Sindh Assembly passes bill seeking to rename Altaf Hussain universities
KARACHI: Sindh Assembly on Monday passed a bill seeking to rename universities named after Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) founder Altaf Hussain, ARY News reported.
The under-construction universities in Hyderabad and Karachi cities of Sindh province will now be named after Fatima Jinnah and famed philanthropist late Abdul Sattar Edhi respectively.
MQM-Pakistan also supported the bill and the party’s lawmaker Faisal Sabzwari said that no educational institution should be named after anyone who has spoken against the country.
Back in November 2014, the Sindh Assembly unanimously approved two bills, stipulating establishment of Altaf Hussain University, each in Hyderabad and Karachi.
Following the legislation, the foundation stone of the university was laid by founder and chairman of Bahria Town Malik Riaz and former governor of Sindh Ishratul Ebad on January 30, 2015 jointly.
Altaf’s anti-state statements
MQM chief Altaf Hussain was disowned gradually by his own party after his August 22, 2016 speech in which he urged his party workers to raise anti-Pakistan slogans and attack media houses.
Altaf’s speech resulted in an attack on ARY News Saddar office on the very day.
In his Pakistan Day speech, Altaf Hussain asked Indian prime minister Narendra Modi to raise voice against what he called ‘Pakistan’s atrocities against Mohajirs’.