I want a just and equitable system in which every citizen has equal rights
Founder and Leader of Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM) Mr Altaf Hussain has said that he does not seek the office of the president or the prime minister. “I do not need anything for myself. I want to change the system of the country and I want to save the country.” He said this while talking to the zonal committee of the Lahore Zone and office-bearers of Lahore and Kasur districts on the telephone.
Mr Hussain said that his political struggle was not aimed at securing perks and privileges for himself and his family. “I started my struggle for the rights of the disadvantaged and underprivileged as a whole. The establishment tried to bribe me on several occasions during the course of my struggle. I was offered money, bungalows, and properties, but I did not trade my conscience and values. Those who are true to their ideology do not allow themselves to be bought.”
Mr Hussain said, “When I refused to bow down, they tried to eliminate me, and the MQM was subjected to fierce state repression. Simple people of the Punjab were turned away from me by unleashing vitriolic propaganda. Had I accepted the deals offered to me, I would not have been living the painful life in exile. I would have been living a life of pleasure and luxury in Pakistan.
”Mr Hussain said, “I was blamed for many things, but they could not accuse me of corruption. My hands were clear in the past as well and there is nothing against me even today. I do not own any property worth the name throughout Pakistan.”
Mr Hussain said, “I am neither communist nor socialist. My philosophy is the philosophy of Realism and Practicalism, and I want to reform the prevailing system. I want a just and equitable system in which every citizen has equal rights irrespective of his religious followings and beliefs. I want a system where no one is subjected to discrimination because of any reason.”
In the end, Mr Hussain praised the workers of the Punjab, including the Lahore Zone, for continuing their work with perseverance in spite of all the difficulties.