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MQM minus Altaf will mean war on streets, says Altaf

MQM minus Altaf will mean war on streets, says Altaf

KARACHI: Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain on Monday termed recent allegations against his party a nefarious plan, warning that attempts to remove him as MQM chief would result in "war in every nook and corner".

In a telephonic address from London to party loyalists in Karachi, Altaf categorically denied all allegations that MQM has connections with the Indian intelligence agency Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) and the party received funding from Indian authorities, as claimed by a a startling report published by the BBC.

"I swear by God...there is no connection with RAW," he said.

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Altaf also asked party workers to "prepare themselves for sit-ins". He said if Imran Khan could organise a sit-in for three months then "we will organise sit-ins for six months".

Altaf said the MQM has had no association with RAW and party workers were "ready to sacrifice their lives in the fight against RAW", if time calls for it.

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The MQM supremo linked accusations of receiving Indian funding and affiliation with RAW to the "minus Altaf formula" saying there will be bloodshed on streets if he were removed by any means.

"Claims of [MQM] receiving Indian funding are baseless and lies," he said.

Altaf also expressed disapproval of the Rangers in Karachi, saying Director General (DG) Major General Bilal Akbar should have taken "honest decisions".

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Altaf said he did not preach acts such as extortion and forceful collection of fitra and hides of sacrificial animals.

He further said allegations of creating 'Jinnahpur' were leveled against him in the past when attempts to murder him failed.

Altaf also asked for the abolition of quota system in Sindh in favour of merit.

Profile: Altaf Hussain

He voiced his support for the fight against terrorism in the country.

"Even if my own brother is involved in terrorism, he should be apprehended and presented in court," the MQM chief said.

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