Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM)’s chief, Altaf Hussain, has launched his much awaited ‘political drone’ over a telephonic speech and said that even Muhammad Ali Jinnah took the oath to be loyal British emperor.
After a much of anticipations, Altaf finally began flight of his political drone on Thursday while speaking to a large gathering of his party’s workers.
He noted, “Jinnah has taken the oath of remaining loyal to British emperor and his successor and it is a proven fact. Should I bash Jinnah for that? He did so for the sake of betterment of Pakistani people. In the same spirit I opted for the British nationality. Had I not acquired the British nationality then who else would have given me safe custody? Saudi Arabia?”
When he asked from his workers whether he should come back to Pakistan, Farooq Sattar replied on behalf of all workers that “Altaf Bhai it is all right if you have acquired British nationality for a while but you should not come back here.”
Altaf further said: “Till 23 March 1956 Pakistan remained the part of British dominion while all parliamentarians and public office bearers took oath of remaining loyal to British emperor.”
Questioning the democratic agenda of other political parties, the MQM chief asked why only his party raises concerns against the abolishment of local government and not others.
Hitting back against the critics of the local government system instituted in Sindh last September, Altaf said that those against the system were against democracy and such their calls to protect democracy were hollow.
He warned that if the government does not listen to Urdu speaking Sindhis on local government, then they would be forced to call for a division of Sindh. “We have been tolerating these threats, we do not want a division of Sindh, don’t push us against the wall.”
Referring to threats of removing Sindh governor Dr Ishratul Ebad, an MQM member, Altaf said that they were not power hungry and that they can remove the governor if they wanted to.
“Remove the governor if you want. Do you think we are hungry for power? We are hungry for rules, for justice, for bread for the poor.”