Altaf Hussain – MRO for warring factions of MQM



By Nadia Khan

Now a days you might be noticing number of statements from Mutahidda Qoumi Movement’s founder and patron in chief, Altaf Hussain, asking all the national politicians especially Nawaz Sharif, to refrain the politics of confrontation, adopt approach of reconciliation, and set aside all the political differences as Pakistan – now a days- is at the brink of turmoil and political chaos could trigger larger anarchy in the country.

While addressing a gathering organized in connection with MQM’s silver jubilee celebrations, Altaf Hussain has remarked, “I will not abuse some one even if any body abuses me”, he further added, “I am not against Nawaz Sharif”. Altaf Hussain thanked the Almighty Allah that after timely decisions and actions of the government on March 15 the situation in Punjab has improved remarkably. He said that a civil war-like…

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3 Responses to Altaf Hussain – MRO for warring factions of MQM

  1. FARASAT.MIRZA says:


    Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM) believes in Realism and Practicalism. Acceptance of reality with an open heart is Realism, a concept based upon the philosophy of its Founder and Leader Mr. Altaf Hussain. Based on Realism positive achievement made through ideologically supported pragmatic programs is called Practicalism.

    The short history of Pakistan will show that the country has been ruled throughout by feudal lords, waderas and bureaucrats belonging to the two percent privileged population of the country. This class dominates the country’s political life, the administrative services, the military establishments, the economy and the general decision making process, while the 98 percent under-privileged population is denied its rightful share in the exercise of political and economic power in running the affairs of the state. Being politically disadvantaged and economically handicapped this sector of the society is unable to find a place in the assemblies and the corridors of power in the country. As a consequence, it remains perpetually deprived and alienated. It just plays second fiddle to the ruling class. It is obliged to vote for them, make up the crowd in their political gatherings and processions, raise slogans and resort to appreciative clapping to their soulless and hackneyed speeches, containing promises which are never meant to be fulfilled.

    According to the Constitution of Pakistan, every citizen has the right to participate in elections and represent the people in the assemblies. However the two percent privileged class has made the entry of the remaining population to the assemblies well nigh impossible. Lavish expenditures on political campaigning have rendered elections as a rich man’s game in which the less fortunate class cannot compete. All major political parties routinely voice sympathy and concern for the poor but refuse to accommodate them in the assemblies and national power structure. Thus the poor workers despite sincere work and sacrifices remain perpetual bystanders.

    In the above circumstances, therefore, real democratic culture could not be established in Pakistan. Real democracy means the rule of the majority or in other words Government of the people, by the people, for the people. But strangely in Pakistan even in the name of democracy, the same two percent privileged class manages to induct its members into the assemblies and other positions of power, while the 98 percent of the lower and middle class population is totally deprived of its genuine representation.

    The democratic system has not developed strong roots in Pakistan, as the two percent privileged class now ruling the country has neither any concern for the masses nor any genuine love for the democratic institutions. Their primary objective is to remain in power and protect their interests at all costs. Naturally, therefore, people belonging to such a mindset neither resist undemocratic and unconstitutional activities in the country nor feel any compunction in readily accepting and recognising illegal governments, so long as their personal interests are protected and they are also allowed a share in the booty.

    If we look at the record of the various governments of Pakistan since its inception, we will easily notice that be it a democratic government or martial regime, it has always been monopolised by the same two percent privileged class of the country. As a clever move, this class has inducted its members into all major political parties of the country. This ensures their permanent link with the power irrespective of which party is in the government at a given time. This monopolistic plan of the two percent privileged class is the main cause of the instability in the democratic institutions of the country. The two- percent ruling class mainly comprises of the feudal lords, While the remaining 98 percent population consists of the poor, oppressed and deprived ones. It is now for the people of Pakistan to judge and decide as to how this small self-centred two- percent ruling class could solve the problems faced by the 98 percent. Isolated and insulated from the masses, this class is totally unaware of the sufferings, agonies, anxieties as well as the aspiration and hopes of the poor and oppressed people. The living standards and the life style of the privileged class are poles apart from the way of life of the less fortunate and alienated people. In fact there is hardly any meeting point between the two of them.

    The members of this privileged class spend millions of rupees to get elected to the national and provincial assemblies. Hence, their first priority on coming to power is to recover their capital spent on the election campaign, of course, along with compound interest and dividends. They have little time and energy for resolving the problems of their constituencies. For them, power and privileges are the main objective in coming into politics, they do not hesitate to compromise our principles and ideologies and willingly indulge in all kinds of undemocratic practices in order to maintain their hold on the establishment.

    As the elected people from the elite class on reaching the corridors of power work only for the interest of the two- percent population, the masses who elected them find their problems unresolved. They are consequently becoming more rich. They are accumulating wealth with both hands. New land holdings are being acquired, prestigious bungalows, villas are being purchased within the country and abroad, and factories are being established with dubiously acquired capital. MQM, therefore, feels strongly that Pakistan can never prosper unless the prevailing corrupt political, economic and social system is brought to an end. It is certain that under the existing set up, the people of Pakistan cannot move ahead towards prosperity nor can there be any stability in the democratic system. It is possible only when the 98 percent poor and middle class people get united and adequately represented in the assemblies and places of power through qualified, honest and committed people belonging to their own class.

    The under privileged majority in the country should therefore realise that if they want deliverance from the clutches of the exploiting class and also wish to see the country stable and prosperous then they should elect representatives from their own ranks. Prima facie, it is a difficult task as without wealth any success in elections is next to impossible. But this is really not true. MQM has shown the way.

    In the political history of Pakistan, MQM has demolished this antiquated system of thinking. Accepting the facts and realities as they exist in the country, MQM adopted the path of Practicalism and finally made a breakthrough. It succeeded in sending a large number of lower and middle class educated members to the provincial and national assemblies from Karachi, Hyderabad and other urban centres of Sindh without any monetary burden on the part of the incumbents. MQM feels that having shown the way the poor and middle class individuals in other regions of the country should also try to reach the assemblies. But to achieve this, it is necessary that the lower and middle classes of the country should adopt the MQM philosophy of Realism and Practicalism. They should be ready to make a concerted struggle and be prepared for sacrifices. Once the lower and middle class dominates the assemblies, we shall be able to bring about true democracy in the country and solve the problems of the oppressed masses.

  2. RIZWAN.AKHTAR says:


    US intelligence officers posted in Pakistan have reportedly been making detailed enquiries into the likely links of the Jamaat-e-Islami (JEI) of Pakistan headed by Qazi Hussain Ahmed with Al Qaeda of Osama bin Laden. These enquiries are reported to have been started following the arrest of Khalid Sheikh Mohammad, supposedly No. 3 in Al Qaeda, in March from the house of a women’s wing leader of the JEI at Rawalpindi in an area where many serving and retired officers of the Pakistan Army live.

    2. Earlier this year, two other suspected cadres of Al Qaeda were arrested from the house of another JEI member in Karachi. These arrests have given rise to a suspicion that JEI office-bearers and cadres not only in the North-West Frontier Province (NWFP) and Balochistan, but also in other parts of Pakistan have been helping the surviving members of Al Qaeda who crossed over into Pakistan from Afghanistan in the beginning of last year.

    3. After the arrest of Khalid Sheikh Mohammad and his handing over to the USA’s Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) had organised separate briefings for foreign and Pakistani journalists at the ISI headquarters. At those briefings, in response to questions about any links between the JEI and Al Qaeda, Maj. Gen.Rashid Quereshi, who was then the media spokesman of President Pervez Musharraf, had claimed that the fact that some Al Qaeda members were arrested from the houses of individual JEI members did not mean that the JEI as an organisation was having links with Al Qaeda.

    4. However, the US intelligence officers, who have been interrogating Khalid Sheikh Mohammad at a place outside Pakistan, do not appear to be convinced that this was just the rogue actions of some individual members of the JEI, of which the JEI leaders were not aware. Their concerns over possible links between the JEI and Al Qaeda have been heightened by the newly-established links of the Hizbe Islami (HI) of Gulbuddin Heckmatyar with Al Qaeda and the Taliban to harass the American troops in Afghanistan.

    5. Of all the Islamic fundamentalist parties of Pakistan, the JEI had been the closest to the HI and had maintained contacts with Gulbuddin even when he and his associates were living in Iran with the knowledge of the Iranian Government. After 9/11, Teheran, under pressure from the US, expelled them from Iranian territory. They were welcomed in Pakistani territory by the JEI and sympathetic serving and retired officers of the ISI and given shelter in the border areas.

    6. The “Khabrain”, an Urdu journal published from Lahore, has reported as follows: “If during the interrogation of Khalid by the FBI it is proved that the jihadi wing of the JEI has been co-operating with Al Qaeda and providing finance to them, then the US Government’s special department “Office of the Co-Ordinator For Counter-Terrorism” may recommend to the Department of Justice as well as the US State Department to include the JEI in the list of terrorist organisations of the world. Reliable sources have revealed that the Co-ordinator For Counter-Terrorism Department has already started collecting information regarding the JEI’s activities after Khalid’s arrest.”

    7. It is learnt that, simultaneously, US intelligence officers in Pakistan have also been making enquiries about the links of the Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) of Jammu & Kashmir with the JEI of Pakistan as well as with the HI of Gulbuddin and Al Qaeda. The HM was formed in 1990 at the initiative of the ISI and the JEI by merging nearly a dozen small terrorist organisations of J&K and Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir (POK). Its leader Syed Salahuddin lives partly in Rawalpindi and partly in the POK. Its offices in Pakistan, including the POK, are generally located in the offices of the JEI, which looks after the financial needs of the HM.

    8. Before the Taliban captured power in Kabul in September, 1996, the recruits of the HM used to be trained in training camps in Afghan territory by instructors of Gulbuddin. The Taliban, which was then opposed to the HI, ordered the HM to close down its training camps and expelled all HM office-bearers based in Afghan territory. Since then, the HM recruits are trained in the POK by the ex-servicemen in the JEI and armed by the ISI.

    9. Concerned over the links of the HM with the JEI and the HI, the Counter-Terrorism Division of the US State Department in its report on the Patterns of Global Terrorism during 2002 released last month has placed not only the HM, but also the Al Badr and the Jamiat-ul-Mujahideen, both associated with the JEI and the HI, in the list of “other terrorist organisations”. This list includes the names of those organisations which, in the US judgement, have also been indulging in terrorist activities, but the evidence against them regarding their likely involvement in terrorism directed against the US is not strong enough to warrant their being declared as Foreign Terrorist Organisations under a 1996 law, which entails some punitive consequences such as freezing of funds etc.

    10. The US action to categorise the HM, the Al Badr and the Jamiat-ul-Mujashideen as terrorist organisations was triggered off not so much by their activities in J&K, as by their links with the JEI, the HI and possibly Al Qaeda too. The US State Department report states as follows on the HM: “The group is the militant wing of Pakistan’s largest Islamic political party, the Jamaat-i-Islami. It currently is focused on Indian security forces and politicians in Kashmir and has conducted operations jointly with other Kashmiri militants. It reportedly operated in Afghanistan through the mid-1990s and trained alongside the Afghan Hizb-I-Islami Gulbuddin (HIG) in Afghanistan until the Taliban takeover. The group, led by Syed Salahuddin, is made up primarily of ethnic Kashmiris. Currently, there are visible splits between Pakistan-based commanders and several commanders in Indian-occupied Kashmir.”

    11. The recently-announced curbs by the Pakistan Government on fund collection and other similar activities by the HM in Pakistani territory would seem to be more in response to US concerns over its activities and its links with the JEI and the HI than in response to Indian demands for action against it. It remains to be seen how far the Musharraf regime vigorously enforces these curbs, of which there is little evidence so far.

    12. Qazi Hussain Ahmed has, in the meanwhile, denounced attempts to link the JEI with Al Qaeda as a conspiracy and denied any such links. At the same time, the JEI has reportedly asked the HM offices located in its buildings to shift elsewhere. It has disputed the US State Department’s description of the HM as its militant wing

  3. Ahmad says:

    For your information Nadia:
    1-if you want to know who is Afaq Ahmed then contact to any person who is residing in Malir Cantt area, i m also looking for it.
    2-when the MQM was entereing in Landhi area i was there and witnessed that only 1 family of younus khan were protesting and throwing stone to public transport. there is no question of any political party at haqiqi side.
    3- if there is a Haqiqi group Altaf Hussain had already anncounce and declare AAM MAFI for the every one in 2002.
    4-Basically Aamir Liaquat Hussain was seperated due to his activity causing the disrupting the party, and i think it is a right of party leader or central command to hire or fire any person or to promote and demote any worker on the basis of his/her performance.

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