Political leaders critical of Altaf Hussain's statement

Prime Minister Gilani clueless as to the context of the MQM chief's pro-martial law statements.

Ppi/express August 23, 2010

Major political figures criticised the statement made by MQM chief Altaf Hussain regarding support for martial law, with some voicing subtle support and others expressing surprise.

Prime Minister Syed Yousaf Raza Gilani said that he was unaware of the context in which the MQM chief asked the army to take action against corrupt politicians. He said that political parties had given sacrifices for the cause of democracy, and that the nation had been struggling for the restoration and independence of judiciary.

PML-N Chief Mian Nawaz Sharif said that statement was made with ill-intent. Sharif said Altaf Hussain had signed the 18th Amendment, yet now he is favouring imposition of martial law in the country. He said that such statements could negatively impact the democratic process.

The chief of Pakistan Muslim League (Functional), and spiritual leaders of Hurs, Pir Sahib Pagara put his weight behind the statement, Online reported. He is quoted to have said “this is a dire need”.

The Jamaat-e-Islami chief Syed Munawar Hasan said the statement was making a mockery of the constitution and the law. He said such a statement was unbecoming of a leader whose party was a part of the elected government.


Shaista | 11 years ago | Reply Currently the country is going through great turmoil. Pakistan has not witnessed such chaos in its history where millions have lost everything. It is not only the responsibility of the government, but all the nations, to come forward and help the homeless. During such disasters, it is also the responsibility of all intellectuals, educationists, media, politicians and every citizen to join hands and overcome the problems. But, unfortunately, the case is different in Pakistan. Here everyone is more interested in safeguarding their own interests. The recent statements by Altaf Hussain and talks of Imran Khan show their political immaturity and insincerity regarding democracy. Everyone knows that MQM was Ziaul Haq’s creation and Musharraf strengthened the party, and Imran Khan is the one who voted for a dictator in the 2002 referendum. The free judiciary that always takes suo motu actions should also take some serious notice of this issue because such statements are not only unethical and immoral but a violation of the constitution and both can be tried according to Article 6 of the constitution: “Any person who abrogates or subverts or suspends or holds in abeyance, or attempts or conspires to abrogate or subvert or suspend or hold in abeyance, the constitution by use of force or show of force or by any other unconstitutional means shall be guilty of high treason.”.
ali | 11 years ago | Reply Army is the pain killer for today's problems,then in the meantime we can find the anti biotic to correct our system,if we are serious to heel this worst system we have to do something right now,otherwise........you never know.
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