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Arrest of Altaf Hussain causes instant reaction

* People from all walks of life show solidarity with MQM chief

KARACHI: The arrest of Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM)’s chief Altaf Hussain despite his protracted illness caused an instant reaction from his followers and party workers.Hundreds of thousands of people came out on the streets defying the scorching sun and harsh weather from June 3 on Tuesday and were still participating at a sit-in to show their love and solidarity in favour of Altaf Hussain. They had been sitting from Tuesday without any means of living, including water and food. Members of various civil societies and individuals came out to the sit-in to provide basic necessities to the participants. They fed them with food, clean drinking water and other edibles. The prerogative volunteers devoted themselves to serve MQM activists and other visitors of the sit-in.Meanwhile, some of the participants including children, women and elders suffered nausea and heat strokes in the harsh weather, were sent to the hospitals. They said they love Altaf Hussain and would not go home till anything positive came from London about him.The delegations of political parties, trade organisations, lawyers’ affinities, Christian and Hindu communities, religious leadership and labour unionists visited Numaish Chowrangi to show solidarity with MQM chief Altaf Hussain on the second day of sit-in.People from all walks of life visited the sit-in, which reflected the entire country stood for Altaf Hussain. PPP leader and senior Minister Sindh Nisar Ahmed Khurho addressing to the participants said we felt good to show our support to our democratic friend, as we vowed to do it. He said the politicians and political leaderships should maintain unity among them to continue the democratic process. He demanded Altaf Hussain should be provided appropriate health facilities on humanitarian ground. He said entire Pakistan hoped the process of justice would appropriately be done in his case. He wished and prayed for his early recovery from illness and good health.The delegation from PML-F led by Sindh MPA Jam Madad Ali Shah said we had deep concern over Altaf Hussain’s illness and hoped to be provided sufficient health facilities. He said PML-F extended its full support to him and his party workers during the hard times and he would be cleared against all fake cases through court of justice. He said, Altaf is from us and we belong to him and demanded to deal his cases according to the country’s law.Siraj Kassam Telli of Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry said visiting the sit-in said it was hard time for MQM leaderships and workers. He said we should pray for Altaf Hussain’s good health and due clearance from fake cases. All visiting delegations reacted and showed absolute solidarity to MQM chief, as he is a unanimous leader of Karachiites and 98 percent of unprivileged class.

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