10/21/2016 11:38:45 AM
Government should first try to take back power of the prime minister before asking MQM to withdraw resignations: Altaf Hussain
Posted on: 9/4/2015 1
MQM Founder and Leader Altaf Hussain has said that the government should first try to take back the powers of the prime minister before asking MQM members of parliament to withdraw their resignations.
“PM Nawaz Sharif can order for allowing the MQM to open its offices, but he is not giving such an order. If he has any compulsion, he should tell the nation openly. If he did not come clean with the facts, then I will disclose to the nation the facts that I have.”
Mr Hussain said this while addressing a big meeting in Lal Qila Ground in Azizabad, which was attended by the women and the elderly. Members of the MQM Co-ordination Committee and Central Executive Committee were also present on the occasion.
Ban on welfare activities of KKF
Mr Hussain said, “MQM is the third largest political party in the country, but an unannounced ban has been placed on its political and welfare activities. MQM’s charitable wing KKF has been serving the humanity for the past 37 years. It has nothing to do with politics. KKF collects zakat and fitra during the month of Ramzan and hides of sacrificial animals at the time of Eid-ul-Azha. The money obtained in this manner is spent for supporting family members of martyred workers, widows, needy students and physically challenged people in the form of monthly assistance.”
“KKF also arranges dowry for marrying girls belonging to low-income families. It also runs hospitals, mortuaries, dispensaries, blood banks, and ambulance service and coffin carriers.”
“The magnificent work done by the KKF whenever any natural calamity hit the country is recognized by all. Attempts have always been made to stop the welfare activities of the KKF, sometimes by PPP and sometimes by PML (N). Now the Director General of Rangers is saying that the MQM would not be allowed to collect hides of sacrificial animals.”
“I will not respond to the statement of the DG Rangers, but the MQM sympathizers would voluntarily collect the hides and give a fitting reply. Youths, elderly and women will take part in this noble work and break all past records.”
Ban on speech
“A ban has been placed on the broadcast of my speeches. I had written a letter to our mothers and sisters when I was in jail, and the local government elections had been announced. I will write a similar letter once again, and this letter will remove the distance between me, my workers, and the people.”
“The federal government is saying that we cannot do anything of lifting the ban on the speeches of Altaf Hussain. They cannot do anything for allowing the MQM to resume its political and welfare activities either. If the federal government is cannot do anything, and it is unable to accept the legitimate demands, why is it trying to hold dialogues with the MQM. Why is the MQM being asked to come back in assemblies?”
“Certain federal ministers are saying that they are helpless on the issue of allowing Altaf Hussain’s speeches as the Lahore High Court has banned it. If the order of the High Court is correct, why is the judgment of the Supreme Court giving the death sentence to Zulfikar Ali Bhutto not being accepted?”
Mr Hussain asked the participants of the meeting if the MQM should withdraw its resignations despite the helplessness shown by the federal government. They roared that the resignations should not be taken back.
Development Funds for Karachi
Mr Hussain said that Karachi is the hub of economic activities in Pakistan. It earns 2000 billion rupees for the national exchequers, but it is given a paltry 50bn for the development of infrastructure that is a great injustice to the people of Karachi.
He said if the federation cannot give Karachi its due share in resources than it should make Karachi a separate province.
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