LONDON: Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain on Tuesday apologized to Army Chief General Raheel Sharif and Director General (DG) Rangers Major General Bilawal Akbar for his yesterday’s anti-Pakistan speech.
In a statement issued from London, Hussain asked for forgiveness from the army and Rangers chiefs.
“From the depth of heart, I beg pardon for my remarks against Pakistan, the establishment including Gen Raheel Sharif and DG Rangers,” the MQM chief said. “I was under severe mental stress over extra-judicial arrests and precarious condition of my workers sitting at hunger striking camp.”
He further said: “Being a Pakistani, I assure the Pakistani people, establishment, army, ISI, all higher authorities and leaders that I will never use such words again”.
It may be mentioned here that the exiled leader of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) gave a telephonic address to his supporters in which he raised slogans against Pakistan and referred to the country as “a cancer for entire world”.
The paramilitary Rangers have sealed the MQM headquarters in the commercial hub of Karachi and detained five of its top leaders including Farooq Sattar, Amir Liaquar and Khawaja Izharul Hassan, after supporters of the party stormed the office of ARY News channel.
“We have sealed the MQM headquarters, their media office and (their) hostel, some weapons have also been recovered,” Khurram Shahzad, the sector commander for the regional paramilitary Rangers force told reporters on Tuesday.
Hussain is known for his fiery addresses to his supporters in Karachi though a loudspeaker connected to a telephone in his London home.
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