MQM should disassociate itself from Altaf: Imran

Published: February 9, 2015
Express News screengrab of PTI chief Imran Khan.

Express News screengrab of PTI chief Imran Khan.

ISLAMABAD: In a strongly-worded attack on the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan on Monday requested members of the MQM to disassociate themselves from their party leader, while repeatedly referring to him as a ‘psychopath’ and a ‘coward’. 

Addressing the media, Imran accused Altaf Hussain for being behind the murders of former PTI Sindh women’s wing president of Zahra Shahid and journalist Wali Babar Khan.

The PTI chief said that after the findings of a joint investigation team (JIT) had called on the government to bring the MQM chief back to the country and try him for the death of the Baldia Town factory workers, alleging that they fell victim to the party’s ‘extortionist agenda’.

“The whole nation should unite against Altaf Hussain’s terrorism in Karachi,” the PTI chief said.

He said taking action on the results of the report from the JIT is Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s responsibility.

“The prime minister can do anything about it, But when they are in rule, and business in the country flourishes, but they forget that their actual responsibility is towards the people of the country.”

Imran further added that they will press the British government to initiate legal proceedings against Altaf.

“The two witnesses, who are in custody of the Pakistan government, in regard to the murder of Imran Farooq, should be sent to England to give evidence against the MQM chief,” he said.

Imran said he would not attend any APC now.

“Mian sahib, we have given you all the backing we can despite the rigging that took place in the elections. Now is the time for action. It is time for you to take action against terrorism  — without discrimination.”

He further added that PTI will not be part of any forum that the MQM is part of. However, Imran also clarified that not all  members of the MQM are killers. “We are talking specifically about the armed wing of the party,” he said.

Imran argued that there was a national consensus against terrorism in the country, and urged PM Nawaz to take action against terrorists regardless, including the militant wing of the MQM.

Earlier, PTI had given a 48-hour ultimatum to Altaf to apologise to its female activists, else the former will file a defamation suit against him in London.

“Altaf Hussain sb, we are giving you 48 hours to take back your words and seek an apology from our women workers — especially Shireen Mazari. Otherwise we will file a defamation suit against you,” said the party’s Karachi President Ali Zaidi at a press conference on Monday.

The newly-appointed Karachi president of the PTI said that if terrorism and criminal cases are proven against the MQM, then it should be banned in the country.

“If charges of terrorism and violence are proven against the MQM, then what different remains between the TTP and the MQM?”

Reacting to PTI’s allegations and criticism, MQM leader Farooq Sattar said Imran wants to destabilise the country, weaken democracy and defend terrorism by making such statements.

“Imran Khan crossed all lines of civility by character assassination of Altaf Hussain.”

Speaking to The Express Tribune, Sattar said that such statements create a political vacuum, and the ones benefiting are the terrorists and the Taliban whom Imran Khan is protecting.

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Reader Comments (69)

  • AyazAliii
    Feb 9, 2015 - 6:26PM

    Come on Khan Sahib !!
    Pakistan is all dependent on U..& we are with U
    What you said is TRUTH and we have to drag this issue again with British Govt. and keep up pressure with Current Govt and ARMY. We have to ensure we give 1 million Complains this time to British Govt and with @David_Camroon
    Hum laykey rahngy Azadii !!Recommend

  • Pakistani
    Feb 9, 2015 - 6:29PM

    I don’t know why Pakistanis are so slow in taking actions against the these kind of persons like altaf hussain, sufi Muhammad, Burqa maulvi and blah blah blah… i mean in a sovereign and well established country how can they talk about breaking pakistan. Now i think altaf hussain will call strikes and will try to tell his influence in karachi.Recommend

  • Adnan Siddiqi
    Feb 9, 2015 - 6:31PM

    Rest assured Niazi, action will also taken against those armed gangs of hooligans that attacked our state institutions on the night of 30th August, 2014. You won’t be spared either.

    You can’t even convince the local authorities regarding your claims of bogus elections nor do you have any evidence. How could you convince the Brits who had laughed off at your claims even back in 2007? Recommend

  • Khawar Butt
    Feb 9, 2015 - 6:31PM

    ‘PTI will not be part of any forum that the MQM is part of.’ NO U-TURN at least on this issue, please.Recommend

  • Emad Shah
    Feb 9, 2015 - 6:35PM

    We are with you IK, I don’t have anything against MQM but Altaf and the military wing of MQM must be dismantled, for too long they have taken Karachi hostage. Recommend

  • EkKarachiwala
    Feb 9, 2015 - 6:36PM

    MQM leadership should be held to account. Altaf Hussain has lost it. I am ashamed that the ‘educated’ members of the MQM are still dancing to his tunes. They should part ways with the party and the leader. Action must be taken against the parties supporting terrorism – be it MQM, JI, ANP or PPP. Murderers are murderers, no matter if you kill one or 250+ people.Recommend

  • Feb 9, 2015 - 6:38PM

    Please save Karachi from Altaf! MQM can emerge as a clean party without AH.Recommend

  • Feb 9, 2015 - 6:38PM

    @Adnan Siddiqi:
    Are you taking your medicines?Recommend

  • Pakistani
    Feb 9, 2015 - 6:42PM

    People from outside Karachi should not comment on this issue without knowing some facts.Recommend

  • Pakistani
    Feb 9, 2015 - 6:44PM

    People love Altaf Hussien so please no hate comments.Recommend

  • Riaz Murtaza
    Feb 9, 2015 - 6:58PM

    Agreed. MQM should come to the main stream of Pakistan politics and stop terrorism. I still remember the “Bhatta khor culture of Karachi” The anti Pakistan speeches of Altaf Hussain. The killing of innocent People from other provinces etc etc. Mr. Altaf Hussain should come clean by facing the courts and prove his innocence.Recommend

  • raider
    Feb 9, 2015 - 7:01PM

    @Adnan Siddiqi:
    llocal authority is new word in ECP, get a survey how many peoples click yes on legitimacy and integrity of election commission, politics you likely to pursue would certainly hurt your children like a doctor which was admitted to medical college by patronage and later same person was operated by that doctor to whom admission on illegal ground was given and get him to at the verge of death, have a patience and introspect that if this rigging to let it perpetuated, think the scenario if these peoples not punished it would likely to be accustomed to absorb rigging, letting the country in abyss and match of rigging will be taken place instead election for ever, because first time this issue has become night mare for wrongdoers, you will certainly sooner or later in conformity with Imran, Recommend

  • S Chaudhury
    Feb 9, 2015 - 7:03PM

    It is more important to concentrate on corrupt Shariff brothers & Zardari instead of wasting time on non issues
    Corrupt N League police thugs who murdered several people in Model town & Islamabad are more dangerous than MQMRecommend

  • Adnan Siddiqi
    Feb 9, 2015 - 7:05PM

    It was know all along that the insidious forces and made PTI and MQM to join hands for the sole purpose of toppling PML-N government. That is the reason that Niazi did not utter the names Zohra Shahid and Wali Babar till now even though both were very much expired in September, 2014 and Niazi did not dare to spew a single word against MQM and Altaf Hussain in Karachi back then.

    Since that conspiracy to dismantle democracy in the country has really gone belly up, these two misfits would now be at each other’s throat. Time to sit back and enjoy this cockfight over a bag of popcorn.Recommend

  • Anarchist
    Feb 9, 2015 - 7:08PM

    @SKN: No. Shehzadi Maryam has promised him a ministry for his untiring efforts and anti-IK campaign. Recommend

  • Shakil
    Feb 9, 2015 - 7:12PM

    Every one seems scared of MQM and dont speak against very wrong mafia practices they use in Karachi. IK at least taking a stand against most feared mafia don. PMLn and PPP are complacent and hiding all the details for so long. If TTP is terrorist for killing people, burning so many people alive is also terrorism, along with who help them hide such crimes.

    Political parties dont kill people FULL STOP!Recommend

  • Mohair
    Feb 9, 2015 - 7:16PM

    Yes, it’s confirmed again. Mr niazi is a front man of TTP, he is after their potential rivals in most stretegic city. Mr. Niazi has hidden agenda of helping TTP although he has refused to be confirmed front man of state enemy group, TTP, on their request earlier for the sake of his ill political career couple of year ago.

    He is misguided also by his regional representative and he always acts as he is the man of soil and has pain for the city. Mr Niazi is a such a hypocrite that he always become thankgiving to Mr. Hussein whenever he arrived in public in Karachi.

    Now nation should have known about his mental sickness and should keep in mind how he utilized 14 dec accident to escape from his poorly scripted flop Dahrna show.

    In container days Mr. Niazi was falling in love with the media persons and making fool to some of his innocent believers outside the metal box.

    Shame on the father of confusion.Recommend

  • raider
    Feb 9, 2015 - 7:18PM

    Imran is man who can collide any one without ought to have his political interestsRecommend

  • shuja
    Feb 9, 2015 - 7:32PM

    KHAN sahib,you are really the brave Pakistani.Recommend

  • Striker
    Feb 9, 2015 - 7:42PM

    @Adnan Siddiqi:

    Are you for real. You should see a doctor ………. Recommend

  • roarwali
    Feb 9, 2015 - 7:48PM

    Captain is the pride of the country. He’s the one who speaks against the tyrants and mafia. Others with a few exceptions need bangles. Recommend

  • Striker
    Feb 9, 2015 - 7:51PM


    Where do you get these ideas from…………….wake up and see the reality. IK support of TTP can be debated but your support of MQM’s chief at this point is hilarious. The only difference between TTP and MQM is that MQM is a registered political party otherwise in terrorism, killings, torcher, extortion, blackmail and destruction MQM has leaves TTP far behind. Why shouldn’t the same laws be applied to MQM which are applied to TTP as both are a scourge for Pakistan and its people and must be dealt with. Recommend

  • matt
    Feb 9, 2015 - 7:57PM

    @adnan siddiqui
    I have been reading your comments for quite a long..They are abhorrent and disgraceful.You are deluded man and one sick fella who open his mouth to spew venom. Recommend

  • emad Shah
    Feb 9, 2015 - 8:00PM

    Imran khan says Altaf Hussain is pagal and psychopath; bilkol teek this guy needs to be locked away in a mental institute Recommend

  • Asif S
    Feb 9, 2015 - 8:02PM

    IK has made him self a joke. Running from one post to another, jumping from one issue to another. He has an entire province to himself and ideally he should only be concentrating on the development of that region, revamping institutions from inside out setting that province to the path of prosperity and peace. Rest of the nation will follow. Instead of doing what is right, he is taking every bait thrown at him and keep himself busy in doing absolutely nothing.

    This time will pass, for next election IK will have nothing to prove and PTI will be just another party who will have no work to get credit for other than useless speeches. Recommend

  • Karachiwala
    Feb 9, 2015 - 8:10PM

    Amazingly that JIT was in sitting in a deep freezer for over 2 year.
    and timings of it getting out was so precisly coincided with the current
    No confidence move against Sindh CM..a PPP govt.
    again amazingly.
    forget about the lunatic above….cry me a river.Recommend

  • king's man
    Feb 9, 2015 - 8:18PM

    Well done Khan, once again you have proved that you are the only politician with a spine. Recommend

  • H Chaudhry
    Feb 9, 2015 - 8:51PM

    This PMLN supporter fully support and endorse your view Imran Khan.Recommend

  • Masoom
    Feb 9, 2015 - 9:00PM

    1-all police officers who took part in 92 operation has been killed?
    2-if a man has individually demanded bhatta and set factory on fire burning 258 human alive then why ministers and prime ministers were involved in this case?
    can anybody help Recommend

  • Wajid Khan
    Feb 9, 2015 - 9:11PM

    @Asif S:

    IK / PTI is the only one who is raising voices for all the injustice in Pakistan. IK is the only one who is standing and doing job. Please tell me whatever he said is correct or not.

    It is very easy to criticize someone, but it is very difficult to take some actions against all this injustice being done in Pakistan.Recommend

  • Wajid Khan
    Feb 9, 2015 - 9:14PM

    @S Chaudhury:

    MQM is a Mafia and someone must talk about them. Please visit Karachi and see for yourself.

    Unfortunately, it is only IK / PTI who is against all these corrupt parties, PPP, PML(N) and MQM.Recommend

  • Wajid Khan
    Feb 9, 2015 - 9:14PM


    IK / PTI is the only one who is raising voices for all the injustice in Pakistan. IK is the only one who is standing and doing job. Please tell me whatever he said is correct or not.

    It is very easy to criticize someone, but it is very difficult to take some actions against all this injustice being done in Pakistan.Recommend

  • Naeem Khan
    Feb 9, 2015 - 9:17PM

    As the JIT report has come out and pointing fingers at MQM, it the government responsibility to prosecute those who were responsible for that factory fire which killed more then 260 people. If the prime minister does take any action now, it will show to the world who is in charge of Karachi. It will be prudent to have cases tried some where else instead of Karachi so justice is done for those who parished in that inferno. Recommend

  • majid
    Feb 9, 2015 - 9:30PM

    IK should have taken this bold stance much earlier against this terrorist organization and its backers. Altaf is a scum on planet and should be wiped out politically and judiciously.Recommend

  • Mafias
    Feb 9, 2015 - 9:45PM

    Sindh is held hostage by the feudal and urban mafias. Only the lesser evil parties, PTI, PML-N, and JI, if they join hands, can “liberate” the province. At least, in Sindh, they must cooperate in the best interest of Pakistan. Will they?Recommend

  • Adnan Siddiqi
    Feb 9, 2015 - 10:00PM

    This is what Shah Mehmood Qureshi had to say about Altaf Hussain just a couple of months back:

    “Altaf Bhai, this nation needs a politician of your acumen and vision and farsightedness.”

    Now, either Shah Mehmood Qureshi had lost his marbles back then or Niazi today has……..well we all know that his upper deck has been devoid of that mass otherwise known as a brain.Recommend

  • Adnan Siddiqi
    Feb 9, 2015 - 10:05PM

    And the followers of the cult and mureeds of deen-e-imrani want us to believe a man who just two days back planted a Rs. 1,000 sapling somewhere in KPK and spent Rs. 10 million on protocol and KPK government helicopter just to plant that one solitary sapling. Didn’t he promise that he wouldn’t exercise any such protocols henceforth?

    The words liar and hypocrite were conceived with Niazi being in mind.Recommend

  • Adnan Siddiqi
    Feb 9, 2015 - 10:07PM

    @Wajid Khan:

    Please don’t try to portray yourself as an eminent authority on Karachi, you don’t know didly. Leave to us Karachites to deal with our own problems. We don’t need some two bit sick junkie and a master of U-Turns to raise his voice for us.Recommend

  • rescue
    Feb 9, 2015 - 10:11PM

    Sindh should be “rescued” from rural and urban mafias. PTI, PML-N, JI should join hands to “rescue” Sindh and save Pakistan.Recommend

  • Feb 9, 2015 - 10:12PM

    Imran khan we are with you. Ik is only truthful political leader who has highlighted the issue to its due importance. Recommend

  • Adnan Siddiqi
    Feb 9, 2015 - 10:12PM

    Now the mentally challenged is challenged further to proceed to UK and file his case with Scotland Yard. He must remember that Scotland Yard and the Crown Prosecution Service are neither CJ Chaudhry, ECP or Judge Kazim Malik in front of whom Niazi can do his usual retarded and abnormal routine.Recommend

  • muhammad taha
    Feb 9, 2015 - 10:20PM

    Brutal killings of mqm workers and Urdu speaking community by the hands of state’s militants and intelligence agencies should now come to end.

    imran khan character is not good.
    he can’t be a member of parliament n can’t hold any office.Recommend

  • Dr. Khalid
    Feb 9, 2015 - 10:28PM

    Pakistan is standing with IK!!!Recommend

  • Karachite
    Feb 9, 2015 - 11:01PM

    I am really concerned for IKs safety.

    So many good people have been murdered in Karachi since the MQM came on the scene.Recommend

  • javed
    Feb 9, 2015 - 11:10PM

    Absolutely spot on. These people has never left faisalabad ,Gujranwala and lahore and they talk about Karachi. MQM is the only one who has maintained some order in Karachi otherwise it will be like FATA.Recommend

  • Aarif Khan
    Feb 9, 2015 - 11:13PM

    G A Muhajir ……G A Altaf Recommend

  • Woz Ahmed
    Feb 9, 2015 - 11:33PM

    Does anyone trust IK, he was apologist for the Taliban till recently.

    Please do what you were elected to do, make KP prosper with law and order, then advise the nation, and lead it, otherwise, retire gracefullyRecommend

  • Adnan Siddiqi
    Feb 9, 2015 - 11:36PM

    Today Sheeda Tully must be laughing while holding is stomach because it was him who pushed and coerced Niazi into joining hands with MQM against PML-N and destabilizing Pakistan and democracy and as usual Niazi fell for this baloney just to satisfy his ego on the alter of political expediency.

    Niazi deserves this comeuppance at the hands of MQM.Recommend

  • raider
    Feb 9, 2015 - 11:36PM

    @Adnan Siddiqi:
    Typical sheep , growing fate on misused and illegal money of the people, silly and sick mindedRecommend

  • NaziaBaloch
    Feb 9, 2015 - 11:44PM

    Still no blogs about altaf’s inappropriate comments about our women,wondering how many would’ve already been written if he had a beardRecommend

  • Dear
    Feb 9, 2015 - 11:52PM

    @Adnan Siddiqi:
    Dear, try moderation and you shall be more effective.
    PTI is much better than MQM but alone cannot trounce the latter. Alone PML-N is no match to MQM. Both PTI and PML-N and other parties must cooperate, at least in Sindh, to meet the challenges of both the PPP and MQM. Sindh needs a breath of fresh air. Thanks.Recommend

  • Adnan Siddiqi
    Feb 10, 2015 - 12:06AM


    Don’t agree. Niazi only understand one language and that’s the language which is laden with expletives and insults. Besides, betterment of Karachi was never his issue. He has all of a sudden sprung into action after Altaf Hussain called him a liar and reminded the world about Sita and Tyrian White. Until last month it was all milk and honey between the two parties to the point that PTI used to request and MQM obliged with sending cadres and manpower in PTI’s concerts. This is the allegation leveled by Haider Abbas Rizvi.Recommend

  • Proud Pakistani Baluch
    Feb 10, 2015 - 1:04AM


    Which people love the MQM???

    The poor people who HAVE to turn up in the middle of the morning to listen
    to his rants (and only then have their CNIC cards returned to them)
    The businessmen who have to pay bhatta to the MQM mafia or risk being killed
    The innocent victims for MQMs target killers
    The Karachites who have seen their wonderful, enterprising city destroyed by shutter down strikes
    The Journalists who dare not say anything against MQM in case the meet the same fate as Wali Baber
    The ordinary citizens who HAVE to give the animal skins to the MQM goons at Eid
    The people who had to witness MQM thugs stuff ballots in Karachi in the 2013 elections.

    We in Karachi need to be saved from the MQM reign of terror.Recommend

  • salman
    Feb 10, 2015 - 1:09AM

    Wow thats some serious Altaf thrashing by IK. Glad that some one is there to speak against this psychopath. Recommend

  • raider
    Feb 10, 2015 - 1:47AM

    @Adnan Siddiqi:
    What do you try to convey, is beyond the conscience of any sensible person, and it looks as if you were talking about, mian sb, cronies and allies,Recommend

  • Anoymous
    Feb 10, 2015 - 1:54AM

    The ET moderation once blocked my comment because it had something to do with Muhajir-Afghan conflict and Adnan Siddiqi (most likely an Indian false flagger) gets to spew venom and hatred and pass derogatory remarks against Imran Khan, a popular and respected politician in Pakistan with complete freedom. Such double standards and political bias of employees is the reason ET is infamous in Pakistan for being a western puppet newspaper.
    Oh and btw Adnan, which drugs are you using? Ecstasy? Crack? Perhaps Acid?Recommend

  • H Chaudhry
    Feb 10, 2015 - 2:24AM

    @Adnan Siddiqui As a fellow PMLN supporter, I love reading your comments. Here couple of your comments are bit harsh but mostly correct. To all criticizing Adnan, the truth of the matter is that in his hate for PMLN Imran really gave too much leeway to MQM that is coming back to bite him now that he is taking a Correct stance on MQM. Sheeda Talli is the reason who sold Imran to devil. Imran simply hate NS / PMLN that he got played by Sheeda Talli to whom Altaf Bhai was above all only few months ago.
    That said, I still think this is correct stance from Imran and I support it. I hope Imran distance himself from Sheeda Tallies of the world, he is needed for Politics in Paksitan.Recommend

  • Napier Mole
    Feb 10, 2015 - 2:36AM

    I have not much going for mqm but it is ridiculous to see the Khan suddenly climb a holier than thou pulpit when till yesterday he was absolutely mum on mqm’s alleged high handedness and altaf hussain’s criminality when begging support during his country wide protests. If anything, IK is just a polished and better dyed version of altaf hussain or asif zardari.Recommend

  • Karachiite not a burger from Punjub
    Feb 10, 2015 - 3:44AM

    Sadly PTI failed in PUNJUB since the elderly or people with ID cards voted for PMLN and the young ones kept shouting GO NAWAZ GO. Now Imean khan realized he can steal hearts of Karachiites from Altaf hussain but sorry to say this that we still love MQM for being a party of fulfilling their promises and Khannullah is just a man of words who becomes dumb and deaf when the issue comes to terrorism. JIYE ALTAFRecommend

  • Zaida Parvez
    Feb 10, 2015 - 7:09AM

    PTI must disassociate itself from Imran Khan.
    Altaf and Imran Khan are irrational and have large egos and it would be good for their respective parties if they both quit.Recommend

  • sara
    Feb 10, 2015 - 10:05AM

    May God protect Imran from this monster. Love you Imran khan.Recommend

  • Hafeez
    Feb 10, 2015 - 10:13AM

    2015: BREAKING NEWS – MQM sweeps Karachi, Hyderabad, Mirpurkhas, and Sukkur elections.

    2050: BREAKING NEWS – MQM sweeps Karachi, Hyderabad, Mirpurkhas, and Sukkur elections.

    NOTHING GONNA CHANGE !!!!!Recommend

  • Ebaad
    Feb 10, 2015 - 10:27AM

    @Zaida Parvez:
    Altaf and Imran Khan are irrational and have large egos and it would be good for their respective parties if they both quit
    And your mughal badshah is exceedingly rational and has no orientation of the word EGO. Right? Get a grip.Recommend

  • Imran Khan
    Feb 10, 2015 - 11:48AM

    Sara i’m also Imran Khan. Thanks. Recommend

  • Ebaad
    Feb 10, 2015 - 12:06PM

    @Zaida Parvez:
    Altaf and Imran Khan are irrational and have large egos and it would be good for their respective parties if they both quit
    Cant say about Altaf, but the quitting of Imran Khan would be good for your party, as he has become a nightmare for your false king.Recommend

  • Viking Star
    Feb 10, 2015 - 5:02PM

    People of Karachi need to be freed from MQM hostage. This is a killer and extortionist party, they would kill each and everyone who would come their way. They don’t have ethics, they don’t have a heart. Our only hope is Imran Khan. I wonder why our judiciary and law enforcement agencies are so handicapped. People of Pakistan should team up to force our LEAs to take the bring culprits to justice. It is a pity that we have PPP in Sindh who is equally corrupt and therefore they keep embracing MQM so that they can both loot the province and country. So MEAN! Recommend

  • devi
    Feb 10, 2015 - 5:13PM

    @Adnan Siddiqi:
    sir did u got paid for what u are posting now….. soon u will be not b/c there will be no bhatta soon… search for another partyRecommend

  • abcd
    Feb 11, 2015 - 12:50PM

    All leaders should be held accountable to what they have done for the people. Greatness and minuteness of leaders should be checked by their ability to deliver for the people….all else is useless self-aggrandizement… all else is childlike behavior and nothing else.

    Check how MQM is performing for the people who voted for it. Check how IK is performing for the people who voted for his party….check how PML N and PPP are doing for the people who voted for them….stop looting public money and start asking about delivering on their promises…short and simple.Recommend

  • Kamran
    Feb 11, 2015 - 10:42PM

    British government should arrest Imran Khan for issuing statement Taliban be allowed to open office in Pakistan,American Government should arrest Imran Khan for marraiying to have a child from Seetha White.Pakistani government should arrest Imran Khan for lying about his Marriage with Reham as Pakistan law restricts unofficial marriage.Recommend

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