Altaf’s supporters participate in sit-in with great fervour

KARACHI: Following the arrest of Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM)’s Chief Altaf Hussain in London in money laundering case three days back the people came out strongly in solidarity with him and staged sit-in as their protest entered third consecutive day across the Sindh, however the business and other routine life were returning to normal.Member MQM Coordination Committee Dr Farooq Sattar said Altaf Hussain’s lovers and supporters participated in the sit-in with great fervor.At a press conference at the sit-in venue, Dr Sattar said MQM supporters and workers demanded the British government to ensure an appropriate care for their party chief. He said people kept expressing their concerns over Altaf Hussain’s illness and asking guarantee for not to be compelled in due process of justice. He said in no circumstances, people could separate from their beloved leader. He said the sit-in was an evidence of love and affiliations with him. He said Karachiites had proved the city is belonged to Altaf Hussain only. He said doctors had taken various tests of Altaf Hussain, while MQM had been waiting for those reports. He informed the media persons Altaf Hussain’s legal council would decide to take next step regarding legal pursuit and submission of bail request.Former Interior Minister and Pakistan People’s Party leader Rehman Malik said a Pakistani representative should have reached London within 24-hour of Altaf Hussain’s arrest. Rehman Malik who visited the MQM’s sit-in expressed solidarity with Altaf Hussain on Thursday and demanded of the government to send a high-level delegation to London to get cognisance of Hussian’s health condition. He said Altaf Hussain’s services for the democracy were not hidden from anybody. Malik called on international community and International Human Rights body to grant exemption to Altaf Hussain as he was ill.Chairman Pakistan Awami Tehreek Dr Tahir-ul-Qadari talked to Deputy Convener Nadeem Nusrat and MQM Senator Babar Ghouri on telephone and inquired about Altaf Hussain’s health.Dr Qadri showed his deep concern over Altaf Hussain’s arrest against money laundering case. He asserted no stone should leave unturned in the case of MQM Chief and justice should fairly be done because he undoubtedly lived in the heart of millions of people. He prayed for his early recovery from protracted illness.Federal Minister for Finance Ishaq Dar called members MQM Coordination Committee Muhammad Anwar and Babar Ghouri. He expressed his concerns over Altaf Hussain’s arrest and ensured handful cooperation from Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and federal government. He prayed for his good health and early recovery. Meanwhile, former Sindh chief ministers Liaquat Jatoi and Arbab Ghulam Raheem and former senior minister Sindh Pir Mazharul Haq also called MQM International Secretariat to inquire about Altaf Hussain’s health and expressed concerns over his undue arrest.The MQM Central Coordination Committee has said certain elements were trying to spread rumours about MQM founder leader Hussain to create unrest and anger in the public. The MQM Coordination Committee has clarified these rumours were untrue and totally false. They appealed to the public to ignore such rumours and maintain their unity and harmony. The MQM Coordination Committee has advised the public to contact MQM head office or visit its website for factual and current updates. Hussain is still in the hospital and undergoing medical tests and the doctors will decide after results of these tests whether Hussain was in a position to give interview or not.The MQM Central Coordination Committee has strongly condemned the miscreant elements who were involved in closing down businesses and aerial firing in some areas of Karachi and Hyderabad. Such elements have no connection with the MQM. MQM Coordination Committee has appealed to the businessman, transporters, shop owners, industrialists and traders to open their businesses as usual. The MQM again appealed to the people to remain peaceful.

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