Altaf Hussain

Altaf Hussain


17 September 1953 Karachi, Pakistan Bachelor of Pharmacy Politician Muttahida Qaumi Movement Faiza Altaf (divorced). Afzaa Altaf Nazeer Hussain and Khursheed Begum[1]

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Altaf Hussain (born 17 September 1953, Karachi) is a Pakistani 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.[2]


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1 Education 2 Political Struggle 3 See also 4 References

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.[3] However, APMSO faced strong opposition from Islami Jamiat-e-Talaba, the student wing of Jamaat-i-Islami.

Political Struggle
He founded the organization 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.[4] 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.[5] On 21 December 1991, Hussain was attacked but he escaped injury.[3] A warrant was issued for his arrest in connection with a murder.[4] On 1 January 1992 he fled Pakistan for Saudi Arabia[3] and after one month moved to London, United Kingdom. During 1992 to 1993 Altaf Hussain's brothers and nephews were killed.[3] He sought political asylum in the United Kingdom, where he now lives in Mill Hill, North London as a UK citizen.[6][4] Imran Khan has accused Hussain of soliciting violence in Pakistan.[2][7] The British government has turned down extradition requests from Pakistan,[5] where more than 100 criminal charges were filed against him by Benazir Bhutto's government in the mid-90s.[6] 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."[1] 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.[8] Hussain often criticizes "Talibanisation" in Karachi.[9][10]

See also
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Farooq Sattar Muttahida Qaumi Movement Mustafa Kamal

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Babar Khan Ghauri Imran Farooq

1. ^ a b The Rediff Interview/MQM leader Altaf Hussein 2. ^ a b Walsh, Declan; Matthew Taylor (2 June 2007). "The Karachi ruling party 'run like the mafia' from an office block in London". The Guardian. Retrieved 2009-06-23. 3. ^ a b c d Altaf Hussain Profile on Pakistan Herald 4. ^ a b c "Mysterious world of a movement in exile". The Independent. 15 November 2007. Retrieved 2009-06-23. 5. ^ a b Whitaker, Raymond (2 February 1997). "Leader who addresses the faithful by phone". Independent. Retrieved 2009-06-23. 6. ^ a b Ford, Jonathan (13 July 1995). "Fighting Benazir by fax from Mill Hill". Independent. Retrieved 2009-06-23. 7. ^ Sengupta, Kim; Andrew Buncombe (15 September 2007). "Imran Khan's message to UK: 'My life is in danger'". Independent. Retrieved 2009-06-23. 8. ^ Altaf faces interview with Najam Sethi 9. ^ Walsh, Declan (30 April 2009). "Spate of shootings kill 29 in Karachi". The Guardian. Retrieved 2009-0623. 10.^ Ebrahim, Zofeen (2007-05-14). "PrintSend to a friend PAKISTAN: Karachi Allowed to Burn, Say Residents". IPS. Retrieved 2009-08-06.

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