personality-bashing.”
He went on to say, “I would also urge MQM workers not to take the law in their hands or harm anyone.”
Addressing the workers, Farooq Sattar said ‘timing’ of Mustafa Kamal’s media talks is something to ponder on.
“Every allegation in the press conference today has been levelled by Jamaat-e-Islami in the past,” he said while taking aim at their old political arch-rivals.
The press talk is only a controversy to once again stir ‘minus-Altaf’ concept and will not succeed at all, Sattar added.
Earlier in the day, Mustafa Kamal, while flanked by former deputy convener Rabita Committee Anees Qaimkhani, announced to form his own political party and briefed its manifesto.
The two former MQM leaders arrived in the country from Dubai after remaining disappeared for the last three years, with both announcing to part ways from Altaf Hussain.
According to the former mayor, Altaf did not learn from the fact that Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) grabbed more than 0.8 million votes in the 2013 general elections from MQM strongholds.
Instead of opting for a changing in himself, Kamal added that the MQM chief verbally abused PTI workers and threatened them.
The former mayor also accused Altaf of being behind the terrorism in Karachi and training party workers for the purpose.
Regarding his new party, which he said they have not named as yet, Kamal invited everyone to join them irrespective of sectarian, ethnic or any other differences.
Once a close confidante of Altaf Hussain, Mustafa Kamal ‘disappeared’ from the country’s political scene and went abroad silently in 2013 citing personal issues.