KARACHI: Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) workers on Sunday expressed solidarity with their leader Altaf Hussain during a rally to protest “propaganda” against the party chief.
The MQM had announced the rally in the wake of BBC’s report about murder of its leader Dr Imran Farooq in London.
Speaking on the occasion, MQM leader Farooq Sattar said that any “propaganda against Altaf Hussain is propaganda against Pakistan”.
“BBC documentaries are propaganda aimed at Altaf Hussain’s character assassination, and a conspiracy against Pakistan’s survival and stability,” Sattar alleged.
He reiterated that MQM and Altaf Hussain respect freedom of expression and freedom of press but they reject “media trial”. He further said that BBC’s “biased” reporting is influencing the ongoing case in the court, adding that the news organisation was trying to be the investigator, the prosecutor and the judiciary.
MQM leader Amir Khan said that no conspiracies could separate public from party chief Altaf Hussain.
Khan said that today is a day to unearth the conspiracies being hatched against the MQM and its chief. Altaf Hussain had raised his voice for the oppressed people against evil forces, he added.
Thousands of MQM workers attended the rally to express solidarity with Altaf Hussain. MQM leader Faisal Sabzwari and others also addressed the rally at Mazar-e-Quaid.
The MQM claims that party chief Altaf Hussain is being subjected to media trial and that “international conspiracies” are being hatched against him.
Meanwhile, Altaf Hussain thanked the MQM leadership, office-bearers, workers and supporters for holding peaceful gatherings in different parts of the world to show solidarity with him.
He said in a statement that he is thankful to workers and supporters of the MQM for showing concerns over the “negative propaganda” against the MQM and him.
He said that his loyal and respected supporters have given him more strength to be firm in his stance of not compromising on principles.
He also thanked members of MQM coordination committee, and said that sincere and loyal supporters are the “real asset” for him and he feels proud to have such people with him. Earlier on Sunday, British authorities formally wrote to Pakistan demanding handing over of two suspects in the murder case.
In a 20-page letter to the Interior Ministry, the London Metropolitan Police claimed that trail of the MQM leader’s murder goes to Pakistan.
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