KARACHI: The Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) will be holding a rally targeted at the Pakhtun community in the city on Sunday.
According to the Altaf Hussain-led party, the rally is for the “proud, honourable and knowledgeable (bashaoor) people of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in Karachi” which would prevent those “elements that are sowing the seeds of hatred” and “spilling the blood of innocent people.”
The announcement was made at a press conference at the party’s secretariat in Karachi, with members of the party’s various organising committees in attendance. MQM Coordination Committee member Gulfaraz Khan Khattak spoke at the event.
He said the MQM had held a rally last year for all the ethnic groups in the city based on the theme of national solidarity, which was a success. Despite attempts by ‘certain forces’ to stoke ethnic strife, he said the MQM is ‘facing these elements like an iron wall.’ He also said that “the impression that the MQM seeks to represent Urdu-speaking people only is false and misleading” since people of all ethnic origins are part of the party. He said it was necessary to unite people to stop prejudices on the basis of race and language.
The MQM’s Wasay Jalil said that the party is working towards improving the law and order situation in the city.
Khattak believes that the Pakhtun community will attend and appealed to them to make the event a “historic success.”
Published in The Express Tribune, June 22nd, 2012.