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Key Points From MQM Leader Altaf Hussain’s Speech at 36th Anniversary Gathering of APMSO, His Party’s Student Wing

Key Points From MQM Leader Altaf Hussain’s Speech at 36th Anniversary Gathering of APMSO, His Party’s Student Wing
 Posted on: 6/11/2014
MQM founder and leader Mr Altaf Hussain has reiterated that MQM is opposed to all forms of violence and firmly believes in achieving its objectives through peaceful and democratic means. Demanding development funds for Karachi’s crumbling infrastructure, Mr Hussain said that Karachi is the economic hub of Pakistan and belongs to every Pakistani regardless of religion, race or ethnicity. Mr Hussain said this while addressing a huge gathering of students at Jinnah Ground, Azizabad, on the 36th anniversary of APMSO, All Pakistan Muttahida Students Organization.
“From the 1st day of APMSO’s inception in 1978, I have always preached my followers to refrain from violence and achieve our objectives through peaceful democratic means. I have always asked APMSO and MQM members to become exemplary citizens and promote values of respect and tolerance in their ranks and file”, added Mr Hussain.
“MQM believes in ‘live and let live’. It respects all ethnic and religious groups in Pakistan and wants all segments of society to enjoy equal rights”.
Expressing his great concern over ever increasing religious extremism in Pakistan, Mr Hussain said that Islam preaches love and respect, not hatred and compulsion. It allows people of all faiths to continue to follow their own religions.
Reiterating MQM’s stance over religious freedom, Mr Hussain said, “MQM believes in religious tolerance. It wants people of all faiths and ethnic backgrounds to enjoy equal rights in Pakistan. Once in power, MQM would eliminate the term ‘minority’ from the country’s constitution and give people of all faiths equal rights. MQM also wants equal rights and opportunities for women in Pakistan”.
“MQM stands firmly against religious extremism and denounces recent acts of terrorism in Karachi where city’s airport and training facilities of Airport Security Force (ASF) ware attacked by the religious extremists”.
“MQM offers its full cooperation to the Government of Pakistan in dealing with the growing menace of terrorism in Pakistan and Talibanization, particularly in Karachi”.
Demanding funds from both federal and Sindh government for Karachi’s development and to improve its crumbling infrastructure, Altaf Hussain expressed his desire to turn Karachi into a modern mega city and a great metropolis. “MQM wants to promote peace in Karachi. It wants Karachi to be a business-friendly, pluralistic, and investment-friendly city”, he added.
Commenting on recent events in London, Mr Hussain said that ‘the Metropolitan Police afforded me the best possible medical care and were very kind in their dealing with me, for which I thank them from the bottom of my heart.
“I believe in the supremacy of law and have been fully cooperating with the on-going investigations in London. My cooperation will continue as these investigations are part of due process and perfectly normal in a democratic country”, he added.

10/28/2016 5:22:34 AM