London: 29th May 2012
Federal Interior Minister Rehman Malik called on Mr Altaf Hussain, the founder and leader of Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM) in London. Detailed discussions were held on the situation in Sindh and the overall situation in the country.Mr Malik conveyed Mr Hussain messages of goodwill from President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani. He thanked Mr Hussain for extending full cooperation and lauded his role for strengthening democracy in Pakistan.
Mr Malik said that certain elements in using different tactics to create strife and turmoil in Sindh and added that the MQM and the PPP would foil the conspiracies by working with other allied parties. He said that we should think and work as Pakistanis as provincialism can bring harm to the country. We have to save Pakistan and work for a better future of the country. He said that the people of Sindh would foil every attempt to create divisions and acrimonies.
Speaking on the occasion Mr Hussain said that unity and solidarity were the need of the hour for removing the sense of deprivation of the people. He said that poisonous propaganda was done against the MQM in the past as well but they foundered on the solid rock of the unity of the people. He said that some elements had once again started vicious propaganda against the MQM for political mileage but added that the caravan will move on the journey will continue.
Mr Hussain said that the authority of every institutions, including the parliament, should be respected and institutions must work within the ambit of their framework.
Both the leaders also dispelled the impression that the dual nationalities of Pakistanis were being revoked. They said that the MQM and the PPP would raise their voices for the rights of the overseas PakistanisMr Hussain directed the Co-ordination Committee to make efforts at every forum for protecting the rights of the overseas Pakistanis.
Mr Hussain conveyed the feelings of anxiety and grave concerns of the business community of Karachi to Mr Malik who were sorely disturbed by the spreading tentacles of the extortion mafia in the city. Mr Malik assured that full protection would be given to the business community and criminals would be dealt with according to law.
Mr Hussain conveyed his best wishes for President Zardari and Prime Minister Gilani. He lauded the efforts of Mr Malik for peace and order in the country.