Appeals to intellectuals, columnists and journalists to show unity for saving Pakistan from falling in the hands of extremists
Address to the election meeting in Sukkur
The Founder and Leader of Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM) Mr Altaf Hussain has said that the MQM wants Pakistan to progress and develop according to the vision of Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah and the Poet of East Dr Muhammad Iqbal. He appealed to the intellectuals, columnists, and journalists to display unity for a better future of their daughters and for saving Pakistan from falling into the hands of religious extremists and terrorists. He was addressing a huge election meeting in Railway Ground Sukkur via telephone.
Mr Hussain invited the armed forces to join hands with the MQM, ANP and PPP in combating the elements carrying out bomb blasts and wanting to enforce baton-wielding Sharia. “Take us along and we will fight the terrorists together with the armed forces.”
Paying growing tributes to the Haq Parast martyrs of Sukkur, Mr Hussain said that the sacred blood of the martyrs would bear fruit, and the oppressive feudal system, unrestrained capitalism, corrupt political culture and dynastic politics would cease to exist. A day would come when the honest and educated people belonging to poor and middle-class would rule the country.
“Today, the armed forces of Pakistan, law-enforcing agencies, and progressive political parties are facing difficult times. Liberal parties are on the target of barbaric terrorists. Bomb attacks and firing at the election offices, rallies, and meetings of the MQM, the ANP and the PPP continue unabated.”
“Innocent workers of the MQM have fallen victims of bomb attacks at the party offices. Bomb explosions were MQM offices in Peoples Chowrangi area, Nusrat Bhutto Colony, Qasba Colony and Burns Road in which several MQM workers died and got injured.”
“The champions of Islam did not even hesitate from planting a bomb in the ablution area of a mosque in order to target the MQM. An MQM worker Adil Rizwan worker was gunned down in Nazimabad area while an ANP election candidate was shot dead along with his son when he was coming out of a mosque after offering the Friday prayer in the Bilal Colony area of Karachi.”
“Those who are making people offering prayers in mosques and imam bargahs, students in schools and visitors at the shrines of saintly persons are open enemies of Pakistan and Islam.”
Mr Hussain paid rich tributes to the personnel of Rangers and police who were risking their lives in fighting terrorists in Karachi. He particularly praised the personnel of the armed forces, the FC, the Navy and the Air Force who were laying down their lives while defending the country.
Addressing the heads of the Army, Navy and Air Force, Mr Hussain said, “We are firmly with you in the war of defending the country. “Take us with you and we will fight the terrorists alongside you.”
Mr Hussain said that the liberal, democratic and progressive political parties in Balochistan, Sindh and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa did not have the freedom to run their election campaign while conservative parties supporting Taliban have complete freedom to hold election meetings and rallies. He asked if such elections could be called free, fair and transparent.
Mr Hussain said that a conspiracy was being hatched to bring the conservative parties and avowed supporters of Taliban in power. “The Taliban are bombing schools and colleges, and they want to confine women of the country in their homes making them citizens of third class.”
Mr Hussain appealed to intellectuals, columnists and journalists to get united for saving the future of their daughters. “Whether you like the MQM or not, but you should save Pakistan from falling in the hands of terrorists and extremists.”
Speaking about development works in Sukkur, Mr Hussain said that Sukkur was discriminated against in the past, and it was deprived of even basic civic facilities. He said that the MQM candidates would get the rights of Sukkur after being elected. He said that modern computer colleges and a university would be established for girls’ students.
“Better healthcare facilities would be provided to the citizens of Sukkur, and a hospital equipped with latest machineries would be built so that the people of Sukkur need not to go to Karachi for treatment.”
“We will create employment opportunities and set up a network of cottage industries and industrial homes for women.”
“Drinking water would be made accessible to the people, and a system of sewerage and drainage would be built. Sukkur Development Authority would be established for starting development work in the city on a large scale.”
Speaking about the distribution of election tickets Mr Hussain said that the MQM gave tickets to party workers who had given sacrifices instead of selling them. Altaf Hussain did not even give tickets to his brothers, sisters, nephews and nieces.
He said that the MQM was the only party that fought the case of the rights of Sindh in a forceful manner. The MQM got the rightful share of Sindh in the NFC award and stopped the construction of the Kalabagh Dam. The MQM did not merely raise slogans for Sindh like the nationalist parties. It made practical efforts for the rights of Sindh.
In the end Mr Hussain announced names of the MQM candidates from Sukkur. Munawer Chohan for NA – 198, Zaheer Ahmed Korai for NA – 199, Muhammad Saleem Bandhani for PS – 1, Dr Noor Muhammad Soomro for PS – 2, Ahsan Malik for PS – 3, and Rizwan Jagirani for PS – 4.
He called on the caretaker government and the election commission of Pakistan to provide equal opportunities and protection for holding election meetings to all political parties of the country. He said that the history would not forgive them if they failed in their duty to provide level playing fields to all political parties.