KARACHI: Pointing out that the rulers of Pakistan, who had let slip the East wing of Pakistan, had learnt nothing from history, and were repeating the same mistakes of ignoring the voice of the people, the Muttahida Qaumi Movement chief Altaf Hussain said during a telephonic address on Monday.
Addressing a convention by the All Pakistan Muttahida Student Organisation (APMSO) in four centres including Karachi, Hyderabad, Lahore and Rawalpindi, Hussain congratulated MQM workers and APMSO for marking the 34th anniversary of the foundation of the student party.
He said that Pakistan today faces a number of enemies, from within and from outside. However, the rulers, instead of correcting their policies, and learning from their mistakes, were once again targeting the very foundations they stood on.
Hussain recounted the events which led to dissent among East Pakistanis and the eventual creation of Bangladesh, and said that back then, the voice of the people was suppressed using a number of tricks and tactics, and the very mistakes were being repeated today. He added that the same tactics were being used to suppress the voice and mandate given to the MQM. This is why, Hussain said, the MQM was being targeted in Karachi, and efforts were being made to divide the party.
He alleged that his opponents, and those criminal elements involved in target killings and kidnapping for ransom were being given money and arms to target his party and create a situation of lawlessness in the country.
However, he vowed that despite all efforts against them, the party, its workers will not relent.
He said that since its inception, a concerted effort against the MQM and the APMSO has been waged. However, despite all the negative propaganda against them, they were not only a reality, but had managed to expand to various cities and centres of Pakistan. He appealed to the government and institutions that MQM should be accepted as reality in Pakistan. That conspiracies against it should be stopped in the larger interest of the country.
He said that Pakistan faced a number of enemies, from bad relations with neighbours, to America. He said that the love affair that was the relation with the US too has turned out to be fake, and had been conditional. Now, the US nor the West considered Pakistan as a friend, rather view it as an enemy.
All those calling for revolution are fake, Hussain said adding that they did not even know the meaning of the word ‘revolution’.
Pointing out that he, and his party were ridiculed promoting the idea of revolution, today, all of those politicians call for revolution in their public speeches.
He alleged that those calling for revolution were mouthing hollow words and that they did not even know the meaning of the word.
Offering an example of real revolution, he said the APMSO had brought real revolution by creating the MQM.