Altaf Hussain apologizes for his ‘RAW statement’

May 1, 2015
Published in Pakistan
Altaf Hussain apologizes for his ‘RAW statement’

LONDON: Apologizing for hurting the feelings of patriots, Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) London-based boss Friday said that he was not serious when he sought help from Indian spymaster Research & Analysis Wing (RAW) during his last night’s speech, Samaa reported.

“My ‘RAW statement’ was nothing but ‘irony.’ I hold Pakistan Army in high esteem like I have always had and I beg pardon from all the security institutions if I have offended them in any way,” Altaf Hussain said in a statement issued here.

Hussain, who sounded a lot different from the one who assaulted the military establishment last night, said Mohajirs (Muslims who migrated to Pakistan after the partition of Indian subcontinent in 1947)) belonged to no other country than Pakistan.

“Pakistan is, has been, and will always be our homeland. We will live and die for Pakistan,” said he.  

Earlier, Minister for Defence, Khawaja Asif says Altaf Hussain’s derogatory remarks against Pakistan’s armed forces had brought shame to all the Mohajirs.

“No Pakistani can give tongue to what Hussain so easily blurted out in his hate speech. The MQM should not have spoken the language of the enemies of Pakistan,” Asif said.

The defence minister also told the MQM to better use political language.

Meanwhile, Federal Minister for Information, Perviaz Rashid, also woke up to issue a lukewarm condemnatory statement against Altaf Hussain’s anti army tirade that too without mentioning his name.

“This is unacceptably outrageous. Institutions of national defence are above the politics,” the minister remarked.

Rashid said Rangers, a paramilitary force, had done a commendable job restoring the social and business activities in Karachi. “The operation conducted by them in Karachi only aimed at criminal elements,” the minister said.

Military's Reaction

Pakistan Army spokesman termed Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain’s speech earlier today as “uncalled for and disgusting” and signaled legal proceeding against him, SAMAA reported on Friday.

In his tweets, Director General Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) General Asim Bajwa reacted against MQM chief’s speech, saying the statements against Pakistan Army are unbearable and the court will be approached in this connection.

Bajwa tweeted, “Irresponsible remarks and using media to incite the people of Pakistan to rise against the state- the matter will be pursued legally.”

He was of the opinion, “Such reference to Army or its leadership as reaction to arrest of criminals, who may have links with any political party will not be tolerated.”


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