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LONDON: If my party workers fail to reform themselves, they will lose me as their leader forever, said Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain said on Friday.

Altaf was speaking to members of the interim Rabita Committee and other party workers.

“I never taught MQM workers to take bribes, be corrupt or put undue pressure on people for favours,” he said.

Addressing the issue of his stay away from home, Altaf told his party members that his family members went abroad to save their lives.

He said his family worked hard while living in a foreign land.

Delving more into his family and political affairs, the MQM chief said he never favoured his family with gains from his political movement.

“I did not give party tickets to my relatives in elections,” he added.

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LAHORE: Justice Khalid Mahmood Khan of the Lahore High Court (LHC) has issued notices to Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA), Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) and the federal government on a petition seeking legal action against Altaf Hussain for allegedly speaking against the ideology of Pakistan in his speech on May 12.

Although the petitioner had not made the PTA a respondent in the petition, the judge advised him to do so as it was also responsible for providing the opportunity of live speech in Pakistan from abroad.

Along with including PTA in the petition, the petitioner also filed a civil miscellaneous application for interim stay on Hussain’s speeches.

The application would be taken up on the next date of hearing which would be decided by the registrar’s office of the LHC within two weeks.

Advocate Fayyaz Ahmed Mehr had filed a petition on Wednesday, stating that Altaf Hussain is a foreigner claiming to be the chief of MQM and his demands are against the constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan and also against the ideology of the country.

On May 12, during Altaf Hussain’s address to his party workers, he had threatened the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), establishment, media, workers of the political parties and politicians and also demanded that Karachi be detached from Pakistan, said the advocate in his petition.

The petitioner termed it a “conspiracy” and a move to destabilise and create unrest in the country.

He said according to the Political Party Order 2002, only an individual belonging to Pakistan or association of citizens of Pakistan can form, organise, continue or set up a political party in the country.

The petitioner stated Altaf Hussain is not a citizen of Pakistan and cannot claim to be the chief of a political party.

He added that the MQM Chief’s speech was anti-state and amounts to treason, therefore he [Altaf] should be brought back to Pakistan and be punished in accordance with the law. He also said that those working for Altaf should also be punished in accordance with the law.

He had also urged to stop all media outlets from giving coverage to the speeches of Hussain.

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LONDON – Despite the fact that Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain has been fairly chastised over his controversial speeches in the last few days, his troubles are only just beginning as British authorities on Thursday held a meeting to decide how to handle the situation on their hands. If British media reports prove accurate, Altaf may be prosecuted by the UK government.

A joint meeting of British Home Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and London Metropolitan Police was held under Home Secretary Theresa May to review the allegations leveled against Altaf.

According to media reports, records of speeches delivered by Altaf Hussain in the last few days were presented in the meeting.

It was decided during the meeting that the file related to allegations against Altaf would be sent to Crown Prosecution Services (CPS) for initiation of proceedings against him.

Furthermore, London Metropolitan Police will decide to take action three days after allegations are reviewed by CPS.

Decision will also be taken to take police interview from Altaf Hussain.

The top officers agreed on not allowing British territory to be used against any other country.

Legal experts of Crown Prosecution Services have started reviewing the evidence against Altaf Hussain.

Source Link : Pakistan Today

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London: Pakistan’s President Asif Ali Zardari on Friday met Muttahida Qaumi Movement Chief Altaf Hussain in London and discussed issues regarding the political situation of the country.

The both leaders discussed the matters relating to PPP led coalition government and law and order situation in the Karachi, a metropolitan of Pakistan.

President Zardari thanked the MQM Chief for supporting the PPP candidate Raja Pervez Ashraf in the recent election for the new prime minister in the country.

The leaders also agreed to work jointly for the lasting peace and stability of the democracy in the country.

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KARACHI: Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain, defending Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf’s tenure as the power minister, said that he was misguided and misled by others and all the blame was placed on him.

But, he hoped that Ashraf had learnt from past mistakes and in his six months in power, he will put all his capabilities to good use.

“He will take such courageous decisions that people won’t have any reservations, but they will rather appreciate him later,” Hussain remarked during Ashraf’s visit to MQM’s Karachi headquarters Nine Zero.

Praising the new PM

Welcoming the new prime minister to MQM headquarters in Karachi, Hussain said that he was happy that Ashraf was not born with a “silver spoon”.

“He was also a worker. He used to put up posters. This has happened for the first time in Pakistan that a worker has become a prime minister.”

Hussain asked the prime minister to work for the country and not his party.

He further advised Ashraf to initiate talks in Balochistan to end the plight of the people in the province. “I also want to advise those sitting in the mountains of Balochistan to prepare for talks as this will be beneficial for you as well as the country”.

Off-topic

After seeking permission from the prime minister to go off-topic, Hussain said that through this phone call, he would like to ask an astrologist, famous by the name of “mamu”, to explain this “strange coincidence” of how the people bearing the same name have been coming into power.

First it was former president Pervez Musharraf, then the current Chief of Army Staff Ashfaq Pervez Kayani and now the newly elected Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf, noted Hussain.

Lauding the PPP

The MQM chief, lauded the workings of ruling Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), and congratulated President Asif Ali Zardari for running the government for 4.5 years even in the “toughest of times”.

“With patience, he accepted all Supreme Court orders. His prime minister, Gilani was disqualified, and with a heavy heart he removed former ambassador to US Husain Haqqani. The Supreme Court also suspended his wife’s membership. Rehman Malik was also suspended from his Senate seat. But the president maintained patience.”

He added that those holding dual nationalities help in strengthening the country’s economy.

Targeting the opposition

On the issue of National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO), Hussain invited all opposition parties to gather in one place and have a debate with him alone on the topic. “If they beat me at it, I’ll leave politics forever,” Hussain challenged.

He added that democracy should not be derailed in the country. “Opposition should stop protesting in the country. If they want to protest, they should do it as per law.”

The country is going through tough times, during which all parties should stop fighting with each other and should be united, added Hussain.

Clash of institutions

Hussain termed the clashes between different institutions of the country as not only harmful for the institutions but also for the country’s democracy, security, economy and its future. “I request the institutions to work within their jurisdiction.”

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