ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan on Monday said that foul language used against security forces by Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain will not be tolerated, adding that it may be taken up with British authorities, Express News reported.
On Sunday, the MQM chief had cast doubts on the efficacy of the Rangers operation in Karachi likening the conduct of the paramilitary force with how the Indian army treats people in the disuputed Kashmir territory.
Terming Altaf's speech as unacceptable and condemnable, Nisar on Monday said that the government had so far tolerated such remarks, but now it was time to talk to the United Kingdom about Altaf’s hate speech from London. He added that anyone sitting abroad will not be allowed to malign the armed forces.
He said no country can allow abusing and attacking its defence institutions by those sitting abroad
Nisar said that speeches of MQM chief are touching the borders of extreme provocation, alleging that Altaf spoke the 'language of Pakistan’s enemies.'
The minister further said that the Altaf's rhetoric against Army and Rangers was beyond comprehension since neither force was responsible for MQM chief’s legal predicament in UK. He added that with the noose tightening around him in the UK, it seemed that he was directing his anger towards Pakistan in frustration.
Read: Hard and abrasive: Altaf criticises Rangers’ role in Karachi
Addressing his party’s lawmakers and workers on Sunday, MQM chief had blamed Rangers for maltreatment of its workers.
“Rangers personnel treat people in Karachi exactly how the Indian troops behave in occupied Kashmir,” said Altaf. He further accused the paramilitary forces of behaving like a mafia in the country's financial hub.
Read: Altaf Hussain did not criticise Pakistan Army: MQM
Earlier in May, after facing strong criticism over his comments regarding the army, MQM chief Altaf Hussain had apologised if his words had “hurt national security institutions and patriotic people.”
Statements against state institutions not acceptable: Asif
Minister for Defence Khawaja Asif on Monday criticised Altaf for his statements against the security forces.
Stating that he respected the vote bank of MQM, Asif said that statements by its chief against state institutions were not permissible, adding that the MQM chief was issuing irresponsible statements from London, and that he should come to Pakistan for doing politics.
Asif said that Pakistan Army and other security institutions were fighting against terrorism with fortitude and got remarkable success.
Replying to a question, he said that the nation was united and the security forces of the country were ready to face any challenge to the country including terrorism.
The personnel of Armed forces were already being rendering their precious lives for the nation's future.
FIRs registered against Altaf Hussain
As many as four FIRS have been registered against MQM chief Altaf Hussain at different police stations of Jacobabad and Khairpur districts late on Monday night.
Following the MQM chiefs’ speech on Sunday night, in which he allegedly criticised members of the armed forces, especially Rangers, four citizens have lodged separate FIRS against him at different police stations.
The first FIR was lodged at Airport police station Jacobabad under section 153-A of the PPC by the President of Tehreek-e-Ahle Sunnat Jacobabad chapter Abdul Khaliq Qadri, while a second FIR was lodged by Khadim Sianch at Saddar police station Jacobabad under same section.
In Khairpur district, two FIRS were registered. The first was at Thari Mir Wah police station and other at Faiz Ganj police station. They were respectively lodged by Mohammad Ali and Imdad.