Stories about Altaf Hussain

MQM: Misunderstood even after 30 years

On March 18, 1984 the first political entity for the Mohajirs called the All Pakistan Mohajir Student Organisation (APMSO) evolved into a full-fledged political party now known as the Mohajir Qaumi Movement (MQM). The party was renamed to Muttahida Qaumi Movement in 1997. And tomorrow, March 18, 2014 it will be exactly 30 years since the MQM came into existence. However, the question remains – out of all political parties in Pakistan, why is the most intensely negative judgement directed towards the MQM? There is no simple answer to this question. However, in order to get to the crux of the issue, one needs to take ...

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Lahore: No gas to turn on the heat, so if I froze to death, would I be a martyr?

I woke up this morning and found out that, for the fourth consecutive day, there was no gas at home – none whatsoever. The stove fluttered to life for merely a second before going out and I understood that turning on the heater would be a waste of time. The equation was simple – no gas, no heat. I would have to resign myself to a cup of tea. I knew that as long as we have our electric kettle and chai (tea) – the answer to all Pakistani problems – we would survive. The key word here is electric, of course. There was no electricity either. And this ...

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Why shouldn’t the MQM demand a separate province?

Ever since Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) Chief Altaf Hussain demanded a separate province for the Urdu speaking population of Sindh, local media and politicians have by and large framed the debate firmly against the MQM. As has always been the case, any stance that the MQM takes is somehow twisted and presented as anti-state, and this time was no different. The demand for a separate province is never a preferred or pleasant one, as Altaf has stated himself. However, instead of focusing on the cause of such a demand, most of our media anchors, politicians and nationalist leaders pounced upon the opportunity to bash the party instead. While the ...

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18 mind blowing quotes by Pakistani politicians in 2013

Last year, our nation went through many a tragedy. From being held hostage by terrorists to being engulfed by sectarian violence, the terror spree has gone on without any breaks. In this madness, we have had our politicians providing us their ‘pearls of wisdom’. While this year we have missed the late Pir Pagara, Zulfiqar Mirza, Pervez Musharraf, Rehman Malik and the like, who had given us truly memorably comments regarding national security in the past, I was still able to collect some quotes which managed to become top headlines. Here is how our leaders and politicians have shared their valuable opinions ...

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Pakistani reactions to breaking news (explained through cats)

When visiting US diplomats talk about Pakistan being a key ally in the War on terror. …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. When Imran Khan says he will block NATO supply routes. …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. Reality of trying to block Nato supplies… …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. How security forces are seen when rumours emerge of an operation into North Waziristan ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..  How the MQM is seen when they announce they are breaking a political alliance ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..  How the JI is seen battling over the ‘martyr’ controversy …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. Each time the power tariff is raised by 50 paisa …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. When there is a strike due to ‘namaloom afrad‘ ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..  When a negative review of Waar is published ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..  When a positive review of Waar is published …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. When there’s a ...

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Bring the Army to Karachi!

Recently issued statements by the Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain and the subsequent debate on the floor of the National Assembly have brought forward a plethora of concerns for citizens of Karachi. The ruling party, Pakistan Peoples Party, instead of giving hope and a plan to stabilise the worsening law and order situation in the city, has started pointing towards the 30-year-old violent history of this beautiful port city. Instead of showing resolve to eliminate criminal elements, the information minister for Sindh government, Sharjeel Memon, accused the MQM of hatching a conspiracy alongside the Pakistan Army. Allegations are ...

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Altaf Hussain’s UK investigation: Hold your horses, Pakistan, only time will tell!

Two months ago, there was a press conference between British High Commissioner to Pakistan, Mr Adam Thompson and a soiree of Pakistani journalists. The purpose of this meeting was to brief the media with the findings of the 2013 election observers. The standard questions asked, however, somehow revolved solely around the MQM Chief, Altaf Hussain, his indictment and a statement from the UK government. The standard reply received was that the London Metropolitan Police was free from government pressure and whilst investigations were underway, no statement can be given. But that didn’t satiate our appetite for more information; the press conference could ...

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MQM: The International phenomenon

Let’s discuss what took place early Thursday morning on BBC’s Newsnight with Jeremy Paxman. The show reported that Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) Chief Altaf Hussain was being investigated for money laundering worth at least 400,000 pounds as well as for provocation of violence, the penalties of which are 14 years’ incarceration and life imprisonment respectively. The news report by Owen Bennett Jones featured video clips of Hussain making statements mentioning ‘body bags’ and ‘abdomens’. It also showed an outline of the assassination of MQM leader Imran Farooq and a number of interviews including a former MQM member, Naim Ahmed, and a former ...

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Dear MQM, PTI supporters are not sorry!

This letter is a response to a letter  recently published in The Express Tribune. I sincerely applaud your gracious apology to the MQM, especially at time when Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) supporters are vehemently caricatured only as abusive and irrational juveniles. One cannot help but be struck by the irony of your worthwhile endeavour. Had you been an MQM supporter, publicly asking Altaf Hussain to apologise for his incendiary vitriol and distasteful accusations against Imran Khan, you would have known the consequences of such an act would be dire, even if you had chosen to withhold your private identity. But thankfully you will ...

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An open letter to MQM from a PTI supporter

Dear brothers and sisters, While I strongly condemn the brutal killing of Zahra Shahid Hussain, I would like to take this opportunity as an individual to apologise to the Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM) supporters on behalf on my leader, Imran Khan’s statement. I doubt my party will issue an apology statement or agree with me so I will speak for myself. It was incorrect of Imran Khan to point a finger at your supporters without waiting for an inquiry and an investigation to be completed on the senseless killing of Zahra Shahid Hussain. Apart from the chaos felt in Karachi, it achieved what it meant to and ...

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