Protests held against Altaf Hussain’s venomous speech

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Govt urged to take up matter with UK govt

Zubair Qureshi

Islamabad—Tuesday turned out to be a day marked with protests against MQM leader Altaf Hussain’s venomous speech a day earlier (Monday) and protesters from all across the city registered their strong opposition and despise against Altaf Hussain’s derogatory remarks against the state and institutions of Pakistan. Thereek-e-Jawanan-e-Pakistan, a party comprising the Pakistani youths founded by Retired General Hameed Gul (late) was also among the protesting organizations, parties and unions. The members of the party staged a sit-in outside the Diplomatic Enclave and urged the government to take up the matter with the United Kingdom whose citizen (Altaf) is trying to create unrest in Pakistan through his objectionable speeches. Central Secretary General of the Tehreek, Dr Irfan Ashraf while addressing the protesters demanded of the British government not to let anyone use its land for promoting terrorism and terrorist elements in the country. If the United Kingdom government didn’t take necessary steps to curb such elements relations between the two countries might deteriorate with the passage of time, he warned.
The protest demonstration was participated by a large number of youths, women and children. They were holding placards and demanding action against Altaf Hussain.
Chief Organizer of the Tehreek, Khan Muhammad also addressed the rally on this occasion. He was of the view that merely registration of FIR would not do. Altaf Hussain should be brought to the country and dealt with an iron hand.
Meanwhile, Secretary General of All Pakistan Muslim League (APML) Dr Muhammad Amjad has welcomed Dr Farooq Sattar’s announcement of disassociating from Altaf Hussain and his controversial statements. Though it is the MQM’s internal matter whom the party will elect for its leadership yet it is everyone’ desire the leadership of the party should be patriotic, democratic and honest, said Dr Amjad. APML has a clear stand that the whole of MQM is not involved in anti-state activities and all of the party members are not terrorists.
Urdu-speaking people are as patriot as anyone else in the country, said Dr Amjad. If the MQM succeeds in disassociating itself from the anti-state elements, it will be dawn of new era for Karachi and the entire country, he said. He gave examples of Dr Ishrat-ul-Ebad Khan Governor of Sindh and Mustafa Kamal, Chairman of the Pak Sarzameen Party who belonged to MQM and are known as politicians of clean character. It is Gen (R) Pervez Musharraf Chairman of the APML who eliminated the armed wings of the MQM and brought the party in the mainstream politics, said Dr Amjad in his press statement.

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