Altaf Hussain’s strong stance for the protection of rights of women in Pakistan have brought pain and unease to mafia who think of women as nothing more than a consumable commodity.
In the past decades of the politics of Pakistan, we have seen Altaf Hussain to be the strongest voice against feudal sick minded practices of Child Marriages, Watta Satta, Honor Killing, Marriage with Quran and forced labour of women.
Altaf Hussain have been one of the strongest voice against the General Zia created law to punish women outside the Shariah law.
Altaf Hussain supported the recent amendment into the law to give women elected members a fixed quota into the legislative assembly and maintain proper representation. Altaf Hussain’s own political party MQM has one of the strongest ratio of Women representation as compared to any other political party of Pakistan.
Altaf Hussain believes that social ailments like gender discrimination, sexual harassment, domestic violence, child abuse, rape in vengeance and forcing the opponent’s womenfolk to march on public streets naked, honour killings, child marriage, Karo Kari, Vinee, Marriage to the Holy Quran, Bonded Labour and Child Labour will have to be dealt with by public awareness campaign in collaboration with community participation and stringent legislative measures.
Along with that all the discriminatory laws against women and religious minorities would be repealed, rampant gender discrimination both in urban and rural areas, the discouragement of female education and their full participation in society as equal citizen would be addressed through persistent teaching, public awareness and appropriate administrative and legislative measures.
As historically being done in past, religion should not obstruct the exercise of the inherent right of a citizen of Pakistan to participate in any matter; socio economic and or political.
It was the devastating 7.6 magnitude earthquake of 2005 in the Kashmir Pakistan region – when the rest of the Pakistan go to know how kind of humanitarian services Altaf Hussain is leading in Pakistan. Altaf Hussain’s party runs one of the country’s biggest humanitarian and relief infrastructure which has been historically seen active in natural disasters and catastrophes. Be it 2005 earthquake, or floods in 2010 – Altaf Hussain’s humanitarian efforts have been internationally recognized and acclaimed as a leader under who’s administration such large efforts are organized in a skillful manner. Altaf Hussain started these efforts under the name of Khidmat-e-Khalq Committee (KKC) and registered in 1978 (The KKC was transformed into KKF, i.e.- Khidmat-e-Khalq Foundation in January 1998). Today this may come to a shock and surprise to many that the first ever donation given to his own charity was by Altaf Hussain himself from his teenage earnings – i.e. the earnings he made by teaching tuition to junior students. The first major display or achievement of KKF was in the year 1979 and 1982 when KKF distributed record amount of food, clothing, other things for daily use and medical aid amongst dispossessed exodus families of stranded Pakistanis from Bangladesh. Today KKF also runs a Legal Aid Committee, bringing free legal advice and full services to the poor and needy. This is indeed all the idea and vision of Altaf Hussain.
Altaf Hussain and his party, MQM, follow the philosophy of Realism and Practicalism.Talking about his party MQM, Hussain stated that
We stand for equal rights and opportunities for all irrespective of colour, creed, cast, sect, gender, ethnicity or religion. We strive tirelessly for tolerance, religious or otherwise and oppose fanaticism, terrorism and violence in all their manifestations.
In the last few years, Hussain has warned against the growing influence of the Taliban in Karachi. Hussain stated that the “advocates of Jihad, a medieval concept to tame the infidel, are wantonly killing followers of the faith as they level places of worship.” In 2008, he stated that a “well planned conspiracy to intensify sectarian violence in the city, was being hatched.”