Demands of political parties holding demonstrations in Islamabad reflect wishes and aspirations of common people
Addressing the government and the leaders of the political parties that are protesting for their demands in Islamabad Muttahida Quami Movement’s leader Mr. Altaf Hussain has said that they must show patience and seriousness and adopt the principle of ‘give and take’ and restart the dialogue process immediately.
In statement issued from London, Mr Hussain said that the parties holding protest demonstrations should understand the difficulties faced by the government and the government should also seriously think over the demands of the protesting parties. He added that their demands reflected the wishes and aspirations of the people. “For example, the government should announce recounting of votes in the constituencies where these parties claim they have evidence of rigging. The government should arrest the personnel who opened fire on unarmed men and women who had gathered at the Model Town Lahore at the Centre of Allama Tahirul Qadri,” Mr. Hussain added.
Mr Hussain has said that the government’s representatives and its allies should not hurl baseless accusation at the Pak Army and ISI at the joint session of the parliament because it will hurt the sanctity of the institutions and allows our enemies to mock at us.
“Empowering common people, eradication of feudal and dynastic rule, Bringing back the money looted from the national exchequer, establishing the local government system, creation of new administrative units for better administration or the creation of new provinces, implementing a uniform education system in the country, giving equal rights to women, eradicating child labour, giving labourers and farmers their due rights, improving the healthcare system in government hospitals, improving the judicial system so that poor may also get justice from the Supreme Court, are the demands which cannot be opposed,” Mr Hussain said.
Mr Hussain said that people were moving from middle class to working class group rapidly. “The demands put by the two parties reflects the demands of the middle class.”
“This is an age of decentralization. Keeping in view the rapidly-growing population we need more provinces or administrative units,” Mr. Hussain said.
Mr Hussain said India had seven provinces when it got independence. “Now India has 36 provinces. In the same way Afghanistan has 34 provinces. Number of provinces in Iran has reached 31. Turkey has 81 provinces. Sri Lanka which is a small country has 9 provinces. Nepal has five provinces. Bhutan which has a population of seven lakh has nine provinces. Unfortunately, Pakistan has only four provinces,” Mr Hussain said.
Mr Hussain said that the situation demanded that we should make at least 20 provinces keeping in view of the growing population for serving the people and devolving power to grassroots.