Altaf seeks Modi’s help for Muhajirs, Balochistan

  • Posted at: 25 Mar, 2017, in Pakistan

LONDON: In another controversial statement, Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM) founder Altaf Hussain has sought India’s support for the Muhajir community of Pakistan.Yesterday, Altaf Hussain urged Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to raise the ‘plight’ of `muhajirs` (those who migrated from India in 1947) in Karachi and other parts of the country.Hussain, who is living in exile in London for last two decades but claims to be a representative of Muhajirs, drew scathing criticism from Pakistan over his remarks.Speaking in London, he said Modi should raise his voice for Pakistani muhajirs and people of Balochistan.He also went on saying that migration was a ‘big mistake’ of the forefathers of Pakistani migrants.“Our forefathers made a big mistake and migrated to Pakistan, but we were born here, and were never accepted as Pakistani or sons of soil. Prime Minister you should have raised your voice against the atrocities, discrimination and brutality against Urdu speaking `muhajirs`, your own people in Karachi,” he said, according to media reports.His senior party leader Wasay Jalil, while contacted, supported his leader’s controversial remarks, saying that “whatever he said was right.”However, MQM Pakistan leader Farooq Sattar strongly reacted and condemned Altaf’s statement, saying that none has a right to seek Modi’s help.Altaf Hussain, whose party’s Pakistan groups parted ways with him last year, has been accused of inciting violence in Pakistan through his telephonic addresses.Last year on Aug 22, he made an anti-Pakistan speech from London, triggering violence in Karachi, and prompting Pakistani authorities to raise the issue with UK. - local channel