MQM COORDINATION COMMITTEE DISCUSSES THE OPTION OF QUITTING THE GOVERNMENT IF AN ARMY OPERATION IS LAUNCHED IN BALOCHISTAN

Karachi 15 January 2005 Emergency sessions of Muttahida Quami Movement Coordination Committee on the deteriorating situation in Balochistan were held at Nine Zero, the MQM Head Office in Karachi, and the MQM International Secretariat in London simultaneously on Friday.  Acting Convenor Tariq Javed chaired the session in London, whereas, Deputy Convenor Dr Farooq Sattar chaired the session in Karachi.

The Members of MQM Coordination Committee expressed their deep concerns over the proposed Army Operation in Balochistan. They said that MQM believes that the Army Operation or use of power is not beneficial, therefore, the Balochistan issue must not be dealt by use of force, the Government should refrain from launching an army operation and all issues are resolved through mutual understandings and dialogue. The sessions unanimously demanded to call for a round-table conference of Baloch nationalist leaders with a view to sympathetically listen to their point of view and to resolve their grievances. The session also discussed on the option of quitting the government if an army operation is launched in Balochistan. The MQM Coordination Committee is monitoring the situation in Balochistan and in the event of any military action; emergency session will be called to announce their decision. The session strongly condemned the gang rape of the Baloch Lady Doctor and demanded for the immediate arrest of all government officials involved in this heinous crime and to bring them to justice. The MQM Coordination Committee also expressed their full support and harmony with the people of Balochistan.