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Letter to Altaf Hussain, chief MQM PDF Print E-mail
December 28, 1998

Mr. Altaf Hussain,
Chief of Muttahida Qaumi Movement,
London, England.

Copy to:  Mr. Mohammed Younus, chief Organizer of MQM in north America.

Dear Mr. Altaf Hussain,

Assalamo - Alaikum. May Allah's blessing be always with you, your family and Pakistan. Amen.

Recently, I attended a meeting of the local Chapter of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) held in Richardson, Texas, where Mr. Mohammed Younus was the chief guest speaker. At the meeting I made some comments that need your attention and action in order to bring your people out of the present misery.     

For sometime I have been thinking of writing you a letter on the tragedy of Karachi because it appears to me that the crisis started soon after you assumed the total control of the Mutahida Qaumi Movement (MQM). Although other top Pakistani politicians, particularly Madame Benazir Bhutto, have also played their part in the continuation of the tragedy, however, you could have ended the crisis by adopting a non-violent policy and I believe you can still do something to help end the suffering in  Karachi. Before I give you some simple advice, let me state that I do not belong to any political party or Group, inside or outside Pakistan. I am an ordinary human being and an imperfect Muslim who is concerned and wants to do something about the suffering of Muslims in many parts of the world, including Karachi. Some tragic events in 1994/1995 brought me to the conclusion that we can end the suffering of Muslims if we could find a leader who is willing or can be persuaded to unite the Muslim world into ONE VOICE; and hence I started my one-man mission for Muslim Unity. For your information, I am sending you a small package containing my appeal letters concerning the Unity Mission and other related activity letters, including the letters to Mian Nawaz Sharif and  Madame Benazir Bhutto. The letters will give you a glimpse and the depth of my commitment to the Muslim cause which simply seeks the pleasure of Allah and nothing else. I hope you will give a serious consideration to my sincere, honest and blunt comments as follows:  

MQM started with a mission to fight for the legitimate rights of the people of Karachi, and that  mission is still valid and must be pursued in a Non-violent way. But who should lead the fight? Mr. Altaf Hussain, if you are sincerely interested to help the Karachiites, then in view of your non-bailable arrest warrants you must look into your conscience and decide the correct course of action. Only you know if you authorized the killing of Hakim Said. If it is true, then you must quit politics and find a new leader who believes in non-violence and has a clean record, such as may be Mr. Mohammed Younus or any leader in Pakistan, to lead MQM. If the answer is 'No' then you should have no fear in going to Karachi to be with your people. But before you go you must first try to have a written guarantee for your safety from the President and Prime Minister. All this may not be easy but if you want to be a real leader then you must have the courage to take this bold step. The important thing is that MQM must decide to change their strategy from violence to non-violence. The cycle of violence will only end if one side ( MQM or the Government) decides to become non-violent. I know your own family has suffered tragically and this fact may have changed your attitude  to be vengful.                                                                          There has been too much blood on the hands of both parties. Please think and act soon. Good luck and warm regards.


Mr. M. Khaliq Qureshi,
1317 Shamrock Lane, Plano, Texas 75093. U.S.A.
Res. Tel : 972-380-5106.


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