Taking up the Seraiki banner: Altaf Hussain extols army, chides feudals

Published: December 24, 2011

Says a ‘peaceful revolution’ is on the way and cannot be stopped. PHOTO: FILE

MULTAN: Only the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) and Pakistan’s military are capable of defending the country, the party’s chief Altaf Hussain said on Friday.

“The MQM praises the statement of Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani and his stance on supporting democracy in Pakistan. We salute the sacrifices made by the armed forces and the people of Pakistan,” Altaf told a public gathering organised by his party in Multan on Friday.

This was the MQM’s first rally in Multan, through which the party’s chief is said to have addressed around 60 million residents in southern Punjab. Around 30,000 people attended the rally, belonging to groups such as the Kashmiri community, Seraikistan Youth Movement and supporters of the Bahawalpur province movement. Members of religious parties from across Punjab, Sindh and the tribal area of Balochistan that borders Punjab were also present.

Altaf claimed that a “peaceful revolution” was “knocking on Pakistan’s door” while alluding to the kind of support he had got from the people of Multan. He warned that the “flood” of people cannot be stopped now.

He said that the people who talk about revolution and claim to bring it must know that in the past, it has only been the MQM that has “slapped” politicians and feudals on the floor of the lower and upper houses of parliament.

Altaf also proclaimed that today’s [Friday] rally is the biggest rally in the history of Multan and highlights Multan’s citizens’ love for MQM. He added, “Such love was seen in history for Quaid-e-Azam and Liaquat Ali Khan.”

The MQM chief said that Multan, “the city of saints,” has “hammered another nail in the casket of feudals.”

He said that a negative propaganda was being planned in order to drive away the support that the people of Multan give to the MQM.

Seraiki province

While reiterating the need for a Seraiki province in the region, Altaf said such a move would make Pakistan stronger.

Speaking about underdevelopment of southern Punjab, Altaf said that the 13 districts of the region have only two universities and two medical colleges while upper Punjab has 31 universities.

“Lahore alone has more medical colleges than the entire southern Punjab. I immediately demand that the government  announce five more universities and medical colleges, as well as two agricultural and engineering universities [for southern Punjab],” he said.

Published in The Express Tribune, December 24th, 2011.

 

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Reader Comments (23)

  • Mubashir
    Dec 23, 2011 - 6:47PM

    no doubt mqm is an organised outfit,let see if they can make an inroad in punjab politics.

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  • Dr. Who!
    Dec 23, 2011 - 7:15PM

    Didn’t know poor Pakistan had a door?
    Thought it was “Knocked” out long time ago and now has some holes, where anyone with a gun or $ can make entry!!

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  • ali
    Dec 23, 2011 - 8:19PM

    Sure..plz give up your British passport and come to Pakistan first.

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  • UsmAme
    Dec 23, 2011 - 8:34PM

    Dear Mr. Hussain… I heard about long distance relationships but you make me believe in long distance leadership ..
    When you will come to Pak to lead the revolution you are tele-talking about???Recommend

  • Salman Baig
    Dec 23, 2011 - 8:50PM

    It is reality that MQM is the only political outfit in Pakistan which is against feudal system. I think give a chance to MQM as we have been seeing musical chair game since last two decades.

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  • Imran Hussain
    Dec 23, 2011 - 8:52PM

    The political parties of Pakistan PPP, PMLN, ANP and the new comer PTI should learn the discipline and organization from MQM.
    MQM is the best choice for the people of Pakistan to bring peaceful revolution and yes MQM has the agenda and manifesto to save and defend Pakistan.
    Imran Hussain
    USA

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  • naeem hussain
    Dec 23, 2011 - 8:52PM

    Shame on you anti Pakistani
    @Dr. Who!:

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  • Writer
    Dec 23, 2011 - 9:28PM

    The terms like Floods, Quaid Azam were being used by PTI in their Jalsa’s before that and now everyone is following it……….This is called a leadership, which Imran posses and then everyone copies…….!!!

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  • Pakistani
    Dec 23, 2011 - 11:28PM

    MQM is the reality and have a huge political background, I think they have been tainted with violence in past and current days as well, but most of the parties were are and will be involve in the same in one way and another.
    MQM has delivered when ever it was given fair chance and power, currently they had to sit and support this system ( current parliment) because of peace in urban areas of sindh.
    If they stopped supporting current government they and people of Urban sindh gets brutal violence done by Zulfiqar mirza, shahi said and haqiqi, which we all witnessed in last ramazan. I believe they have a been challenging this corrupt feudal back political system for past few years, if given the chance in future they will deliever back to country.
    Altaf hussain is the name of ideology and message, he has brought chnages in thinking of common man of Pakistan, they want to bring middleclass, educated, poor and underpreveillage people of pakistan in drving seats and have them deliver and serve to the people of Pakistan.
    MQM is working hard for bringing good change in Pakistan, they are different and new idea for rotten political system of Pakistan, you can see they don’t have any wadayra or jageerdar or big industrialist in their party neither they are asking for any big names in Punjab or any other part of Pakistan.
    They are alway grass root party and they are working at grass root levels and trying to bring changes from within the society.
    So brothers and sisters of Pakistan, get up and join MQM and be a part of change and revolution.
    GA Muthaida, GA Altaf, GA Pakistan.

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  • Navaid
    Dec 23, 2011 - 11:39PM

    Congratulations to MQM on this successful rally. I strongly urge the people of Punjab to ignore the false and concocted propaganda that is always being levelled against the MQM. The feudal oligarchy is terrified of MQM’s determination to uproot the medieval style feudal system from Pakistan, therefore, they, along with numerous agencies of Pakistan, launch vociferous attacks against the MQM, and even go as far as starting a wave of ethnic cleansing in Karachi, in order to freeze MQM’s movement. I appeal to the people of Punjab to give the MQM just once chance, and they will see an amazing difference in their livelihoods. If not, then just don’t vote for MQM ever again…deal? Recommend

  • Dr.Who!
    Dec 24, 2011 - 12:27AM

    Ah….so cute; even stone hearted enemy would melt!

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  • Sindhvoice
    Dec 24, 2011 - 1:14AM

    First he should come to Pakistan, give up british nationality and face the courts, get his name clear from all cases and convictions, then he should do such big talks.

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  • awais sultan
    Dec 24, 2011 - 1:19AM

    East or West ….Imran Khan is the best :)

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  • Dec 24, 2011 - 1:37AM

    God save us from them! Gangsters of Karachi!

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  • Dec 24, 2011 - 1:40AM

    We salute Altaf Hussain and his party MQMRecommend

  • Someone
    Dec 24, 2011 - 1:55AM

    I will only support a party who’s leader resides in Pakistan.

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  • Dr. Who!
    Dec 24, 2011 - 2:24AM

    MQM, Army in a menage e trois with Pakistan?
    Has been happening for past 30 years!

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  • HJ
    Dec 24, 2011 - 2:37AM

    Whoever is in Governement in centre be it PPP, PML or even dictator, the only party who has stayed in power and in government is MQM and this has been the case since 1989.
    Altaf bhai revolution ka itna craze hai tu, BB ya NS ya Musharaff ki tara come to Pakistan face courts and give up your british nationality. Till when will you keep politics of fear ride in hearts & minds of karachites Recommend

  • Rizwan
    Dec 24, 2011 - 2:48AM

    Dont waist our time… come to pakistan first !

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  • Bilal
    Dec 24, 2011 - 4:48AM

    Welcome MQM!
    Altaf Altaf!

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  • JSM
    Dec 24, 2011 - 6:12AM

    Defend Pakistan against whom!

    The view from outside is that today Pakistanis have to defend themselves against themselves,

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  • aysha
    Dec 24, 2011 - 12:48PM

    great to see ordinary folks occupying front seats, and MNAs and MPAs present since morning and not arriving as guests in their own Jalsa, leaving preparation work to the workers, great spirit great organization, any chairs gone missing?

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  • Solat from Multan
    Dec 24, 2011 - 1:50PM

    I am from Multan and astounded to see MQM presence in my city Multan, their jalsa without turn coats was much organized and very thought provoking. I wish them luck. My vote for MQM!

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