Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain cautioned on Thursday that the security, sovereignty and integrity of the country were under threat.
Talking at the international secretariat of the MQM in London, Altaf said that the US Congress had recently urged the State department to designate the Haqqani network as a terrorist organisation and has demanded action against it from Pakistan. He said that Pakistan could also be declared a terrorist country if any leader of this militant organisation was found involved in any terrorist activity outside Pakistan.
He said that it was highly regrettable that instead of thinking about the survival of the country, politicians were busy in power politics, according to a press release issued here.
He went on to call for an end to clashes between the government, judiciary, military and the opposition.
The MQM chief said militant organisations formed during the Cold War had turned into Frankenstein monsters, and turned against our own army officers and men.
Talking about the media in Pakistan, Altaf regretted that Pakistani politicians, intellectuals, anchor persons and columnists were not informing the public over the real facts regarding the national crisis. He cautioned that most international newspapers and magazines had reported that a number of US war fleets had reached Pakistani waters in the Arabian Sea.
The MQM chief also addressed ‘great’ internal threats being faced by the country. He said politicians were resorting to one-upmanship at a time when the country was mired in inflation, load-shedding, unemployment and poverty.
Altaf advised the MQM leaders, elected representatives and office-bearers to create awareness among Pakistani people and inform them about the difficult circumstances facing the country. Members of the coordination committee, elected representatives, and members of the MQM international secretariat were also present on the occasion.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 20th, 2012.
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