Altaf Hussain Age, Caste, Wife, Family, Biography & More
Bio/Wiki NicknamePakistan's Powerful but Absent Politician BBC Profession(s)Politician, Pharmacist Known ForRequesting asylum in India Physical Stats & More Height (approx.)in centimeters- 168 cm in meters- 1.68 m in feet & inches- 5’ 6” Eye ColourBlack Hair ColourBlack Politics Political PartyMuttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM; previously known as the Mujahir Qaumi Movement)
Some Lesser Known Facts About Altaf Hussain
Altaf Hussain is a Pakistani politician. He is a Pakistani and British national, and he operates his party, the MQM, from London.
Before India’s Partition in 1947, Altaf’s parents used to be residents of Nai ki Mandi, Agra in the United Provinces of Agra and Oudh (now Uttar Pradesh), British India. His parents were reluctant to leave India and migrate to Pakistan, but Altaf’s elder brother forced them to migrate and settle in Karachi, Pakistan.
After completing his college studies, he worked as a trainee in the Karachi Adventist Hospital and a multinational pharmaceutical company in Karachi, Pakistan.
Altaf Hussain (right) during his younger days
On 2 October 1979, he was arrested and sentenced for 9 months imprisonment for protesting against the government for the safe return of Pakistanis at “Mazar-e-Quaid” (the resting place of Muhammad Ali Jinnah).
In 1984, he formed the Mujahir Qaumi Movement (MQM) to protect and fight for the rights of Mujahirs (people who had migrated to Pakistan during the partition).
In 1986, after the Aligarh Colony Massacre, Altaf’s party protested against it. The protest against the massacre also saw the rise of the MQM in Pakistan among the Urdu-speaking middle-class community of Pakistan.
On 31 October 1986, he addressed his first rally at Pacco Qillo in Hyderabad, Sindh. Thousands of people attended his rally, and he was appreciated by the people of Hyderabad. However, he was arrested after his speech. On 24 February 1987, the charges against him were dropped, and he was released from the Central Prison of Karachi.
Altaf Hussain addressing the rally at Pacco Qillo
In 1988, when he was admitted to a hospital, Hameed Gul, the then ISI chief, sent a briefcase full of money through Brigadier Imtiaz to bribe him and make him join the Pakistan military establishment led IJI coalition, but Altaf rejected the offer. Later, Imtiaz and Gul confirmed this story.
In the 1988 Pakistani General Elections, his party won almost several seats in the national assembly. His party also emerged as the third-largest party of Pakistan after this win, and he was credited with being a leader who brought revolutionary change to Pakistan’s mainstream politics.
Even though his party was successful in the Pakistani General Elections, he has never contested for any electoral position.
In December 1991, he migrated to London when the Pakistan Government declared Altaf as a criminal and started arresting criminals. He also said that there was an assassination attempt on him, and he would have been killed had he not escaped.
However, he was still a man of prominent influence in Pakistan and a person who controlled Karachi remotely. Later, he was granted UK citizenship.
In 2008, Altaf visited India for a summit, and he met many political leaders of India such as LK Advani. In 2015, he requested asylum in India for the first time.
Altaf Hussain with LK Advani
On 11 June 2019, Altaf was arrested by the London Police from his home in North London under Section 44 of the Serious Crime Act 2007. He was charged with money laundering and encouraging terrorism by making hate speeches and enticing violence in Pakistan. However, he was granted bail a month later.
Altaf Hussain being arrested
On 17 November 2019, during a rally through a video conference in Karachi, he appealed to the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi to provide him and his colleagues’ asylum in India. He also said that he wants to visit the graves of his grandparents and offer his prayers to them. Indian Express
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