Conspiracies must end and democracy must be allowed to function smoothly: Altaf Hussain
Founder and Leader of Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM) Mr Altaf Hussain has asked the MQM workers to protect the tea shops, hotels, and roadside shops of the Pashtun people in their area. He asked the people of Karachi, particularly the Urdu-speaking people to take care of the properties of Pashtuns people.
He asked the Urdu-speaking, Pashtun, Hazarewal and other nationalities to resolve that they would give blood for protecting each other, but they would never taint hands with the blood of each other.
While addressing a huge gathering of the people hailing from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province and living in Karachi, he said that the lacking in the unity and solidarity of the oppressed people has been completed today by the participation of Pashtun, Hazarewal and Hindko people in the Jinnah Ground.
Mr Hussain said that the message of the jalsa was nothing but love among the oppressed and downtrodden people of Pakistan, who have been deprived even of their basic rights.
Mr Hussain said that while the feudal lords create acrimonies among the people who intermarry among each other but ask the people to fight. He asked the people to make a resolve that they would no longer fight with each other under any circumstances.
Mr Hussain said that the Pashtuns come to Karachi because of lack of employment opportunities in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Had there been enough resources to earn a decent livelihood there, they would have never come to Karachi and other cities of Sindh in search of employments and business opportunities.
Mr Hussain appealed to the federal government and the provincial government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to create employment opportunities in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa by setting up industries. He said that unemployment should be eliminated.
Speaking about the tribal areas Mr Hussain said that the people living in FATA had given immense sacrifices for the country but their areas were deprived of education facilities and there were meagre employment options. He said that the deprivation of the people of FATA must be removed, and they should also be provided basic facilities of education and health.
Mr Hussain directed the MQM SENATORS, MNAs and MPAs to solve the problems of the areas inhabited by the Pashtuns and Hazarewal on urgent basic.
Referring to the soaring energy crisis in the country, Mr Hussain demanded of the government to set aside all other issues and attend to the shortage of gas and electricity that was aggravating with each passing day.
Referring to the election of Mr Raja Pervaiz Ashraf as the prime minister of Pakistan Mr Hussain said that the government had accepted the decision of the Supreme Court regarding disqualification of former prime minister Mr Yousuf Raza Gilani. Mr Makhdoom Shahabuddin was nominated for the office, but warrants were issued against him. The government withdrew the candidate of Mr Shahabuddin and nominated Mr Ashraf in his place, but the conspiracies were continuing unabated.
Mr Hussain said that general elections would be held after a few months, and hence all political parties must wait until the holding of the general elections for the sake of democracy and stability in the country. He said that said that the interest of the country was in the continuation of democracy.
Mr Hussain said that conspiracies against democracy must end else the integrity of the country could be harmed. He said that half of the country had already been lost, and the remaining must be secured by allowing the democracy to continue.
Mr Hussain said that all state institutions must act within their constitutional framework, and they must desist from overstepping their respective domains. He warned that the country was encircled in innumerable dangers, and foreign powers were eyeing Pakistan with particular attention. The time called for unity and solidarity instead of divisions and animosities.
Mr Hussain said that instead of fighting with each other, we should show toleration towards another and display unity and solidarity for the security of the country.
Mr Hussain appealed to the people to change the atmosphere in Karachi by protecting each other. He said that the Pashtuns should go to the Urdu-speaking areas freely and likewise, the Urdu-speaking people should be able to go to the Pashtun dominated areas without any sense of fear.
Mr Hussain asked the audience to show the traditional discipline of the MQM by remaining silent for one minute. He called out one, two, and three and there was complete silence in the Jinnah Ground.
Dr Farooq Sattar
Speaking on the occasion Deputy Convener of the Co-ordination Committee of the MQM Dr Farooq Sattar said that the public meeting would prove to be an important landmark for bringing peace and harmony in Karachi. He said that peace would bring progress and progress would bring prosperity for Pakistan.