Altaf Hussain

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Designation: Quaid-e-Tehreek
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Mutahida Qaumi Movement

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Altaf Hussain (born 17 September 1953 in Karachi) is the founder and leader of the Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM). The MQM emerged as the third largest political party in the national assembly of Pakistan during 1988 and 1990 elections. The MQM secured representation in the parliamentary elections held in the northern areas of Pakistan comprising Kashmir & Gilgit-Baltistan. Since 1992 he has lived in the United Kingdom in self exile after surviving an assassination attempt in Pakistan.


Altaf Hussain was born to Nazir Hussain and Khursheed Begum on 17 September 1953 in Karachi. His parents belonged to religious families from Agra, India. After the formation of Pakistan in 1947, his parents migrated to Pakistan and settled in Karachi. Hussain’s grandfather, Mufti Mohammad Ramazan, was Grand Mufti of the town of Agra, UP, India and his maternal grandfather Haji Hafiz Raheem Bhux was a reputed religious scholar in India.


Altaf Hussain got his early education from Govt Comprehensive School, Azizabad No. 8 Karachi. He then completed his matriculation in 1969 from Government Boys Secondary School. He attended National College Karachi during First Year of his Intermediate Education (Pre-Medical/Science) but switched to City College Karachi during Second Year of Intermediate from where he completed Intermediate.After that he went on to complete his Bachelors of Science from Islamia Science College (Karachi) in 1974 apart from completing his Bachelor of Pharmacy by 1979 from the University of Karachi. After completion of his Bachelor of Pharmacy he later enrolled for his Master’s degree.

Early career

Hussain began his career as a trainee at Karachi’s Seventh Day Advent Hospital. At the same time, he also worked for a multi-national pharmaceutical company. Between 1970 and 1971, Hussain joined the National Service Cadet Scheme. Soon afterwards, he also joined the Baloch Regiment of Pakistan Army.

Political involvement

Altaf Hussain was politically active from a very young age. While attending Karachi University, on 11 June 1978, Hussain founded the “All Pakistan Mohajir Student Organization” APMSO. This day is celebrated as APMSO foundation day. The APMSO was formed as a student rights group campaigning for the rights of Muhajir students at Karachi University. It later gave birth to the Muhajir Qaumi Movement (MQM) on 18 March 1984, which afterward transformed into Muttahida Qaumi Movement on 26 June 1997. Before creating the APMSO, Hussain served as General Secretary and later as President of the National Student’s Action Committee at Karachi University.

The Pakistani government launched Operation Clean-up in 1992 and sent the military into Karachi to crack down on the MQM. Hussain escaped Karachi one month before the operation began because of an attack on his life on 21 December 1991. Hussain fled to London and applied for political asylum. In 2013, Hussein said he would resign as head of the MQM. However, he then rescinded his decision after party workers asked him to stay on.

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faiza Abdul rasheed ( Hyderabad,Pakistan) Thursday, August 21, 2014 10:01:49 PM (MDT - USA)
altaf bhai you r great.aap jis tarah ghareeb aawam ki khidmat krte hain allah pak hm sub ko isi tarah ghareeb aawam ki khidmat krne ki tofeq atta farmaye ameen

Syed Akbar ( Matli,Pakistan) Friday, July 12, 2013 10:51:34 AM (MDT - USA)
جئے الطاف بھاہئ

Muhammad Arif Altafisst ( Karachi,Pakistan) Monday, February 18, 2013 7:37:07 AM (MDT - USA)
Altaf Bhai I love U <3

Yousuf Khan ( Islamabad,Pakistan) Friday, October 26, 2012 4:24:02 AM (MDT - USA)
Altaf Hussain We Love You

shah zain ( karachi,Pakistan) Wednesday, April 18, 2012 10:31:53 AM (MDT - USA)
جئے الطاف حسین

furqan ( lahor,Pakistan) Monday, March 05, 2012 2:18:06 AM (MDT - USA)

Mohammad Sharooq ( Karachi.,Pakistan) Wednesday, February 29, 2012 9:27:09 AM (MDT - USA)
قائد تحریک محترم جناب الطاف حسین بھائی جیسے لوگ دنیا میں روز روز پیدا نہیں ہوتے الطاف حسین بھائی کا شمار ان لوگوں میں ہوتا ہے جو دنیا کا نقشہ تبدیل کر سکتے ہیں جنہیں ہم حسٹری میکر کہتے ہیں الطاف جسین بھائی ایک حقیقی انقلابی لیڈر ہیں اورپاکستان کی تاریخ اگر کوئی تبدیلی لا سکتا ہے تو وہ صرف اور صرف الطاف حسین بھائی ہیں۔ جئے الطاف حسین جئے متحدہ۔

Mohammad yousuf ( karachi,Pakistan) Wednesday, February 29, 2012 8:58:30 AM (MDT - USA)
Hamari dua hai Allah Tallah Quaid-e-tehreek ko seyhat-e-kuli ata krey or Quaid-e-tehreek ka saya taa der ham par qaem( rakhy Ameen

M.Ali ( Karachi,Pakistan) Wednesday, February 29, 2012 8:21:58 AM (MDT - USA)
Altaf Hussain is a great person who loves his country therefore he stregle for the better pakistan

M.Ali ( Karachi,Pakistan) Wednesday, February 29, 2012 8:21:27 AM (MDT - USA)
Altaf Hussain is a great person who loves his country therefore he stregle for the better pakistan

imran khan ( karachi,Pakistan) Wednesday, February 29, 2012 7:22:03 AM (MDT - USA)

Syed Abdul Rehman Ali ( Karachi,Pakistan) Wednesday, February 29, 2012 2:40:21 AM (MDT - USA)
Great Leader In Pakistan

adil ( karachi,Pakistan) Friday, February 17, 2012 9:23:15 AM (MDT - USA)

sameer khan ( al khobar,Saudi arabia) Wednesday, January 25, 2012 3:56:34 PM (MDT - USA)
sallam ,w ,kum bhai kasay han aap ALLAH AAP KO SADA APNE AMAN MAI RAKHEY.(AMEE) bhai me overseas unit al khobar say kam karna chata hu

Ahsan Dilpazir Khan ( Karchi,Pakistan) Wednesday, January 04, 2012 9:03:43 AM (MDT - USA)
only an organised party can rule Pakistan, where system of accountability is strong where the local people can reach my believe only MQM has such types structure....Mqm leader is a self made man , i also heared he has lost his kidney for his struggle....So we must give a single chance of this party.

Adil Khan ( Karachi,Pakistan) Sunday, August 21, 2011 5:19:31 PM (MDT - USA)
Altaf Hussain is a great person who loves his country therefore he stregle for the better pakistan he lost his brother & naphew as well as his beloved party workers who loves him , he is the only politician who spent his life for the better future of Pakistan and Pakistanies,he loves humanity, want to Chose the right path for the Pakistan, but he is facing the greedy politician those who just love their own and they all working only for their families not for Pakistan and Pakistanies, Only Altaf Hussain and his workers work for the larger intrest of Pakistan & Pakistanies,The corupt Politicians want to make his face ugly, but the truth will live for ever.God will help Altaf Hussain

al ( hydarabad,Pakistan) Saturday, August 20, 2011 11:19:55 AM (MDT - USA)
geo altaf bhai

ali lone ( Nagoya,Japan) Monday, August 15, 2011 5:46:09 AM (MDT - USA)
why altaaf hussain do not come back to pakistan even most of peoples in karachi are in his support and his party is in govt Just wonder why he do not like to stay in pakistan

sameer khan ( al khobar,Saudi arabia) Thursday, June 30, 2011 7:57:39 PM (MDT - USA)
sallam altaf bhai Jiye MQM Jiye ALTAF HUSSAIN bhai aap jaesa quaid puri duniya mey koi nehi ha حق کی کھلی کتاب الطاف الطاف Hum na hu humary bad altaf altaf

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