Altaf’s strong attack on Punjab
HYDERABAD: MQM leader Altaf Hussain said Friday night that the areas now forming Pakistan had no role in the Pakistan movement, and launched a strong attack on Punjab.
He also repeated his controversial assertion that Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah and his sister Fatima Jinnah were murdered like Liaquat Ali Khan and. Addressing a large gathering of party workers at a walled municipal garden in Latifabad, Mr Altaf charged that history being taught in the Pakistani curriculum was based on lies, and asked his supporters to study history impartially.
“Jinnah, his sister Fatima Jinnah and Liaquat Ali Khan were murdered,” he remarked.
He said the young people of today did not know the facts of the history of Pakistan. He said the history of Pakistan has been distorted and that the facts were replaced with the concocted incidents and terminology. Quoting examples, he said the official history of Pakistan condemns Shaikh Mujibur Rehman, his Awami League and Bengalis as secessionists who broke up the country in 1971. But no one but the generals and the politicians of East Pakistan were for Pakistan’s breakup, he added. He said although Pakistan was not broken up by the people of East Pakistan, it was they who caused the fall of Dhaka. ”The new generation does not know that present Pakistan is situated at an area where there was never a movement for the creation of Pakistan.”
Mr Altaf said another sister of Quaid-e-Azam Mohammed Ali Jinnah, Shireen Jinnah, came to Pakistan following her sister Fatima’s death in 1967 and sought her share in her brother’s inheritance.But she was refused the share and the government of Pakistan took her to the courts. Maulana Shabbir Ahmed Osmani, a renowned religious scholar who played an active part in the Pakistan movement and rendered sacrifices for it, was forced out from the house he sought against his property claim in Pakistan.
Mr Altaf said there was a campaign to fool the people in the name of religion. He repeatedly said Pakistan was formed by “our ancestors.” He said today the people who sacrificed two million lives and left their properties in India and migrated to Pakistan are being taught “patriotism, or ‘Pakistaniat.’ staff report