In an exclusive interview with Republic Media Network's Editor in Chief, MQM founder Altaf Hussain exposed Pakistan and its treatment of minorities and the state of Human Rights in the country. Altaf Hussain said, his followers are harassed in Pakistan. He also alleged Pakistan has put a ban on his speeches in Print media, electronic media, and telephonic addresses. In a shocking revelation, the MQM leader said that his followers were 'executed' in Pakistan.
"25,000 MQM leaders and followers and workers have been extrajudicially killed. Their dead bodies were found in the suburban areas. Who killed them? They have been killed if you ask me," Altaf Hussain said.
The MQM leader also alleged his brother and nephew were killed by Pakistan in order to get him to 'surrender' ".My elder brother, named Nasir Hussain was arrested on the night of December 6, 1995, they raided his house and arrested my nephew. Both of them were later taken to an unknown place and tortured for three days. All my sister's and brother's houses were raided. They were waiting for me to apply for mercy plea, how could I? Already my workers and leaders have been extra-judicially executed. I didn't surrender or retrieve it. I didn't surrender and so my brother and my nephew were taken to an unknown spot and were 'shot dead' in cold blood," alleged Altaf Hussain.
His allegations come a day after he appealed to the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to help him seek asylum in India. Altaf Hussain, who currently resides in London, also appealed to India for financial assistance to take his case to the International Courts. In the video, Altaf Hussain has alleged that all his properties in Pakistan have been seized by the authorities and he has no means to fight his case.
"If India today, and Prime Minister Modi, allow me to come to India and provided me asylum with my colleagues, I am ready to come to India along with my colleagues because my grandfather is buried there, my grandmother is buried there; my thousands of relatives are buried there, in India. I want to go there, to their graves. I want to pray," he said.
Altaf Hussain is a former politician from Pakistan who formed the MQM party in 1988. He had to leave Pakistan after the Pakistan Army ordered a major crackdown on MQM. He has also been charged for murder and hate speeches. In October 2019, Hussain pleaded not guilty after being charged in an incendiary speech case.