The Founder and Leader of Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM) Altaf Hussain has directed his party workers to stand up against extremism, sectarianism and terrorism and make Pakistan a progressive and enlightened country. He was addressing MQM Lahore zone office bearers on telephone from London here on Friday. He said the moderate, progressive, liberal and enlightened forces specially students would have to come forward and play an active role to defeat the terrorists and religious extremists once for all."
The nation needs inter-faith harmony, brotherhood and unity for its survival and progress, he added. Quaid-e-Tehrik said the MQM leaders and workers of Punjab zone should play a pivotal role with courage as in the past to get rid of the religious fanatics, otherwise the wave of extremism and violence by religious extremists would continue unabated in the country.
Altaf Hussain said he has always struggled for religious harmony among followers of all schools of thoughts and respect for all religions and faiths to protect the country from internal and external conspiracies. He said he had warned all political and religious leaders about the rising wave of religious fanaticism and extremism in the country but no one supported him. "Due to MQM's long struggle for social and political justice, the poor, middle class, liberal, enlightened and moderate people are joining MQM in large numbers across the country. He stressed upon MQM workers and leaders to continue their struggle to transform Pakistan according to the vision of Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah who wanted Pakistan to be a secular, liberal and democratic country.