Osama operation: Altaf Hussain calls for roundtable conference

Published: May 5, 2011
A statement by the MQM chief urged the president to convene a roundtable conference of all political and religious parties of the country within 36 to 48 hours. PHOTO: FILE

A statement by the MQM chief urged the president to convene a roundtable conference of all political and religious parties of the country within 36 to 48 hours. PHOTO: FILE

MQM chief asks govt to come clean on the issue. A statement by the MQM chief urged the president to convene a roundtable conference of all political and religious parties of the country within 36 to 48 hours. PHOTO: FILE

Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain on Wednesday urged the government to call a round-table conference of all religious and political parties within 48 hours in the backdrop of the “highly sensitive and consequential state of affairs” in the country.

According to a press statement issued by the MQM, Altaf Hussain said if the “government cares even a little bit about the sovereignty and the freedom of the country it should call the conference.” The statement added that Altaf Hussain is waiting to hear policy statements of all the leading religious and political parties, on the US operation against al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.

“Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, chiefs of air force and navy and the head of the ISI should also be invited to the conference,” it stated. “We should take the nation into confidence about the raid of American helicopters and the presence of al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad in the vicinity of Pakistan Military Academy Kakul,” the statement quoted Altaf Hussain as saying.

The MQM chief has demanded that the nation be given details and has questioned the continued silence of the government, heads of the armed forces, the ISI and ambiguous statements of the Foreign Office.

Altaf Hussain said that nearly all the countries of the world are criticising the Pakistani government and security agencies which is a source of “outright embarrassment” for the Pakistani people.

“As the world accuses Pakistan with the situation in the country being closely monitored by the US administration, the prime minister chose to go out of the country on a foreign tour,” said Altaf Hussain. The MQM chief also expressed his dissatisfaction over the holding of the oath-taking ceremony for the newly appointed ministers from the Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid.

Altaf Hussain has also expressed his concern over the security of Pakistan’s atomic installations in the present circumstances. “It is time that the government and the intelligence agencies come clean on their negligence,” he said, adding that if anyone is hurt by his statement he would tender an apology because he has only spoken as a “true Pakistani”.

Published in The Express Tribune, May 5th, 2011.

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Reader Comments (10)

  • Cautious
    May 4, 2011 - 6:34PM

    Doesn’t care about the fact that Pakistan was harboring the most wanted Terrorist in the World – just wants to make some political points about Pakistan’s failure to stop the most powerful country in the World from violating Pakistan vaunted sovereignty. Classic Pakistan – good example of why the World thinks poorly of Pakistan.Recommend

  • May 4, 2011 - 8:11PM

    Pakistan never admit that
    it was a joint operation in which Osama lost his life
    because many Pakistani has sympathy with Osama
    the reason is that he was Muslim and on the other hand
    fighting for freedom of Afghanistan.

    As for as the allegation is concerned that he was a terrorist,
    some reliable sources are not in favor of this allegation,they describe it
    a baseless.Recommend

  • May 4, 2011 - 8:12PM

    All parties conference must be held,
    so that the nation know all behind the scene.Recommend

  • Ahmad
    May 4, 2011 - 9:04PM

    Although I doubt Altaf Hussain’s all statements and his being a part of international agenda against Pakistan. But he is right at this time, as it is a broad based U.S. Drama. Osama was never in Pakistan and even officials of United States can’t prove so much general facts like DNA, footage of his dead body taken over to their base and dropped in ocean. Even their statement are changing with every hour about operation. Its a big plot to put pressure and to make already shaking rulers, to get nightmarish visions. Insha ALLAH victory is with Pakistan. Just kick out all these paid servant like rulers of Pakistan. Recommend

    May 4, 2011 - 11:00PM

    High level inquiry should be held to probe the intelligence failure and a separate Military inquiry should be held to ascertain the reasons for security failure due to which the Americans could manage to carry out a successful operation deep inside Pakistan and then be able to make a safe exit. Recommend

  • From USA
    May 4, 2011 - 11:54PM

    Pakistan must admit the mistake,its leaders should try to face the facts.
    The main enemy of Pakistan is corruption,Pakistani need food clothing and shelter.
    Do not think what world say.Pakistani people are ever victims of exploitation.
    Rest of the world carless,if you think that world revolve around the axis of Pakistan,Leaders of Pakistan are at fault,not the poor hard working people.
    Wake up people and try to stand on your own feet.
    Time is never too late.Trust me, TOMORROW IS YOURS.Recommend

  • Soha
    May 5, 2011 - 12:58AM

    Look at the Pakistan bashing, It suggests it was never ever a joint operation. Our forces particularly Army (ISI),whom they caught its pants down, thanks to long duration of its rule, has become incompetent to fight. It has 85 percent of it tail only 15 percent of it consists of teeth. Some professional visionary is needed to reverse this proportion. Shame Shame ShameRecommend

  • Angry Mike
    May 5, 2011 - 5:15AM

    The adminstration has failed and embrassed the people of Pakistan & Qaid E Azam. Now there is NO guessing the so called leaders are incompentent curropt idiots.

    They should all be FORCED to resign today. NEW ELECTIONS should be held in 90 days. SC CJ should form a committe to manage the affairs till the electionRecommend

  • heey
    May 5, 2011 - 10:31AM

    I have never been the supporter of MQM but after reading above i would say Altaf Bai zindabad. Pakistan should disband ISI and make new intelligence service like Russians did.Recommend

  • Chilli
    May 5, 2011 - 10:43AM

    Such kind of operation cannot be done without the help of ISI and Army which they cannot admit due to political presssure.Recommend

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