‘Liberal’ camp: MQM urges DHA, Clifton residents to speak up

Published: April 27, 2013

Dr Farooq Sattar. PHOTO: APP/ FILE

KARACHI: 

Following targeted attacks on Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) offices, the party’s deputy convenor Dr Farooq Sattar urged the residents of DHA and Clifton to come forward and raise their voice.

“Educated people with sound background should speak up and unite against terrorism that is affecting us,” he said, addressing journalists after the prayers held for the activists who died in Thursday’s bomb blast.

Pointing out that 65 of their workers have lost their lives since January, Dr Sattar said the attacks on their party are a conspiracy by the terrorists to stop the liberal parties of the country from contesting the upcoming general elections. “How is it possible that those parties which are liberal and secular are stopped from campaigning while religious extremists and central right wing parties are free to hold rallies anywhere they want to?”

He felt that the MQM, the Pakistan Peoples Party and the Awami National Party have been left at the mercy of the terrorists. “It seems that elections are only being held in the Punjab.”

The party leader said that such an atmosphere was being created to make the liberal parties pull out from the elections and make way for the extremist parties. “We will not boycott the elections,” he declared.

Meanwhile, party chief Altaf Hussain said that enlightened parties, such as his, were being sidelined. “If the terrorists become successful in their dirty plans, then the powerful people living in affluent areas will also not be safe from them,” he said, addressing the NA-250 candidates of his party. Hussain said that election offices were closed down to protect the lives of its workers, as militants were being given a free hand.

Published in The Express Tribune, April 27th, 2013.

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Reader Comments (6)

  • ashar
    Apr 27, 2013 - 1:06PM

    The question is why should they be raising their voice for you. How many of the Rabita committee members hail from Clifton or DHA. It is another thing that all of them want to live the rest of their lives there.
    what is see my dear Doctor sb is that YOU HAVE SPILT MILK.

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  • Tanvir
    Apr 27, 2013 - 3:32PM

    You could all quit MQM and Join PTI.. That should also solve this problem.

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  • Apr 27, 2013 - 4:15PM

    @MQM: What goes around, comes around.

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  • Apr 27, 2013 - 8:02PM

    Lets start with a gun buy back program.

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  • Shameema
    Apr 27, 2013 - 10:33PM

    @ Tanvir: ‘ you all could quit MQM and join PTI’!
    If this is what PTI stands for and condones, then I will prefer to vote for MQM.
    TTP is the biggest enemy of civilisation and if you cannot see that, then I fear for
    you. When you play with fire, soon it will consume you. These extremists are just
    using you for their own ends.

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  • kashif A
    Apr 28, 2013 - 1:40AM

    there are many in the RC LIVING in clifton and DHA? whats the point?

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