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Religious and political parties will have to put aside their differences and work jointly for the public welfare, security and survival of Pakistan: Altaf Hussain

Religious and political parties will have to put aside their differences and work jointly  for the public welfare, security and survival of Pakistan: Altaf Hussain
 Posted on: 10/24/2013
The founder and leader of MQM Mr. Altaf Hussain has said that Pakistan is passing through passing through a critical phase.  At this crucial time all the religious and political parties will have to put aside their differences and work jointly for the public welfare, security and survival of Pakistan. They must show political cohesion if they want to solve the security issues faced by Pakistan.  He said that the government should not raise people's expectations. It could hurt people badly if the government fails to deliver what they promise.  Unbiased news reports indicate the negotiations between Obama and Nawaz Shareef has failed. 
Mr. Hussain expressed these views while addressing members of Pakistan Federation of Journalists and members of other journalists associations at the Lal Qila Ground over a phone from London.  He thanked PFUJ president for their Karachi visit at time when a target operation was going on in the city against criminal elements.  He added that there was no doubt rangers and police officers offering great sacrifices in their fight against the criminals. However, law enforcement agencies have arrested innocent people, including MQM’s workers and office bearers. He said that he had made an appeal to the families of the arrested people to remain calm and composed for a great cause. I have advised them to restraint themselves. Otherwise, it would jeopardize the operation and it will become controversial.  I have told them this operation is necessary for the elimination of criminals and restoration of peace in Karachi. 
Mr. Hussain said that Karachi is the heart of Pakistan and economic hub.  Peace in Karachi is important for the prosperity of Pakistan.  Disturbance in Karachi will have bad effect on our economy.  MQM has extended their full support for the operation against criminals. During this operation we have witnessed many tragic incidents. During the last two months MQM’s eight workers have disappeared. They are arrested by the law enforcement agencies.  He appealed to the officers of law enforcement agencies to order their subordinate not to use excessive for or violence. It could kill people. Killings could generate resentment and anger. The country cannot afford this kind of situation. 
Mr. Hussain said that subversive activities was happening across  Pakistan. Mosques, Imambargahs, shrines, schools and bazars are being bombed. Victims of these outrages are innocent people. Tehreek-e-Taliban spokesmen who accept the responsibility of these bomb attacks should know these bombings cause public outrage across Pakistan. How would these attackers and planners feel if their kids die in such attacks?  He advised TTP to express their political dissent through protest demonstrations against the government. He urged them avoid terrorists acts.
He deplored that MQM and other parties supported negotiations with TTP in the All Parties Conference unanimously. Extremists’ outfits are still carrying out bomb attacks despite this indication of negotiations. How can we start negotiations in this situation?  Taliban should stop attacks and the government should not indulge in unprovoked action against them. 
Mr. Hussain said that Pakistan has constitution. How can we negotiate with people who do not accept the constitution of Pakistan. Our delegation in Washington tried do the same thing?
Mr. Hussain deplored that the government had given false hope to our people before Pak-American negotiation that they would get the drone attacks stopped and would bring back Dr. Afia.  Now everyone knows that the our prime minister did not about drone attacks or Afia.  Instead Americans brought the issue of Mumbai Attack and LeT. He said that he hoped that Pak-American negotiations prove fruitful. However, unbiased reports indicate that that it has failed. 
Mr. Hussain said that it was easy to say that we would put Pakistan on the path of prosperity. It was also said that overseas Pakistan are willing to invest in Pakistan for the revival of economy of Pakistan. Why would they invest in Pakistan when you do not trust them? You are not willing to allow them to participate in elections because of their foreign nationality? A large number of big political leaders have established business abroad. I have been living in London for 22 years. I don’t feel ashamed to say that my party bears my expenses.  I don’t have any business across the globe. 
He advised media to avoid discussing sensitive issues because of the internal and external challenges faced by the country. It is wrong to discuss openly in talk shows who would be our army chief. There is a process in our constitution for the appointment of new army chief. It is the responsibility of concerned departments and authority of the prime of Pakistan to appoint an army chief. Let them do their work. It is in the interest of the people. 
Mr. Hussain said that left and ring wing parties exist in other parts of the world like Pakistan. If we put aside our differences, we will see that our relations are not good with Afghanistan, Iran and India. We have been regularly getting news about border violations. The other day we heard about violation on 27 places.  We would not be able to put pressure on the Security Council and other international agencies we fight among ourselves. Amnesty has termed the drone attack a war crime. However, America has rejected that report. I fear other international bodies can do the same and threw out complaints. We can at least stop fighting among ourselves if cannot stop fighting with other countries. This will enable us to solve the security issues faced by Pakistan. The government should announce  new date for negotiation with Taliban and decide how should this negotiations be carried out. We should also think about what we should do if negotiations fail. He prayed to Allah for strength and courage and unity among political parties.

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