Talking to workers and office-bearers at MQM Lahore Zone office, Altaf held big landowners, feudal lords and capitalists responsible for the present plight of the country.
"They robbed the country with both hands whenever they came to power and instead of giving attentions to the problems being faced by the people and concentrated on increasing their wealth," the Daily Times quoted the MQM chief, as saying.
"It is ironical that these venal elements make tall claims about rights of people on television channels," he added.
Altaf noted that corruption, nepotism and "utter disregard of merit constitute the disease that has sapped strength from every department of the government. Even sports like hockey and cricket have fallen victims to corruption. It is the corruption that has made Pakistan subservient to foreign powers and forced us into a state of continued beggary."
"As long as corruption and nepotism are not rooted out there can no hope for an economic turnaround and reducing the disparity between the rich and poor," he added.
Altaf vowed that the MQM would do away with double standards in education and other fields of life if it came into power.
"If MQM comes to power corruption and nepotism would end and appointments will be made purely on merit instead of family ties and personal relationships," he added.
The MQM chief said that a large number of people were joining his party in small villages, tehsils, and districts, which was an indication that the MQM had become the "epicentre of hope for the poor and middle class people in the country."
"People now believe that only MQM can salvage the country from quagmire of problems," he added. (ANI)