‘I do not consider Altaf, a Pakistani’


Islamabad—Minister for Defence Khawaja Muhammad Asif has said, statements and actions of Altaf Hussain have exposed his real face and he does not consider the MQM leader, a Pakistani.
‘Altaf Hussain does not fulfill the principles of nationalism, patriotism and politics. So I do not consider him a Pakistani,’ the minister said speaking to media.
‘How can we consider a person as Pakistani who is on self-exile, gets extortion money from and uses resources to kill innocent people and speak against the state,’ he substantiated his point. ‘Why he can have any sympathy with Pakistan and why we can consider him a Pakistani.’
The minister also mentioned to Altaf’s statement in India years back and said even at that time, I had stated that he had no sympathy with Pakistan. ‘But, the dictatorial regime of Pervez Musharraf did not take any action against him because MQM was his ethnic constituency.’
He said the present government is taking his statements seriously and the Prime Minister and other government functionaries have issued categorical statements on his anti- Pakistan rhetoric.
‘The process has been started and we shall take it to its logic ending,’ the minister said, anybody maintaining any contacts with Altaf Hussain shall be committing an omission. ‘Anybody enjoying allegiance with Altaf Hussain will be under the shadow of doubt. Those keeping contacts with him shall be considered as his facilitators.’
He said Altaf Hussain migrated to Pakistan eight years after Pakistan’s emergence and he can be called an ‘economic migrant’ and not an ‘ideological migrant.’
Khawaja Asif said, he had no doubt about Farooq Sattar’s patriotism but he have to review his allegiance with Altaf Hussain because anybody associated to Altaf Hussain shall have to suffer political loss.
He said for the last couple of days the MQM politics is plagued by confusion and if people like Farooq Sattar had to politick in Pakistan they should have themselves to distance from Altaf Hussain.—APP

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