LAHORE: Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah on Wednesday condemned Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain’s statement to invite army into Karachi and said that such a statement was ridicules, preposterous and criminal.
“His statement is unwise and criminal and it seems he has lost his mind,” law minister said while talking to the media. He said that MQM members should make their leader avoid issuing statements against the solidarity of the country.
He said there was no need to give so much weightage to Altaf Hussain’s statement, as it lacked maturity. “Altaf is used to creating a drama, as sometimes he starts singing amid his speeches.”
While replying to a question, Sanaullah said that the situation in Cholistan was under control now and the daily-use food commodities were available to the affected people, and added that there was no need to worry.
“Less rainfall was recorded in Cholistan during the past eight years that led to the crises of malnutrition and food shortage in Tharparkar district.”
Meanwhile, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Punjab leadership also condemned the MQM leader’s invitation to the army to take over the country.
PTI Punjab President Ejaz Chaudhry in a statement said that the MQM chief had continuously been asking for the military to take control of the country, which was really anti-democratic and a clear indication of the mindset of the MQM leader. He said that Altaf Hussain had ‘made the request’ at a time when all political parties were trying to sustain democracy in Pakistan.
He also said that this demand by the MQM was a result of the party’s own failure to sustain and expand its position in Karachi, where despite massive rigging there vote bank had gone down by a huge margin.
He said that the situation in Karachi – where target killing and gang wars were common – should be the focus of the MQM leader, who himself had admitted at times that his party needed to be cleansed of elements that were encouraging terrorism. He demanded that the MQM leader should apologise for this anti-democratic stance, as it was reflective of a very autocratic mindset.
Meanwhile, PTI Punjab General Secretary Dr Yasmin Rashid also said that the MQM leadership, instead of asking the army, should be taking care of Thar victims and playing and active part in the health and economic relief activities over there.
Yasmin Rashid said that the MQM leaders who were elected from Thar were also responsible for the famine. She said that it was time for the MQM leadership to change their approach, as the days were gone when they could keep on winning the elections through rigging.
Also, a resolution – condemning the statements of the MQM chief – was submitted in the Punjab Assembly, a private news channel reported on Wednesday.
The resolution was proposed by Leader of the Opposition Mian Mehmoodur Rashid.
On March 18, the MQM chief had appealed to the armed forces not to pay heed to the government in case they asked the military to intervene in the Sunni-Shia conflicts in Muslim countries.
Speaking at the party’s 30th Foundation Day, celebrated at the Jinnah Ground in Karachi, the party leader had said, “The government should not use the Pakistan Army for their own purpose, and should not get them involved in the killing Muslim brothers in Libya, Syria, Bahrain and other countries.
”Members of the Pakistan Muslim League -Nawaz, Pakistan People’s Party and Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid supported the resolution, which was submitted in the assembly.
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