Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) London-exiled leader Altaf Hussain laid it out while tele-addressing thousands of his workers gathered at party headquarters to celebrate his 61th birthday.
During the course of his video-link broadcast, Hussain said, “My question to the so-called champions of democracy is: Do you know what democracy really is? Let me tell you if you don’t know. Democracy doesn’t mean ‘feudal’ but family.”
Moving forward, Hussain, who is famous for his throaty satirical oratory, said he was wondering why (Pakistan’s powerful military) establishment was not happy with MQM.
“I don’t care if they (establishment) don’t like me. So be it”, Hussain said striking a defiant note.
Hussain also had an amusing run-in with Pakistan People’s Party’s (PPP) Patron-in-Chief Bilawal Bhutto Zardari in the middle of his long-winded speech after the young party leader, reacting to Hussain’s demand for new provinces, tweeted: ‘Marsoon Marsoon Sindh Na Ddaisoon (We will die fighting but never surrender Sindh).’
The original ‘war chant’ “Marvesoon , Par Sindh na Desoo (“We will die but not give Sindh –to others)” was sloganeered by Talpurs in the Battle of Miani against the colonial era British army. Hoshu Sheedi, the valiant commander of Talpurs army, immortalized this slogan before his death in the Battleground of Dubbo.
The MQM leader, who is said to be the lord of realpolitik, jocularly advised Bilawal not to say things that were too big for him.
“Son (Bilawal), you have no idea what new ‘administrative units’ mean to Pakistan because you were educated in Britain. You are too young to poke your nose into these matters. Let me talk to your dad (Asif Ali Zardari). Go get him out (here)”, said he treating the PPP’s inexperienced but up-and-coming leader like a child.
The MQM supremo also blackguarded Bilawal’s father Asif Ali Zardari, the former president of Pakistan.
“In fact Bilawal mostly speaks his father’s language as when Zardari doesn’t have the courage to speak for himself he pushes Bilawal’s buttons to get the job done”, said Hussain.
Endorsing the demands laid down by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf and Pakistan Awami Tehreek as bona fide, Hussain, at the top of his lungs, called for the unconditional release of former president of Pakistan Gen (Retd) Pervez Musharraf. –