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Countries that do not have a local government system cannot boast of true democracy: Altaf Hussain


Countries that do not have a local government system cannot boast of true democracy: Altaf Hussain
 Posted on: 2/28/2013
Governor Sindh Dr Ishratul Ebad had resigned on the call of his conscience
Address to the 26th Annual Labour Convention of the Labour Division of the MQM
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The Founder and Leader of Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM) Mr Altaf Hussain has said that the system of local government in any country is the nursery of democracy. All those countries where the system of local government does not exist cannot boast of a genuine democracy. He said that the MQM is a peaceful political party, but its peacefulness must not be construed as its weakness. He was addressing the 26th Convention of the Labour Division of the MQM in Lal Qila Ground Azizabad on the telephone.
Mr Hussain said that the MQM came out of government according to the decision of the Co-ordination Committee, and the MQM ministers also tendered their resignations accordingly. Governor Sindh Dr Ishratul Ebad also resigned on the call of his own conscience. Altaf Hussain or the Co-ordination Committee did not ask him to resign.
He said that members of the business community, industrialists and people belonging to different spheres of life demanded that Governor Sindh should be asked to resume his responsibilities because he always worked for solving their problems.
He said that the decision to bring Governor Ebad has been taken for peace and stability in Sindh and there was no vested interest of Altaf Hussain, the MQM or even Governor Ebad in this decision.
Speaking about the failing law and order situation in the country, Mr Hussain said “It is because of our incompetence, shortcomings and policies of vested interests that the raising of national flag and the singing of national anthem has become a crime in Balochistan. People belonging to Hazara community are being murdered in cold-blood.”
“Shrines of saints and schools are being bombed in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa as a matter of routine. Criminal elements are roaming freely in Sindh, and their hide-outs were not being raided. The citizens heaved a sigh of relief only after the rangers conducted operation against criminal elements in different areas of Karachi.”
“There is no area or city in Punjab where serious crimes were not happening.”
Speaking about the differences with the PPP Mr Hussain said, “We extended support to the PPP in every difficult time and left them after four years because of their unending habit of breaking their promises. If we had parted our ways earlier, it would have been difficult for them to continue in office even for four months.”
Mr Hussain said that if the PPP did not believe in the local government system, it should stop raising the slogan that it believed in democracy. He asserted that the local government system was the nursery of democracy, and all those countries where the local government system did not exist could not boast of a genuine democracy.
Mr Hussain said he failed to understand why the PPP was empowering the unelected people instead of the elected representatives of the people. He said the PPP should take heed and serve the people instead of becoming overlords.
Condemning the killings of journalists in the country, Mr Hussain assured the journalists’ community that the MQM was with them. He said that the MQM firmly believed in the complete freedom of press.
Mr Hussain praised the workers of the Labour Division on their 26th Annual Convention and said that he would never disappoint them.
Mr Hussain asked the people to form neighbourhood committees and remain vigilant.

12/3/2016 1:39:35 PM