KARACHI: Chief of Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), Altaf Hussain, has expressed feared that he could be assassinated or jailed over his telephonic speeches, on Tuesday.
“I could be sent to jail in fake cases, my speeches could be banned or could be assassinated through mafias, but I’m not afraid of death. I’m ready for martyrdom and to render sacrifice,” the MQM supremo said in his telephonic address from London to party office bearers in Hyderabad.
“If something happens to me, you must keep this movement alive for the rights of Mohajirs, without taking law into your hands,” he directed his workers.
“Instead of threatening me, the rulers should look within their ranks…. Why Chaudhry Nisar kept silence over Khawaja Asif’s statement against former ISI chiefs,” he questioned.
On Monday, FIRs were registered against Altaf Hussain in 16 different police stations of Sindh for allegedly speaking against security forces.
His speech was also condemned by Federal Interior Minister, Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan and Defence Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif.
Nisar said Altaf Hussain in his speech on Sunday night crossed all limits of civility, politeness and gentility and used worst language against security and defence institutions.
“Urdu-speaking community is civilized and cultured, whether Altaf Hussain is representing it or humiliating it with his abusive and disgraceful language,” the minister asked.
He said Pakistan government would take up Altaf’s hate speech with UK authorities.
Defence Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif also flayed Altaf Hussain, claiming that MQM had been collecting extortion in Karachi for last three decades.
Asif said that Altaf Hussain was issuing irresponsible statements from London.
The ministers’ remarks drew reaction from MQM whose senior leader Farooq Sattar announced to stage protest in Sindh today. Talking to media, he said Altaf Hussain and MQM cannot be separated.
MQM’s Coordination Committee also condemned the lodging of cases and warned the party cannot be browbeaten through such stratagems.
On the other hand, Rangers chief Major General Bilal Akbar chaired an emergency meeting at Rangers Headquarters late Monday and decided to expedite Karachi operation.