Altaf's 'political drone' hits Quaid-e-Azam
11 January, 2013
KARACHI: Targeting the Pakistani politics with a political drone attack, Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain claimed on Thursday that the founder of Pakistan, Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, was also loyal to the United Kingdom.
Addressing a party convention at the Lal Qila ground, the MQM chief said that the Quaid-e-Azam had confessed and vowed to remain loyal to the monarch of England while taking oath as the first governor general of Pakistan.
Altaf said that following Muhammad Ali Jinnah, second and third governor generals of Pakistan also took the same oath.
He said that he could prove the fact that Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah also had a British passport and being a governor general of Pakistan, he was a representative of the British king.
Altaf said the Quaid-e-Azam took the oath as a legal compulsion as it was the only available legal way to take oath. He raised the point that under the same legal compulsion, a Pakistani citizen adopts dual nationality in another country while seeking asylum.
The MQM chief said that if legal compulsion never cast doubts on the patriotism or loyalty of Jinnah to Pakistan, how could the loyalty of those be doubted who adopted dual nationality and took oaths for citizenship while seeking asylum.
He also raised the point that several PPP leaders "suffered" exile. He also said that Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz's Sharif brothers had also spent several years in exile.
"PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif also stayed in Saudi Arabia for eight years when his government was toppled by then dictator [former president Gen (r) Pervez] Musharraf," he said.
He claimed that Pakistan itself was not completely independent after the partition and remained under the rule of British monarch until 1956.
"It was running under the Kingdom of King Gorge until 1952 and later under Queen Elizabeth until 1956. Monarch's rule was ended in Pakistan on March 23, 1956," Altaf said.
Similarly, he added, India remained under the British rule after partition until 1950.
About Tahirul Qadri's long march on January 14, he said the MQM would participate in the march at every cost as no law prevents the MQM from participating in the march, while being part of the government.
Altaf said that if the MQM was an ally and part of the government, why couldn't it stage a long march for its due rights. He said the MQM could not be cornered. He was of the view that the government should have no objection to MQM's participation in the long march.
He said that the local governments system is a basic nursery of democracy. He said that the government was worry about the reservations and anger of Sindhi nationalists over the local government system.
However, it ignores the sentiments of Urdu-speaking nationalists, he added.
He said the MQM did not seek a separate province for Urdu-speaking people.
"But if the local government system is not implemented, Urdu-speaking Sindhis will have no option but to support the slogan of dividing Sindh."
During his address, Altaf also sought 'permission' from his party workers for his repatriation. In response, MQM senior leader Farooq Sattar, on behalf of party workers, appealed to Altaf to remain in London.
He claimed that the MQM is the only party that believes in democracy; adding that those who pretend to be the "champions of democracy in TV talk shows actually have nothing to do with democracy". The MQM chief also condemned the Indian aggregation on the Line of Control. He urged the Indian government to stop its army from brutal attacks on Pakistani forces.
Altaf also condemned Thursday's bombings in Quetta and Swat.