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The founder leader of Pakistan's political party Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), Altaf Hussain, has claimed that he has never been against the country and only wants to eliminate the repressive and exploitative feudal system from there.
He said that in reality, the progressive people of Pakistan are eager to have friendly ties with the neighbouring countries of India, Afghanistan, and Iran.
Hussain asserted that he has always wished and struggled for a liberal and democratic Pakistan, where the judiciary works independently - free from the country's military control and military force, which should be public-serving, and not authoritarian.
The MQM wants to transform Pakistan into a state where all institutions, military, judiciary and Parliament should work in strict accordance with the Constitution.
"Pakistan should not be ruled over by the military or judiciary but the people. Military generals violated the Constitution, broke Pakistan but they have never been tried for treason. The government of Pakistan should allow overseas Pakistanis to have their say through ballots in elections. The military should now stop humiliating tribal areas' people especially women on the pretext of search. Sindh has to be divided under 26 parallel. Mohajirs population has been cut to a peanut size but the true census would reveal the actual strength of Mohajirs," Hussain said addressing the 34th Foundation Day of MQM in London, which was largely attended by people, intellects, writers, and academicians, among others.
Hussain said that his ideology can never be suppressed with state force.
All the oppressed masses of Pakistan should get united under one banner of the MQM, recognise the common enemy, and retrieve their rights, he appealed.
Hussain further said that his address to the participants of the 34th Foundation Day is also being watched by the military establishment and Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) at the General Headquarters (GHQ) and Aabpara respectively, which is a proof that despite restrictions on local media to cover him, the military and ISI have failed.
It is with the blessings of Allah that he alone can change the course, he said.
Hussain asserted that a war among the oppressed and the tyrant is not new and would continue, as is happening today, and the struggle for rights from Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) has now engulfed Balochistan, with their voices of concern being heard worldwide.
Now, the oppressed Sindhis should rise in light of the teaching of late G. M. Syed and commence practical struggle for their rights as Hussain is doing for the Mohajirs and others.
The people of Punjab, especially students, should not listen to propaganda. The case is simple that he only wants to see them free from the shackles of the military and Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI). They are the corrupt military generals who are responsible for the country's devastating situation, Hussain said.
The military generals are protecting and promoting the decayed feudal system as their existence lies in it. Pakistanis, Pashtuns, Sindhis, Punjabis, Balochs, Pakhtoons, Kashmiris, Hazarwals, Gilgiti and Baltistani should recognise their first and common enemy - the military and feudal system, he appealed.
Today, the people of FATA are saying that it is Pakistan's military behind every act of repression and evil. In the past, the military establishment conspired against different communities to confront each other.
According to Hussain, Pakistan's former interior minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, who is a member of the feudal system advised his mother party, Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) (PML-N), not to confront the institutions. He, in fact, wanted to say that the PML-N should not challenge the tyranny of the military establishment and the faulty judiciary.
Conversely, the ISI-paid TV anchors are safeguarding their interests and the interests of the tyrant military and faulty judiciary.
MQM founder Altaf Hussain said that everyone should bear in mind that the military dictators, who toppled democratic governments and suspended the constitution, were guilty of treason, as suspending the Constitution is an act of treason.
However, not a single military general has so far been punished by the Supreme Court of Pakistan.
Instead, the anti-terrorist court directed the government to approach the Interpol for bringing general (retired) Pervez Musharraf back as the later has been implicated in a treason case.
Musharraf should also review as to why he alone has been charged with treason while the other military generals had initiated the coup d'etat, but the court did not include them, he said.
Hussain added that ironically the Chief Justice of Pakistan, Saquib Nisar, is very active on taking suo motu notices on the prices of milk and drugs, but he is silent over the genocide of Mohajirs, Balochs and Pashtuns.
Further, Hussain asserted that it has been two months since the cold-blooded assassination of Professor Dr Hassan Zafar Arif. Naqeebullah Mehsood has been in custody, but the law enforcement authorities and the Supreme Court have not moved an inch for dispensing justices to the aggrieved families.
The killer Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Rao Anwar is under the shelter of the military establishment and ISI, Hussain said. If the Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) is interested in dispensing justice, he should summon the Chief of the Army Staff (COAS), Director General (DG) of ISI and other military heads and give them a three day deadline for the production of Anwar, and rest assured the killer cop would be available.
He said that it was the military establishment and the ISI that created a rift among different ethnic communities.
The ethnic folks of Pakistan should recognise the perpetrators or else the ethnic violence would never end in Pakistan, he urged.
In ethnic violence, numerous Mohajirs were slain.
However, he said, that he still looks forward and seeks Allah's refuge, hoping that Allah would pardon the assassins of Mohajirs.
It is now high time for unity against the common enemy and retrieval of rights.
He said that the Supreme Court in Pakistan is acting as on payroll of the military establishment.
The Supreme Court judges are only after Nawaz Sharif, but are turning a blind eye to Imran Khan. Sharif is paying the price of what Khan had done to Mohajirs in the past.
Hussain said that the military establishment has imposed a ban on him in Pakistan and under that ban, the media has been restricted to publish his statements and pictures, and the electronic media is restricted to telecast his talks and speeches.
The military establishment has declared him as a traitor while the fact is that he neither conspired against Pakistan nor broke it into two pieces, he said.
He also said, "He is against all kinds of terrorism and extremism because those who are extremists and terrorists are on the sides of the evil. They are the forces of evil on Earth."
Therefore, everybody should seek Allah's refuge from military and judiciary as these are the real goons.
He invited all ethnic folks of Pakistan to come forward and unite for the retrieval of the suppressed rights to transform Pakistan into a state, where the democracy should be the only option in letter and spirit.
The military and judiciary should be working for the service of the people of Pakistan, the real owners of the country, he urged.
"Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) should now keep in mind that Sindh has to be divided under 26 parallel formulas. People of urban Sindh (Mohajirs) have been fed up with PPP's crooked measures and discrimination," he said.
He also asked the Chief of Army Staff to stop humiliating women of tribal areas on the pretext of search for safety.
He demanded the government of Pakistan to allow the overseas Pakistanis to have their say through the ballot in elections.
Hussain thanked the participants and also felicitated Mohajirs in Karachi, Hyderabad, Mirpur Khas, Sukkur, Nawab Shah, Sangarh, Tando Allah Yar, Tando Muhammad Jam and other citifies and towns of Sindh for commemorating the 34th Foundation Day at home.