MQM is against the cruel customs of karo-kari and honour killings
Address at the releasing ceremony of the drama Naqeeb-i-Inquilab
News Report | Live Speech
The Founder and Leader of Muttahida Quami Movement Mr Altaf Hussain has said that the MQM is striving to usher a revolution of the people belonging to the poor and middle classes in Pakistan. He said, “Our message has reached to the oppressed and downtrodden people in the villages of Sindh and the Punjab, far flung hilly areas of Baluchistan and the vales and dales of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Gilgit-Baltistan and the plains of southern Punjab.”
He said that a revolution has become the fate of the country and a day will come when “thrones would be pulled down and crowns would be tossed.” He was addressing a large gathering on the occasion of the releasing ceremony of the drama “Naqeeb-i-Inquilab” in Lal Qila Ground in Azizabad.
Mr Hussain said when there are social disparities in the society, when there are different standards of justice for the rich and the poor, and when selection is based on nepotism and favouritism instead merit, the oppressed and downtrodden people start a movement for their rights. When these people carry their struggle forward with determination, courage and devotion and render sacrifices for their cause, their struggle becomes the harbinger of a revolution.
Mr Hussain said when the MQM started its struggle for the oppressed and deprived people of Pakistan, the establishment came in its way and tried to stop it. A fierce army operation was done against the MQM and thousands of workers were martyred.
“Living in Pakistan was made difficult for me as several attempts were made on my life. I had to leave the country at the insistence of the MQM workers when I was attacked with hand grenades. Opponents of the MQM were happy that Altaf Hussain was no more on the scene and hence the MQM would wither away. But when the intentions are good and the leader touches a chord with his followers, the forces of evil are defeated.”
Mr Hussain said that there has never been any unpleasant situation in the MQM gatherings and public meeting even though hundreds of thousands of people and workers come to listen to him, whereas public meetings of other political parties were seldom free from unpleasant happenings.
Referring to inhuman treatment of the women in Sindh and other provinces, Mr Hussain said that when a man and a women decide to marry out of their own freewill they are declared as karo and kari and put to death in a callous manner. He said that the MQM is against this cruel injustice. He said that at least 10 couples who were declared as karo and kari were given shelter at Nine Zero and their lives were saved by settling them in foreign countries.
“If any woman in Sindh, Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, and Balochistan wants to marry someone according to the principles of Sharia and they fear for their lives, they should come to Nine Zero. The MQM workers would protect them and no one will be able to touch them there.”
He asked the people to watch the drama “Naqeeb-i-Inquilab” as it depicts the cruelties of the feudal lords in a vivid manner. He praised the artists who had worked in the drama for their good performance. He said that he could not hold his tear when he saw the drama. He presented his tears as a tribute to the artists who had worked in the drama.
He said that the MQM is the only political party in the country that cared for the artist community. The MQM not only never forgets their services but also gives them the respect they deserve. He praised Mansoor Mama, in-charge of the production team and announced Rs. 20,000 for the lead artists of the drama as a token of recognition of their work.