We swallowed bitter pills on many occasions for allowing the democratic system to continue
The Founder and Leader of Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM) Mr Altaf Hussain has said that the PPP government would not have been able to complete even four months, let alone full five years, if the MQM had not extended unshakeable support to it. The democratic process in the country would have also suffered if the MQM had withdrawn its support. He said this while talking to the Co-ordination Committee in London and Pakistan.
Mr Hussain said that the MQM was making practical efforts for the rights of the common people, uprooting the archaic feudal system and eliminating the culture of dynastic politics prevailing in the country. He said that empowering the people belonging to poor and middle classes was the mainstay of the struggle of the MQM.
He said, “Although we have not achieved success in our struggle yet I pay tribute to the Co-ordination Committee, elected representatives and office-bearers and workers of the MQM for making sincere efforts for establishing just system in Pakistan in which the rich and the poor had equal rights. I commend them for making genuine efforts to eliminate the discrimination in every department of life.”
“True democracy remained elusive in Pakistan during the past 65 years. Most democratic dispensations could not complete a few years. The current government has completed its five years for which the MQM leaders, workers and even I had to swallow bitters pills but supported the democratic process. It was because of this support that the government was able to complete its term of five years.”
“The PPP government could not have completed its tenure if the MQM had not given its support in every difficult time. The democratic system could have been derailed because the PPP adopted policies against the interests of the people. We used to point it out to the PPP but they never changed despite their promises.”
“The PPP did not value our unconditional support and our efforts for the continuation of the democratic system. Instead of supporting their time-tested friends, they chose to embrace extortionists, kidnappers, and hardened criminals who cut the heads of innocent people. They preferred criminals over true friends.”
“Our struggle centres on bringing a true and real democracy in the country and we will continue our struggle. We will continue our struggle and work for eliminating the archaic feudal system and corrupt dynastic political culture.”
Mr Hussain appealed to younger generation, students, workers, labourers, lawyers, doctors and engineers to come forward and make the MQM successful by casting their votes in its favour and giving MQM a chance.”
Mr Hussain urged the Co-ordination Committee to continue their struggle for achieving the objectives. A day would come when the efforts would be rewarded and the MQM would become successful.