HYDERABAD/MIRPURKHAS: Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain has said that Pervez Musharraf had surrendered himself before the courts and now he should be given a fair chance to defend himself.
He demanded of the media to give a fair chance to the former military ruler to defend himself over the charges framed against him.He said that all the generals who seized power and supported the dictator on October 12, 1999 should be tried.
He said that the MQM believes in the principle of politics for serving the people, and its struggle was not aimed at acquiring power only.He said this while talking to the office-bearers, workers and nominated candidates of the MQM in Mirpurkhas.
Altaf Hussain announced the names of the MQM candidates from Mirpurkhas for the coming elections during his telephonic meeting.While giving advance congratulations to the people of Sindh on the election of next CM from the MQM, Altaf said that he would never compromise on the rights of Sindh. He said that he would sacrifice his life instead of doing a deal on the rights of Sindh.
He vowed to restore the local bodies system in the province if the MQM was voted to power.Hussain said that the elected representatives of the MQM live among the people and remain with them in their happiness and sorrow while others make hollow claims at the time of elections for deceiving the people.
“Whether it was the severe drought or the devastation caused by heavy flooding, the MQM always helped the affected people. Serving humanity is the manifesto of the MQM, and it always served people, whether it was in government or not” he said.
He added that this time some so-called nationalist leaders had also come into the field in order to take advantage by fomenting differences between the permanent residents of Sindh by making hateful speeches.
However, these opportunist elements should know that discrimination of new and old Sindhis has ended as those whose life and death is tied with Sindh are all Sindhis.He paid rich tributes to women workers and said that the MQM would give surprising results on May 11 due to their hard work. He said that farmers, peasants, workers and students belonging to all social and ethnic backgrounds would visit polling stations on polling day and cast their votes in favour of the MQM.
Mr Hussain announced the names of candidates for the national and provincial assemblies. Shabbir Qaimi for NA – 226, Muhammad Shafique for NA – 227, Dr Zafar Kamali for PS – 64, Sadiq Hussain for PS – 65, Ali Hassan Qaimkhani for PS – 66 and Aijaz Ali for PS – 67.
Meanwhile, addressing the general workers meeting of the Hyderabad Zonal Office, MQM chief Altaf Hussain said that he should be interviewed through Skype, like Mansoor Ejaz, wherein he will raise some questions in front of the people.
He said that some people who had been convicted by the courts were given safe exit to Arab countries.Altaf Hussain also announced that the party will not give tickets in the next elections to smokers and people who consume gutka and paan.Addressing a party gathering in Hyderabad, the MQM chief said that those who smoke or use gutka and paan should contact dentists in order to get their teeth clean.