The MQM wants to adapt itself to the politico-social context of Punjab, which is very different from that of Sindh. The idioms and symbols of politics in urban Sindh are not applicable to the political landscape in Punjab. The party felt that there was confusion among voters due to non-resemblance between MQM Chief Altaf Hussain and kite (electoral symbol allotted to MQM previously). A section of party leaders also felt that kite symbol was not auspicious, due to its non-violent nature.
Therefore, MQM Rabita Committee came up with the suggestion of 'Hippo' as MQM's new party symbol, because it resembles Quaid-e-Tehrik Altaf Hussain Bhai, and it also reflect MQM's violent nature.
The party's response to this suggestion was unanimously in favor, everyone was chanting "Hippo Hippo Hurray, Hippo Hippo Hurray" and Hippo was immediately adopted as MQM's party symbol.