MQM workers advise Altaf Hussain against returning to Pakistan

Published: January 10, 2013

Altaf to divulge details regarding "political drone". PHOTO: MQM

KARACHI: Asking Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) workers at a rally in Karachi whether he should return to Pakistan after being away for almost 22 years, Altaf was told that it was for the best that he remained in London.

MQM deputy convener Farooq Sattar, speaking on behalf of MQM workers responded to Altaf’s question on whether he should return to Pakistan, that it was the general consensus among party workers and loyalists that Altaf should remain where he is.

Altaf claimed that despite living in exile for close to 22 years, he was the only leader who was in touch with his people and workers almost day and night throughout the time he has been outside Pakistan.

The MQM chief was speaking to members of the Coordination Committee, elected representatives, organisational departments, and sector and unit officials gathered for his highly-anticipated telephonic address in Karachi.

MQM to partake in long march

MQM will take part in Tahirul Qadri’s long march because no law prevents us from criticising the government while being a part of it, said Altaf.

Local government 

Criticising the government for abolishing local bodies, Altaf said MQM accepted the decision despite its reservations and hence the government should not object to MQM taking part in the long march.

Calling local government system the “primary school for breeding democracy,” Altaf said abolishing such a system will be detrimental to democracy in the long run.

He said the commissionerate system cannot help solve day-to-day problems.

The MQM chief lamented that local government system was implemented in Sindh during dictatorships and not during the rule of democracy.

Questioning the democratic agenda of other political parties, the MQM chief asked why only his party raises concerns against the abolishment of local government and not others.

Hitting back against the critics of the local government system instituted in Sindh last September, Altaf said that those against the system were against democracy and such their calls to protect democracy were hollow.

He warned that if the government does not listen to Urdu speaking Sindhis on local government, then they would be forced to call for a division of Sindh.

“We have been tolerating these threats, we do not want a division of Sindh, don’t push us against the wall.”

‘We are not power hungry’

Referring to threats of removing Sindh governor Dr Ishratul Ebad, an MQM member, Altaf said that they were not power hungry and that they can remove the governor if they wanted to.

“Remove the governor if you want. Do you think we are hungry for power? We are hungry for rules, for justice, for bread for the poor.”

Dual nationality

Taking on the critics of dual nationality, Altaf said that those who are forced to leave their country and seek asylum in other countries, getting a different nationality is their legal compulsion.

He pointed towards members of PPP’s leadership which have remained outside Pakistan for years, and Nawaz Sharif who along with members of his family were forced to lived in a Saudi palace for eight years after being exiled by former president Pervez Musharraf. He asked why are they still considered patriots and loyal to Pakistan?

“They say that Nawaz Sharif never took Saudi nationality, but what can I do if Saudi rulers are not my friends? That after the 1992 operation, no Saudi ruler gave me a palace to live in.”

The MQM chief asked that if one is forced to take up the nationality of another country under asylum, does that put his loyalty to his home country under doubt?

Altaf eluded to the British passport of Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah and read out the oath that Jinnah had taken as the Governor General of Pakistan that said that the governor general would be a representative of the king. This, the MQM chief pointed out, was Jinnah’s legal compulsion at the time since that was the only law under which he could take oath.

“Anyone who takes up nationality in another country under asylum is their legal compulsion. But just as Jinnah’s legal compulsion never cast doubts on his patriotism or loyalty to Pakistan, how can the loyalty of those be doubted who took oaths for citizenship when seeking asylum?”

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Reader Comments (24)

  • Ali Mardan
    Jan 10, 2013 - 1:22PM

    Can’t Altaf Hussain talk about some peaceful situation? Why symbol of terrorism (drone) is being used by him. Allah save Pakistan from British and Canadian citizens.

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  • Jan 10, 2013 - 1:26PM

    is Altaf Bhai coming to Pakistan?

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  • iLiberal
    Jan 10, 2013 - 1:29PM

    Well, this should be entertaining….

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  • Voice of D.I.Khan
    Jan 10, 2013 - 1:56PM

    Another “TOPI DRAMA”……..!!!!!!!!!

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  • Jan 10, 2013 - 2:26PM

    My guess is to resign from govt posts or possibly NA. He hasn’t that much courage to return to Pakistan unless Scotland Yard is closing on him.

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  • Karachi Local
    Jan 10, 2013 - 2:35PM

    For God Sake dnt you guys have any other pictures of “Altaf hussain” i mean come on i have been seeing the same pics again and again …..

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  • Rana
    Jan 10, 2013 - 2:37PM

    Guess, PPP may get its third and final divorce!!

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  • Saleem
    Jan 10, 2013 - 2:42PM

    What a country. We have politicians launching drone attacks or bringing tsunamis!Recommend

  • Lobster
    Jan 10, 2013 - 2:45PM

    MQM has serious problem explaining its voters why it was supporting PPP for past 5 years. The drone is basically an attempt to save vote bank!

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  • Mohammad Ali Siddiqui
    Jan 10, 2013 - 2:58PM

    MQM will no more be PPP alliance.

    Moreover, MQM is going to make an election alliance with Dr. Tahir-ul-Qadri’s political party for contesting elections from all over Pakistan.

    MQM is going to fully participate in the 14th January rally and in case if there will be a clash it will not be good for the Government.

    I can see that Chief of the Army Staff is going to meet with the President and the Prime Minister jointly in very near future and will discuss the ongoing political situation in the country.

    For the time being, it should be enough for the readers of these valued coloumns.

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  • Naeem
    Jan 10, 2013 - 2:58PM

    Pakistan politics is a soap opera!

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  • VoiceOfgilgit
    Jan 10, 2013 - 3:02PM

    Bhai is coming back…

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  • sabi
    Jan 10, 2013 - 3:32PM

    A drone is not drone if announced much before time.Drama!!

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  • Much Amused
    Jan 10, 2013 - 4:32PM

    Khoda pahar nikla chuha. This is what will happen.

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  • observer (UK)
    Jan 10, 2013 - 4:51PM

    Altaf Hussain has announced to fire a drone in the direction of Pakistan one hour before Habib Jan of Friends of Lyari International is going to hold a press conference and firing a drone directed against Altaf Hussain, There are reports circulating that one of the associates of Altaf’s syndicate has developed serious differences with the supremo and is going to reveal some damming facts regarding the murder of Imran Farooq,

    I think Altaf’s recent incoherent actions point to his frustration and unstable mind due to recent setbacks and some in the offing.

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  • Khalid paracha
    Jan 10, 2013 - 5:05PM

    How can a party in Govt: can participate in long march against sitting government.
    They should first quit their govt: positions then protest against govt and opposition;
    If they(govt:) fail to pay attention towards the protestors legitimate demands.
    We are not in position to face more agitations kindly think.Recommend

  • Jan 10, 2013 - 5:06PM

    100s of American real Drone attacks didnt scare the country but Bhai’s verbal Drone attack brought everyone on the edge of their seats.

    Americans must be jealous.

    Ultra Modern US weapons Technology: 0 | Altaf Bhai 1

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  • Ali Hamza
    Jan 10, 2013 - 5:16PM

    now I wonder,would he dare to walk alongwith Dr. Qadri to Islamabad.

    Atleast he can loose some calories that way

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  • Shaami Lahori
    Jan 10, 2013 - 5:18PM

    The breaking news is that One Personality from Punjab who is a heavyweight is going to join MQM and that is all according to my info.

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  • Jan 10, 2013 - 5:41PM

    Please come to Pakistan, you British national?

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  • wonderer
    Jan 10, 2013 - 6:07PM

    Will someone please wake him up? His drone is already late by more than one hour!

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  • Polpot
    Jan 10, 2013 - 6:21PM

    @Naeem: “Pakistan politics is a soap opera!”
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    Washing dirty linen in public.

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  • Jaago
    Jan 10, 2013 - 6:31PM

    @SHB:
    “Please come to Pakistan, you British national?”

    British, American, Canadian nationals galore! Check nationality of Nawaz and Shahbaz. You will be in for a surprise!

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