KARACHI: Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) - Pakistan head Farooq Sattar claimed on Friday that in the forthcoming general elections, the party will be able to install its chief minister in the province.
He was speaking to MQM-Pakistan's Yaum-e-Shuhada [Martyrs' Day] gathering at KMC Ground in PIB Colony. The families of a number of party activists who were killed, including of Dr Imran Farooq, attended the event.
Sattar said that the motive behind commemorating this day every year was to keep pushing the 'unjust and tyrant' rulers of the country to mend their ways.
"Our ancestors laid down sacrifices for the creation of this country," he said, mentioning that his fallen comrades gave their lives to save it. "Those who make policies in this country should tell us when we will be given justice." He mentioned the names of deceased party workers Aftab Ahmed (his coordinator), Nasir Hussain (brother of MQM founder Altaf Hussain) and Arif Hussain (nephew of Altaf).
"Those behind the murder of Shaheed-e-Inqilaab [Martyr of Resolution] Dr Imran Farooq should also be held accountable," he demanded, saying that the mother of the slain party leader was present in the gathering.
He said that his party workers were arrested but the killers of his party workers were never arrested. "Tell us, when will we be given justice?"
This Yaum-e-Shuhada was different from the previous ones, he said, referring to the split that occurred within the party post August 22. "But we can never forget the promise we made to our martyrs. Not even for a moment."
He said that those who wanted the MQM to vanish away will fail in their plans when the party will hold a large gathering at Bagh-e-Jinnah on December 25. "We will prove that Karachi belonged to MQM and will remain [ours]."
Sattar added that some of his foolish friends also wanted to divide the MQM but they will never succeed.
Published in The Express Tribune, December 10th, 2016.
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