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We do not want to fight anyone: Altaf Hussain
Posted on: 4/27/2013
We will not allow supporters of terrorists to steal our public mandate
Address to an election meeting in Nawabshah
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The Founder and Leader of Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM) Mr Altaf Hussain has said that the MQM would not accept the gun-baton Sharia under any condition. The elements involved in violence and bloodshed wanted to keep the liberal, enlightened and moderate political parties out of the electoral process. He was addressing a huge gathering of people in the Municipal High School Ground in Nawabshah.
“We have resolved that we will not give up our democratic rights, and we will not let supporters and sponsors of terrorist elements to steal our public mandate.”
“We want to create an environment of peace and brotherhood in Sindh, and we want to promote the feelings of mutual coexistence. Allah says in the Holy Quran that there is no compulsion in the religion and following this principle, we will transform Pakistan according to the vision of the Quaid-i-Azam.”
Mr Hussain condemned the bomb blasts on the election offices of the MQM and the ANP and extended sympathies to the grieving families who lost their loved-ones in these attacks.
He said, “Those who are cutting the heads of innocent people and trying to implement their own version of the Sharia by using brute force could not be called true followers of the Holy Prophet (PBUH).”
“Some forces are conspiring to bring the right-wing parties in power, and they are spilling the blood of innocent people for their vicious objectives.”
He said, “The leaders, office-bearers and workers of the MQM remain undaunted despite terrorism and violence. We will not surrender our democratic rights and not allow the terrorists to steal our public mandate.”
Speaking about the threats given by Taliban to general public not to attend the public meetings of the MQM, Mr Hussain said that their threats could not lower the spirits of the people.
Referring to the momentum of the election campaign in Punjab Mr Hussain said, “We pray that the election activities continue in the Punjab but why the people in the remaining three provinces are being deprived of their constitutional, legal and democratic rights.”
“While flower petals are thrown in election meetings in the Punjab, we are forced to lay floral wreathes on the graves of our martyrs.”
He asked, “What are the Election Commission of Pakistan, Chief Justice of Pakistan, the caretaker government, armed forces and other law-enforcing agencies doing on the killings of innocent people.”
Mr Hussain said that the apologists of bomb blasts say that they were the reaction of drone attacks of the United States. “Why these reactions are directed at the MQM, the ANP and the PPP only while the right-wing parties remain unscathed?”
“The political parties which refuse to condemn the killing of innocent people in bomb blasts and, which are not attacked with bombs are, in fact, mini Taliban.”
Mr Hussain asked the people if they would vote for the mini Taliban, and they roared “No."
He said that the MQM was the only political party in the country that did not sell party tickets. “The MQM gives tickets to poor and middle-class people purely on merit. The MQM has established by awarding ticket to Nabeel Gabol from Azizabad that the MQM does not have any grudge against anyone.”
“The MQM gave tickets to 671 candidates in one day and there was no wrangling and dispute on the issuance of tickets. It is a clear example of the discipline of the MQM which has been recognized nationally and internationally.”
Mr Hussain asked how free and transparent elections could be held keeping in view the fact that the MQM was not being allowed to run its election campaign freely. “People should not vote for fraudsters and cheaters who support Taliban in any manner.”
He asked people not to vote for any party that tries to justify violent attacks by Taliban under any pretext. “If you want Pakistan to be changed according to the vision of the Quaid-i-Azam and Allama Iqbal, you should vote for enlightened political parties like the MQM.”
Mr Hussain asked if the Quaid-i-Azam was a jihadi. “Was Allama Iqbal, who dreamed about Pakistan, a jihadi?”
He asked people if they would vote for the people who bomb girls’ schools and shrines of holy saints.
He said, “The MQM is the only political party in the country that has been consistently raising its voice against the exploitative system prevailing in the country. The MQM sent the educated poor and middle-class people in assemblies and made them sit alongside the feudal lords. In the coming days, these educated people will throw out the feudal elements out of assemblies.”
“The MQM is against the culture of dynastic politics, and personal relations are not considered at the time of awarding of tickets.”
Mr Hussain asked the people to test the MQM for once. “After coming into power we will serve the people to their entire satisfaction.”
He said that the MQM had never worked against the interest of Sindh, and it had fought the case of Sindh on the issues of Kalabagh Dam and NFC award forcefully.
In the end Mr Hussain praised the MQM workers for organizing a hugely successful public meeting in Nawabshah.