PTI urges action against Altaf Hussain in open letter to British high commissioner

Published: February 10, 2015
Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain. PHOTO: MQM FACEBOOK PAGE

Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain. PHOTO: MQM FACEBOOK PAGE

ISLAMABAD: A day after an escalating war of words between the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), the former has urged the British government to take action against Altaf Hussain for “using British territory to incite people to violence in Pakistan”.

“We request you to realise the urgency of your government moving against Altaf Hussain by removing the protection of citizenship under which he is hiding and evading multiple criminal charges in Pakistan including murder,” states a letter  by PTI Information Secretary Shireen Mazari addressed to Phillip Barton, the British High Commissioner in Pakistan.

The letter further adds that “Altaf Hussain went into a mad rage abusing PTI women activists in gutter language from his home in London,” after the PTI demanded action be taken against the MQM for its involvement in the Baldia factory fire, which led to 258 deaths including of women and children – as stated by a joint investigation team report.

The letter also alleges Altaf Hussain of running an armed mafia wing, which indulges in extortion, blackmail and murder. “The MQM has terrorised the citizens of Karachi for decades as well as indulging in murders of journalists and political rivals….”

Imran on Monday had requested members of the MQM to disassociate themselves from their party leader, while repeatedly referring to him as a ‘psychopath’ and a ‘coward’.

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

However, the MQM Rabita Committee termed the PTI chief’s statements as “baseless and condemnable”, and part of a pre-planned scheme against the party.

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  • Hasan Askari
    Feb 10, 2015 - 7:06PM

    I am getting this feeling that I have read this before? Imran makes the job of media easier. They just have to pick old stories and update dates and publish.

    MQM is the party of people of Karachi. More you conspire against it, more we will vote for them. Showing hatred, making conspiracies has led you nowhere. If you only got that point

    And please show your love for justice, passion to fight crime against lashkars, taliban, jaish. There your tongue struggles to speak. Karachi has never voted for extremism and even Sindh in general is anti extremism. Both the Sindhi speakers and Urdu speakers are not violent and therefore a person like Imran Khan will never win.

    Hypocrite of the worst kind..worried about zehra appa but talking about dialogue with people who behead children. This is the reason why we don’t like you. Recommend

  • raider
    Feb 10, 2015 - 7:13PM

    can any political party dare to do this, no, only one risk taker, putting politics of interests aside and fighting for the truth, which he spew in seconds while others having known all but never muster up courage to say it all during their whole life, thank u dabang khan anyone is there saying spade a spade, i loath Pakistani politics only like a man, Imran why because he never fight on political grounds, i am not troll plz, leave me with my self-respectRecommend

  • Pakistani
    Feb 10, 2015 - 7:19PM

    Dear High Commisioner,

    Please also look at the confessions of MQM’s target killers on Youtube.

    Britain and Pakistan are great friends and we truely appreciate all the assistance Britian has provided us over the years. But if Altaf Hussain is indeed orchestrating the reign of terror in Karachi from his home in London, action has to be taken against him.

    Thank youRecommend

  • Yasir
    Feb 10, 2015 - 7:27PM

    MQM leadership has been invovled in crime against common peopl of karachi for long! Its high time for the peace loving political parties n commonman to join hands against the criminal elements till justice is served. Recommend

  • Kamran
    Feb 10, 2015 - 7:28PM

    Well-done Team PTI. This man must be dragged into Pakistan to face music Recommend

  • Zaida Parvez
    Feb 10, 2015 - 7:45PM

    Imran Khan does not have a problem mollycoddling with MQM when he wants to hold a jalsa in Karachi. Suddenly, we wakes up from the other side of the bed and he goes hammer and tongs after MQM. He is just as unstable as Altaf bhai. Recommend

  • Lion King
    Feb 10, 2015 - 7:51PM

    Why would British take action against their own agent who they have been using for terrorist activities in Pakistan Recommend

  • SHN
    Feb 10, 2015 - 8:06PM

    Ballsy move on PTI and Imran Khan’s part, doing something no political party has ever done before. Personally I am not a PTI or IK fan, but enough is enough. MQM has a lot of potential which was displayed during Musharraf’s rule but unfortunately Altaf Hussain cripples the party, along with other corrupt leaders taking advantage of their high positions in the party. Altaf should take a backseat in the party as “supreme leader”, suspend his “policy makers” in London, and allow some new younger educated faces take a role in party affairs. It’s sad MQM is given such a platform, but they only abuse it. Recommend

  • Imad Shah
    Feb 10, 2015 - 8:10PM

    @Zaida Parvez:
    People like you are so ignorant, put yourself in any politicians shoe, if you can manage that bit of imagination, and think for a moment if you are going to hold a Jalsa in Karachi and if you abuse MQM who have thugs and terrorists amongst their ranks, what will be the consequence of that?? innocent people will lose their life. But obviously thats too hard for people like you to comprehendRecommend

  • Shahid
    Feb 10, 2015 - 8:50PM

    HAHA, not a single PTI lafunga came out into the streets, it was completely taken over by millions of MQM folks. Recommend

  • Alter Ego
    Feb 10, 2015 - 9:19PM

    @Hasan Askari:

    This party of Karachi is responsible for the daily death of five to six Karachites.If such an obvious reality has escaped your notice then i pity you.


  • Pakistani
    Feb 10, 2015 - 9:46PM

    Why can’t people from outside Karachi let us live our life peacefully. No hate comments please.Recommend

  • Hasan Askari
    Feb 10, 2015 - 9:50PM

    @ Alter ego

    Perhaps you should pity yourself for supporting a person who within a day writes a letter to British Commission on someone’s use of foul language but has maybe forgotten to write an open letter to extremists condemning them, telling them why they are wrong and why they should not behead children. Then again I guess he was busy in celebrations at that time.

    We in Karachi are not fools. We know the issues and we know things not ideal but an extremist and tribal mind like Imran and a coward and hypocrite like him is never going to click here. Our best hope is MQM under a sincere leader like Musharraf or MQM running Karachi under local government systemRecommend

  • Feb 10, 2015 - 10:08PM

    I am agreed with the version of Mr.Hassan Askari…Altaf Hussain is the leader of majority people of Karachi …back bone of our fragile Economy….Dabang Khan should behave like a statesman rather like a retired army general….We are not in a position to afford one more Dhaka debacle…we should try to bring Mr.Altaf to books but at the same time show our resolve against menaces like Taliban ….Daish…… Plunder & loot being in ful swing in the power echelons…….without any check and balance ……Recommend

  • shahid
    Feb 10, 2015 - 10:47PM

    @Hassan Askari: 4 likes tells you the story what people of Pakistan think about this terror mafia. For too long, Pakistan has suffered at the hands of this terrorist organization. Karachi surely needs another Naseer Ullah Babar, this time they shouldn’t let people slip away.Recommend

  • Aamir - Toronto
    Feb 11, 2015 - 12:07AM

    @Ahmed Nasim Ejazi/Hassan Askari…..I see no difference between you and Altaf Hussain, unfortunately you are mentally restarted and morally corrupt. Recommend

  • Mohammad Ali Siddiqui
    Feb 11, 2015 - 12:31AM

    After Altaf Hussain has said “Sorry” to PTI’s Shireen Mazari and other PTI’s leaders, she should withdraw the letter she wrote to British High Commissioner, Islamabad.Recommend

  • Pakistani
    Feb 11, 2015 - 2:28AM

    @Ahmad Nasim Ejazi:
    I don’t agree with you even if you agree with MR Hassan. As a matter of fact most of the Pakistanis don’t agree with you. Recommend

  • Uza Syed
    Feb 11, 2015 - 8:01AM

    Attention: PTI


    Your recent request is rejected again on the basis of its frivolity and an attempt at cheap political scoring and populism. You are advised to refrain from such illicit pursuits in future. You are further advised to seek clinical help of some good shrink to cope and manage egomaniac behavior of your leader. Of course, you are free not to follow our advice and continue on your chosen path to your self-destruction.

    Yours faithfully.Recommend

  • sidra
    Feb 11, 2015 - 10:00AM

    true:we want Naseer Ullah Babar,! for karachi peace process.Recommend

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