This time Altaf has gone too far

MONITORING DESK: Under fire for his “hate speech” against the country’s armed forces, the self-exiled leader of Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM) Altaf Hussain has once again blasted the security establishment.

The political temperature in the country is once again bracing for boiling up as the political analysts are anticipating a strong reaction from the all-powerful armed forces to Altaf’s tirade he made in Dallas, United Stated, in an address of “utmost importance” at MQM’s Annual Convention.

In the telephonic talk, he had the audacity to direct his party workers in the US to stage a protest in front of the United Nations, the White House and Nato and make demands to send their troops to Karachi.

Altaf alleged that ‘Greater Balochistan’ and ‘Greater Pukhtoonistan’ will be created while Karachi would be the headquarter of ‘Greater Punjab’.

He claimed that the biased elements in the ‘Establishment’ have decided to eliminate those Mohajir youths who are raising their voices for their due rights.

He directed the party workers to reach the Nato and United Nations headquarters and apprise them about the atrocities being committed on Mohajir community and request them to send their forces to enquire about the real facts regarding the “massacres” and killings in Karachi.

He further said that whenever, party workers in Pakistan and all around the world would give a green signal then the MQM would officially demand for the creation of a separate province for Mohajirs.

The proceedings of the convention and Altaf Hussain’s address were aired and telecast in Pakistan, Britain, Australia, Germany, Belgium, Far East and many other countries of the world through MQM Web TV.

Altaf congratulated the party workers and supporters all around the world on the 19th annual Convention of Muttahida Qaumi Movement. He said that the number ’19’ has much importance in the history of MQM. He said “MQM is a party which cannot be neutralised even by the entire world community”.

He said that he is striving for the rights of oppressed and suppressed people for decades having faced hundreds of fake charges for his struggle. He said he had also been sent to jail thrice but nothing came into his way which could stop him from fighting for the rights of the poor and needy people.

He said that on the wishes of ‘Establishment’ about 150 fake cases were registered against him all over the country within no time.

MQM Chief directed party workers to write letters to US newspapers and make them aware of the actual situation in Pakistan.

He said Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto and Army Generals took over the industries, and educational institutions of Mohajirs through their nationalisation policy. And after few years these institutions were auctioned and privatised and instead of being returned to their real owners these institutions were given to “nephews, nieces, near and dears ones”.

Citing the example of a news published in The Times on January 8, 1965 in which dozens of Mohajirs were killed and tortured by Gohar Ayub Khan son of General Ayub Khan just for favouring Fatima Jinnah.

He said that the biased people are propagating that Karachi situation has worsened since the MQM came into being but they never discuss anything when the Mohajir localities were raided in 1965.

Altaf Hussain said that the Karachi operation was conducted in August 2013 and today in 2015 and in these two years thousands of innocent MQM workers and supporters had been arrested, and hundreds were tortured and rendered crippled. The whereabouts of dozens of workers are still unknown while a large number of party workers were killed in front of their families and their bodies were thrown in different areas.

He levelled allegations of corruption against Rangers. He asked the participant of the convention that they would have seen the pictures of Rangers raid at ‘Nine Zero’ that how they raided and the very next day how they presented the innocent people like the ‘prisoners of war’ before the courts.

Hussain said that he is not against anybody and “all the oppressed and suppressed Punjabi, Baloch, Sindhi, Pukhtoon, Kashmiri, Saraiki, Hazarwal and other communities are my brothers and will remain as brothers in future too”.

He said that in 1973 Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto in connivance with the Army imposed quota system in Sindh province which is still imposed after a passage of about 42 years. He said Mohajirs are being subjected to different types of torture and insults in their own country.

He said the religious extremism is being fanned in the country and after the organisations like al Qaeda, Taliban, Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, Lashkar-e-Tayyaba, and other now the Daesh (IS) organisation is overtaking all of them with a view to imposing their religious thoughts all over the world.

He said that the sons and daughters of those who sacrificed everything for the creation of Pakistan are being treated like outsiders. Calling the attention of senior Mohajirs, Hussain said that during the last 37 years of struggle of Haq Parasti over 25 thousands of party workers, and supporters have been killed by Army, Rangers and Police.

He said that the millions of Mohajirs could hold demonstration in front of the White House and United nations to register their protest and apprise the entire world community over the atrocities being committed on Mohajirs.

Altaf Hussain asked MQM workers to continue movement for respectable life of mothers, sisters and daughters even if he was murdered.

He dismissed money laundering charges and said all the bank accounts in London had been frozen and they were surviving in difficult situation.

Terrorism is biggest threat to Pakistan, he asserted and added that the organisations banned by Interior Ministry are still operating in the country.

Altaf Hussain said that bank accounts in London are frozen and the movement is passing through acute monetary constraints and asked the party workers to send donations. He congratulated the Central Organiser of MQM America Junaid Fahmi, Central Organising Committee and the members of all chapters of the US for making the annual convention a complete success.

Source: Business Recorder