London – 10 January 2001
Mr Altaf Hussain, Founder and Leader of Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM), has thanked all those Sindhi journalists and columnists who participated in the sitting over the affairs of Sindh province. He also thanked those editors and journalists who reported the telephonic address in its true spirit without distorting the facts. He also thanked Sindhi brothers in general and particularly those Sindhi students who have telephoned the International Secretariat in London and also at Nine Zero Karachi and Zonal Office in Hyderabad to assure their cooperation in future. Mr Hussain said that he is grateful to Sindhi intellectuals and leaders who have applauded his thoughts. Mr Hussain said, “I have no hard feelings towards those Sindhi leaders who criticised and derided the cooperation between Sindhi speaking Sindhis and Urdu speaking Sindhis and I can only pray for the benevolent of those who doubt my sincerity.” He appealed to the Sindhi brothers not to be disheartened and confused by these negative statements. The people and all the leaders including those who have political differences with me do acknowledge that Altaf Hussain will never trade his conscience nor will he bargain upon the rights of the common man. They are fully aware that Altaf Hussain does not promise utopia but believes in peaceful struggle for the people’s rights with courage and fortitude. While addressing the people of Sindh, particularly students, Mr Hussain declared that whatever capabilities God has bestowed upon me, I once again offer unconditionally for the rights of the people of Sindh. I have no desire to become the President, Prime Minister or even the Chief Minister of Sindh, he declared. He further stated that it is common knowledge that since 1987 MQM has participated in the local bodies elections and general elections; and it is acknowledged worldwide as the third largest party of the country and the second largest of the province of Sindh. However, neither I nor any member of my family ever participated in the elections. I have never been interested in these positions.
Mr Hussain said, “I am a faqeer, malang who does not seek personal or family interests but think and struggle for the common man, and declared that I feel proud to be a servant of Sindh and not its master. I shall continue to struggle for usurped rights of Sindh.” Finally Mr Hussain appealed to Sindhi people, particularly the students, to cooperate and join the Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM) and rid Sindh of servitude by making Sindh an autonomous province. He asked the Sindhi students and people who wish to send their suggestions or pass their opinion should contact me through email on [email protected], through fax on 00442089059527 or over the phone on 004208358900.