Address on the occasion of 26th anniversary of Qasba Aligarh Tragedy in Karachi
The Founder and Leader of Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM) Mr Altaf Hussain has said that the he would respond to the contempt of court notice after holding consultations with his legal and constitutional experts. “I would ask the MQM workers not to take the law in your hands or protest on this as Allah is the Best redeemer. He was addressing a large gathering of workers and office-bearers in the Lal Qila Ground in Azizabad on the occasion of the 26th anniversary of the Qasba Aligarh massacre.
Referring to the investigation of the murder of Dr Imran Farooq, Mr Hussain said that the Scotland Yard had said that they wanted to visit the MQM’s office. “We asked them to come and take away whatever they wanted. We told them that they may open any cupboard and carry out their investigation. Our conscience is clear and we had earlier also said that we would extend full cooperation to the Scotland Yard in the investigation. People raised a hue and cry that the International Secretariat of the MQM was raided. Biased commentators on the TV laughed and ridiculed. But no one attempted to discover the truths.”
Speaking about the Ali Garh-Qasba tragedy, Mr Hussain said that armed terrorists attacked helpless people with sophisticated weapons and explosives in Qasba Colony and Aligarh Colony in Karachi 26 years ago. More than 300 innocent people were killed in a cold-blooded manner and houses were set on fire.
“Terrorists went on a killing spree early in the morning and they continued to kill people relentlessly but no one reached there to help them. This tragedy did not occur in any other country but the Islamic Republic of Pakistan. Police, Army and the administration did not come to stop the butchery.”
“Twenty six years have passed but no one responsible for this tragedy has been indicted and brought to the book. Were they not human beings? If someone says that I am making a story then I can present solid evidences. I have videos which I can be sent to the Supreme Court.”
“Even though it happened years ago and the Supreme Court may say that we were not present at that time and that the judiciary was not free then, the judiciary is free today and it can take notice of any unfortunate incident even after the lapse of 50 years.”
“Women were ravished and killed. When they could not easily take off their jewellery their bodies were cut in a cruel manner with sharp weapons.”
“No political or religious party, analyst, writer or intellectual ever spoke about these unfortunate events. We bore everything with patience but we did not raise the slogan against Pakistan. Some said that we should be thrown in the Arabian Sea but we raised the slogan of Pakistan Zindabad.”
Speaking about the killings of people in Lyari in 2011, Mr Hussain said that innocent people were killed in a cold-blooded manner after being identified. They were hacked to pieces and their body parts were thrown in different parts of the city after being stuffed in sacks. I had sent the videos of these horrific crimes to the judges of the High Court and the Supreme Court, which perhaps they could not see because of their busy schedule.”
Mr Hussain said that a system based on justice should be established in Pakistan. It is the responsibility of the government as well as all other institutions. “Every form of prejudice must end. Injustice should be called injustice and oppression should be called the oppression.”
“Allah is always with the oppressed people. Those who had made baseless allegations against the MQM and Altaf Hussain have met their end. Big powers have been trying to eliminate me for the past 35 but have failed.”
“Those who misconstrue my appeals for friendship and brotherhood as my weakness are daydreaming. They may use the full brute force against the MQM but the MQM would not retreat.”
In the end Mr Hussain appealed to the MQM workers to remain steadfast. “Whether you are a Punjabi, a Sindhi, Balochi, a Seraiki, a Baltistani, or anyone else, you should hold fast. The MQM belongs to every oppressed person in the country. It is not the party of the Urdu speaking people alone.
Speaking about the anniversary of the Dhaka Fall on 16th December, Mr Hussain said that lessons should be learnt from the breaking of Pakistan. Hundreds of thousands of people were killed. “If we did not learn any lesson in the past, we should do it now. We should save the remaining Pakistan as the country cannot be run with injustice, prejudice and corruption. Countries survive and progress because of peace and love.”