KARACHI - The launching ceremony of the book entitled 'My Lifes Journey containing the autobiographical account of initial struggle of Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) Quaid Altaf Hussain was held here at a local hotel. Noted personalities from different walks of life, journalists, anchorpersons, academicians, intellectuals and politician were present on the occasion. Dr Mathew A Cook, who is a professor of the North Carolina University, Durham, USA was the chief guest. The book has been published by the Oxford University Press Pakistan. It is the English translation of the Urdu title Safar-e-Zindagi. Members of the Coordination Committee of MQM, legislators of the party, and office-bearers of various wings of the MQM were also present on the occasion. Speaking on the occasion Deputy Convener of the MQM Dr Farooq Sattar said that the story of Altaf Hussain was the story of a modern day renaissance. He said that only those who started the journey could hope to cross the river. No one had been able to stop the journey of Altaf Hussain. Dr Sattar said that Altaf Hussain is the name of conviction, courage and charisma. It was because of his conviction, courage and charisma that he had been able to cross a sea of challenges. He said that Altaf was a living legend and we had gathered at the book launching ceremony in order to pay homage to the great leader. Dr Sattar said that phenomenal struggle of Altaf Hussain would ensure peace, progress and prosperity in the Pakistan of the 21st century. He said that the country was faced with multidimensional problems. It was a defining moment for the country. He said that it was time to make or break Pakistan and the choice was with the people of Pakistan. Speaking about the vision of Altaf, Dr Sattar said that action without vision was equal to a nightmare. Altaf had his finger on the pulse of the people of the country and he had a dream like the great Martin Luther King. He added that Altaf Hussain believed in empowering the people of Pakistan. He had always believed in emancipation of the weaker section of the society from the clutches of oppressive forces. He said that Altaf was inviting the 98 per cent people of the country to come forward and transform Pakistan into a democratic and welfare country according to the ideals of the founder of the country Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah. Dr Pirzada Qasim, Vice Chancellor University of Karachi, said that Altaf had a vision and the potential to lead his people and the people of Pakistan towards prosperity and a good goal. He said that it was a matter of pleasure for him that an alumnus of the university had emerged as a distinguished and important leader of the country. He said that Altaf had a futuristic approach that was missing in other leaders of the country. He said that the time was moving quickly and we must move with the time. Speaking about the book Dr Mathew A Cook said that it was a gripping book that gave great insight into the contemporary Pakistan. Dr Cook has also written the foreword of the My Lifes Journey. Former speaker of the National Assembly Ilahi Bux Soomro, former federal minister Jawed Jabbar, noted businessman Aqeel Karim Dedi, former deputy speaker Sindh Assembly Abdul Bari Jillani, former chief justice Saeed-uz-Zaman Siddiqui were also present on the occasion.