Chief of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) Altaf Hussain tendered his resignation to party leadership on Monday, saying he is not able to bear the burden of leading the party any longer.
He also asked the party lawmakers to elect a new party chief by evening, drawing cries of disapproval from party activists.
“I will not be leading MQM from now on,” the MQM chief said. He also asked the party leaders to dissolve the MQM completely and devote themselves to charitable services. “You can lead the party from now on, my best wishes are with you,” Altaf told the MQM activists. The MQM leader made the announcement during a telephonic address to party leaders at MQM’s Nine-Zero headquarters. Altaf said he had been abused frequently on television talk shows but that he will not hear such words any longer since he is dissociating himself from MQM.
He further said whoever attempts to use foul language against him will use it against the whole nation. The MQM supremo was also highly critical of Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf chief Imran Khan and categorically denied all allegations Imran Khan has directed towards him. Altaf said Imran ridiculed him when he cried on the murder of MQM politician Dr Imran Farooq. The MQM chief said Imran had promised during his sit-ins against the government to not go home until ‘change’ has been brought, however his revolution and containers both vanished after he got married.
Read More: Rangers filed a case against Altaf Hussain
Altaf said the PTI chief had called him the murderer of TV reporter Wali Khan Babar but that he had not even heard about Babar prior to his murder. He said he only “found out Babar was a TV reporter after he got killed”. He also addressed Imran’s criticism of the length of his telephonic addresses. The MQM supremo said Imran is irked by his two-hour long speeches but he should answer why media gave such extensive coverage to his protracted sit-ins.
The MQM chief said Imran accuses him being a “coward” for living in a foreign country. “I have been living in exile for past 25 years only for the sake of party workers,” he said. He further said it was a matter of shame that MQM activists and leadership did not take notice of the foul language aimed at him until he pointed it out. Altaf’s resignation drew cries of disapproval from party leaders who urged the supremo to give them “one more chance” .