Muttahida Quami Movement chief Altaf Hussain said here that there wouldn’t be a government of poor and middle-class people nor the destiny of the country would change unless the country got rid of hereditary politics of few particular families.
Mr Hussain deplored that the Election Commission of Pakistan and the caretaker government have, on the one hand failed to apprehend the culprits involved in the killings of innocent people and, on the other, could not succeed in providing level-playing field to all political parties without any fear.
Mr Hussain was making telephonic address, simultaneously, at different cities of Sindh, Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa which included Mirpurkhas Satellite Town, Tando Adam’s Sanghar Zone, Kotri’s Jamshoro Zone, Naseerabad and Manshera. All the five huge congregations were largely attended by women, elders, youths and children.
Voicing his concerns over the unfortunate incident in which Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf chief Imran Khan was injured, the MQM chief said that Mr Khan is a national leader.
Expressing his sympathies with the Imran Khan’s family, he prayed for his speedy recovery.
Discussing the country’s overall political and law and order situation, the MQM chief said that May 11 elections were being conducted in a strange manner in which some specific parties, especially in Punjab, were running their election campaigns in a free and fearless environment whereas in three other provinces, the MQM, the ANP and the PPP were not being allowed to do their electioneering owing to frequent bomb blasts occurring at their offices, election meetings and localities.
The MQM chief regretted that although more than 100 workers had already been killed in such acts of cowardice, the ECP and the caretaker government had neither taken measures for nabbing the killers nor succeeded in creating conducive atmosphere in which the parties could run their election campaigns without any fear.
On this occasion, Mr Hussain asked the participants of the meetings that how the elections in which some specific parties were allowed to run their election campaigns freely while others were deprived of their right of electioneering could be described as free, fair and transparent.
Referring to Tuesday’s incident in which two MQM workers were killed and other terrorists’ attacks made on place on PPP and JUI-F election rallies in Lower Dir and Hangu and Banu and Bajaur, he offered his condolences to bereaved families over the killing of their near and dear ones and demanded of the government to arrest the killers and award them exemplary punishment.
Drawing the attention of the parties raising slogans of youths, Mr Hussain said that they should know that he was only 23 or 24 when he founded APMSO on June 11, 1978 and during the last 35 years since 1978, he remained behind bar and was in self-exile for the last 21 years.
MQM had been struggling for the rights of people belonging to oppressed and suppressed people of the country and had sent educated poor and middle-class youths to the Senate and assemblies, he added.
Moreover, people belonging to poor and middle class which included Dr Farooq Sattar and Aftab Shaikh were made mayors of Karachi and Hyderabad while Mustafa Kamal and Kunwar Naveed were elected nazims of district Karachi and Hyderabad, respectively, he added.
Reiterating the MQM would implement a uniform education and health systems in the country, he said that if MQM was voted to power it would make plunderers of national wealth accountable and bring an end to all those inhuman and un-Islamic customs of karo-kari and Wani, etc.
In the end Mr Hussain appealed to the people to vote for MQM candidates. He promised that there would be no compromise on the rights of Sindh province.