– 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.
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.