Altaf Hussain (Photo Credit: PTI File)
Altaf Hussain, the founder of Pakistan's Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM) founder, has urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to grant him and his colleagues asylum or at least some financial assistance to take his case to the International Court of Justice. Hussain is currently living in exile in the Britain.
Hussain took to social media recently share a new speech, in which he also welcomed the Supreme Court verdict in the Ayodhya case.
"If India today, and Prime Minister Modi, allow me to come to India and provide me asylum with my colleagues, I am ready to come to India along with my colleagues, because my grandfather is buried there, my grandmother is buried there, my thousands of relatives are buried there. I want to go there, to their graves," said Hussain, in the speech.
"I am a peace-loving person. I will not interfere in any politics, I promise. But just give me, along with my colleagues, a place to live in India and I request you to grant some Baloch, Sindhis whose name I give, asylum as well," he said.
The MQM leader said his house and offices have been seized leaving him with no means to "fight for justice" against the Pakistani regime.
"If you don't provide us shelter, give us some influential financial people to come and go to international court. I have no money so you ask your people to pay the court fees, I will fight alone at the International Court of Justice for Baloch, Sindhis and Muhajirs and all other ethnic religious minorities," said Hussain.
The 67-year-old is due to stand trial in the UK on an offence of encouraging terrorism through a speech relayed to his followers in Pakistan a few years ago.