Open Letter from Salman Ahmed
May 29, 2007
Altaf Hussain and his murderering accomplices deserve to be tried for
their crimes against Pakistan. I've been threatened by them on many
occasions in the past 15 years. One particular time was when I refused
to perform at Altaf's marriage function in Karachi and London where
all the other artists, including Ali Azmat, were browbeaten to go and
perform for his "majesty's" pleasure. The man who threatened me was
called "khalid bin walid" who was a known terrorist and a murderer.He
told me that Altaf Hussain, "his Quaid" had especially demanded me to
appear with Junoon to perform at their ceremony function.
When I refused to comply he called up my staff and my sound company
guy, Ishtiaq Ahmed, and threatened them with dire consequences if I
didnt go. Ishtiaq pleaded with me to go and perform or risk being
killed,and all this OVER REFUSING TO PLAY AT A MARRIAGE FUNCTION!
As fate would have it,I'm still alive, but Mr.Walid was killed a
few weeks later in a shootout in Karachi with Haqiqi activists.(Those
who live by the sword die by the sword).
In 1992,they also threatened to abduct my wife and children if I didnt
show up at an MQM rally and welcome their leader Azim Tariq. I still
live happily with respect and dignity but alas Azim Tariq was also
was killed in a mob feud. My friends, Junaid Jamshed and Sajid Hassan
worried for my safety told me that I'm putting my family at risk
everytime I refuse to obey these goons and on every occasion I told
him that if I give into their terror tactics I can not call myself a
Allah is our protector and He has commanded us to stand up against
injustice and that is why I applaud Imran Khan for speaking the truth
about Altaf Hussain and his goon squad. I think the time has come for
all Pakistanis to stand up and be counted. Do you want to live as a
citizen of a country with dignity and all your rights protected or as
a slave in someone's fiefdom?
"Baad-e-mukhalif sey na ghabra aye uqaab
yeh to chalti hai terey oonchi uraan kay liye" -Iqbal
(Don't be afraid of flying against the wind, oh Falcon,
this wind only blows to help you fly higher)
Allah hu Akbar!