Mustafa Kamal bashes MQM chief, announces new political party
Former mayor of Karachi, Mustafa Kamal in a dramatic return to the city revealed for the first time his reasons behind his controversial exit from the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) and criticised the party's chief Altaf Hussain for "deception" and what he called his poor running of one of Karachi's strongest political parties.
In a speech that last nearly two hours, he also announced the formation of a new political party, which he said is yet to be named. He raised a Pakistani flag and said it is 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, myself and Anees Qaimkhani."
Midway during the speech, Kamal broke down into tears while addressing the press conference, as he went on to make major revelations about the internal workings of the party and what he called the cult of personality made around Altaf Hussain.
"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 Teen Talwar," 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 Hussain 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 90 after the PTI achieved success during the 2013 elections," said Kamal. Kamal said despite repeated requests, Altaf Hussain did not pay heed to the advice given by party lead- ers. Kamal 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 while shedding light on current state of party affairs.
"We staged a protest outside the Sindh election commission after elections just to cool down Altaf's temper."
Kamal went on to state, "He 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," said Kamal.
Referring to the many resignations presented by the MQM supremo, Kamal said even the media doesn't remember how many times Altaf Hussain has resigned as party chief.
"We sacrificed for Altaf, and did not distinguish between right and wrong, but Altaf does not care about his workers. Party workers deaths are used by him for political point scoring only."
Referring to the loyalty of the party's supporters, Kamal said, "Ever since this party came into being, people have lost their lives for the party's cause, we fought the establishment and the entire world just to save Altaf Hussain."
Talking about the current state of affairs with in MQM, Kamal stated, "Look at the raids, the arrests, and the ignorance of the people, we accept that sacrifices have to be made for a cause, but what are these sacrifices for? Tell me, and I will make them too."
He further stated that he tried to reverse the trend that was prevalent with in the party for five years, but left when he grew frustrated with lack of progress made. "When I was leaving the party I knew my life would be in danger," said Kamal, adding, "We knew we will be killed."