MQM chief invites political parties’ teams to Karachi

Altaf asks 5-member delegations to visit city for peace.


The Express Tribune July 27, 2011

KARACHI:


The Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain has proposed a new prescription for restoring stability in Karachi. On the occasion of the 14th foundation day of the party, he addressed a large assembly of the MQM office-bearers and workers at the Lal Qila Ground in Azizabad.

“All the religious and political parties in the country should send a 5-member delegation to Karachi for the sake of restoring peace,” he said. “If a single bullet is fired anywhere in the city, these delegations should be sent to the area concerned to see for themselves as to who is firing,” he added.


He invited retired army officers and judges to become part of the delegation in order to ascertain the identity of those who are creating trouble. He also said that the leaders of all the religious and political parties should know that the elements behind the tragic incidents occurring in Karachi are working at the behest of foreign powers. Hussain appealed to Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Mian Nawaz Sharif, Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari, Pakistan Muslim League Functional chief Pir Saheb Pagara, Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaaf Chairman Imran Khan, Jamiat Ulema Islam chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman and leaders of all other political and religious parties to send their delegations to the city.

He asked the local and national leaders of the PPP and the Awami National Party (ANP) to invite Asfandyar Wali and Asif Ali Zardari to Karachi for ameliorating the situation. Hussain said that he was holding out the hand of friendship in all sincerity. He said that the MQM staunchly believed in democracy and it respected the vote bank of all the religious and political parties. However, if someone desired to suppress the MQM with brute force of the state, then history is a testament to the fact that those who tried to eliminate MQM were highly unsuccessful in their endeavors. Hussain made it clear that the MQM was no longer just a representative political party of the Urdu-speaking people only as its network of supporters had spread across Pakistan.

Published in The Express Tribune, July 27th,  2011.

COMMENTS (11)

Engr Nasir Jamal | 10 years ago | Reply

@Asad Jahandad:

Benazir Bhutto came after negotiating a deal with the United Kingdom and the United States. She did not come after getting firm assurances from them. It is another matter that after coming to Pakistan she tried to give impression that she had come of her own. This was frowned upon by the US ambassador in Pakistan and she reminded her about her deal.

Nawaz Sharif did not come to Pakistan unless the US monarch requested on his behalf to General Musharraf.

The other leaders that I did not name were those who fled Pakistan during Zia martial law and did not dare to return to Pakistan unless Zia himself allowed it.

Altaf Hussain is speaking vociferously against the US. He does not have links with foreign powers. I do not think that he has made UK his home forever.

Asad Jahandad | 10 years ago | Reply

@Engr Nasir Jamal:

Very well said! “apni aankh ka shehteer nazar nahee aata..." is this the reason you choose to remain silent on (or may be support) the activities of the British leader's party?

By the way, all of the leaders named in this post have, at one point or another, returned to their home country. If facts, media, and memory are any evidence then these guys never made their host countries their home. They preferred being inside the country with their countrymen and then fight.

As far as this leader's idea is concerned, it smacks of being apologetic at best. I am sure they must have something in Urdu for this kind of political acumen as well.

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