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Founder and Leader Altaf Hussain had not authorised coordination committee of MQM to change the constitution: MQM’s Spokesperson.


Founder and Leader Altaf Hussain had not authorised coordination committee of MQM to change the constitution: MQM’s Spokesperson.
 Posted on: 10/28/2020

Founder and Leader Altaf Hussain had not authorised coordination committee of MQM to change the constitution: MQM’s Spokesperson.

Statement of Mr Altaf Hussain issued on 23 August 2016 did not in any mean indicate that he had resigned or retired and neither authorised CCC to amend the MQM constitution.

 

London; 28 October 2020:  The spokesperson of Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM) has said that the statement of founder and leader of MQM Mr Altaf Hussain issued on 23 August 2016 was misinterpreted and taken out of context. So we are deleting that statement from our website, delay is just it was due to oversight.

In a statement issued today from MQM International Secretariat London, the spokesperson said that the clarification being made today is important in historical perspective in order to eliminate the confusion or misinterpretation if any exists and to keep the record straight.

Elaborating the circumstances during that period of time when the statement was made, the spokesperson said that on 22 August 2016, Inter Service Intelligence (ISI), Military Intelligence (MI) and para-military Rangers directly controlled by Pakistan Army started brutal crackdown against MQM, raided hundreds of offices throughout Karachi and Sindh including central office of MQM (known as Nine Zero) in Azizabad, Karachi, arrested hundreds of workers, office bearers and leaders of MQM and shifted them to their torture cells and safe houses. Between the night of 22 and 23 August 2016 para military Rangers had illegally sealed Nine Zero including all zonal, town, and local offices of MQM throughout the province of Sindh and effectively put an illegal ban on MQM which until today is in place. On the same night of 22 August 2016 Dr Farooq Sattar and Khawaja Izhar Ul Hasan were also taken into custody by ISI and para military Rangers from Karachi Press Club in front of dozens of journalists, media photographers and TV cameramen. Apparently they were shifted to a safe house of ISI somewhere in Karachi. The lives of hundreds of arbitrary detained workers, office bearers and leaders of MQM had been in grave danger on the hand of ISI and Rangers and safety of their lives was the matter of paramount concern for founder and leader Mr. Altaf Hussain. Unlike other hundreds of arrested workers, office bearers and leaders, next morning both individuals were released from the custody of ISI and para military Rangers without any explanation that why they were arrested and on what ground they were released without adopting any legal process. Soon after the release, Dr Farooq Sattar had announced to address a press conference at Karachi Press Club later in the day. Before the schedule press conference Dr Farooq Sattar and others reassured Mr Altaf Hussain over the phone that distancing with him is a temporary tactic to protect the lives and to dilute the pressure of military establishment.  They said ‘we need your support, we were and will be loyal to you, you are and will be our founder & leader rest of our lives and once the dust settled down we will retract from announcement of distancing with you’. They informed Mr Altaf Hussain that if they would not act what they had been asked to do by ISI and military establishment then there would be no guarantee for the lives of hundreds of arbitrary detained workers, office bearers and leaders. On the reassurances of Dr Farooq Sattar and others, founder and leader of MQM Mr Altaf Hussain issued a statement on 23 August 2016 and authorised the Coordination Committee (comprised of members based in London and Pakistan) to carry out organisational matters, decision making and policy making matters of the party.

The spokesperson said that the statement of Mr Altaf Hussain issued on 23 August 2016 did not in any mean indicate that he had resigned or retired  and neither authorised Central Coordination Committee to amend the MQM constitution as it was misinterpreted, wrongly implied and reported in certain parts of media.

Furthermore, the spokesperson said that the members of Coordination Committee based in London and Pakistan firmly reaffirmed publicly on several occasions that Mr Altaf Hussain is the founder and leader of MQM and millions of followers of MQM around the globe will not accept ‘minus Altaf Hussain’ formula.

Dr Farooq Sattar and others, on the behest of military establishment, not only deceived the founder and leader of MQM Mr. Altaf Hussain but also millions of party workers, office bearers and supporters, particularly families of the martyrs, missing persons, detained workers and their families. Due to their acts Dr. Farooq Sattar and others were expelled from the party.

The spokesperson emphasised that MQM will continue its democratic struggle under the leadership of founder and leader Mr. Altaf Hussain.

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11/28/2020 5:27:24 PM