Altaf Hussain did not criticise Pakistan Army: MQM

Published: May 1, 2015
MQM leader Altaf Hussain. PHOTO: MQM

MQM leader Altaf Hussain. PHOTO: MQM

KARACHI: Hours after a strong reaction from the Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) over a speech by Muttahida Qaumi Movement chief Altaf Hussain in which he ‘criticised’ the Pakistan Army, the party has said that their chief did not censure the armed forces and in fact applauded the leadership of army chief General Raheel Sharif.

In a statement issued on Friday, the Rabita Committee said the party chief has not only approved of General Raheel’s actions but also applauded his efforts against terrorism in the country.

The committee urged the COAS to provide justice to the MQM, urging him to take action against loan defaulters and plunderers as well, along with the continuing Operation Zarb-e-Azb.

Earlier in the day, DG ISPR Major General Asim Bajwa termed Hussain’s remarks uncalled for and irresponsible.

Read: Irresponsible remarks against Pakistan Army will not be tolerated, says General Bajwa

In a tweet he called MQM chief’s speech “disgusting,” saying that reference to the army or its leadership while reacting to arrest of criminals with suspected links to political parties will not be tolerated.

Altaf, while addressing his supporters via a telephonic address at Nine-Zero on late Thursday, referred to the 1971 surrender of the armed forces, using it to ask why the party was labelled as traitors when some of its members sought refuge in India after fleeing prosecution in the aftermath of the 1992 operation against them.

Read: IG Sindh suspends SSP Malir Rao Anwar after controversial press briefing

His speech came after SSP Malir Rao Anwar held a press conference on Thursday where he alleged that the MQM had ties with Indian spy agency Raw and presented two suspects who claimed they had ties with the MQM and had received weapons training in India.

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Reader Comments (8)

  • Saleem
    May 1, 2015 - 6:59PM

    What a drama!

    In next 24 hours, Altaf will apologize, praise agencies and claim innocence. Is this man out of his mind?

    Can someone tell UK, which is nothing more than a banana republic, to stop its soil being used to throwing stones at other nations by no one else but its own citizens.Recommend

  • Zubair Khan
    May 1, 2015 - 7:10PM

    And now starts same drama of denials, wrong reporting and perceptions. OMG what a mockery.
    Rex Minor where are your suggestions for MQM Chief?Recommend

  • Acorn Guts
    May 1, 2015 - 7:52PM

    MQM leader was very clear in his words and I agree with how ISPR feel about it. This weak rebuttal is not going to ward off ISPR.Recommend

  • Rex Minor
    May 1, 2015 - 8:00PM

    @Zubair Khan:
    The guy from MQM political leadership is used to thinking loudly! But the guy from the military is threatning a politician and one would see a reaction of him being sent on retirement before the MQM follwers go on the street against the army as the people of Bengal did. Bajwa has violated the country’s constitution!

    Rex MinorRecommend

  • Azi
    May 1, 2015 - 8:41PM

    UK would rather have a drunk threaten a nation from its soil, incite violence, kill its own citizens, and commit financial crimes instead of a productive human being eg a doctor, engineer, phd. It amazes me how people can’t think of a value of a bright mind.Recommend

  • arfan aslam khan
    May 1, 2015 - 9:22PM

    Why the UK leaders do not arrest MQM leader for insiting hatred in pakistan,If it against UK or ANY other European countries they will be the first one to arrest the culprits,Why not MQM leader on causing trouble in Pakistan.Pakistan leaders should pressure the UK leader to hand over the trouble maker.Recommend

  • May 3, 2015 - 1:26AM

    I would have started thinking deeper had Altaf Hussain not taken a U turn. Is it for the fear of facing the rage of military? Army are appointed via APSC (Army PUBLIC service commission). They are public servants and civilians must expect more tolerance from them. But Pakistan has worn the robe of an up side down culture. For over 4 decades, Army has been attempting to “rule” instead of “serving”. Marshal Law governments are some bubble examples. Need I say why Pakistan is still an example of a master-slave governance established on the body of a deceased democratic system? Altaf and MQM have lost 90% of their credibility, anyway.Recommend

  • Rao Rashid Ali
    May 3, 2015 - 8:56AM

    Our world is very cruel. People respect us only when we are of some use to them.Recommend

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