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My Life's Journey By Altaf Hussain

My Life's Journey

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Based on a long interview of Altaf Hussain, the present day Chief of the now Muttahida Qaumi Movement (previously Mohajir Qaumi Movement), this book is an account of the protagonist's life and political career up to the year 1988. It provides illuminating insights into the rise of a powerful political party and its charismatic leader.
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My Life's Journey: The Early Years 1966-1988 by Altaf Hussain

Based on a long interview of Altaf Hussain, the present day Chief of the now Muttahida Qaumi Movement (previously Mohajir Qaumi Movement), this book is an account of the protagonist's life and political career up to the year 1988. It provides illuminating insights into the rise of a powerful political party and its charismatic leader. Hussain's early encounters with prejudice against a straggling group of immigrants from India known as 'Mohajirs', his disillusionment with religious parties and their claim of impartiality towards all fellow Muslims soon led him to create a robust and coherent political party from the amorphous group of people who were given the name of 'Mohajir'. Not only is this book invaluable as an early blueprint of the MQM's future development and concerns, it is also an impressive record of how an individual, with the help of a small group of friends, generated political consciousness among people who felt powerless in their adopted country, and helped them to stand up confidently for their rights-and later, for the rights of other unprivileged people.

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a welcome addition to the literature on the intranationalist clashes in Pakistan. It is an essential read for anyone interested in Mohajir struggle and politics. Muslim World Book Review

About Altaf Hussain


Altaf Hussain was politically active from a very young age. While attending the University of Karachi, he served as General Secretary and later as President of the National Student's Action Committee. Hussain founded the 'All Pakistan Mohajir Student Organization' (APMSO) on 11 June 1978. The APMSO was formed as a student rights group campaigning for the rights of Muhajir students at the University of Karachi. It later gave birth to the Muhajir Qaumi Movement (MQM), which transformed into Muttahida Qaumi Movement in 1997. On 19 June 1992 the Pakistani government launched the first army operation against the MQM in the wake of which a parallel organisation was formed. He converted the MQM from Muhajir Qaumi Movement to Muttahida Qaumi Movement, to accommodate members from other ethnic groups.

Table of Contents


LIST OF ABBREVIATIONS ; INTRODUCTION ; THE BIRTH OF THE MOVEMENT ; ADMISSION TO THE B.SC. COURSE ; ADMISSION TO B.PHARMACY ; THE ROLE OF STUDENTS' UNIONS ; THE IDEA OF A FIFTH NATIONALITY ; MY ROLE IN THE NIZAM-E-MUSTAFA MOVEMENT ; MY INVOLVEMENT WITH THE PAKISTAN NATIONAL ALLIANCE (PNA) ; THE MOVING SPIRIT OF THE MOHAJIR MOVEMENT ; WHO WAS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE LANGUAGE CLASHES IN SINDH? ; THE FOUNDING OF APMSO: THE BACKGROUND ; REACTION TO THE LAUNCH OF APMSO ; APMSO'S FIELD OF ACTIVITIES ; APPLYING FOR A ROOM IN THE HOSTEL ; THE FIRST ADMISSIONS CAMPAIGN AT THE UNIVERSITY OF KARACHI ; DEVOTION TO THE SUCCESS OF THE MISSION ; THE NEED FOR FUNDS FOR THE MOVEMENT ; ANOTHER MOHAJIR ORGANIZATION ; TAKING PART IN THE STUDENTS' UNION ELECTIONS ; THE CONDITION OF EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS ; AFTER THE BANISHMENT FROM EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS ; THE LAUNCHING OF THE MQM ; THE IMPORTANCE OF THE MQM ; STEADFASTNESS OF THE MOHAJIRS ; SUCCESS IN THE LOCAL BODIES ELECTIONS ; THE LAW AND ORDER SITUATION IN KARACHI ; THE ROLE OF THE DRUG MAFIA ; JAIL EXPERIENCES ; PUNISHMENT BY THE MARTIAL LAW COURT ; THE SECOND ARREST ; INTERROGATION IN JAIL ; THE THIRD ARREST ; MY FIRST MEETING WITH G.M. SYED ; G.M. SYED AND THE MQM ; G.M. SYED ; MQM AND OTHER LEADERS OF SINDH ; MQM'S STAND ON THE RIGHTS OF THE PEOPLE ; PLANS FOR EXPANSION OF THE MQM ; THE MQM IN NATIONAL POLITICS ; THE MQM'S AFGHAN POLICY ; THE POLITICAL PREDICTIONS OF PIR SAHEB PAGARA ; CHOOSING THE MAYOR OF KARACHI ; THE LOCAL POLICE FORCE IN SINDH ; OUR STAND ON THE QUOTA SYSTEM IN SINDH ; THE MQM'S STAND ON THE POPULATION OF KARACHI ; CONTROLLING LAW AND ORDER IN KARACHI ; THE MOHAJIRS: A SEPARATE NATIONALITY ; THE FIRST, OR THE TRIBAL PERIOD ; THE SECOND, OR THE FEUDAL AGE ; THE THIRD, OR THE MODERN INDUSTRIAL AGE ; NATION AND NATIONALITY ; THE BEGINNINGS OF MOHAJIR NATIONALITY ; THE DESIRE TO MAINTAIN THE IDENTITY OF THE NATIONALITY ; THE REASON FOR THE MQM'S POPULARITY ; ENMITY WITH THE MQM ; ATTEMPTS ON MY LIFE ; TAKING PART IN THE ELECTIONS ; THE ISSUE OF MY MARRIAGE ; MY FAMILY'S PART IN THE MOVEMENT ; THE KALABAGH DAM ; WHY THE STRESS ON THE WORD 'MOHAJIR'? ; WHO ARE THE MOHAJIRS? ; AFTERWORD ; APPENDIX: DETAILS OF THE POINTS IN THE CHARTER OF RESOLUTION ; INDEX

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GOR003572287
My Life's Journey: The Early Years 1966-1988 by Altaf Hussain
Altaf Hussain
Used - Very Good
Hardback
OUP Pakistan
2011-09-01
250
0199063419
9780199063413
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