Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain on Tuesday apologised to Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif and Director General (DG) Rangers Maj-Gen Bilal Akber for his vitriolic speech a day earlier in which he referred to Pakistan as “a cancer for entire world.”

“I’ve been much stressed regarding the extra-judicial arrests and the state of my workers sitting at the hunger strike camp, which resulted in such remarks,” said Altaf Hussain.

“From the depth of heart, I beg pardon for my remarks against Pakistan, the establishment including Gen Raheel Sharif and DG Rangers,” he said in a statement shared on Twitter by MQM spokesperson Wasay Jalil.

Altaf Hussain’s last evening statements incited violence in the workers and they attacked ARY channel. It resulted in killing one person and injuring many others.

He further said, “"Being a Pakistani, I want to assure the Establishment, people of Pakistan, ISI and the Military leadership that I will not use such words again.” 

He urged the authorities to "end all steps taken against MQM". "For God's sake, don't cut MQM from the national mainstream." Regarding the action taken by the authorities he has begged them to stop all action against MQM workers and not cut MQM from the main stream of politics.