This is an English translation of an open letter written by Altaf Hussain, Chairman Mutahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), to Sindhis. This letter has started a heated debate in Sindh particular and
Sindhi mothers, sisters, seniors and youngsters!
After Salam first of all accept my heartiest condolences that one more daughter of Sindh was given a blood bath. Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto is no more in this world as her father was bid a farewell. The children of Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto Shahnawaz Bhutto and Murtaza Bhutto were martyred and now on December 27, 2007 the heir of mission of Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto Mohtarma is also martyred. (Ina lillahe wa Ina Allaih Rajioon)
Benazir Bhutto Shaheed was murdered in
My respected Sindhi Brothers!
If you wanted to take revenge from the killers, why you took revenge from innocent people? Those who are lovers of Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto and Benazir Bhutto, why didn’t they take revenge from those who cheered and distributed sweets on the martyrdom of Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto. On December 27, 2007 after martyrdom of Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto I was out of my senses and my tears were not stopping while listening to the news on media again and again and in all my interviews to media, the ones I was obliged to give, you can listen to the recording, you will find that Altaf Hussain was the only son of Sindh (who is not considered one by many Sindhis) who said in his every interview that don’t use the words killed or murdered use the word martyred, a martyr daughter of a martyr father was martyred, a martyr daughter of a martyr father was martyred…… a martyr daughter of a martyr father was martyred. These were the true emotions in the heart of Altaf Hussain and while saying these words, the tears of sorrow were being shed from the eyes of Altaf Hussain…..At international secretariat of MQM, every eye was shedding tears and same feelings were prevalent…..First of all MQM announced the three days of mourning and stopped the election campaign. One the other hand the real lovers of Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto were shedding tears out of grief. Here I want to ask a question from the worker of Peoples Party that you swear upon God that you found how many of high level leaders shedding tears like the workers, how many leaders were in extreme sorrow? If yes you would have found them worrying about the question of the party leadership About who will be the chairman of the party? Who will lead and continue the mission of Shaheed Bhutto and Benazir Bhutto Shaheed? On the Soyem (third day of death) of Benazir, workers of the party on one hand were in a state of great grief and were weeping and on the other hand the high level leadership was busy in exchanges and were smiling.
My Sindhi people!
The one sad aspect was of son of Murtaza Bhutto Shaheed Zulfiqar Bhutto junior and daughter Fatima Bhutto who along with their mother were not able to find even a place to sit and not one was there to offer sympathy to them. They were not Mahajirs but they were blood of Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto, why they were treated with reluctance on such a sad event? Is this treat was from Altaf Hussain or MQM?
Reader! Here I want to bring one thing in notice that when Murtaza Bhutto was coming to
Respected Sindhi people!
Since 1997 our communication was broken with Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto and all our communications were indirect. At last in her last days we came to this conclusion that we will not fall to the conspiracies and will not be used in the hands of selfish elements because we all are the residents of Sindh and our lives and deaths are related to motherland Sindh.
My Sindhi people!
When Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto reached
My Sindhi brother!
Did Altaf Hussain, being son of Sindh, ever trade the cause of Sindh? The way MQM took stand on the matters of NFC award and Kala Bagh dam, did any of the nationalists ever took such a stand?
My Sindhi people!
Altaf Hussain is son of Sindh he is not old I mean ancient Sindhi, middle Sindhi or new Sindhi whose life, death, eating, earning is all related to Sindh, do you still consider Altaf Hussain and Mahajirs as Sindhi who speak urdu? If not than all the notable and leading person should unanimously declare that Mahajirs who migrated and whose life and death is associated with Sindh will are not related to Sindh.
My Sindhi people!
What harm was caused to the murderers of Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto by burning the house, shops and factories of people of a particular group I mean Urdu speaking people? On the other hand properties of people belonging to other nations Sindhi, Balouch, Punjabi, Siraiki, Pakhton and others who are part of MQM were also burnt what harm it inflicted on the assassins of Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto?
In last, I want to appeal to my Sindhi brother, mothers, sisters and seniors to come forward and play a role in ending this discrimination because the enemies of Sindh want to see this linguistic strife continue and stay gaining favors out of it by ruling the Sindh. May Allah accept the martyrdom of Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto and rest her soul in peace in the name of Martyr of Karbala, Panjatan Pak and saints, Ameen. May Allah accept my act of appeal for patience in presence of the entire terrorist activity too. Ameen
My personal opinion
In my view this letter is more to the workers and supporters of MQM than Sindhis and the motive behind this letter is forth coming election. It appears as if Mr. Altaf Hussain want to sensitize his workers and supporters that their survival is under question and in order to insure safety of their life and property they need to bring MQM in power.
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