Kamal blows the whistle on Altaf

KARACHI: In a surprising development, former Karachi mayor Mustafa Kamal revealed for the first time his reasons behind his controversial exit from the Karachi-based Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM).

Addressing a news conference, Kamal criticised the party’s chief, Altaf Hussain, for “deception” and what he called his poor running of one of Karachi’s strongest political parties. At a news conference that lasted nearly two hours, Mustafa Kamal also announced the formation of a new political party, which he said is yet to be named, raising a Pakistani flag as the official emblem of his newly launched organisation. “Today, we are laying the foundation of an organisation, you may call it a party. We are just two individuals, I and Anees Qaimkhani,” Kamal said.

Midway during his speech, he broke down and made major revelations about the internal workings of the party and what he called the cult of personality made around Altaf Hussain.“Even after destruction of two generations, Altaf Hussain has no mercy for the party workers,” he told reporters here. He said that everyone knew the MQM chief had links with RAW.

“Every time the MQM joined the government, its position deteriorated,” Kamal stated. “But Altaf sahab and the MQM, instead of apologising, began verbally attacking PTI women activists at Two Swords,” he said, adding that despite poor governance, the MQM was able to bag two more seats between 2008 and 2013.

“I thought the PTI was stealing almost a million votes from MQM’s strongholds, which will make the party rethink its ways,” added Kamal, shaking his head. Referring to the MQM supremo as “Altaf sahib” as compared to his earlier reverential use of “Altaf Bhai”, he said the MQM chief was often intoxicated while addressing workers, and that his state worsened over time. “Altaf gathered his workers and was intoxicated when he addressed his supporters at Nine-Zero after the PTI achieved success during the 2013 elections,” said Kamal.

Kamal said that despite repeated requests, Altaf Hussain did not pay heed to the advice given by party leaders. He added that Altaf was intoxicated when addressing the entire Rabita Committee. He went on to state that people have sacrificed their lives and generations for Altaf Hussain for years, “while we used to take responsibility for all his mistakes and actions”. “We tried our best to keep Altaf Hussain from being exposed. Initially, he used to be out of senses at night due to excessive drinking, but now he stays intoxicated for days and weeks,” stated Kamal. Altaf Hussain has no mercy for the party workers,” he told reporters here. He said that everyone knew the MQM chief had links with RAW.

He further alleged that all senior MQM leaders are aware that the party has been taking funds from India’s spy agency RAW for 20 years. The former mayor said Altaf has spoiled two generations of Karachi’s Urdu-speaking youth. “We staged a protest outside the Sindh Election Commission after elections just to ‘cool down Altaf’s temper’,” Kamal stating, adding that “he (Altaf) used words such as “thok dou” (kill them) for PTI workers and it became the Rabita Committee’s job to explain and justify his statements in front of the entire world”.

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