KARACHI - MQM chief Altaf Hussain has appealed to the government and Pak Army to allow him to return to Karachi for 15 days, and claimed to change what he said the rotten system of the country.

He expressed these views while addressing a party workers meeting at Lal Qila Ground here on Thursday. A large number of workers, including the MQM office-bearers, coordination committee members and party lawmakers, were present on the occasion.

Altaf said, “I never hide anything from my party workers and am suffering many accusations of my undo acts.” He said, “My announcement might annoy the workers but I appeal them to relive me of the party leadership and accept my decision.” He asked the workers to nominate a responsible person to take charge of the MQM coordination committee.

Over this announcement, various party activists chanted slogans in favour of the party chief and appealed him not to quit their leadership. They also raised Altaf’s portraits and placards inscribed with slogans 'Minus-Altaf, MQM not accepted’ and others. 

“I empowered the party office-bearers but it is unfortunate that they introduced the formula of like and dislike in the party. Land cutting process was carried out in Karachi but none of the Urdu-speaking was given the plots,” he said.

He said he always supported the acts of Pakistan’s prosperity, and remained loyal to the country. “On 19 June 1992, General Asif Nawaz launched an operation against the 72 big fishes but it was particularly against the MQM. I directed the workers to go in hiding and many of the workers left the country and took refuge in various countries. The MQM faced worst time but all the propaganda went in vain, as its workers and sympathisers were subjected to brutal torture and still the bodies' workers were being recovered from the city. We have sacrificed for the establishment of Pakistan and I can never think of going against the country,” he said.

Talking about the ongoing protests in Islamabad, Altaf said the country has suffered huge economical loss of about 1000 billion due the Azadi and Revolution Marches, while roads were closed and lawlessness was being witnessed across the country. He appealed to the government and Pak Army to allow him to come to Pakistan and claimed that he would eliminate land-grabbing, sectarianism and Talibanisation from the country within six months.    On the occasion, the party workers welcomed the MQM chief’s decision of returning Pakistan, and expressed reservations about the conduct of the coordination committee members and lawmakers. The workers said the MQM coordination committee members were enjoying the air-conditioned rooms and treating the party worker as their servants.

Following the complaints, the MQM chief criticised the coordination committee members, and announced to dissolve the MQM Karachi Tanzeemi Committee (KTC) within one week. He further warned the party coordination committee members to change their attitude, and in case of ignoring the direction, they would be expelled from the party.