HYDERABAD: As law enforcement agencies in Pakistan and UK get close to chief of Muttahida Qaumi Movement in Imran Farooq murder and money laundering cases, Altaf Hussain expressed fears that he could be assassinated or jailed.

“I could be sent to jail in fake cases, my speeches could be banned or could be assassinated through mafias, but I’m not afraid of death. I’m ready for martyrdom and to render sacrifice,” the MQM supreme leader said in his telephonic address from London to party office bearers in Hyderabad.

Altaf Hussain advised leaders of the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) to bring their own house in order instead of hurling threats at him.

“Instead of threatening me, rulers should look into their own affairs,” MQM’s website quoted Altaf as saying.

Altaf’s statement came following Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar and Defence Minister Khawaja Asif’s criticism of the MQM chief over his alleged anti-Pakistan statements.

“False and baseless allegations are being levelled against me,” the MQM chief lamented.

Further, clarifying his earlier statements, Altaf said he never spoke against the country but only against oppression. “I am not afraid of death. I owe my life to Allah and the party’s movement,” he added.

In response to the interior minister’s statement against the party chief, MQM questioned why Nisar was not infuriated when former president Asif Ali Zardari used derogatory language against the armed forces.

Announcing the party’s decision to stage a protest outside the Karachi Press Club today, party leader Dr Farooq Sattar said in a press conference that conspiracies to separate Mohajirs and Altaf would never succeed.