KARACHI: Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain in a tirade against the archaic justice system of ‘karo kari’ on Saturday, offered asylum to couples who had been declared kari by tribes or jirgas for wanting to marry out of free will, Express News reported.
“No jagirdars [land owners] would dare to lay a finger on you in nine-zero. If they do, then we [MQM workers] would die before they can get to you,” Hussain boomed through loudspeakers which were amplifying his telephonic address.
He was addressing a gathering of party workers at Karachi’s Lal Qila ground on Saturday.
The MQM chief urged party workers to spread this message across the country, and invited those couples declared kari to MQM’s office where he promised their marital vows would be solemnised by clerics.
To backup his claim, Altaf cited examples of at least 10 such couples whom his party had helped in getting married and resettled them in foreign countries.
The announcement was met with chants of ‘karo kari ke khilaaf…Altaf Altaf’ [Against karo kari: Altaf].
Film on MQM launched
Altaf Hussain announced the launch of ‘Naqeeb-e-Inquilaab’, a dramatisation chronicling the struggles of the party at the meeting.
Speaking about the film, Hussain lauded the film and the production team’s efforts, adding that the cast had performed in the film without charging any compensation for which he was immensely thankful to them.
“God bless you and I love you all,” he said.
The MQM leader also requested television channels in Pakistan to air the film, which also highlights the atrocities of landlords in the country.
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@sick of this nonsense: Why and what is your contribution??? Yes, come on speak up.
The MQM consists of educated, diligent and hardworking persons. They are the future of Pakistan and especially Karachi, Hyderabad and Sindh, because that is where their origins are. Furthermore, they understand the need and urgency of the hour.
Salams to Pakistan and Muttaheda.
PS: Can’t wait to see the film.
@ sick of this nonsense Why?
The pity is that nobody gives MQM credit for saying the right thing; instead prejudice remains. The party undoubtedly has numerous flaws, but its still the only liberal practical middle-class party in the country. Too bad it wont ever come to power.
If 90 is safe then Altaf should come to live in why is sitting out of the country. Just playing politics is free. everyone how much mqm's politics of principles......hahahahaah
Although I'm not a big fan of MQM, but this is a real positive step given the current situation in Pakistan and must be appreciated. Thanks Altaf Bhai!
Publicly every one is against Karo-Kari and religious extremism, everyone talk about revolution, religious and sectarian harmony, rights of minorities but in real nobody stand for all these things. MQM is odd one out in Pakistan politics as they do everything practically. I think that the main reason MQM has so much opposition in system of Pakistan, they are against the ignorance and talk about a civilized and society of justice.
@Ash: I nearly fell laughing at your comments.
Good, bold stance of MQM
He is such a fearless, daring and honest Leader!
At-least there is some fire in a liberal oriented party in Pakistan. Good job.