Defending the criticism for holding dual nationality, Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) Chief Altaf Hussain said that Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah was also British passport holder and he took oath to remain loyal to British king and successors.
“I do not want to keep the nation in dark, he said; adding historical facts have been concealed from people in the past.
Defending his British nationality, he claimed that Quaid-e-Azam too had a British passport.
He also showed the image of Quaid-e-Azam oath that he took as first Governor General of Pakistan in which he pledged to remain faithful to the King of England.
First three governor generals of Pakistan took the same oath, adding it was a legal necessity.
Under the pretext of this argument, he defended his dual nationality and proved that one can be faithful to ones country despite having nationality of another country.
Pakistan became a democratic republic in 1956 before which it was under the British Empire, he said.
“It is wrong that Pakistan got independent status 1947,” he said.
He said it was an irony that those who fought for independence were being labeled as traitors, and those who opposed Pakistan were now pretending to be its guardians.
Defending his stay in London, he said he had been constantly in touch with his workers for the last 22 years. “
“I was forced by circumstances to live away from country, it was not my choice,” he advocated.
He said PML-N and PPP leaders had also lived in foreign countries for long periods of time.
“PML-N chief also Nawaz Sharif stayed in Saudi Arabia for eight years when his government was toppled by then dictator Musharraf,” he said.
In his address, Altaf also condemned the firing incidents by the Indian army which has ignited war hysteria.
He urged the Indian government to stop its army from brutal attacks on Pakistani forces.
Rejecting all objections being raised against the long march announced by Tahirul Qadri, Altaf said MQM would participate in it at every cost.
“Government should accept the decision of long march as MQM has accepted its many demands in the past.
“All political forces must unite for the defence the country,” he said.
While speaking in favour of anti government rally likely to be held on January 14, he said that all political and religious parties have undertaken long marches in the past. Why the steps taken by the Minhajul Quran and the MQM are being so severely opposed in the name of so-called law and order situation, he said.
He claimed that the MQM is the only party that believes in democracy; adding those who pretend to be champions of democracy in the TV talk shows actually have nothing to do with the A,B,C of democracy.
MQM chief said Urdu speaking people should not be pushed to wall. “
“MQM does not wand a separate province for Urdu speaking Pakistanis but if they are ignored, they would be bound to demand division of Sindh,” he said.
He said he was ready to return to Pakistan immediately.
To this Farooq Sattar, on behalf of MQM workers, requested him not to come back.