Altaf Hussain, the founder and leader of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), worked in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of Barnet Hospital after signing with Covid-19 about two to three weeks ago.
Tthe staff confirmed that the head of MQM is receiving intensive care in the coronavirus ward of the hospital and no visitors, friends or family members are allowed to meet with him-this is a rule for all COVID-19 patients.
On Sunday night, an audio message of the MQM leader was distributed in which the former Karachi strongman appealed, in a shaken voice, to his followers to pray for him after announcing that he had been admitted to the ICU.
“I have been in the ICU in hospital for the last 20 days. It is due to your (supporters’) prayers that I have been able to record this message on this day of Saturday, Jan 30, 2021,” the MQM leader had said.
Hussain had added: “May Allah protect everyone from this disease, Covid-19,” he said, and appealed to listeners to “take precautions and help each other”.
A source in the MQM said that around three weeks ago, the MQM leader fell ill. Hussain, who has a long history of several ailments due to obesity and an unhealthy lifestyle, was advised to self-isolate at home but then his condition deteriorated and he was taken to the hospital immediately. He was put on the ventilator for about five days after which the MQM leader started recovering.
On January 23, MQM-London stated in a statement that Altaf was ill and was leaving politics. The MQM statement said that after the physical examination, the doctor advised him to rest and suspend his political activities.
Mustafa Azizabadi said in a statement on Tuesday that Altaf’s condition is recovering rapidly and his condition is progressing well.
He said Hussein thanked his supporters for praying for him.