Delhi: The liberal secular political party Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) shares the same predominance in Pakistan as Shiv Sena in India. Led by Altaf Hussain, the MQM is operated from London and is billed to be one of the most compact and well coordinated parties in Asia.

The headquarters of MQM has interesting story its name—‘90’. This number was the last digit of Altaf Hussain’s telephone number, which was used as secrete code by the MQM members. Even today, one has go through strict security scan to reach Azizabad-based headquarters.

Though Hussain resides in London, no activities take place in MQM centre in Karachi without his consent.

Considered as a terror group by a section of Karachi people, MQM always hit the headlines for its link with any of the violent activities in the region. However, the party has also garnered support from majority of people, which enable the party to play pivotal role in political affairs from Karachi Municipal Corporation (KMC) to the Central dispensation.

Altaf Hussain was born 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. In 1978, he formed All Pakistan Muhajjir Students Oraganisation which was later renamed as Muttahida Qaumi Movement.

JPN/Bureau