Time running out for Balochistan: Altaf

Published: February 20, 2012

MQM supporters gather at the Mazar-e-Quaid grounds for the all-women rally. PHOTO: ATHAR KHAN/EXPRESS

KARACHI: 

Muttahida Qaumi Movement chief Altaf Hussain warned on Sunday that the time for resolving Balochistan’s woes was running out and proposed an emergency roundtable meeting to address the province’s grievances.

“Either look into it [Balochistan issue] immediately or (God forbid) be ready to lose it,” he said. The MQM chief was addressing tens of thousands of women supporters at a mammoth rally.

By his reckoning Altaf said that the country’s leaders had lost the trust of the people of this province. “We have to take some bold decisions and will have to give them their due rights to regain their confidence.”

Altaf’s comments came in the backdrop of a resolution moved in the US Congress calling for right of self-determination for the people of Balochistan.

By virtue of its wrong policies and its high-handedness, he said, the rulers had sought to drown out the voice of Baloch people, alienating them and forcing them to the point of secession.

“You are dumping corpses there and still want these people to remain loyal to Pakistan,” Altaf said adding “I have asked the government several times to stop such brutalities.” Referring to the issue of missing persons, he said that 28 men of his party were still missing. He demanded that the missing persons’ issue should be resolved at the earliest.

He also called for the release of Dr Aafia Siddiqui, languishing in American prison for long and reminded that it was the Muttahida Qaumi Movement which had taken out a big rally for her release.

However, a major part of his speech was devoted to the issue of women in Pakistan. He called for doing away with tribal and feudal customs which did not allow women to play their role in the development and prosperity of the country.

The MQM organisers dubbed party’s show of strength on Sunday as a move to “empower women to strengthen Pakistan.”

Published in The Express Tribune, February 20th, 2012.

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Reader Comments (7)

  • Feb 20, 2012 - 5:39AM

    it was a great festival in my visionRecommend

  • Feb 20, 2012 - 5:40AM

    Altaf’s comments came in the backdrop of a resolution moved in the US Congress calling for right of self-determination for the people of Balochistan.

    none of any political party is loyal to pakistan

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  • qw
    Feb 20, 2012 - 7:25AM

    Good jalsa by mqm i appreciate women emancipation
    but one thing i did not like was the fact altaf hussein speaks about baloch amidst dancing and singing………..
    Balochistan is burning and we r gathering huge number of people to dance …

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  • abdul moiz
    Feb 20, 2012 - 7:43AM

    this was a rally for women’s empowerment,yet all the newspapers have focused on the balochistan statement instead of the things that were said about the rights of women.the news channels also are mostly giving airtime to the statement on the balochistan issue and not to any statements on women’s rights that were said.

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  • we
    Feb 20, 2012 - 7:47AM

    he said, the rulers had sought to drown out the voice of Baloch people, alienating them and forcing them to the point of secession.
    “You are dumping corpses there and still want these people to remain loyal to Pakistan,” Altaf said adding “I have asked the government several times to stop such brutalities.”

    Where was altaf hussein when nawab akbar bugti was killed. At that time mqm was supporting musharraf.
    i cant imagine what a baloch and any pakistani must be going through after seeing this rallyRecommend

  • Zalim singh
    Feb 20, 2012 - 8:41AM

    pl concentrate on Kashmir….

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  • ksri
    Feb 20, 2012 - 10:20AM

    Pakistan lost the east wing and is now in the verge of losing Balochistan. The millions spent on Gwadar by the poor Chinese went into a black hole; In fact, Gwadar was touted as a rival to Dubai !!!!!.
    In addition, Islamabad has already lost ground in tribal belt to “guest” warriors for “strategic” reasons. Is there a person with common sense in Islamabad/Rawalpindi?

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