Altaf Hussain calls for roundtable conference on drone strikes

Published: April 22, 2011

MQM chief wants all parties to unite on the issue of ongoing drone strikes in the tribal areas. PHOTO: FILE

Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain demanded on Friday that the government convene a round-table conference of all political parties of Pakistan on the issue of on-going drone strikes in the tribal areas.

The demand came in the wake of the latest drone attack on Friday in North Waziristan which killed at least 25 people.

In a telephonic address, the MQM chief also asked the government to hold a referendum against the attacks. He said that the attacks were on-going despite a countrywide protest against them.

Altaf Hussain also appealed to all religious and political parties to unite on the issue.

The United States has been using drones to target al Qaeda and Taliban militants over the past few years in Pakistan’s tribal areas.

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Reader Comments (10)

  • John
    Apr 22, 2011 - 8:26PM

    Round table conference, in London or in Karachi.

    Will he attend or appear on video? Recommend

  • M Ali Khan
    Apr 22, 2011 - 9:08PM

    Altaf bhai, with all due respect, first do something to stop the TARGET KILLINGS IN KARACHI!

    That is something your party and ANP and PPP can actually stop if you act together rather than be childish nightmares!Recommend

  • Super cyclone
    Apr 22, 2011 - 10:44PM

    These are the true problems….not altafism, zardarism, nawazism…
    http://karachimetrological.wordpress.com/2011/04/20/weather-wars-is-it-possible/Recommend

  • paindo
    Apr 22, 2011 - 11:07PM

    very good Altaf Hussain, nice to hear such suggestion from youRecommend

  • Hedgefunder
    Apr 23, 2011 - 1:08AM

    Its bit rich !! coming from a person sitting in London !!!
    My previous comment, it seems the mods decided was not suitable!!!! Love to know what their criteria is in deciding what gets published and what does not!!!!!!!Recommend

  • Modasar
    Apr 23, 2011 - 1:10AM

    Our Super Honest Pakistani Government sold us to Americans and now we have to die in Drone attacks by the American. Thank You Pakistani Government what a way to Betrayed 180 Million Pakistani Hearts. We depended on you and you Betrayed us. It is like when you are deeply in love with someone and that someone breaks your heart, what would you do? either hate him/her or kill yourself unless better comes out of that someone.

    I love you Pakistan, I hate to see you going down but I can’t do anything about it except watching you go down.Recommend

  • M Ali Khan
    Apr 23, 2011 - 2:03AM

    @Modasar:
    barkhurdar, we have been selling ourselves for decades. Be it Washington DC, be it London, be it Beijing, be it Riyadh, be it Kuwait, be it Tehran (during Shah era), be it everywhere.Recommend

  • Rao
    Apr 23, 2011 - 6:13AM

    Unfortunately people of Pakistan are brainless enough to understand the root causes of destruction of the country. They are mostly blind folded in the ethinicity and those nation cannot survive in the history of the human those who does not understand the genuine voice. Pakistan can survive when we empower the common man rather the ruling elites.

    Those who challenge the exploiters in the history they have to face all kind of propaganda and torture from the ruling elites. But if the ideology is strong they are successful to change the nation. MQM is the last genuine hope of Pakistan to bring poor and middle class in the political system in Pakistan with ideology to bring the real genuine revolution in PakistanRecommend

  • CK
    Apr 23, 2011 - 6:40AM

    Conference via Skype!Recommend

  • Maria
    Apr 23, 2011 - 7:43AM

    Maybe Altaf Hussain should focus on setting up a round table conference to stop Target Killings in Karachi. When he manages that, then he should speak about fixing other things.Recommend

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