Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) Leader Altaf Hussain has raised slogans against Pakistan and called the country “a cancer for entire world”.
Hussain who is currently in self-exile in London, had been addressing a gathering of MQM workers in Karachi who were on a hunger strike due to an unjust arrest of MQM workers in the city. In his speech, Hussain vent out his anger and called Pakistan a headache for the entire world.
Several top leaders of the MQM were detained on August 22 and the party’s headquarters was sealed after party workers who were reportedly incited by a speech by London-based Hussain attacked a TV news channel, killing at least one person and injuring several more.
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“Pakistan is the epicentre of terrorism for the entire world. Who says long live Pakistan…it’s down with Pakistan,” he said this over phone.
He then asked the MQM workers whether they “moving” to the offices of ARY and Samaa news channels. Soon after, suspected MQM workers attacked the ARY office, triggering clashes between a mob and police that left one person dead and several more wounded.
Pakistani authorities have accused Hussain of inciting violence and a treason case was filed against him for shouting anti-state slogans and delivering an inflammatory speech, state-run Radio Pakistan reported. A case of arson and attacks was filed against MQM workers.
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However, later Hussain apologised to Pakistan Army chief Gen Raheel Sharif and Pakistan Rangers chief Maj Gen Bilal Akber for his speech.
“From the depth of heart, I beg pardon from my remarks against Pakistan, the establishment including Gen Raheel Sharif and DG Rangers,” he said in a statement posted on Twitter by an MQM spokesman.
“Being a Pakistani, I assure the Pakistani people, establishment, army, ISI, all higher authorities and leaders that I will never use such words again,” he said. The MQM has accused the army of using an anti-terror drive to crack down on its workers.