KARACHI: Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) Chief Altaf Hussain on Tuesday announced once again that he was stepping down from the post of party chairman over the remarks made by Federal Defence Minister Khawaja Asif regarding ‘Mohajirs’.
According to a statement on the MQM website, Asif had said in the National Assembly and on a television channel that, “Only people coming from Ludhiana and Jalandhar were genuine Mohajirs. All the rest are fake Mohajirs.”
Talking to media on Tuesday morning, Altaf lashed out at the National Assembly claiming that the ‘Mohajir community had been mocked and enough was enough’.
The MQM supremo said Asif had made fun of Mohajirs which was intolerable, adding that he has decided to quit the party leadership in protest of Asif’s statements.
He also expressed disappointment over the National Assembly’s silence over Asif’s speech.
The MQM chief said that he had been trying to unite Muslim minorities for the past 37 years but now he feels that people don’t want to listen to him anymore. “I will always remain the founder but am now distancing myself from the party leadership.”
MQM’s Central Rabita (Coordination) Committee on Tuesday held an emergency meeting to discuss the statements made by the federal defence minister. The meeting condemned the statements and demanded an apology from Khawaja Asif.
The party said it would later announce its further course of action, adding that it would also decide whether or not to hold protests over the issue in case the defence minister failed to tender an apology.