KARACHI: As the government prepares to hold an All Parties Conference (APC) on the crises in Balochistan, Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain has said that Balochistan is on the verge of separation and that merely holding an APC cannot solve the issues of the province.
The MQM chief – whose party is a coalition partner of the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) at the federal level and in the Sindh government – made the statement in a conversation with politician Sheikh Rasheed, chief of the Awami Muslim League on Thursday.
It is time, Hussain said, to make a ‘major decision’ with a heavy heart.
According to a statement issued by the MQM, he also called for an end to actions against the Baloch people and said that there was a need to listen to them and give them their rights. He added that while there was no harm in calling for an APC, it would be meaningless without any participation of Baloch leaders.
Hussain told Rasheed that he had been asking for an APC to be called on the issue of Balochistan and to solve the province’s problems for a while but no one had paid heed to him.
The AML chief agreed with Hussain’s stance and said that right now, solving the issues in Balochistan was of high importance. He also congratulated the MQM chief for holding a successful rally for women in Karachi.
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