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Activists and leaders of MQM listening to the telephonic address of party chief Altaf Hussain at Lal Qila ground in Karachi on Thursday. – Photo by Online

KARACHI: Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain on Thursday reaffirmed his party’s participation in Tehrik-i-Minhajul Quran (TMQ) long march on Jan 14, DawnNews reported.

Speaking to party workers and members of MQM’s Rabita (coordination) Committee via telephone from London, he said that claims and rumours from several quarters had been proven false and, “We are still part of the government. We are still supporting the long march and we will participate in it at all costs.”

Earlier on Sunday, the MQM chief had asked the nation to be ready for the announcement of a “political drone attack" from him.

“No one in the country will be able to respond to my drone attack,” he had claimed.

In today’s much anticipated speech, Hussain, by defending criticism for holding dual nationality, said that Quaid-i-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah also had a British passport.

He also read out an oath taken by the Quaid-i-Azam after assuming charge as governor general of Pakistan, saying that Jinnah also took the oath of loyalty to British King George VI.

Altaf Hussain also read out a provision of the Indian Independence Act 1947 which stated the office of governor general, in both India and Pakistan, as representative of the British crown.

Moreover, the MQM chief assailed critics of the local government system saying if the government does not listen to Urdu speaking Sindhis on the issue, then they would be forced to call for division of the province.

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Syed Ali Jan 11, 2013 01:11am
Nation need to wake up. Need to learn from the Khomeni revolution in Iran. We need a leader who is Mutaqi and knowledgeable like Ayattullah Rohallah Khomeni. Iran is a living example of true peoples revolution not like Libya or other Arab nations where so called Arabs springs Westernise revolutions taking place. I have no trust in my leaders I am only looking for Pakistan Army from where some great leadership will rose and bring about the true revolution. That day will be a true freedom of Pakistan otherwise all these leaders are Western agents in one form or the others. Plz wake up.
Niaz Jan 11, 2013 03:24pm
Lubna Jan 11, 2013 01:26am
Right comparing Quaid with an absconder is too low to even discuss
Bilal Jan 11, 2013 02:17am
Altaf Hussain's drone's engines failed :)
Adnan Jan 11, 2013 02:23am
I sometimes wounder to see these educated and intelligent people of Karachi following this guy so blindly.
Abdullah Jan 10, 2013 08:35pm
I don't know why Altaf is supporting long march. When all other parties have condemned the long march then why he is supporting it. Is this their agenda to enter terrorists in the blue area of Islamabad?
MS Jan 10, 2013 10:56pm
For MQM information Quaid a Azam had no choice but Altaf Hussian and Tahirul Qadri took Oath by Choice (Choice ONLY ).
Malik Tahir Saleem Jan 10, 2013 11:28pm
LAST RECALL WHATS SO EVER. People wanna make issues on issue. Please don't be derail of all those comments......Plz participate in the long march...This is the last chance to save pakistan and the people of pakistan
Ahmer Jan 10, 2013 10:08pm
Supporting Dr Qadri in his march for reforms might be the only good deed Altaf Hussain ever did.
Ram Jan 10, 2013 08:17pm
Any proof OR talking alone over the roof
Ali Muhammad Usmani Jan 10, 2013 08:20pm
Being a Pakistani frst..... i accept, at that time, Pakistan got birth... so there is no question for any regulation, legislation or constitution were present in documented form with the name specifically to Islamic Republic of Pakistan, did Quaid-e-Azam put the state in vunerable state?....... by not accepting any law... or to wait till the law was developed?......... It is not the matter... what oath he had taken... the matter... Indo PAK Muslims were ACCEPTED BY THE WORLD... But, if we compare it to present scenario... no one, other then Pakistani Nationality only is allowed to rule the Pakistan.........Because the difference is, at that time, Pakistan came into being... and was impossible to develop laws in one year.....but now we have Pakistan with constitution.......
Marina Jan 10, 2013 08:48pm
Altaf presented the facts in a distoring manner. Oaths are taken under a constitution. As a newly founded state Pakistan had no constitution of its own, but inheritted the then prevalent constitution, having the name of King George in it. Taking oath under that constitution by Quaid was not because of his will but due to the fact that there was no consitution available at that time.
Peace Only Jan 10, 2013 09:44pm
Altaf is like greek mythological serpent called "Lernaean Hydra", so he has many ferocious heads. He is in government, he is in opposition, he is British, he is Pakistani, he is Urdu speaking, he is Urdu -speaking Sindhi and he is working for a separate province also. And sometimes, he acts like the joker of the Batman movie. By all means, he is playing with Pakistani people's peaceful lives. Remember, early 80s, when he had not created MQM with the help of General Zia yet and he had not asked his future voters to buy guns instead of TVs, VCRs and refrigerators yet.... our cities were buzzing with life.
Nasah (USA) Jan 11, 2013 02:57am
Cyrus Howell Jan 11, 2013 12:30am
Rise Up.
speak360 Jan 10, 2013 07:59pm
Referring to a march as a 'drone attack' is quite a ridiculous metaphor considering Pakistan recent history with them. In any case, nice to see the Pakistani masses finally stirring up from their slumber.
Aasif M Jan 10, 2013 07:49pm
How can Altaf compare himself to a leader like Jinnah? Jinnah was born in a colonized India, not by his own choice, and freed his people from the Raj. A bad-reputed politician like Altaf has murdered and looted countless Pakistanis, turned Karachi into a living hell and ran away to UK and doesn't even have the guts to come back to his own country. Shame on any one who terms him as a politician.
Abdul Qadir Jan 10, 2013 07:43pm
Was this the drone attack he was threatening the people of Pakistan with? His drone attack did not caused much damage but the enemies were able to kill 100 Pakistanis today through terror attacks. On the other hand, Zardari was busy meeting his shameless cohorts on plans how to keep their tentacles around the neck of this nation. None of our leaders really care about the common Pakistanis who are getting killed in scores on daily basis. We have such an idiot selfish politicians as our leaders.