KARACHI: A day after criticising the Prime Minister for equating extra-judicially killed members of Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) to 'flies', Altaf Hussain offered unconditional friendship to Nawaz Sharif and Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Co-Chairperson Asif Ali Zardari, in a bid to strengthen democracy.
Speaking via telephone at an emergency meeting at the party headquarters in Karachi at Nine-Zero on Saturday, the MQM chief called on Nawaz and Zardari to unite against those who had evil designs against democracy in the country.
Hussain said that if all the democratic powers in the country joined hands, then nobody could derail it or manipulate the rights of the people.
The MQM supremo though questioned whether Prime Minister Nawaz and former president Zardari wanted democracy in Pakistan or some other form of government?
He urged the political leadership to immediately stop accusing each other and not let other forces to interfere in the democratic system.
The MQM chief directed his party leaders and Parliamentarians not to say anything against the other political parties and their leaderships.
In the event of losing contact with party workers, Altaf said they would be free to do whatever they wanted. However, he suggested that his followers should not interfere in issues of others, even if someone discriminated their rights, they should try to bear it.
Plight of stranded 'Pakistanis' in Bangladesh
The MQM chief also drew attention towards the condition of stranded Pakistanis living in Bangladesh.
He said that Pakistanis, who had been stranded in Bangladesh after the fall of Dhaka, had been living miserable lives. While Pakistan's war prisoners were released from Indian jails, the civilians who had supported the Pakistani army during the 1971 war, had been left behind.
Altaf said that the MQM had taken an unprecendented initiative and sent a delegation to Bangladesh to observe the living conditions of such Pakistanis and provide them humanitarian assistance. He urged the government to immediately provide such people Pakistani passports and let them come back to their motherland.
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