KARACHI – Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain on Thursday appealed Pakistan Awami Tehrik (PAT) leader Tahirul Qadri and his followers to make their long march peaceful and do not cross zero point in Islamabad and refrain from entering into red zone area of the capital.
In a statement issued here, Altaf said that governors of Punjab and Sindh and some members of federal cabinet tried to resolve the matter of removing barricades from Model Town in Lahore and finally succeeded in their efforts on which the federal and the Punjab government permitted Tahirul Qadri to take out his 'long march' peacefully.
The MQM chief said that the federal government showed open heartedness and wisdom in permitting Qadri for the 'march' and now it was responsibility of the PAT chief and his supporters to take care of all those who tried to resolve this matter through reconciliation. After the combined efforts of MQM chief, Punjab Governor Chaudhry Mohammad Sarwar and Sindh Governor Dr Ishratul Ibad, the government agreed to permit Tahirul Qadri to take out his ‘long march.’
However, before the intervention of the government officials, PAT was not allowed to start its 'march.' The MQM chief also contacted the Sindh governor to play his role and convey message to federal authorities to resolve this matter peacefully through talks. Altaf was also in repeated talks with Tahirul Qadri and convinced him to contact authorities to which Qadri agreed.
The governors of Punjab and Sindh contacted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, Interior Minister Chauhdry Nisar Ali and other officials and conveyed them the message of Altaf Hussain. The contacts between the government officials, MQM chief and the PAT chief continued till August 14 afternoon and after continued efforts, the government allowed Qadri to take out his 'march.'