KARACHI: MQM chief Altaf Hussain announced that his party leaders and activists would surely participate in Tahirul Qadri’s long march.He said this while addressing the party leaders and workers over telephone from London at the Lal Qila ground near the MQM headquarters.
He said if a uniform local government (LG) system was not implemented, they would be obliged to raise the slogan for the division of Sindh.
MQM chief Altaf Hussain took the stem out of his much-hyped ‘political drone’, when he turned what people thought would be a major political announcement into a session on Pakistan’s history, claiming that the founder of Pakistan Quaid-i-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah took the oath of allegiance to King George VI after independence as the first governor general of Pakistan.
Altaf’s speech was mostly a retort to those who suspect the loyalty of Pakistanis carrying dual nationality. Delving into history, Altaf said that the irony of Pakistan was that “religious parties that were against the creation of Pakistan later got the tag of being the most patriotic, and people who laid down their lives for this country were considered traitors”.
Providing documentary evidence to the media, which Altaf claimed 99 percent Pakistanis were unaware of, he read verbatim the oath of allegiance Jinnah took while assuming the office of the first governor general of Pakistan.
The oath contained the following words: “I will be faithful to His Majesty King George VI, his heirs and successors in the office of governor general of Pakistan.” Altaf said that till March 23, 1956, Pakistan remained a part of the British dominion while all parliamentarians and public office bearers took oath of remaining loyal to the British emperor.
Asking intellectuals and TV anchors to respond to the historic facts, Altaf added that given the political situation at the time, Jinnah took the oath “under compulsion” - which was the same case with him (Altaf), when in the early 1990s; he went into self-exile to London and later took up British nationality.
Aiming a remark at the PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif, Altaf said that the former prime minister had been living in Saudi Arabia for eight years without any sort of formalities because he was friends with a Saudi ruler.
“If I don’t have a ruler friend in Saudi Arabia, is that my fault?” he asked.Altaf said that after Bhutto’s death many PPP leaders also went into exile and returned to Pakistan with dual nationality.
Criticising those “who doubt the loyalty of 70 million Pakistanis holding dual nationality”, Altaf said that these Pakistanis were sending back billions of dollars to Pakistan’s exchequer.Earlier, Altaf took a potshot at the ruling party, which he said was delaying the local government elections, to appease the “Sindhi-speaking Sindhis”.
“The local government is the primary school of democracy, if there is no local government there is no point in having a parliament or senate,” he said.Altaf threatened the ruling PPP that the “Urdu-speaking Sindhis might raise a voice for parting ways if the local bodies system is not implemented.”
Indicating that the PPP had threatened to dislodge the Sindh Governor Ishratul Ebad, Altaf said that they are most welcome. “Do it now. Don’t wait for another day.”On the plans about the upcoming January 14 long march to Islamabad, Altaf reiterated his party’s commitment to join Minhajul Quran chief Dr Tahirul Qadri in Islamabad and said that their coalition partner, the ruling PPP, should show patience.“We have borne many of the wrong decisions made by the PPP, now they should accept our long-march with an open heart. It’s our right as an independent coalition partner,” he said.