Imran Khan’s Letter to GB –

Thanks to HR for sharing this letter with us –

Imran Khan’s Letter to Gordon Brown
May 8, 2009
Prime Minister of Great Britain
10 Downing Street
London, England
7th May 2009

Dear Mr. Prime Minister,

I want to urgently bring to your attention the activities of a British citizen, Mr. Altaf Hussain who was granted this status after he fled from Pakistan as a fugitive from justice. At the time of his arrival in London, he was facing 234 registered criminal cases against him, including 44 murder charges and 18 torture charges.

His Party, the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) is controlled by Mr Hussain in mafia-style, with his word being the law. Detractors face the ultimate punishment – death – carried out through the private armed force maintained at his Karachi barricaded headquarters known as Nine Zero.

On Mr. Hussain’s order, his Party was involved in the 12th May 2007 carnage in Karachi where 48 people were killed and 200 sustained bullet wounds, including 10 workers belonging to my Party, Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI). You can refer to your Karachi Consulate’s report on this incident. The MQM then went on to physically disrupt court hearings of this incident.

Most recently, and at a time when the MQM is a coalition partner in the federal and provincial governments, Mr. Hussain (sitting in London) sought to incite ethnic violence and vigilantism by calling on his supporters to arm themselves and fight “talibanisation” – a label he tried to put on the 2 million Pushtun workers of Karachi. As a result 36 people were killed over two days of violence. When the Sindh Inspector General of Police implicated the MQM in his inquiry, they demanded his immediate removal.

In 2007, on two occasions, the Federal Court of Canada ruled that the MQM met the legal definition of a terrorist organisation and its members could not be given political asylum. In addition, the US State Department web site describes the MQM as a “violent organisation”.

Considering that the British government has arrested people on mere suspicion in the Heathrow case and the recent Pakistani students’ case, it is shocking to find that no investigation has been conducted into the activities of Mr. Hussain despite his public criminal record in Pakistan. Or does the loss of Pakistani lives through acts of terrorism incited by a British national hold no relevancy for the British government?

It is this duality of standards which is losing the US and Britain the war for hearts and minds in Pakistan and thereby undermining their efforts to combat terrorism. Now that your government has identified a list of persona non grata, I sincerely hope you will hold an urgent inquiry into Mr. Hussain’s activities in Pakistan in the light of British laws on terrorism.

Yours sincerely

Imran Khan
Chairman PTI



  1. I haven’t been a fan of IK but then these kinds of actions force me to reconsider my political views

  2. IK really needs to grow up. This looks like a letter a kid would write to his teacher if he was being bullied in the school playground. IK needs to understand politics isn’t about running off to some supposedly-sympathetic leader figure. It’s more about executing your steps to leadership right. Running off complaining to the PM? Honestly? Why doesn’t he just offer to give him a bj instead? =/

  3. Thanks for your message. Yes, the letter is very straight forward and simple. However, someone had to write it … and unfortunately, if you or I wrote this letter.. it wouldn’t have gotten anywhere. IK is credible, is a famous cricketer and politician, so I appreciate the fact that he has put in the effort to even writing this simple letter, which is now being discussed by people like us. His letter has gotten attention in the media and now people in the West are somewhat paying more attention to this issue as well so there’s no harm in such a letter.

  4. WOW @ Tinuviel’s comment.

    Imran Khan is an awesome personality. I am personally a big fan of him. I comprehend his ideology towards leading a nation.

    Somebody has to do the paper work. When you lodge a complain, it has to be written up for record. I understand why he’d write a letter.

    ‘The simplest of things in life are the most valued ones.’

  5. Hassan · · Reply

    I agree, Imran Khan has put his neck on the line many times to raise international concern about this ring leader. We listen about the Tamil Tigers on BBC and shake our heads, if groups like these and Taliban are allowed to grow Pakistan will be no different then Sri Lanka in a couple of years.

  6. Imran khan is the only political leader who is respected in the west.
    GB should do more if it wants to win the hearts and minds of Pakistani people.
    There shouln’t be any dual standards.I think Altaf should be handed over to Pakistan without any further delay.

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