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Altaf Hussain - profile & pictures
Altaf Hussain

Altaf Hussain was born on 17 September 1953, Karachi. He is Pakistan born British based politician, the founder and leader of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement. He lives, as a British citizen, after surrendering his Pakistan passport and seeking asylum in UK in a self-exile in North London, United Kingdom, since 1992.


Altaf Hussain graduated from Islamia Science College in Karachi.[citation needed] Later he studied at the University of Karachi in the Department of Pharmacy.

He started his political career when he was a student in University of Karachi, where he founded the APMSO (All Pakistan Muhajir Student Organization) on 11 June 1978. APMSO started gaining the support of Urdu-speaking students and were able to win 92 seats in college elections in 1980. However, APMSO faced strong opposition from Islami Jamiat-e-Talaba, the student wing of Jamaat-i-Islami.

Political Struggle

He founded MQM in 1984. Muhajir Qaumi Movement then transformed into Muttehaida Qaumi movement is the only political party in world which originates from student political organisation. Although apparently the idea was to represent the people who emigrated from India in 1947 following Partition, it is widely understood that he created these ethnic divisions to gain political power. He later campaigned for an end to feudalism.

On 21 December 1991, Hussain was attacked but he escaped injury. A warrant was issued for his arrest in connection with a murder. On 1 January 1992 he fled Pakistan for Saudi Arabia and after one month moved to London, United Kingdom. During 1992 to 1993 Altaf Hussain's brothers and nephews were killed. He sought political asylum in the United Kingdom, where he now lives in Mill Hill, North London as a UK citizen. Imran Khan has accused Hussain of soliciting violence in Pakistan. The British government has turned down extradition requests from Pakistan, where more than 100 criminal charges were filed against him by Benazir Bhutto's government in the mid-90s.

Altaf Hussain strongly holds that "the division of India was the greatest historic blunder in the history of mankind. The British hatched a conspiracy to divide the land and people."

However, in a recent interview with Najam Sethi, Hussain said that during my address in the India, I said that Pakistan is a reality and India is a reality and both the countries should accept each other with an open heart. Staging war and rift relations between militries of the both countries is not in the favor of the citizens of the countries. The people of the both countries should be allowed to roam freely and there should be open trade to improve economic ties. Hussain often criticizes "Talibanisation" in Karachi.

History and Background

He started his political career when he was a student in University of Karachi, where he founded All Pakistan Muhajir Students Organisation (APMSO) in June 11, 1978. APMSO started gaining support of Urdu speaking students Muhajirs and were able to win 92 seats in college elections in 1980. However, APMSO faced a strong opposition from Islami Jamiat-e-Talaba, main opponent and student wing of Jamaat-i-Islami.

On December 21, 1991 Altaf Hussain was attacked but he escaped injuries. On January 1, 1992 he fled Pakistan for Saudi Arabia and after one month moved to London, United Kingdom. During 1992 to 1993 Altaf Hussain's brothers and nephews were killed. The 1992 military operation in Karachi forced Altaf Hussain not to return Pakistan, he requested political asylum in United Kingdom. Later he became citizen of United Kingdom.

He is the first in Pakistan who introduced a new trend in the political culture by giving a non-feudal based political philosophy and forming a political party, which is the commonly associated as a representative of uneducated minorities. The people of Pakistan are well aware of his political ideologies and statements. And though most people of southern Pakistan agree for the need of a bigger representation in parliament, they no longer want Mr. Hussain representing them. His reputation has been severely tarnished by statements from numerous former party members who have spoken out against Mr. Hussain and the methods he used before he was exiled. His use of employing terrorist tactics during the uprisings of the late 1980's and the early 1990's to gain political ground is recently coming to light. He is associated with ordering many political murders and using torture, on civilians and opposition party members, to spread his ideology during his time in power. He is commonly blamed for the unrest Pakistan suffered during this period. He currently resides, in exile, in London. He often arranges public video conference speeches in Pakistan to try and gain support for himself. He is known for his outrages and "un-leader-like" behavior. His almost comical appearances and statements during interviews have led to declining support for his party. As a person he is commonly ridiculed and has fallen out of respect with the vast majority of people of Pakistan. Mr Hussain also sends out regular statements and makes his views heard on international TV interviews.

Current Status

The MQM's Mustafa Kamal was recently "elected" as Nazim of Karachi in an election allegedly marred by numerous irregularities and violations of the law and ethics of free elections. The former Nazim Naimatullah Khan, belonging to the extremist group, Jamaat-e-Islami, had strong support from the vast majority of the people of Karachi. Even though most of Karachi's population is relatively educated and moderate and hence against the Jamaat-e-Islami, they supported Naimatullah Khan out of appreciation of the clearly visible progress the city had made under his leadership.

MQM boycotted 2001 municipal elections because it believed that the military government in place in Islamabad would not conduct free elections where MQM could win. It later regretted its decision as Jamaat-i-Islami won Mayoral elections in Karachi. MQM participated in 2002 national election and "won" most of the urban areas seats in Sindh province amidst allegations of widespread voting irregularities. To court favor with the military establishment, Altaf Hussain supported General Pervez Musharraf's volte-face on September 11, 2001 attacks in New York, USA.

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The most controvercial politition.No one understand his policy of leading political party here in Pakistan from England with Phone & remote control.Deffinitely MQM have some positive aspects of their politics.Which one should agree with although having reservations about their politics.

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