Statement taken out of context: Altaf

Insists that his speech was not meant to hurt Sindhi sentiments.


Express August 05, 2011

KARACHI:


Muttahida Qaumi Movement leader Altaf Hussain asserted on Thursday that his recent appeal to the residents of Karachi to stock up on food rations had been taken ‘out of context’, leading to confusion amongst the general populace.


The statement was given earlier in an impassioned call by the MQM leader, which sought immediate government action to curb the menace of targeted killings within a span of 48 hours.

His appeal triggered panic in the metropolis, as some assumed that it was an indication that violence would further escalate in Karachi, already in the throes of a deadly spate of killings.

Altaf Hussain clarified in the video that he was trying to forewarn people about a possible food shortage because of the worsening law and order situation in the city.

He added that operations carried out in Katti Pahari and Qasba Colony recently had forced residents to remain indoors leading to a severe food crisis in the area.

He also apologised if he had hurt the sentiments of native Sindhis with his remarks on their pre-partition status. He clarified that his speech was only against those who discriminate against Mohajirs on the basis of ethnicity, and were directing insults towards them.

Meanwhile, Sindhi nationalist parties have supported the strike call announced by Awami Tahreek today (Friday) in protest against MQM chief remarks at Lal Qila ground.

Talking to The Express Tribune Awami Tahreek president Ayaz Latif Palijo said that the MQM chief’s statement caused much anger among the people of Sindh.

He added that the demonstration would be peaceful in order to avoid any disturbances in the law and order situation. “Urdu-speaking people are our brothers. But we cannot tolerate such kinds of statements, which can create ethnic violence in the province,” he said.

When asked about Hussain’s apology for the statement, Palijo said “We don’t believe in his dramatic politics and we will campaign against his remarks in order to expose him,” he said.

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

COMMENTS (33)

kaka1 | 9 years ago | Reply

hehehehehe

Dr. Saleem Siddiqi | 9 years ago | Reply

@TJ: You read his statement. One month Ration instructions is still there but that is only for the areas where there is trouble otherwise no use.

Only he clarified his statement on another topic. So if you are living in troubled area, you still neet ration for one month.

Regards

Dr. Saleem Siddiqi Johannesburg - South Africa

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