The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) will take a pounding on Sunday, but not just at Imran Khan’s rally in Lahore.
Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain appears to be raring to deliver a tirade against PML-N at the protest rally being organised by his party in Karachi on Sunday.
Hussain, who addressed party workers via telephone on Saturday, criticised PML-N leaders, particularly Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, allegedly using ‘derogatory’ language to refer to President Asif Ali Zardari. Hussain dismissed PML-N’s rally in Lahore on Thursday as mere hue and cry.
“They should have respected the office of the president,” said Hussain. “I find the language used at the rally regrettable. The Punjab chief minister used vulgar and derogatory language and said that people should be ‘hanged upside down’ ... I will shed light on that in detail tomorrow.”
Hussain also called on PML-N workers who believe in a just cause to attend the rally, as well as the Pakistan Peoples Party, Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid, Pakistan Muslim League-Functional and other religious and political parties.
According to Hussain, the PML-N wants to “jam the wheels of the democratic process”.
“The MQM will wholeheartedly support the democratic process,” he said.
While criticism is a valid right, it should be done in a civil manner, he added.
Hussain also noted how the late iconic poet Habib Jalib’s poem was ruined, referring to Shahbaz Sharif singing Jalib’s “Dustoor” at the PML-N rally. Hussain, while apologising to Jalib’s soul, sang a version of “Dustoor”, changing the words to hit out at Sharif’s Raiwind residence, his Sasti Roti initiative and the party’s “nonsensical words”.
Published in The Express Tribune, October 30th, 2011.
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