Days after Pakistani politician Altaf Hussain urged Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to raise the issue of atrocities on the Mohajirs (or Muhajir) the same way he is raising the Balochistan and Gilgit-Baltistan issues, Pakistan changed the name of Altaf Hussain University.
Hussain is the founder of Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), Pakistan’s fourth largest political party very active in Sindh province.
On Monday, the Sindh Cabinet decided to change the university’s name to Mohtarma Fatima Jinnah University, the sister of Muhammad Ali Jinnah.
Reports say that the decision was taken in a Cabinet meeting chaired by Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah.
“There is no need to establish a university after Altaf Hussain who works in the hands of anti-Pakistan elements to destabilize the country,” the chief minister said.
The Cabinet said that Hussain’s remarks were “against the country” and he “should not be given so much importance”. The Cabinet’s decision was supported by MQM-Pakistan, a breakaway faction of the MQM.
Hussain is seen as a pro-India political leader in Pakistan. Islamabad has often blamed him, falsely, for having ties with India’s external intelligence wing R&AW.
The politician fights for Mohajirs, the Urdu-speaking Muslims who left India at the time of partition but are ill-treated at the hands of the Punjabi-speaking elite in Pakistan.
In his request to PM Modi from London, Hussain had said, “I would like to register my complaint with Indian Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi. I regret to say, you are raising voice over the brutality of Pakistan Army against people of Baluchistan…never raise your voice for your own people who lived in India for centuries,” he said.
“Our forefathers made a big mistake and migrated to Pakistan, but we were born here, and never accepted as Pakistani or sons of the soil. Mr. Prime Minister you should have raised your voice against the atrocities, discrimination and brutality of Pakistani establishment, Army and paramilitary forces against Urdu-speaking mohajirs, your own people in Karachi, Pakistan,” he added.