KARACHI: Following an announcement for the establishment of a university in Hyderabad, Muttahida Qaumi Movement’s London-based leader, Altaf Hussain Thursday said the wishes of the people of Sindh’s urban center had finally come true after 67 years.
“When some prejudiced ministers had said that no varsity would ever rise in Hyderabad, I told them it would me who’d build one in the city if no one else did”, Hussain said addressing his workers gathered at Nine Zero.
Immediately after setting the tone of his address, the MQM leader pointed out the Urdu-Speaking fraction makes around 40 percent of the population of the province.
“Despite the aforementioned fact, there had never been an Urdu-speaking chief minister of Sindh ever”, said he.
Hussain minced no words giving a tongue-lashing to the feudal lords for keeping their hometowns/fiefdoms as illiterate as they have always been.
“These feudal lords, who preferably build their houses in the poshest districts of Karachi, deny education to the poor living on their lands by stonewalling the construction of schools, colleges, and other institutes,” Hussain said lamenting.
He also strongly suggested, the pro-education people should be in the power and those who were guilty of subjecting their poor tenant farmers to the worst of atrocities must be brought to justice.
Picking apart the ‘unjust’ quota system in the province, he said, this obsolete arrangement, enforced in 1973 was to come to an end in the next ten years.
“Unfortunately, the old quote system persists till today”, Hussain said.
Earlier speaking on the occasion, MQM leader Hyder Abbas Rizvi announced a university would be built in Hyderabad, which would offer from-subsidized-to-free higher education to eligible students.
“The university, which will be named after our leader, Altaf Hussain, will become a source of quality education for the bright poor students”, Rizvi said.
Chief Executive of Bahria Town, Malik Riaz and Governor Sindh Isharat-ul-Ebad were also present on the occasion.