By Ammad Hafeez
60 years ago, Pakistan witnessed the birth of a charismatic personality; Mr. Altaf Hussain who gave a new ray of hope to deprived people of Pakistan. Nobody knew that a middle class student would become the ‘Messiah’ for 98% deprived class of Pakistan. When he got to Karachi University, he observed that KU, the biggest educational institution of Karachi had been declared a ‘no-go-area’ for him and his community.
He could bow down against this discrimination and embrace the defeat like others, but contrary to this he decided to fight against this prejudice and bias and decided to raise voice against such an educational system. He decided to move ahead to motivate his community (Mohajir students) to fight against this injustice. He soon became a major threat to the feudal mindset. He risked his life to give his people a better future.
On 11th June 1978, deprived middle-class students decided to form the “All Pakistan Mohajir Student Organization” under the leadership Altaf Hussain. As soon as APMSO was formed, some anti-Mohajir forces tried to suppress it and finish it once and for all within the boundaries of University of Karachi, but who could imagine that APMSO would soon spread to the streets of Karachi. Altaf’s APMSO was victimized by feudal, corrupt and religiously-extremist mindsets but during all this his student-wing became the largest street power of Karachi. APMSO later gave birth to “Mohajir Qaumi Movement (MQM)” (the only student organization in Pakistan to give birth to a political party), but soon after its formation in 90s, so-called victors of Karachi and feudal landlords saw MQM as a big threat to their politics and tried to eliminate people’s power by initiating a state-sponsored operation in Karachi against his supporters, workers and well wishers. They did not know that when you suppress someone with a brutal force, they bounce back with the same power. This is exactly what happened and Altaf’s vision started to get across Karachi and to the whole Pakistan. In 97, Altaf Hussain transformed his vision into “Muttahida Qaumi Movement” and decided to continue his fight against obsolete political system and feudal and corrupt classes of Pakistan. Altaf, who was dubbed as ‘Rehbar’, and became a democratic leader of Pakistan who had won the heavy mandate of the people of Karachi not only on ballet papers but also in the hearts of thousands of his people.
It is 2013 now and Mr. Altaf Hussain is contributing his efforts to sustain the democratic system of Pakistan. His journey from University of Karachi to that of becoming a king-maker in the politics of Pakistan has not been an easy one and during which he had lost his brother, nephew and several other friends who were very dear to him. His message has now reached to each and every corner of Pakistan. Rehbar’s MQM faced lot of criticism for supporting Zardari-led coalition government but his support to Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) and Zardari was in hope for a stronger democracy although in return for this support what did he get? Well, Targeted killings of his workers, supporters and many other innocent people who were the citizens of this land of Pure-Pakistan. He lost his three sitting MPAs and hundreds of workers because of this coalition but he stood with Zardari and PPP firmly so that the democracy strengthens in Pakistan. Mr.Hussain As always thought of the larger interest of Pakistan and its people.
Now after the successful transition of democracy, Mr. Altaf Hussain has given his support to Nawaz Sharif by accepting and respecting the mandate of PML-N, but still, the enemies of MQM and infact the enemies of Pakistan are busy hatching new conspiracies to weaken MQM and its message of Empowerment for all , The Mohajir Republican Army (MRA) being the latest .In addition to this a ‘targeted’ operation has been launched in Karachi which was claimed by the Federal and provincial governments to be across the board and against terrorist when in fact it has been launched against MQM and its workers who are being abducted without proves but just as political victimization.
Mr. Altaf Hussain has always taken steps for the larger interest of Karachi and Pakistan and has always spoken the truth no matter what consequences his ‘Haq Parasti’ has to bear and the example of his love and respect among his people and voters are the 11th consecutive victory of MQM not only in general elections 2013 but also in by-elections.
We salute the courage and patience of our Quaid and on his birthday pray to the Almighty to give Altaf Hussain a long and healthy life and May we take Pakistan to heights of success and accomplishments under his visionary leadership. Aamen!
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