Birthday: September 17, 1953
Age: 67 Years, 67 Year Old Males
Sun Sign: Virgo
Born in: Karachi
Famous as: Politician
Height: 5'5" (165 cm), 5'5" Males
political ideology: Leader of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement - 18 March 1984, Political party - Mutahidda Qaumi Movement
Spouse/Ex-: Faiza Altaf
father: Nazir Hussain
mother: Khurseed Begum
siblings: Nasir Hussain
children: Afzaa Altaf
City: Karachi, Pakistan
Founder/Co-Founder: Muttahida Qaumi Movement, All Pakistan Muttahidda Students Organization, Khidmat-e-Khalq Foundation
education: University of Karachi, Islamia Science College
Who is Altaf Hussain?
Altaf Hussain is a famous exiled Pakistani politician who currently lives in Britain. Hussain's large and extended family was amongst the millionsof Indian citizens who emigrated to the newly formed Pakistan, collectively referred to as Muhajir. After he finished his university degrees and spent a year working as a trainee, he entered politics, determined to advocate for his fellow Muhajirs, who felt cheated and left out from important roles in the government. Following the creation of his own Muhajir political party, Hussain soon fell afoul of the divisive and often violent political situation in his homeland, and hundreds of his fellow party members died in clashes with government forces. Eventually forced to flee to Great Britain, he has retained political control of his party and home city, back in Pakistan. Despite being exiled for more than 20 years, he continues to play a dominant role in his home nation's politics via telephonic addresses to large rallies. Following serious criminal accusations and allegations of connections to terrorism, he has been arrested numerous times. As his home country of Pakistan struggles to find its democratic footing, Hussain remains a divisive figure, the beloved hero of the Muhajir community and the avowed enemy of much of the ruling elite
Childhood & Early Life
Altaf Hussain was born on September 17, 1953 in Karachi, Pakistan. He has four sisters and six brothers. His family was originally from India but emigrated to Pakistan following independence from Great Britain in 1947. His father is NazirHussain and his mother is Khurseed Begum, both natives of Uttar Pradesh, India.
His father was an employee of Indian Railways before relocating to Pakistan. Hussain's paternal grandfather, Mohammed Ramazan, was a prominent religious leader in Agra, India.
In the late 1960s, his family relocated from Karachi to Azizabad, where he attended the ‘Government Boys Secondary School’. He graduated in 1969.
Hussainwent to the ‘City College of Karachi’ from where he completed his intermediate education. He then attended the ‘Islamia Science College’, graduating in 1974 with a Bachelor in Science.
During his final year at the ‘University of Karachi’, in 1978, Hussain was arrested after protesting for the return of Pakistanis and was sentenced to nine months imprisonment and five strokes of the whip. After his release the same year,he formed the ‘All Pakistan Muhajir Students' Organization’ to represent the rights of Muhajir students.
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In 1979, he graduated from the ‘University of Karachi’ with a Bachelor of Pharmacy degree. Following graduation, he worked as a trainee pharmacist for the ‘Seventh Day Adventist Hospital’ in Karachi.
In 1984, he formed the ‘MohajirQaumi Movement’ (MQM) political part in Pakistan. This was later renamed the ‘MuttahidaQaumi Movement’ in 1997.
Hussain was arrested following a political demonstration but the charges were later dropped, in 1986.
In 1987, Hussain and other MQM members were arrested and he was not released until 1988.
In 1988, MQM and Hussain participated in the national elections and the party won enough seats to be included in the ruling coalition. After a series of negotiations, the MQM lost power.
In 1992, the government began 'Operation Clean-Up' and sent the military into Karachi, arresting or killing hundreds of members of the MQM. As a result, Hussain fled to Britain, where he was granted political asylum.
In 1995, politically-motivated fighting led to the death of his brother Nasir and his nephew Arif and their deaths were blamed on the government.
In 2002, he was granted British citizenship.
In 2009, 72 criminal cases against himin Pakistan, including 31 allegations of murder, were dropped following legislation to promote national reconciliation.
In 2013, he was accused of being directly involved in the murder of two political leaders, Zahra ShahidHussain and Imran Farooq.
On July 3, 2013, he was arrested by British police and charged with money laundering and hate speech.
On June 3, 2014 Hussain was arrested by British police on a second charge of money laundering. He currently remains home on bail and has denied all the charges against him.
Altaf Hussain is the long-time leader of the Muhajir community in Pakistan and effectively controls the city of Karachi, the most populous city in the country.Hussain founded and has led the MQM political party since March 18, 1984.
Personal Life & Legacy
Altaf Hussain was married to Faiza Altaf but they are currently divorced. They have one child, Afzaa Altaf.
On September 17, 2000, this famous politician stated that the partition of India and Pakistan was the "biggest blunder in the history of mankind." It is estimated that he has over 18 million supporters in Pakistan.
The MQM's headquarters is located in Hussain's childhood home in Azizabad. The building is nicknamed "Nine Zero", which were the last two numbers of his telephone number when he lived there. After the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2011, he contacted British PM Tony Blair and offered his help in defeating the Taliban