KARACHI: Former Karachi mayor and Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) leader Syed Mustafa Kamal on Thursday arrived in Karachi after two years.
Mustafa Kamal was accompanied by senior leader and former Rabita Committee deputy convener Anees Qaimkhani. The two MQM leaders will address a press conference in the metropolis at 3:00pm today.
“This is my first press conference since I left MQM,” Kamal said while addressing the media at his DHA residence in Karachi.
Explaining that he wants to address three key issues, the former Karachi mayor said that he wants to apprise everyone why they left the country in 2013, why they have come back and what they plan to do next.
“I want to recall what happened from 2008 to 2013 that led me to my decision to leave the country,” he added.
“In 2013, for the first time a non-Urdu speaking party, PTI, received numerous votes in MQM strongholds,” he said. “We thought, the MQM chief would learn from this and correct himself but he did not.”
But instead, the MQM chief threatened to attack innocent PTI workers sitting at Karachi’s Do Talwar, he continued. Further, lashing out at Altaf Hussain, Kamal said, “The MQM chief has never learnt from past mistakes and will never change.”
“We told Altaf Hussain not to issue such remarks but since he has never accepted his mistakes, he disrupted the party structure on May 19, 2013 while he was drunk,” the former Karachi mayor continued. Everyone is a witness of what happened that day with the leaders of the MQM, he added.
Kamal questioned the kind of language the MQM chief uses and said, “I wonder who we made god.”
The MQM supremo drank heavily and bluffed while he was in that state of mind, claims Kamal.
Is this what the Rabita Committee was designed and created for? To furnish excuses for Altaf Hussain’s bad words uttered on the media? he questioned. “For the last 30 years, just to save Altaf Hussain’s dignity and prestige, we kept on defending him despite all,” he further said.
Lamenting MQM’s current status, Kamal said, “We were a patriotic community, now we are called RAW agents.”
Let me tell you why I, specifically, left the party. I was scared, I was so scared that God knew what I was doing and that I could not stop all that had been happening. I thought that to keep myself at the minimum level of Iman [faith] I can at least distance myself from all this mess, he continued.
“Our conscience had awakened and that is why we distanced ourselves from the wrongdoings,” Mustafa Kamal added. “I also knew myself and my family had life threats and that we would be killed if we opposed Altaf Hussain.”
And it was then when Allah bestowed His blessings upon us that we understand that decisions such as life and death are with Allah and not with Altaf Hussain, he further said.
The former Karachi mayor also claimed, “Back at that time I also knew Altaf Hussain’s people from the Indian and South African ‘setups’ were involved in killings in Karachi.”
I did not have any money nor any property, perks or privileges that I would worry about keeping and it was easier for me to wave goodbye to everything, he further said.
Responding to news of the former Karachi Mayor’s return, MQM leader Syed Ali Raza Abidi said, “This is Chaudhry Nisar’s last trump card against the MQM.”