MQM asks PTI, Awami Tehreek to withdraw ultimatum against government

Altaf advises govt to initiate talks with opposition; accept their legitimate demands; release arrested activists

KARACHI - Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain has asked Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), Pakistan Awami Teheek (PAT) and their allied parties to withdraw their ultimatum against the government and said that they should restrict themselves to their demands only to avoid further confrontation.

In a statement issued here, Altaf applauded both party leaders and their activists for staging a peaceful protest despite harsh weather in Islamabad. He encouraged the opposition to remain peaceful and avoid entering into the red zone. He also appealed protesting parties to avoid rigid behaviour and any ways leading towards confrontation.

He asked them to show flexibility in their demands so that the matter could be resolved peacefully. He praised the government for avoiding any use of force against the marchers and advised them to show open heartedness and initiate talks with the protesting parties. The government should accept legitimate demands of the protesting parties and implement them immediately as the matter could only be solved through negotiations.

He demanded the government to immediately release arrested PTI and PAT activists. He reminded the political parties about the armed forces fighting in North Waziristan and said that despite difficulties, the armed forces were attaining victories and clearing militants from every inch of the homeland. He said, ''hundreds of displaced families had expressed their loyalty towards the country by living a difficult life in relief camps.'' He was of the view that the government and opposition should make decisions keeping in mind this current scenario.

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