Poll results show MQM supporters want Altaf as party chief

Published: August 4, 2015
A file photo of MQM chief Altaf Hussain. PHOTO: MQM

A file photo of MQM chief Altaf Hussain. PHOTO: MQM

Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) supporters voted against MQM supremo Altaf Hussain stepping down as party chief, a day after he posed the question in a poll on the party’s official website .

Earlier on Monday, MQM chief had asked his followers to vote on the party’s website on whether he should step down as the party leader or not.

According to poll results released by the party’s International Secretariat in London on Tuesday, 72% voted against the MQM chief resigning.

Read: ‘Should I step down?’ MQM chief posts poll on website

On the party’s official website, www.mqm.org, Altaf posed this question to the ‘Haq Parast awam’: “To save the party and the people, should I step down from the movement?”

Along with the question, the options of Yes (haan), Never (har giz nahin), and Don’t Know (maloom nahin) have been given.

Altaf claimed that after his address at the party’s convention in the US, the army and the government decided that channels would not air his speeches.

“They have also threatened the MQM and stated if Altaf Hussain resigns from party leadership, they would stop the operation against the Mohajirs,” he said.

Read: ‘Altaf defaming Pakistan and its institutions’

The MQM chief and his party have been of late under scrutiny both within and outside Pakistan. While the money laundering cases against Altaf are being pursued by Scotland Yard, authorities in the country are cooperating with the British police in the murder of former MQM stalwart Imran Farooq.

The party claimed that it also received calls, emails and faxes from MQM supporters, requesting MQM not to step down from the party.

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Reader Comments (26)

  • Furqan
    Aug 4, 2015 - 7:53PM


  • Ozair
    Aug 4, 2015 - 7:58PM

    ET should close the comments on this page lest they want people abusing in the comment section cuz this guy doesn’t deserve any good thing to be said about himRecommend

  • Sami
    Aug 4, 2015 - 8:10PM

    Hahahahaha, total drama, millions of people have given their verdict against Altaf Hussain but MQM is still behind this mad guy.Recommend

  • Besharam Khan
    Aug 4, 2015 - 8:36PM

    Dear PTI,
    if you think electronic or online voting can go through dhandli, read this report!Recommend

  • Rehmat Khan
    Aug 4, 2015 - 8:51PM

    It’s really unbelievable that how the result came in his favour. But one must know that the admin of the website is from this terror group MQM, so how would he make the results against Altaf.. More ever if the Poll was conducted by a third party website then I’m sure the result will be against him…. Recommend

  • MQM Supporter
    Aug 4, 2015 - 8:56PM

    I think they changed the yes and no polls. I’m sure 72% voted in favor of his resignation.Recommend

  • Heisenberg
    Aug 4, 2015 - 9:18PM

    MQM have also rigged online poll ! LOLRecommend

  • Amir
    Aug 4, 2015 - 9:42PM

    I went on the site and could not locate the poll. Fake poll…Recommend

  • Truth
    Aug 4, 2015 - 9:44PM

    @Ozair….Punjabi Troll…commenting Recommend

  • Wah Bhai Wah
    Aug 4, 2015 - 10:02PM

    This is like asking if Justin Beiber is the best artist on the planet on a Justin Beibers fan website…Recommend

  • Afzal
    Aug 4, 2015 - 10:18PM

    The results in favour of Altaf Hussain can only be explained on the basis that only his blind and die hard followers voted while others did not consider it their worth to waste time on such a psychopath. There is no doubt however that the man is capable of triggering anarchy and bloodshed in the city which requires the government to be prepared. He has a long term desire of seeing BanglaDesh in Karachi. He seems to be turning heat on the government as court cases against him in UK are drawing closer. if proven he could be imprisoned for years. He and his close associates do not want Pakistan to cooperate with Scotland Yard in gathering evidence against him, particularly access to the crucial witnesses in Farooq’s murder case, hence his restlessness and intimidation of causing mayhem in Karachi.Recommend

  • Umair wallayat
    Aug 4, 2015 - 11:05PM

    This poll result is biggest joke ever. Recommend

  • Abid
    Aug 4, 2015 - 11:06PM

    This was one of those polls where you could not see the results real time. So they could give any number in the end and expect people to believe it. LolRecommend

  • Amin
    Aug 4, 2015 - 11:12PM

    no way on earth this could be possible, first they never showed the instant result and they took it off within few hours. I bet overwhelming majority would have voted against him and that terrified him and his minions and they took it off.Recommend

  • curious2
    Aug 4, 2015 - 11:20PM

    Maybe ET should run it’s own poll to see if it mirrors these results?Recommend

  • Jaffar Hashmi
    Aug 4, 2015 - 11:36PM

    Geo Pakistan Long leave MQM Thank you Altaf for not leaving US alone as Sheikh Mujib did with Bangalies. We are watching bodies are coming daily from the border but our Army busy killing , harassing, & torturing UNARMED civilians at Karachi & Hyderabad and We also know Daily special trains are coming from Peshawar & Lahore full of people to change the Mahajir % for next local Elections that’s why they are delayed. Thank you General Sharif for meeting Un Elected child ( Bilawal ) and refuse to talked to MQM Elected Leader Ship to Explain and answer there grievance may be you are part of HIDDEN Agenda. Gen. Rahel you are following your previous Generals Tikah Khan & Niyazi who responsible for 100’0 of 1000 women rape, murder unarmed citizens and at the end to save their own life surrender to INDIAN Army.This is 2015 not 1973. We will not let Army do what they did in East Pakistan. Inshallah GOD will punish one day. LONG LEAVE MQM and ALTAF. Kashmiries in INDIA see what happening to Us, Will get United Nation Involve for your CRIMES.Recommend

  • Vaqar
    Aug 4, 2015 - 11:58PM

    ET. Why don’t you run a poll yourself now???Recommend

  • Aug 5, 2015 - 12:23AM

    This is interesting. Very very interesting. Because the actual result of mentioned poll about Altaf Hussain is totally different than what MQM has claimed.Recommend

  • Defacto
    Aug 5, 2015 - 1:37AM

    An open challenge to the MQM party to conduct an online poll which shows the results as the vote is casted. This way a true picture of public’s response could be showed but we know even their online polls are as credible as their votes on groundRecommend

  • Defacto
    Aug 5, 2015 - 1:37AM

    An open challenge to the MQM party to conduct an online poll which shows the results as the vote is casted. This way a true picture of public’s response could be showed but we know even their online polls are as credible as their votes on groundRecommend

  • Karachiite
    Aug 5, 2015 - 2:17AM

    Another rigged election by MQM. I feel this operation was long due. I’m pretty sure it is politicized as well but I don’t care as long as it’s putting an end to this utter nonsense that has taken away my city lights. i am a muhajir and i along with millions of muhajirs are not brainwashed and do not support the MQM and the crazy, drunk, and absolutely out of his mind lunatic.

    People of Karachi and and specifically MQM supporters, understand that life without this Lunatic maybe the best thing for MQM. It can be a party of people wanting good things. Mustafa Kamal is a great example of someone who worked and earned respect from everyone. Too bad people like that do not last in MQM. Oh well carry with this operation and catch them all. Recommend

  • David Salmon
    Aug 5, 2015 - 2:18AM

    What difference does it make? Altaf always takes his resignation back after a day or two.Recommend

  • Liberal
    Aug 5, 2015 - 10:53AM

    The ‘namaloom afraad’ have rigged this online poll as well. Recommend

  • No one
    Aug 5, 2015 - 3:43PM

    This report is rubbish it does not say how many vote were cast it only gives percentage there is a strong chance only 100 people votedRecommend

  • Naeem Majid
    Aug 5, 2015 - 5:39PM

    If the result of this poll is genuine then please as these traitors to leave Pakistan and go to India Recommend

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