Talking exclusively to Republic Media Network’s Editor-in-Chief Arnab Goswami on Tuesday, Pakistan’s Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain revealed that he could not go back to his country due to the threat of assassination by the Pakistani military establishment, ISI and the terrorist groups. He added that he was carrying out a struggle for 27 years living in London. Moreover, Hussain claimed that he was the first target of a suicide bombing in Pakistan.
Responding to why he did not wish to return to his home country Pakistan, Altaf Hussain said, “Respected Arnab Goswami, the struggle which I am carrying out residing in London away from the suppressed and oppressed nation of Pakistan from 27 years, do you want that by going back to Pakistan, I should get assassinated by Pakistan’s military establishment, ISI and the jihadi outfits which they have created? I came to London because several persistent assassination attempts were made on my life. But the first time in the history of Pakistan, a suicide bomb attack was carried out to assassinate me. They were the hired killers of ISI.”
Hussain proceeded to level a range of stunning allegations thoroughly exposing decades of atrocities in Pakistan.
In 1984, Hussain formed the MQM which became a major political force in 1988 by becoming the third-largest party in Pakistan’s national legislature. However, he faced a major setback after the Pakistani Army ordered a major crackdown on MQM in the early 1990s. Accused in a murder case, Hussain fled Pakistan and requested asylum from the United Kingdom. Years later, he gained citizenship of the UK. Nevertheless, he would address huge rallies in Pakistan via telephone and continued to have a major influence over the politics of Karachi. In 2016, owing to the alleged pressure from the Pakistani military establishment, the MQM was forced to publicly sever its connection from Hussain. In October 2019, Hussain pleaded not guilty after being charged in an incendiary speech case by the Metropolitan Police. Recently, he requested Prime Minister Narendra Modi to grant him asylum in India.