By 1984 the message of APMSO had spread in every nook and corner of Sindh, hundreds of its units were set up all across Sindh and thousands of people of all age groups had become its members. Therefore, the need for a political party on the public level was being strongly felt. To fulfill this need, Muhajir Qaumi Movement came into being on March 18, 1984 under the leadership of Altaf Hussain.
From the very first day of his political struggle, Mr. Altaf Hussain has reiterated and made it clear that in no way the struggle undertaken by APMSO or Muhajir Qaumi Movement is against any person, persons, community, nationality or the country. It is against that exploitative class which has captured power after the demise of Quaid-e-Azam and the martyrdom of Khan Liaquat Ali Khan. Altaf Hussain has repeatedly affirmed his stand that the Panjabi, Pakhtun, Sindhi and Balochi people are not at all responsible for the problem of Muhajirs, because they themselves are the victims of the repression and exploitation of their feudal lords, waderas, sardars and khans.
Altaf Hussain has always emphasized that to rid the people of Pakistan of backwardness, ignorance, poverty, tyranny and exploitation, it is imperative to completely uproot and eradicate the obsolete feudal system ruthlessly clamped over the county and, after eliminating all types of ethnic, lingual, regional, communal, religious and sectarian discrimination, establish a society on the principle of justice, equality and merit that is free of all exploitation.
Under this ideology, he gave the message over and over again to the people of all parts of the county that they should bring out from among themselves and send to the seats of power such able and educated leadership that may honestly address and resolve their problems. People from all parts of the county not only listened to Altaf Hussain’s message but also witnessed that Altaf Hussain such able persons from that lower and middle classes and sent them into elected assemblies who, in their personal capacity, could never imagine members of these elected houses. Therefore, people from the Panjab, Frontier, Balochistan and Interior Sindh increasingly pressed upon Altaf Hussain to expand and widen the scope of MQM and turn it into Muttahida Qaumi Movement so that the poor and middle-class people of the whole county may unite and eliminate tyranny and exploitation for all times to come.
Due to this pressing demand of the people from all over the county, it had been decided to convert MQM into Muttahida Qaumi Movement on August 14, 1992 but the decision could not be implemented because of the onset of the military operation against MQM before that. After MQM’s another historic victory in the general elections of February 1997, people of the whole county once again started pressing for the same demand. Therefore, at a meeting of MQM’s office-bearers and leading workers from all over the county, held on July 25, 1997 at Khursheed Begum Hall, Karachi, a “Unity Resolution” for the establishment of Muttahida Qaumi Movement was presented and it was zealously and unanimously adopted by the entire gathering. The same evening, Mr. Altaf Hussain also affirmed this resolution and the very next day i.e. on July 26, 1997 the Coordination Committee announced the conversion of Muhajir Qaumi Movement into Muttahida Qaumi Movement at a press conference.
On July 27, 1997, Mr. Altaf Hussain made his telephonic address to the first grand public meeting of Muttahida Qaumi Movement at the historic Jinnah Ground of Azizabad, Karachi. Hundred of thousands of people belong to all nationalities of Pakistan attended this public meeting. Hence, the movement that had started as a student organization from Karachi University finally spread and expanded all over the county on grass-root level. Today, the followers and admirers of Altaf Hussain are present not only in all the cities, towns and villages of Pakistan but also in Asia, Middle-East, Africa, USA and the Europe. The ever expanding sphere of influence and the increasing number of the following of Mr. Altaf Hussain are the biggest proof of the truth in his thoughts and philosophy.