Feeling lonely: Altaf 'deeply hurt' by PPP leaders not answering his calls

Published: July 4, 2015

KARACHI: Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain claims to have been ‘deeply hurt’ by the apathetic attitude of the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) leadership after he was unable to convey his grievances to them regarding the recent arrest of his workers by Rangers personnel.  

Altaf had called Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah and PPP co-chairperson Asif Ali Zardari but was unable to speak to them. According to a press release issued by the party, the MQM chief called Shah but the line was not clear and because of the chief minister’s ‘old-age’, the latter could not hear Altaf Hussain clearly.

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The MQM chief then told the chief minister that he would call again from his direct phone. When he called the second time, instead of Shah, it was his operator who picked up. The operator made Altaf wait for several minutes, during which time he was forced to listen to recorded speeches of the deceased Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and Benazir Bhutto, said the press release.

The operator then said that the chief minister would call him back but the call never came.

Altaf also called the PPP co-chairperson, Asif Ali Zardari, several times on his two numbers in Dubai but he did not pick up.

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Following the incident, an angry Altaf in a press statement condemned the attitude and said that at a time when the whole of  Sindh was being occupied by the Rangers and MQM workers were being treated as ‘war prisoners’, the irresponsible attitude of the PPP leaders was disheartening.

Meanwhile, the party’s Rabita Committee in London directed the Rabita Committee in Pakistan to take notice of the irresponsible and indifferent attitudes of the PPP leaders.

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Reader Comments (18)

  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Jul 4, 2015 - 6:08PM

    PPP itself is in trouble. Their leaders know that their conversation is recorded and their movements are being watched. Have some patience or contact Anarchist who is available on phone to collect garbage of other parties.Recommend

  • Salman - SK
    Jul 4, 2015 - 6:45PM

    The level of political maturity displayed by this press release should be instructive to urban Sindh’s electorate as to who they have chosen to represent them. Karachi, a city approaching almost 20 million inhabitants deserve better leadership.Recommend

  • sola shehzaday
    Jul 4, 2015 - 6:52PM

    In the light of recent detentions, MQM thugs are having second thoughts about going “all out” to collect the yummy, juicy, chocolate-chip fitrah. Afaq Ahmed of Haqiqi was kept locked without a conviction (under MPO) for 5 years just to please this sick, vile man. Seems like this sick, vile man is demanding different rules for his henchmen.Recommend

  • Azzy
    Jul 4, 2015 - 6:54PM

    Anarchist? You mean IK Niazi?Recommend

  • Rahilla
    Jul 4, 2015 - 7:15PM

    Altaf bhai is trying to get protection from PPP but PPP also in trouble and has to face which they have done corruption, khapay khapay CORRUPTION khapay. After the show of MQM, PPP Nawaz League operation will start. Don’t worry. Pakistan would be cleap with all MAFIAs, Insha AllahRecommend

  • Abrar Tariq
    Jul 4, 2015 - 7:37PM

    Problem is, Karachi is passing through difficult times. More than 2000 people have been killed in karachi since 2008. There are bhata mafia and land mafia everywhere. Under such alarming circumstances, you got to treat these criminals like warcrime prisoners, because it will fill their hearts with fear. You can not treat these criminals like Kings. During mushraf era, MQM criminals and prisoners used to be treated like kings of the Jails. Now, that time is Gone. That’s altaf hussain is making noice. You will be called to account if you are involved in criminal activities in karachi Weldone rangers. Keep it up Recommend

  • Hasan
    Jul 4, 2015 - 7:57PM

    What a leader!!! All he does is sit beside his telephone and call! Recommend

  • Mrs Juicy Gossips
    Jul 4, 2015 - 8:52PM

    @Hasan: Right, and if he’s all by his lonesome self all he need do is dial-a date in London ! No fuss, no muss.Recommend

  • Pea Brain
    Jul 4, 2015 - 9:17PM

    @Ch. Allah Daad:
    His Highness, The Chaudary, I’d request you to look up ‘Anarchism’ for a better use of the word or its derivatives. Of course, some grammatical tweaking will also go a long way since you have made commentary your profession. With Humility. Recommend

  • Aysha
    Jul 4, 2015 - 10:12PM

    So very uncool of PPP. But what else could be expected from criminals, when it comes down to it they’ll only save themselves. Recommend

  • Ashraf
    Jul 4, 2015 - 11:14PM

    Of course they won’t speak Altaf bhai. They were busy plotting your downfall by cooking up charges. But they will be at your feet come election time.Recommend

  • Bilal Khan
    Jul 5, 2015 - 12:10AM

    The main destroyer of karachi is MQM and PPP. They are running criminal gangs under political umbrella. MQM is strong due to large support of Urdu speaking people and they are blindly following Altaf and MQM just like Bhutto followers. The only difference b/w PPP and MQM is that PPP is using “Zinda hai Bhutto Zinda hai” slogan and MQM is using “Jiye Mohajir”. Attack on PTI camps and rallies are the examples of brutalities done by MQM. MQM don’t want any competition with PTI because PTI is the major threat for them in Karachi that’s why they are washing brains of mohajirs that PTI is an establishment planted party in karachi for dividing mohajirs. Poor organization and stupid speeches lead MQM to twist his statements into mohajir hate speeches. IK is a honest man but he should think first that what he is saying in front of media otherwise you have no future in politics.Recommend

  • MSH
    Jul 5, 2015 - 12:32AM

    You deserve this treatment …..Remember a rolling stone gathers no more.
    But why don’t you call Rehman Malik.?Recommend

  • doraiz shamsi
    Jul 5, 2015 - 3:11AM

    A state in state within the govt….?Recommend

  • Omar Malik
    Jul 5, 2015 - 5:25AM

    Why doesn’t he just call Delhi and talk to his financiers?Recommend

  • Shaheen 42
    Jul 5, 2015 - 6:51AM

    This is what these fair weather friends should expect from each other. Each of them has his own axe to grind. Altaf Hussain needs to read,” The Truth ” of HashwaniRecommend

  • Mrs Juicy Gossips
    Jul 5, 2015 - 8:12AM

    @Shaheen 42: No, he needs to get back to being a cabbie and pour out his soul to all his fares.Recommend

  • nadeem
    Jul 6, 2015 - 11:55AM

    Try leaving voice mailRecommend

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