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by Benazir Shah
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Jocelyn Bain Hogg for Newsweek Pakistan

Jocelyn Bain Hogg for Newsweek Pakistan

Altaf Hussain, chief of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement, has words Pakistan should heed.

He may be a polarizing figure to some, but to Karachi, urban Sindh, and Pakistan’s leftwing, he’s the immutable, impassioned voice charging against Pakistan’s slow surrender to terrorists. Altaf Hussain founded the All-Pakistan Mohajir Students Organization in 1978. This became the Mohajir Qaumi Movement in 1984 and then the Muttahida Qaumi Movement, one of Pakistan’s most powerful political parties, in 1997. (His party has been in power in either Islamabad or Karachi, or both, since 2002.) Facing attempts on his life, Hussain went into self-exile in London in December 1991, some six months after which the then government launched an operation against the MQM. Unlike other key political leaders, Hussain can speak about Islam and the Army with some authority: both his grandfathers were religious scholars and he served in the Army’s Baloch Regiment. We spoke with the 60-year-old over email recently about Pakistan’s politics, his legal challenges, and more. Excerpts:

The MQM has been an outspoken critic of the Taliban and their affiliates. And it has been punished for its clear position against terrorism through target killings and bombings. How far and wide have the militants penetrated Karachi and how can they be tackled?

My party, MQM, has led the opposition to terrorism and religious extremism. The Taliban have assassinated four elected MQM members in the last three years. Their latest victim was MQM’s Tahira Asif, a member of the National Assembly who was gunned down in Lahore on June 18. Since 2008, MQM has also consistently pointed out the perils of Talibanization in Karachi. When I first publically raised this issue, my political opponents ridiculed me. I was accused of fear-mongering and stoking ethnic tensions, but now everyone admits that my apprehensions were spot on.

Following military operations in the federally-administered tribal areas and Swat Valley, a large number of militants and internally-displaced persons moved to Karachi. Taliban militants have since made Karachi their key hideout and fund their terrorist activities through kidnapping-for-ransom, bank robberies, extortion and land-grabbing. A number of investigative reports have appeared in the local English-language print media in recent years revealing transfers of extensively large sums from banks located in Karachi’s heavily [ethnically] mixed neighborhoods. A recent report by a major U.S. newspaper acknowledged that the Taliban now control as much as a third of Karachi. This report merely confirms what I have been saying all along. There are large areas in Karachi where the Taliban have set up a parallel government, including courts that are dispensing their own brand of justice; where they have imposed their own version of Shariah and where people are routinely sentenced to various punishments according to the Taliban version of Shariah.

The Taliban attack on Karachi Airport in June did not come as a surprise to the people of Karachi who are witnessing a steady rise in the illegal stranglehold of the Pakistani Taliban over Karachi. Taliban militants have used Karachi’s large slums as their main refuge. The writ of the state is virtually nonexistent in these illegal enclaves. Most of the phone calls for extortion and incidents of kidnapping-for-ransom in Karachi originate from these areas. Taliban militants have also grabbed large swathes of land in Karachi’s outskirts, particularly around the city’s critical exit and entry points. The government must take control of these illegal slums. Eliminating hideouts of extremists in Karachi is essential to stop funding for terrorist activities countrywide as well as worldwide. There should also be a strict system of screening for IDPs as well as illegal immigrants.

As a liberal, progressive party, the MQM is viewed with suspicion by conservative and religious elements in Pakistan. Is this a reason that the MQM has not been able to become a truly national party? What factors do you attribute to its lack of success in vote-rich Punjab?

Your observation, sadly, is true to some extent. In the last 15 years or so the MQM has made every possible effort to become a truly national party, but the harder it tries, the more obstacles are put in its way. Despite all hurdles, the MQM has nonetheless made some important gains outside Sindh province and it now has two members in Azad Kashmir’s legislative assembly and one member in Gilgit-Baltistan’s. We believe that MQM is the only party in Pakistan whose progressive and liberal ideology truly matches that of Pakistan’s founder, Mohammad Ali Jinnah, who made his vision for Pakistan absolutely clear in his historic address to Pakistan’s first Constituent Assembly. In this address, Mr. Jinnah said without mincing words that Pakistan would be a country for people of all religions, faiths and sects and everyone would be allowed to practice their faith in Pakistan. The MQM wants to make Pakistan into what Mr. Jinnah wanted: a modern, liberal, progressive, neighbor-friendly, pluralistic, and tolerant country—not a theocratic, intolerant state.

Since the days of the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, religious groups and rightwing forces were deliberately strengthened in Pakistan and used as a bulwark against the Soviets. Although the Soviet Union eventually fell apart, these rightwing forces continued to flourish but, like Frankenstein’s monster, they have now become a threat to their own masters, including Pakistan. These forces have their own brand of Islam where religious minorities—Hindus, Christians, Sikhs, Jews, as well as various Muslims sects—have no room to exist, and where women are not even entitled to basic education let alone equal rights.

I would also like to add here that besides its progressive and liberal policies, the MQM is prevented from playing its proper role in the national arena because it is the only political party whose leadership comes from a nonfeudal background. The MQM’s policy of empowering middle-, upper-middle and working-class people is also seen as a challenge to the hegemony of the landed elite and corrupt oligarchy in Pakistan who have been ruling the country since its inception.

You have vowed to assist the Armed Forces in the latest military operation, Zarb-e-Azb, held a rally for the military’s morale on July 6 in Karachi, and even offered the help of MQM workers. What kind of actionable, on-the-ground help can MQM provide?

MQM has long been saying that Pakistan and religious extremism cannot coexist. It is evident that there is no room in Pakistan under the Taliban’s twisted ideology of Islam for religious minorities and women’s rights. Mr. Jinnah’s vision of Pakistan as a modern, democratic and progressive country has been turned into a nightmare. To protect society in general and in order to salvage Pakistan’s reputation in the world, a comprehensive antiterrorism policy coupled with firm action to eliminate the Taliban and their allies is vital.

The MQM is supported by millions of people drawn from all sections of society. The party has offered its full and unconditional political and moral support for any action that the government and the Armed Forces undertake to curb terrorism and religious extremism. I believe this mass support will be critical in ensuring the success of any effective campaign against the Taliban and their allies. MQM’s charitable and welfare body, the Khidmat-e-Khalq Foundation, has a vast network of public-welfare activities in many parts of Pakistan. In the aftermath of the 2005 earthquake in Azad Kashmir, Islamabad, and parts of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province, MQM dispatched tens of thousands of volunteers within a day to the affected areas for relief and rescue activities. Our volunteers set up field hospitals, dispensaries, blood banks, and tent cities. MQM’s field hospitals were even equipped with surgery capabilities and our volunteers performed such a remarkable service in the country’s far-flung areas that the Army, media, and even our political opponents admired our work.

More recently, during the devastating floods of 2010, MQM members played a crucial role in providing food and shelter to homeless people who sought shelter in Karachi and also all over rural Sindh. MQM can certainly play a similarly crucial role in providing relief and rescue activities where required. MQM has the capability to mobilize tens of thousands of dedicated volunteers on very short notice. Our volunteers, doctors, paramedics, and other skilled members can play a very meaningful role in assisting the government and our Armed Forces to deal with the current IDPs crisis as well as other challenges in this ongoing war on militancy.

Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf has long been at odds with the MQM. It even accused the MQM of the killing of its senior officer in Karachi ahead of last year’s election and PTI supporters called Scotland Yard demanding action against you. How do you view the PTI and their performance in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa? What do you make of the PTI’s charges of rigging by the ruling party, Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz), and the protests it is organizing?

Yes, the PTI leadership and supporters launched an organized campaign in May 2013 to defame the MQM. Subsequent investigations by both Pakistani authorities and the Metropolitan Police in London into these allegations have vindicated our position that these allegations were politically motivated. PTI’s allegations concerning electoral rigging should be investigated. The problem is that this same election also brought the PTI to power in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and gave it a few seats in the Punjab. The Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam party of Maulana Fazal-ur-Rahman has been making the same complaints about the election in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa. How can the Election Commission of Pakistan address PTI’s complaints while ignoring the JUIF’s? As far as the PTI government’s performance in the province is concerned, events since May last year have laid bare that it is much easier to sit on the fence and criticize those who are facing the music. Terrorism under the PTI government has not relented. In fact, the province is now witnessing a huge surge in incidents of extortion and kidnapping-for-ransom and a large number of the province’s traders are showing their frustration with the provincial administration’s failure to deal with the law and order situation. The PTI leadership’s soft approach toward the Taliban has disappointed the party’s educated and enlightened supporters.

According to the interior and defense ministers, there have been differences between the PMLN-led federal government and the Army. What is your understanding of these differences and how do these get resolved?

I have no direct knowledge of any such differences, so it is difficult to comment. However, it is evident that the federal government was very much in favor of dialogue with the Pakistani Taliban rather than direct action against the militants. The Army, on the other hand, seemed more inclined toward action against the Taliban. The media highlighted this apparent divide. Some recent statements by a few incumbent federal ministers also fueled speculation about the rift and some media reports have further reinforced the perception of division. If these reports are true, then it is nothing less than a tragedy as the country can hardly afford any delay in decisive action against religious militancy. My contention is that domestic terrorism, motivated by religious extremism in particular, is now the biggest threat that Pakistan faces. To me, it is a now-or-never situation for Pakistan. Inaction is not an option, as this threat has the potential to inflict irreparable damage to Pakistan’s very existence. Given the geopolitical importance of Pakistan, the stability and unity of the state are critical for Pakistan’s future and for the peace of the region and the wider world. The civil and military leadership must sit together to resolve any differences they may have and deal with the Taliban menace with one voice.

The West had long been demanding an operation in North Waziristan. That offensive finally started mid-June. Why was the operation delayed? Why was it ultimately necessary? And what will it lead too?

The MQM has always had a clear vision on the issue of terrorism. We have always considered the Taliban and extremist forces as a threat not only to the social fabric of Pakistan, but also to the region and the world. However, successive governments, rightwing political parties, and certain elements within the [security] establishment saw these forces as strategic assets which could somehow win us “strategic depth” in Afghanistan and also Kashmir. Recently, however, there has been a paradigm shift in the Army’s attitude and policies and the internal threat is now seen as greater than the external one. The Armed Forces now view the Taliban and its allies as an existential threat to Pakistan. The delay in launching the operation was inevitable since many powerful elements within the government, the opposition, and the media preferred dialogue over action. The PTI, which runs the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa government, opposed action until the last moment; while the Jamaat-e-Islami, both JUI factions, and a few other religious parties remain opposed to what they call an “others’ war,” despite the killings of tens of thousands of Pakistani soldiers and civilians. The operation against the militants is in Pakistan’s vital interest and I am confident that our Armed Forces will deliver the required results.

The MQM has said that the PMLN government has not been supportive of your right to obtain a Pakistani passport. Is it true? Some media analysts have also asked aloud why you applied for a passport at this stage. Are you planning to one day return to Karachi? What do you most miss about the city?

I am a British citizen, but let’s not forget that I am also a Pakistani and have every right to apply for a Pakistani passport. British and Pakistani laws permit me to hold both citizenships at the same time. My recent application for a National Identity Card for Overseas Pakistanis was not my first application. I have applied for this in the past but my applications were turned down on each occasion without providing me any reason. I recently applied for the identity card in the presence of Pakistan’s former high commissioner to the U.K. I completed all legal requirements, but my application was held up for weeks. When I inquired about its status, no satisfactory answer was given. When my party’s legislators raised the issue in the National Assembly, they were given conflicting answers as to why I was not being issued the card. In the end, the government said that it had received the application but the concerned department had lost all digital records of my application. I was never told how this happened. I am now required to file a fresh application for which the Pakistani High Commission has promised its full cooperation. Pakistan is my homeland and Karachi is my hometown, where I was born and grew up. I have longed to return to Karachi, but as conditions were never conducive, my party members did not permit me to return to Pakistan. Naturally, I miss most the people who have supported me unreservedly, with steadfastness and great resolve, even though many have not had the opportunity to see me in person as I have been away for over two decades.

How do you rate Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s performance so far? Has he been able to fulfill electoral promises on the economy, peace, foreign policy, transparency, load shedding? What advice would you give him?

There seems to be a national consensus that Mr. Sharif’s government has failed to live up to the rhetoric that the PMLN generated in the run-up to the 2013 elections. Power outages have gone from bad to worse; industrial output is suffering due to the current energy crisis; and inflation and the unemployment rate are still very high. And yet many critical ministerial positions are still vacant.

The biggest challenge that the government has failed to tackle effectively is the menace of religious militancy. It is evident that Mr. Sharif’s government was keen to appease the militants by adopting a policy of negotiations with the very terrorists who are responsible for the killings of tens of thousands of Pakistani soldiers and civilians. These terrorists have caused immense losses to Pakistan in the last few years, yet the government has failed to recognize this challenge. It has also failed to come up with a comprehensive antiterrorism policy. Pakistan’s economic growth and prosperity are directly linked to the restoration of peace in the country and the curbing of militancy, yet the government completely ignores this. Mr. Sharif’s government is also badly neglecting the economic development of the country’s smaller provinces and focusing only on the development of a certain part of the Punjab. I applaud the government’s investment in the development of the Punjab, but developing one part of Pakistan at the cost of the rest of the country is a very serious mistake. If this practice continues unchecked, it will foster a serious sense of deprivation in the other provinces as well as in the tribal areas.

What is the status of your cases in the U.K., and are you satisfied with the justice system there?

First of all, I have immense respect for the British judicial system, but since investigations are ongoing, I am unable to comment further at this time. What I can say with confidence is that I have not broken any law anywhere in the world and I deny all the allegations against me. As a law-abiding British citizen, I have been extending my full cooperation to the authorities and will continue to do so.

There are media reports that your movement has been “restricted,” and that you are required to report to the police every month. Is this true?

As this is an ongoing legal matter, it is not appropriate to comment on it.

What is the most common misconception about the MQM and how have you been able to address it?

Since its inception, the MQM has been subjected to many allegations and misconceptions. To begin with, we were branded as an ethnic and separatist party. As part of the state-sponsored action against the party, which began in June 1992, the authorities alleged that the MQM wanted to create a separate state, “Jinnahpur.” We have never been a separatist party and we vehemently denied the allegation. In fact, our forefathers were among the founders of Pakistan. The authorities later withdrew the allegation. Because MQM’s program challenges the established order in Pakistan, the authorities have always been quick to make up allegations against us and continue to do so. We will not be deflected. What is important is the message of the MQM, which is to make Pakistan a modern, democratic, pluralistic, business-friendly and successful state where everyone is entitled to social justice, religious freedom and all other basic human rights. By promoting the election of educated and enlightened leaders to various parliaments, the MQM is weakening the grip of hereditary politicians in Pakistan’s politics. Through our determination and perseverance, we have been able to correct misconceptions and rebut false allegations. As a result, our message is finally reaching all Pakistanis. It is an uphill struggle, but we believe that we are doing the right thing and we will continue to do it.

How do you see the protests being organized by the PTI, Dr. Tahir-ul-Qadri and the Muslim League of Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain? Does Pakistan look ripe for a “revolution”?

One thing is certain: Pakistan is in desperate need of reforms at multiple levels. From its inception, the country has suffered under an archaic, mediaeval political system controlled by feudal lords, tribal chiefs, and privileged elite. Ordinary Pakistanis are getting poorer. Corrupt practices are rampant, with citizens deprived of basic amenities such as access to potable water, quality education, properly equipped hospitals, electricity, gas, and food—even in the cities. The electoral system is also corrupt and under the control of the ruling elite and cannot therefore be expected to deliver any meaningful change. Elections alone are not the sole component of democracy. Good governance is also an essential component, which has never been available to the people of Pakistan since the country’s inception. Those who have been excluded from power by this corrupt political system should be given the chance to improve life for ordinary Pakistanis and enable Pakistan to fulfill its true potential. To me, the word “revolution” is too revolutionary, but Pakistan is certainly ripe for reform.

From our July 5-12, 2014, issue.

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159 comments

Syed Amin uddin ✌ (@khiz_bikerz) July 9, 2014 - 2:11 pm

Alhamdolillah, We will always support our true leader Altaf Hussain, whenever and whatever he said for awareness for forthcoming problems in the country, that become true which confirmed by internationally (Newsweek Magazine).

We thankfull to Altaf Bhai for whatever he did for us and for our country and he depute his valuable life for my country and Newsweek magazine who appreciate by true leader internationally and said to him “THE RIGHT MAN” which is proud for my country.

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Akif July 9, 2014 - 9:19 pm

He was pointing out talibanization and talibans wide spread and finally they attacked on our financial capital airport now army took an action. Altaf hussain has vision and love for the nation and power to lead . He said so the millions of people did pin drop silence these types of leaders comes in centuries.

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SyedAsifAli July 9, 2014 - 10:14 pm

Yes We Support Our Leader Altaf Hussain Bhai and we support Pakistan Army
Only Altaf Hussain Only Pakistan .

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shaikh July 9, 2014 - 11:35 pm

We will always support our true leader Altaf Hussain

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shareef ghauri July 10, 2014 - 11:59 am

yes we will always support our leader mr altaf hussain

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laiba shaikh November 2, 2015 - 12:12 am

we love our leader lion heart. altaf bhai. zinda abad

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Majid July 9, 2014 - 3:31 pm

He shouldn’t be on your website.

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Farhan , USA July 9, 2014 - 4:09 pm

No one in Pakistan possesses the mystic, magic, and charisma that Mr. Altaf Hussain does! He is truly a gifted man and a great politician! I have great admiration and respect for him.

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Danish Jilani July 9, 2014 - 5:40 pm

The Great Leader..!!!!

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Mohammad Naim Khan July 9, 2014 - 6:03 pm

Our support and conviction always stands with our beloved Quaid-e-Tehreek Mohtaram Janab Altaf Hussain Bhai for his truthfulness character (THE RIGHT MAN) as well as millions of thanks to him for his kind, wisdom and lifetime support in upbringing of the nation to deal everything on high moral ground.
Also, my personal thanks to Benazir Shah, Jocelyn Bain Hogg, the Newsweek Staff and Administration for giving the nation a chance of reading and acknowledging the vision of the Founder and Leader of Mutahida Qaumi Movement (MQM).
(M. Naim Khan; Mohibban-e-Pakistan, Al-Khobar – Saudi Arabia.

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Ammad Hafeez July 9, 2014 - 6:13 pm

It’s doubtless that Mr. Altaf Hussain is striving for progressive and liberal Pakistan what Quaid-e-Azam dreamed. He is battling against corrupt system to make Quaid-e-Azam’s dreams true. This was actually Quaid-e-Azam’s dream that Pakistan should be country of all people including minorities, though Taliban do not accept this. Altaf Hussain is the only man who said, ‘No to Taliban’s Pakistan – Yes to Jinnah’s Pakistan’

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MUHAMMAD ALI July 9, 2014 - 6:45 pm

INSHA ALLAH, HO GA IS MULK MAI INSAAF BAHAL DEKHNA, BADLEY GA IS NIZAM KO ALTAF DEKHNA

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Haseeb Elahi July 9, 2014 - 8:49 pm

Gr8 Interview

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nadeemkhan July 9, 2014 - 9:12 pm

A terrorist abroad.

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Pakistaniat July 9, 2014 - 10:00 pm

BBC raped the image of Mr.Altaf Hussain that is also an international and far more recognized media house. Yet MQM supporters hate BBC because they showed the clear picture of the imposter. Search USCIS Altaf Hussain on the internet and see for yourself what the west think of MQM. They claim Altaf as a real life Don or Terrorist. Ask the locals of City Karachi who pay their hard earned money in the name of Fitra / Zakat forcefully grabbed by MQM diehard workers.

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zxakir July 9, 2014 - 10:27 pm

Altaf bhai leader of the nation & my lover

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BABAR ALI QURESHI July 9, 2014 - 10:31 pm

Altaf Hussain is a genuine leader of Middle class and lower middle class in Pakistan, he knows the problems of Pakistan and he has vision to solve the all the problems of Pakistan

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Sajid Ahmed July 9, 2014 - 10:36 pm

The Altaf Hussain Great visionery Leader of Pakistan

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Nehad Saleem July 9, 2014 - 11:07 pm

I don’t know but reading this gives me just one feeling and it is “Truth”. I admire Altaf Hussain for being a common man. He represents the lower and oppressed classes of Pakistan. I support him for his views and his ambitions about Pakistan.

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Adeel Siddiqui July 9, 2014 - 11:26 pm

MQM and Altaf Hussain are the true representation of Middle class people in Pakistan. Their brave stance against Taliban and extremism should truly be appreciated.

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shaikh July 9, 2014 - 11:32 pm

i love mqm

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Hussain July 9, 2014 - 11:59 pm

I must say in the recent era of Pakistani Politics Mr. Hussain emerged as a finest politician . I can Conflict with him on different issues with him but despite all critics, all one sided media coverage, talk shows, all social media critics; he stood like a rocky mountain. He the one who can say and already said courageously about Talibinisation in Pakistan. Mr. Hussain Key strong hold is his teaching to his party worker. His party worker are one of the best discipline political worker in world political history.

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True Pakistani July 10, 2014 - 12:19 am

When it comes to extortion, blackmailing, target killing – yes he is the Rightly pointed out Man doing all this in Karachi. May Allah save Pakistan from this Murderer.

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your father July 26, 2014 - 11:16 am

U are a punjabi haram ki pedawar

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Kamal mustafa (kami u know me bhai) August 5, 2014 - 3:04 am

lol c his gangster shows its color racist

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True Mohajir July 14, 2015 - 10:22 pm

Is “Name calling” all that you can do? It has been proven that this a RAW agent running a mafia in Karachi. Try to read up before calling names.

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amir September 15, 2014 - 7:56 am

True Pakistan enemy hey tooo

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Syed Azeem September 15, 2014 - 6:19 pm

ALTAF HUSSAIN is true Leader no leader have control their workers like him and workers love him. But unfortunately those people who cant know him and his party are commenting only to see the Newspapers cutting and Internet propaganda………………All the anchors / media are paid by establishment.

I saw lots of people in MQM who have joined party 1978 but they have noting earn to its own…………It think we should ignore these people because they always go for “TRUCK KE BATTI”

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Minhaj Qureshi July 10, 2014 - 12:42 am

One More Achievement of #AltafHussain and #MQM that NewsWeek has published a positive thing about Founder and Leader of MQM ALtaf Hussain… Long Live Altaf Hussain… We Love ALtaf Hussain…

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Salman Ahmed (@salmanahmed_90) July 10, 2014 - 12:52 am

First of all, thank you News-Week for publishing my Leader’s Name with the Title “The Right Man”. Yes Mr. Altaf Hussain has been rightly identifying the problems of Pakistan in regards of Terrorist and Militant groups however, people humiliated him and never believed of what he said. But, today, the concerns of Founder and Leader of Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM), Mr. Altaf Hussain has been proved all correct to from its roots. I wish Pakistani Citizen to over-view my leader’s talk here and make a progressive decision to save the dearest homeland. We have been trusting Altaf Hussain whole blindly and he has always made us proud with deliberate stance over things.

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ZAFAR July 10, 2014 - 1:10 am

QET ALTAF HUSSAIN IS A TRUE LEADER WE KNOW<<HIS STRUGGLE AGAINST CORRUPT FEUDAL SYSTEM IS REMARKABLE,,, FOR THAT HE AND HIS SUPPORTERS PAID HUGE COST ,,, HE IS REALLY A RIGHT MAN FOR PAKISTAN TO BUILD PAKISTAN AS PAKISTAN…

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Faisal Rizvi July 10, 2014 - 1:19 am

Pakistan has to understand that Altaf Hussain and his political party Muttahida Quami Movement is only Liberal Political force which can safe Pakistan now the ball is in Pakistanis court either they support Altaf Hussain or they are ready to live in stone age with Taliban… The Choice is yours ! ! !

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asad July 10, 2014 - 1:29 am

very good interview.

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Fahad Iftikhar July 10, 2014 - 1:37 am

WHAT HAVE BEEN SAID BY ALTAF HUSSAIN IS TRUE

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amir September 15, 2014 - 7:59 am

Bhai always speaks truth

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craj ali dajoo July 10, 2014 - 1:47 am

first of all i would like to say thanks to Newsweek magazine who appreciate our leader and said him “THE RIGHT MAN”
no words he is the true leader after quaid_e_azaam
he is the one who has vision he can see the future he knows whats bad coming up to his country and tell than before time
love u sir GOD bless you
We thankfull to Altaf Bhai for whatever he did for us

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Ajaz July 10, 2014 - 2:02 am

True picture with clear intent have spoken by Mr. Hussain. The only solution for pakistan peace, prosperity an honor is to ereticate terrorism. Promote peace embrace everyone and provide equality to all.

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ALTAF HUSSAIN July 10, 2014 - 3:29 am

AWSWM ANS OF EVERY QUESTIONS BY ALTAF HUSSAIN BHAI… SALUTE UR INTELEGENCY…

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Salman Syed July 10, 2014 - 3:59 am

Newsweek has now become ‘Controversial Newsweek’

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Muhammad Ali July 11, 2014 - 11:22 pm

Congratulations, Now the Newsweek can also feel the fueled biased against one man Altaf Hussain and his party MQM …….. As now people label you as controversial for just only printing one’s interview………

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zohair July 10, 2014 - 4:39 am

The Right Man…hence proved…

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asad July 10, 2014 - 4:58 am

Totally false story it is not realty what he said . Reality knows people of karachi who are suffering of his power, killing opponents,extortion are the reality of MQM.

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Truth August 19, 2014 - 5:58 pm

And still the same people are consistently voting for him. I suggest you take your head out of your rear end and look at the facts instead of basing your arguments on what the Punjabi medial and landed elite have fed you.

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Usman July 10, 2014 - 6:38 am

I am sorry to say but actions speak louder than words… Anyone can have brilliant ideas and words but his actions are beyond the thinking of a normal sane person… He is a killer and gang lord. MQM is a gang. He is operating his underworld gang from abroad. Why doesn’t he come to Pakistan?. Everyone’s life is in danger here, including mine, my president’s, prime minister’s. No one is safe. Last Prime minister’s son got kidnapped, Governor of Punjab was killed, Thousand of people in Karachi have died. So the brilliant Altaf Hussain wanted to serve his country by confining himself to self exile… Whenever he is unhappy, he orders his gang members to shut Karachi Down. Billions of loss to the economy. I don’t know the agenda behind this article but It is extremely misguiding. He is the ultimate WRONG man.

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amir September 15, 2014 - 8:05 am

Ghutia such chota admi

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Asim (@AsimSyed_) July 10, 2014 - 6:51 am

Good interview, and most of all, the best interviewee. Only leader in Pakistan’s history who has sacrificed 3/4 of his life fighting for the rights of 98% middle and lower middle class Pakistanis, a leader who worries for his workers like father worries for his son or a daughter. He is the only leader I’ve come across who has always taught his followers not to disrespect any opponent political leader no matter how disrespectful that leader may well be towards MQM and asked his followers to remain calm and patient despite many phases of extra judicial killings.
I must thank Newsweek and the whole team who spent their valuable time in interviewing Altaf bhai. Insha-Allah, this interview will help in bringing true democracy in Pakistan. May Allah give Altaf bhai health so that he could carry on guiding us towards the path of prosperous Pakistan (Ameen)

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Asad Khan July 10, 2014 - 7:12 am

Every word said by this man is on the money! I am so impressed by his thinking and analysis of different things which are happening in Pakistan even though thousands of miles away physically. We can bring change in Pakistan if the current leaders pay heed to what he is saying.

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Faisal July 10, 2014 - 3:12 pm

saying what ? parde me rahne do ?

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jairaj dumasia July 10, 2014 - 8:40 am

we are proud on altaf bhai he was alwasy right man

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MQM is Extortionist July 10, 2014 - 8:51 am

His is a True Extortionist and Murderer. Everyone knows that. So much so that he has been able to twist Newsweek Pakistan’s arm to get him called the Right Man. This is simply pathetic and yellow journalism.

He has been pointing about Taliban’s presence in Karachi because they has started taking their share of extortion money, which was previously monopolized by Altaf Hussain’s MQM. 400,000 Pounds Cash is a living proof of that.

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Another Pakistani July 11, 2014 - 7:46 am

Mr. whoever you are!!! Haven’t you forgot to take your medicine for loose motions…. You smell so bad.

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trq July 15, 2014 - 4:15 am

you are right this is a true picture of altaf hussain

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Omair Mahmood July 10, 2014 - 9:12 am

What makes Newsweek title this interview as “The Right Man”. Please do explain

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A Khan July 10, 2014 - 11:28 am

For GOD sake please dont portray this man commonly known as “Dracula of Karachi” as a liberal and a level headed politician. I have personally lived thru the carnage of blood and violence the MQM subjected on a city of 20 MILLION people in the last 20 years.This man is an absconder from the law in Pakistan with convictions for Murder & Kidnapping from Pakistan Highest Courts (Maj Kaleem Case).

The interviewer did not ask any tough questions on the current Money Laundering, Hate Speech & Murder indictments by the CPS on Altaf Hussain. No questions have been asked as to why every MQM leader who disagreed with Altaf Hussain either ended up dead or is living in exile / hiding now. I guess the Money MQM spent on K street has started to showing results by such PR exercises.

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Fawad August 13, 2014 - 2:03 pm

agreed
this interview is published because its against taliban. other wise this man is not worthy to be taken interview.
he is BHAI…karachi ka bhai kon…Altaf…and every body know what bhai means.

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Imran Ansari July 10, 2014 - 11:31 am

Alhamdolillah, We will always support our true leader Altaf Hussain,
& I Love u Altaf Bhai “THE RIGHT MAN”

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Shaf July 10, 2014 - 11:55 am

True inspiration and a dynamic leader. Hats off to you Altaf Hussian.

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shareef ghauri July 10, 2014 - 11:56 am

Alhamdolillah, We will always support our true leader Altaf Hussain, whenever and whatever he said for awareness for forthcoming problems in the country, that become true which confirmed by internationally (Newsweek Magazine).
We thankfull to Altaf Bhai for whatever he did for us and for our country and he depute his valuable life for my country and Newsweek magazine who appreciate by true leader internationally and said to him “THE RIGHT MAN” which is proud for my country

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Ahmed Khan July 10, 2014 - 12:01 pm

This guy actually made a lot of sense in this interview

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I Love Karachi July 10, 2014 - 12:27 pm

Is it Newsweek? Or MQM’s website? Height of Yellow Journalism. A Certified Killer is being portrayed as Right Man. Shame Shame Newsweek.

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shareef ghauri July 10, 2014 - 12:52 pm

Alhamdolillah, We will always support our true leader Altaf Hussain, whenever and whatever he said for awareness for forthcoming problems in the country, that become true which confirmed by internationally (Newsweek Magazine).
We thankfull to Altaf Bhai for whatever he did for us and for our country and he depute his valuable life for my country and Newsweek magazine who appreciate by true leader internationally and said to him “THE RIGHT MAN” which is proud for my country

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Uzair July 10, 2014 - 12:51 pm

First of all, thank you News-Week for publishing my Leader’s Name with the Title “The Right Man”. Yes Mr. Altaf Hussain has been rightly identifying the problems of Pakistan in regards of Terrorist and Militant groups however, people humiliated him and never believed of what he said. But, today, the concerns of Founder and Leader of Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM), Mr. Altaf Hussain has been proved all correct to from its roots. I wish Pakistani Citizen to over-view my leader’s talk here and make a progressive decision to save the dearest homeland. We have been trusting Altaf Hussain whole blindly and he has always made us proud with deliberate stance over things.

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aliadil July 10, 2014 - 12:51 pm

This discussion re-instates the fact that Altaf Hussain , is a leader , philosopher , intellectual , and would be a Revolutionist , IshaAllah >.

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sartaj hussain July 10, 2014 - 12:55 pm

yes indeed Altaf Hussain is the most powerful Political voice of the poor people of Pakistan who really voiced against the Tlibans and their Associates first and he is leading the masses of the Urban Sindh representing the and send the Middle class men to high offices assemblies and senate and Cabinet misters too. he is really has a voice as the gift of God who asks “silent” and millions of the people followed his voice and silence became the order of the moments.he is a very good Orator,having complete knowledge of religion ,Quran and Sunnah.he talks about issues and enjoy the all heartly love of the poor people of Pakistan, he introduced some philosophies, political adherence, and gave more powers to the represntatives to work for devalopments and Karachi is the best example for the targets achieved by MQM during the Mayorships of MQM Mayors at Karachi and Hyderabad recognized nationally and Internationally. Infact Altaf Hussain is a True leader among all contemporary politician of the country being in Exile he has the unblievable control of his well organized Party and riddled politics of Pakistan facing all character assissination and cases inside and abroad. he has no party post he is a Quaid leadibg the party people and playing its meaningful role in the country. he always remain with the people through his address to the public meetings time to time on various important issues. he is participating in all the issue of national or International through his vision,wisdom, and political ability and presence.this is Altaf Hussain so he is “Right Man” of the politics

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Faisal July 10, 2014 - 1:17 pm

Madam, have you already taken a start to sink N’week’s repute or, excuse me, are you in correct senses ? I haven’t read you earlier but assume you must be carrying a caliber; however here your starting remarks of this article puts you way off the reality and have hurt the people of Karachi. What Altaf has to do while it comes to voice of Karachi people? Certainly nothing. Don’t be swept away by the crowds; it’s a compulsion that you have seen time and again and during the last event. No sane person would ever go in that part of day to attend his Jalsa that too while fasting. Don’t you understand that in reality hardly 15-20% karachiites favour this party, that too with not much of respect for the leader. The local media is helpless and have to cover each and every lie that he or his party but what’s your compulsion ? Thumbs up for Paras Khursheed; she was the only one who simply overturned the hype created and put them all in trouble just hours later.
As for Talibanization, can’t you work out that there wouldn’t have been any if the people of Karachi had wiped off his party at the right time? Karachi and Pakistan could have been a safer place then. Frankly speaking this article is a perfect fit in any third rate local magazine and for the people, with the sort of love that I have for this city, it would have been an acceptable compulsion. Madam get me space in “comments” and see how much criticism you draw from the people of Karachi.

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shahzaib ali advocate July 10, 2014 - 5:26 pm

Leader of the nation & my lover The Right Man of Altaf hussain

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HIDAYAT SHAIKH July 15, 2014 - 12:09 pm

Brother I can smell your ass burning now because you have been trying to malign Altaf Husain who actually running the entire country with 67% revenue generated by Karachi. You should learn to work and work then talk about muhajirs. If he has popularity of 15 – 20% then who has 80% popularity.

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SYED FAISAL HASSAN July 10, 2014 - 1:36 pm

Yes Mr. Altaf Hussain is a Right Man and Right Choice for Pakistan. Altaf Hussain is only voice of 98% of Poor people and Middle class peoples of pakistan. we love our leader and salute our Leader Altaf Hussain Bhai.

SYED FAISAL HASSAN. Karachi- Pakistan

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sunny khan July 10, 2014 - 2:00 pm

how much did MQM pay Hussain Haqqani the Traitor to get this article published?

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AMIR KHAN July 10, 2014 - 2:26 pm

The only leader in pakistan who is leading the nation from the front .He always raise his voice for the fudeal system and so called democratic system of pakistan.

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Adil Ghaffar-Lawyer July 10, 2014 - 2:40 pm

After carefully reading the article of Mr Altaf Hussain and his biography, I have come to a certain conclusion that some, possibly many will not agree with, nevertheless as a professional individual I must state what I read to share my thoughts with others, firstly I would like to go through certain parts of the article and pass my comments.

Initially when the world denied the existence of the Taliban in the port city of Karachi, even though, Mr Altaf Hussain had warned of their very existence, the Government of Pakistan immediately accused him of causing fear and panic amongst its citizens, which resulted in complete ignorance by them, ultimately leading to the wrath of the Taliban who had unleashed their inhuman power by killing hundreds of innocent civilians, had the Government of Pakistan paid attention to Mr Altaf Hussain, preventive measures would have been actioned, who do we blame for this ignorance ?

Mr Hussain describes the MQM has a liberal movement, which no doubt it is, they have faced issues in entering mainstream politics purely because of the pre-partition mindset of the natives in the then Pakistan, they will never accept Mohajirs as an ethnic group of Pakistan, even though history has told us it was those Mohajirs who had created the very country they call Pakistan.

Mr Hussain as bold as he is, has been accused many times in the past of not being loyal to the country or its armed forces, I would like to ask the reader a question, if you had just been released from Police questioning what would you do ?, an individual will most probably go straight home, but, Mr Altaf Hussain did something quite extraordinary, he went to his MQM UK Secretariat and categorically paid his and his party’s full allegiance to its armed forces, in any way needed, would this not be called a true patriotic Pakistani ?

Now coming to my conclusion, my review could have gone on for several paragraphs, but I do not want to deter the reader from the main objective of Mr Altaf Hussain’s point of view.
I can categorically state, that, Mr Altaf Hussain is not only a true Pakistani, but a visionary, if only other leaders of Pakistan would for the benefit of Pakistan put aside their egoism and seek advice from him, it will not only benefit them as persons, but the ultimate goal which should be the same, is the wellbeing of Pakistan and its citizens, really look forward to more publications from ‘ the Right Man’.

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Amir Saeed Kayani July 10, 2014 - 2:48 pm

Gr8- if you agreed or not bet he always speak bitter truth

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Anisa July 10, 2014 - 4:27 pm

he is a good leader

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Irshad Khan July 10, 2014 - 6:04 pm

He is a great hope for young Pakistanis and oppressed people.

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SAFDAR September 12, 2015 - 9:59 pm

NOT FOR YOUNG PAKISTANIS BUT HINDUSTANIS.

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basher karachi July 10, 2014 - 6:30 pm

killer

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kk July 13, 2014 - 10:48 am

True

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Pakistani July 10, 2014 - 6:32 pm

The only liberal and progressive political leader of Pakistan.

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fahad July 10, 2014 - 6:59 pm

The Inspiring Leader Altaf Hussain
Long Life Altaf Hussain Bhai

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Sharjeel July 10, 2014 - 7:00 pm

He is the one love u ALTAF HUSSAIN bhai

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Azeem July 10, 2014 - 7:01 pm

He is true grass root leader in Pakistan from last thirty years.

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Saqib Mohiuddin July 10, 2014 - 7:03 pm

Altaf Hussain is the ONLY hope not only for Pakistan but for the region. He is THE only person with a clear vision and direction.

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KARACHI July 10, 2014 - 9:05 pm

I LOVE U MQM

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JUNAID FAHMI July 10, 2014 - 9:14 pm

A true Genuine Leader Altaf Hussain. Is he a Dr. Martin Luther King, Nelson Mandela, Karl Marks, Malcolm X, Gandhi or Jinnah?
He is the only great leader, who spoke and his all 35 years struggle is only for common people and against of all kind terrorism and extremism which is the bi-product of Feudalism.

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waleed fakhar July 10, 2014 - 10:04 pm

WE HAVE ALWAYS VOTED FOR MQM AND MR HUSSAIN AS HE IS THE COPPER- BOTTOMED AND HONEST LEADER OF PAKISTAN…THE LEADER WITH VISION,FARSIGHTNESS,VALOR AND TRUTHFULNESS…

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Intellectual Hareem July 10, 2014 - 11:47 pm

The Right Man , with great vision, True leader with optimistic approach, lead from the front in intellectual manner.

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hassaan July 11, 2014 - 2:49 am

he is NT ONLy A r8 MAN BUT he is Also A gr888 LEader As well <3 <3 🙂
<3 <3 ♥ ♥ ♥

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Asher Khan July 11, 2014 - 3:10 am

Altaf Bhai is great leader of Pakistan, Altaf Bhai you are far away from us but let me tell you we love you soooooooo much, distance doesn’t matter.

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Another Pakistani July 11, 2014 - 7:37 am

Fully Agreed and Support Mr. Altaf Hussain and MQM’s courageous and very true view about Pakistan’s problem.
I have no doubt that they have a very concrete solution for the long term prosperity of Pakistan.
We only need to be true and unbiased understanding and admitting the problem Pakistan is facing and give them a chance.
A very humble, passionate, sincere, dedicated, patriotic, liberal and highly educated and disciplined party. Way to Go MQM…

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Umar Malik July 11, 2014 - 8:32 am

Good Interview.. My Leader My Pride… Jiye Altaf Bhai

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Waqar Hasan July 11, 2014 - 11:21 am

Jiyay Altaf Bhai

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shareef ghauri July 11, 2014 - 11:49 am

Yes Mr. Altaf Hussain is a Right Man and Right Choice for Pakistan. Altaf Hussain is only voice of 98% of Poor people and Middle class peoples of pakistan. we love our leader and salute our Leader Altaf Hussain Bhai.

shareef ghauri

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Imran A Kidwai July 11, 2014 - 3:15 pm

Good interview and I support

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TAHIR KHAN July 11, 2014 - 6:55 pm

we love ALTAF HUSSAIN BHAI we support ALTAF HUSSAIN
ONLY ALTAF

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Ghazanfar July 11, 2014 - 10:16 pm

Leaders are the one who lead the nation not only a particular party. He is a coward who even is feared of coming back to his own country. Instead Bhutto was a leader who did not fear death but kept on with his party till his last breath.

His entire life is built on murders and killings. A Certified Killer is being portrayed as Right Man. Shame Shame Newsweek.

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mazhar July 12, 2014 - 1:40 am

Altaf hussain bhai now inshallah becomes world Islamic leader soon.I also request Altaf bhai please stand up against the Israeli brutalities. He is a true and vocal leader no doubt it.
God bless him

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wajid akber July 12, 2014 - 4:50 am

whatever the image of MQM leader is instilled in the mindset of pakistani libral society… however, his stance against militant outfit is ostensibly true…. Already Pakistan is suffering from multifarious diseases. Deteriorating law and order situation, energy crises, poverty, uncertainty, and instability are only few, many more are to be counted… On the other hand corrupt and unskilled political leaders have always played a role of puppets in peak times… Of-course Taliban are like Frankenstein’s monster, who are now gradually proliferating in all metropolitan cities of Pakistan very rapidly…
Now lets give moral support and helping hands if possible to our pak army for their brave steps being taken to drive out all infidels and enemies of our mighty nation…I also solute to those who have always opposed the talibanisation and and their anti Islamic activities…

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Arshad Butt July 12, 2014 - 9:13 am

The Right Man not only for Pakistan but for the whole world. Great leader Altaf Hussain

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Kamal mustafa (kami u know me bhai) August 6, 2014 - 9:32 pm

uthoo

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Arshad Butt July 12, 2014 - 9:17 am

Thank you Benazir Shah for introducing great leader Altaf Hussain to the whole world… Mr. Altaf Hussain is a true leader of educated ,middle class and lower middle class. His party MQM can bring peace and prosperity to Pakistan. Thanks
Arshad Butt, Lahore

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touqeer ahmed July 12, 2014 - 12:49 pm

touqeer ahmed darbari

Yes We Support Our Leader Altaf Hussain Bhai and we support Pakistan Army
Only Altaf Hussain Only Pakistan .

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najam July 13, 2014 - 6:46 pm

Great leader are always by birth. Altaf Hussain is a great man and great leader in Pakistan.

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Raja Ajaz Hussain July 14, 2014 - 2:49 am

Jeay Altaf Hussain Bhai,

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Faizan Khan July 14, 2014 - 9:33 am

nice…Good mind shared by Mr. Hussain.

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Tariq Fazal July 14, 2014 - 1:42 pm

MQM popularity remains restricted to muhajar community of Urban Sind elsewhere in Pakistan it has failed to make any inroads since it is generally believed to indulge in extortion extremely violent means to intimidate political opponents and common citizens besides election fraud through strong arm tactics.

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mirza shujat baig July 14, 2014 - 5:37 pm

Alhamdolillah, We will always support our true leader Altaf Hussain, whenever and whatever he said for awareness for forthcoming problems in the country, that become true which confirmed by internationally (Newsweek Magazine).

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Shoukat Pirzada July 14, 2014 - 9:47 pm

I did not understand why people posted their views without go through the news papers and current knowledge, as i saw in some above posted views that MQM and Chief of MQM are convicted party and person. First of all Mr. Hussain and his comrades were exonerated by Sindh High Court in Maj. Kaleem Case (Most probably 10 -12 years back). As for as so-called hate speech case in UK (conspired by Imran Khan’s PTI., also thrashed out by Scotland Yard, I think one months back. And in the Money Laundering Case, Mr. Hussain got bail (keep in mind that, bail granted those suspects whose cases have no strong evidences). So, there is nothing against Mr. Hussain and MQM except bias, hate and conspiries which neted against this party and its chief since long. In conclusion I congratulate you Madam for this good interview in your esteem publication.

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Ccassie July 16, 2014 - 4:08 am

Congratulations to Newsweek for doing a much awaited interview of Mr Altaf Husain .He is truly an exemplary , visionary leader who has always delivered great results for the oppressed masses .People posting negative comments are not only biased because Newsweek is an international reputable magazine and would have definitely done their homework before putting the cover story of Mr Altaf Hussain on their cover page .

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Imran Siddiqui @ImranSiddiquie July 16, 2014 - 4:31 am

First of all, thank you News-Week for publishing such a true meaningful interview by the Founder & Leader of MQM Mr Altaf Hussain with the Title “The Right Man” & I also would like to thank Benazir Shah ( @Benazir_Shah ) for her efforts & her role in saving Pakistan from the militant/TTP and other terrorist organisation by showing the facts to the world & specially in Pakistan, that Mr Altaf Hussain is the only Leader who can Save Pakistan if we follow his directions & real concepts, It`s time now or never.

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Aryanrajput July 16, 2014 - 1:16 pm

Great interview by my beloved Qaid and much more To learn !!! Benazir shah good Questions!!!!

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Mohammed July 17, 2014 - 5:59 pm

They wouldn’t be too bad if they didn’t kill people, or extort money or keep changing sides to stay in power. If Altaf is the answer, then the question has to be, which guy rules Karachi through fear.

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AMIR ISHTIAQ July 17, 2014 - 10:01 pm

Thank you NEWS WEEK for publishing the truth about Pakistan & Karachi in the strong words of Founder & Leader of MQM Mr Altaf Hussain we are with MQM & with QET Altaf Hussain ever because Mr Altaf Hussain is the only Leader who can Save Pakistan.

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Shakeel Baig July 20, 2014 - 12:36 pm

Great Leader of Pakistan he is one man of Pakistan G.A. Altaf Hussain Jeay MQM

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zahid kareem bi July 21, 2014 - 9:52 pm

altaf is himself very big terrorist.

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shamssohail July 22, 2014 - 5:51 pm

Great leader are always by birth. Altaf Hussain is a great man and great leader in Pakistan

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Adnan Iqbal, Advocate July 24, 2014 - 2:41 pm

Altaf Bhai is true and patriotic leader of Pakistan. he is visionary and always warned the forthcoming thunderstorm that will have to face Pakistan and Pakistanis and always gave solutions of that problems.

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imran July 25, 2014 - 12:57 pm

MQM or any other Political Party of Pakistan All Bull shit

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Syed July 30, 2014 - 9:09 am

Altaf Hussain = Great Leader

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Sajid Saeedkhan August 13, 2014 - 8:21 pm

I have no doubt

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a.qayoom July 30, 2014 - 7:21 pm

i love quied mutaram altaf hussian bhi’

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babu August 3, 2014 - 5:08 pm

Altaf sahab sari batain ker gaye kay Taleban maar rahay hai. Mere do sawal
1- Kia apkay pas saboot hai kai taleban yeh kam ker rahay hain.
2- Kia Taleban itnay farigh hain kay woh humla kerkay internet per zimadari qabool ker rahay hain
3 – Altaf bhai Apnay Khuda umrika ko kuch nahi bol rahay jo becharay frontier may masoom bacho ko aur aurton ko maar rahay hain. Lanat hai british passport per jis ki waja say ap umrika aur inglistan kay khilaaf awaz bhi nahi utha saktay.
British nationality nay jism ko sand aur lund ko khasee bana dia hai

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Khan September 17, 2014 - 4:28 am

Babu sahab sari batain ker gaye kay mere bhi apsay kuch sawal hain :
1- Kia apkay pas saboot hai k Karachi main MQM murder karti hai? (Ankhon say dekha hai? kisi say sunnay ki baat nhi kar raha)
2- Kya MQM walo nay kabhi condemn nhi kiya?
3 – IK aaj kal British aur europe ki misaal deta hai, aaj tak usnay UK/ British ki koi burayi nhi ki? Kyu?

AH nay aaj tak jo kaha wohi aaj bhi bol raha hai!

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Syed Azeem September 17, 2014 - 6:27 pm

Actually in Pakistan ppl don’t have sound knowledge of their own rights and they just read newspaper like OMMAT or other material with same reputation and take this is wrong and this is right.

But now if you see those people who never taking about “Community System” they are? AH is very wise personality and he knows the problems of poor man.

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syed taha August 4, 2014 - 1:23 am

Pakistan’s tragedy we use ethnic lenses to see each other. When Altaf Hussain pointed out that Taliban was taking over the suburb of Karachi his opponent ridiculed him. He is saying that feudalism is the root cause of all problems of Pakistan, nobody listen to him. I think Newsweek select right heading….. the right man

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Kamal mustafa (kami u know me bhai) August 5, 2014 - 3:01 am

a criminal and political actor who run mafia in Karachi and kills thousands of peoples, involved in ransom money, extortion and other criminal activity. a self pro claim leader who kills its own party chairman and first Secretary General and Convener (in london), and dozens of its own party leaders on the minor issues and differences. kills its own workers use innocent peoples by backing him and after take advantages from them kill them too and make crock weeps on their bodies peoples who shows affection are mostly mafia peoples who take their own personal advantages like grabbing land, run water tank mafia, drug mafia etc they give a good % to party so they hide and support their crimes.

he said he is against the system against land lords and mafia but in fact he is a land lord and a mafia

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Munawar Hussain August 9, 2014 - 10:08 pm

Altaf Hussain windup that politics who was supporting mafias and that terrors those were under shadow in the name of islam since became Pakistan

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Engr.Faizan Sheikh (@EngrFaizanSheik) August 5, 2014 - 6:31 pm

First of all, thank you News-Week for publishing my Leader’s Name with the Title “The Right Man”. Yes Mr. Altaf Hussain has been rightly identifying the problems of Pakistan in regards of Terrorist and Militant groups however, people humiliated him and never believed of what he said. But, today, the concerns of Founder and Leader of Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM), Mr. Altaf Hussain has been proved all correct to from its roots. I wish Pakistani Citizen to over-view my leader’s talk here and make a progressive decision to save the dearest homeland. We have been trusting Altaf Hussain whole blindly and he has always made us proud with deliberate stance over things.
it’s doubtless that Mr. Altaf Hussain is striving for progressive and liberal Pakistan what Quaid-e-Azam dreamed. He is battling against corrupt system to make Quaid-e-Azam’s dreams true. This was actually Quaid-e-Azam’s dream that Pakistan should be country of all people including minorities, though Taliban do not accept this. Altaf Hussain is the only man who said, ‘No to Taliban’s Pakistan – Yes to Jinnah’s Pakistan’

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Munawar Hussain August 9, 2014 - 9:59 pm

Altaf Hussain only the leader in Pakistan who raised voice against the terrorism and he is doing efforts for Pakistans poor people rights.

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Ahmad August 15, 2014 - 5:32 pm

We should think as a Pakistani and give right to live all people of Pakistan. If we think as a Punjabi, Sindhi, Mohajir, Pathan, Balouchi, etc we will never ever solve our issues. I believe MQM is political party and we should give them a chance to rule the province of Sindh. I also believe that all other party and feudal politician are afraid with MQM policies as they do not want to adopt these policies as they do not want to server the people they actually want to rule the peoples.

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asra August 20, 2014 - 8:44 am

No doubt he is a true leader and the only Pakistani leader who is really think about Pakistan he sacrificed his whole life for the attaining the rights of middle class people or majority .He is the only brave man who raise voice for poor and showed his agitation against talibanization in Pakistan and around the world no matter what others says about him he is really a true leader …….

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RIASAT September 15, 2014 - 1:44 pm

ALTAF HUSSAIN The True Leadership Treasure

I went on search to be a leader,
Searching high and low above the meter,

I spoke with authority that I remember,
All would follow, all but one member,

“Why should I trust you?’ the one did ask,
“What have you done to achieve the task?”

I thought long and hard of what I did wrong,
Then I rolled up my sleeves and worked right along,

Shoulder to shoulder we got things done,
We worked side by side, all were one,

A mate of mine stumbled, I stooped to assist,
My hand he did grab, a smile did persist,

One was lost, didn’t know what to do,
I showed him how, the ropes, something new

I praised them one and all for their work,
All were unique, but I encouraged each quirk,

When the task was done, one did shout
“You’re a great leader!” they all turned about,

“Without you there to support our plight,
Lost would we be with no end in sight”,

I learned that day that I lead best,
When I get off my butt and help the rest,

To lead by example is the true treasure,
The secret of leadership, in one simple measure.

RIASAT MIR

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Mansoor Ahmed September 17, 2014 - 10:22 am

Altaf Hussain is a Real Great Man.

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Looking GLASS September 19, 2014 - 8:41 pm

So “a law-abiding British citizen” is “The Right Man” for Pakistan? What a pity and shame!! Shame on all of us.

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Tahir Hussain September 19, 2014 - 9:00 pm

MQM is the only party in Pakistan whose progressive and liberal ideology truly matches that of Pakistan’s founder, Mohammad Ali Jinnah,

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salim hussain October 6, 2014 - 3:07 am

not only he,,,allpakistani peopleareagaisnt terrorisim,,in islam n in PAKISTAN no internal terrorists ,, but imported and indian ,like all anti -pakistan are importing terror in pakistan,,he must have pointed ou this,, eaw,, is full active,,we normal people know tthis ,,how he dose not know,,then internaly all politicalparties have terror wing ,,itis normal,,in india,,pakistan,,politician are part of it,, but innocent people keep payingprice ,, n they enjoy life inuk,usa,,bighome,,all is just a fiction,,no sincerity

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Asad October 7, 2014 - 6:28 am

Altaf Bhai is a great leader. He has brought commoners from our streets into lime light. He has shunned and defeated the family rule in politics. MQM has faced tremendous atrocities from PPP, Noon, Army, rangers and police. Only during General Musharraf’s times MQM had some hold and proved how much they can do for Pakistan. We pray for this great man called Altaf Hussain. We need him so we need General Musharraf. These are great leaders of Pakistan and its asset. Many are jealous from Altaf Hussain and MQM as they want those who support them to remain under dogs. But Altaf Hussain and MQM has done a great job to bring the suffered on top and unite their voice. This is no easy achievement. Our prayers are for long life of Altaf Bhai and Growth of MQM all over Pakistan. Long Live our great leader Altaf Bhai ameen.

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khan rao November 17, 2014 - 8:28 pm

my brothers and sisters, criticizing mr hussain are may be right in their apprehensions regarding him and his devout party and supporters. however, one thing which i would like to make it very clear that people outside of sindh could not, in any way, understand the gravity of the problem with the urdu speaking populace of the province. he is a terrorist, he is extortionist, he is murderer, he is criminal, he an agent, he is traitor, he is western tool to destabilize the country. all the above narratives or we can say titles, prevailing in pakistan regarding him, are nothing else than part of political blame game. if he is a criminal than kindly give name of some saints in pakistani politics, including imran khan. non could understand the true MQM without understanding the prevailing conditions in pakistan’s extremely ethnically polarized province,

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Syed Abul Hassan December 11, 2014 - 9:46 am

MQM is the only party in Pakistan whose progressive and liberal ideology truly matches that of Pakistan’s founder, Mohammad Ali Jinnah

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sajeedali34@yahoo.com March 11, 2015 - 5:54 am

Yes only altaf Hussain bhai . g a mqm

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Syed Azeem March 11, 2015 - 6:12 pm

Only Altaf Hussain

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abdurrehman March 24, 2015 - 12:40 am

only a true altafist can only make change in this world G.A ALTAF

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saud April 18, 2015 - 3:50 pm

what a great move giving such interview, today mqm will secure large number of votes if the things gets free fair elections ever before, cuz in past there was no needed to run compaign for votes by the residents but now realize that resident has to come out and win marginally by doubled numbers of votes. and that will be desaster for the oppositions. this election will lead mqm to prove a true leader and the right man Altaf hussain.

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Syed Azeem April 19, 2015 - 12:12 am

I think Altaf Hussain & MQM is single party of Pakistan which have agenda for people of Pakistan. And people of Pakistan will give them only one chance for change. Today a wonderful and powerful speech of Altaf Hussain. He has full command and control of their party.

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aman rauf May 9, 2015 - 4:29 pm

MQM and Altaf Hussain are the true representation of Middle class people in Pakistan. Their brave stance against Taliban and extremism should truly be appreciated.

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FAROOQ NAQVI July 12, 2015 - 10:35 pm

WEDARAS AND JAGEERDAR DON’T WANT A MIDDLE CLASS POLITICAL PARTY IN PAKISTAN SPECIALLY IN KARACHI WHO IS GENERATING 80 %REVENUES FOR WHOLE OF COUNTRY

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zubair ali July 15, 2015 - 3:15 pm

it is true that they represent the lower class people of pakistan.. but they should not support their millitants..

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Rafe July 20, 2015 - 6:17 am

Leaving party, Hunger strike, Burke main rehne do. Is he a leader?

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Nawaz August 3, 2015 - 9:46 pm

Saala phat jaigaa….

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Mohammed Shaikh August 31, 2015 - 9:26 pm

On behalf of me and my family we would like to thanks News week for publishing our Quaid Tehreek Altaf Hussain Bhai interview and his views. And inthis auspicious moment we would our expression that we will always stand with QET Altaf bhai and #Rangers must leave karachi, or Karachi leave sindh soon .thanks n Regards
Mohammed shaikh

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ASIF October 26, 2015 - 3:58 am

A true leader for poor and deprive people of Pakistan, one day poor from Punjab will open there eyes….and hold hand of Altaf Hussain…..then you will see……the future of Pakistan.

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sharif ghauri October 28, 2015 - 9:25 pm

inshaallah

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Syed Alamdar Ali December 9, 2015 - 3:51 pm

Altaf Hussain proved that he is the leader of the leaders. God will save him from bad people’s.

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SarmindaMahajir August 25, 2016 - 11:39 pm

Traiter calling Pakistan Murdabad

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Usman August 27, 2016 - 5:51 pm

Altaf Hussein is alone a biggest traitor in modern days of Pakistan ! He alone with his party made damage to state of Pakistan more than rest of enemies of Pakistan including India.

I wish to see his end, Pray to Allah that he is granted deserved place in the bottom of Hell.

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KHAN October 26, 2016 - 12:08 am

ALLAH ISKO JALDI OTA LAH YAH BEMARI HA IS DUNYA KI PLEASE ISKO OTA LAH …

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Lahori10 December 20, 2016 - 6:27 pm

A man who rose as a voice for the middle and educated working class of an unfortunate country which has been raped for decades by ruthless landlords.
Millions rested their dreams with him and his party which cunningly betrayed them for over 30 years.
The higher you go, the harder you fall. Every Pharoah has an end and I have no doubt that the end of Altaf Hussain has begun. May you rest in the worst part of Jahannum.

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irfan aziz December 27, 2016 - 2:25 am

who ever praise Altaf Ganduuu is a Maderchod

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Faisal Siddiqui March 25, 2017 - 8:28 am

This is a paid article. Can’t be called an interview by any standard. Benazir Shah got thousands of dollars for this via Hussain Haqqani who arranged it. Newsweek Pakistan got assurance that all copies would be purchased and order would be given for additional copies.

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