The Awami National Party is ready to hold a dialogue with the Muttahida Qaumi Movement only if it closes its militant wing, said ANP Sindh president Senator Shahi Syed on Thursday.
He was speaking to the media at Mardan House and was accompanied by Sindh United Party (SUP) leader Jalal Mehmood Shah. Shah had called on Syed to invite the ANP to the Sindh solidarity conference, which the SUP is organising on May 29 at a hotel.
“Karachi is a part of Sindh and the Sindhi people have a right to own it,” said Shahi Syed, while announcing his party’s participation. “We need to help and support each other in order [to face] every conspiracy that is intended to divide Sindh.”
While replying to a question, the ANP leader said that maintaining the law and order situation in the city was far more important for his party than remaining a part of any political alliance. SUP chief Jalal Mehmood Shah explained that the solidarity conference was being organised so that the province could remain safe and peaceful. Shah added that all political parties in the country, except the Pakistan Peoples Party and the MQM were invited.
Published in The Express Tribune, May 25th, 2012.
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