KARACHI: Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) on Friday staged protest demonstration against the non-issuance of National Identity Card for Overseas Pakistanis (NICOP) to its founder leader Altaf Hussain in front of National Database Regulatory Authority (NADRA) office at Shahrah-e-Faisal.
The protesters carrying play cards inscribed with the constitutional right of Altah Hussain chanted slogan in his favour.
MQM Deputy Convener Dr Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui said, “World knows Altaf Hussain and he does not need any identity and recognition”. He said government was afraid of the return of Altaf Hussain as he was the only hope of depressed people of the country to fight for their rights.
“Identity being Pakistani was not just piece of a paper. Nobody can take citizenship of Pakistan from Altaf Hussain,” said Siddiqui. He said on April 4, form, fingerprint and snap of Altaf Hussain were taken and confirmed and receipt was awarded in this regard. Interior Ministry also confirmed about his application. “Non-issuance of NICOP to Altaf Hussain was not because of any fault by data or any individual’s fault, there was conspiracy behind it,” he said. Altaf Hussain is the leader of millions and lives in their hearts. Senior leader of MQM Haider Abbas Rizvi said the leader who gave us identity was being deprived of his identity. Rizvi said if government wanted to give passport to Altaf Hussain, then it should give it immediately and if they do not wanted to give it then tell us, he said. Abdul Haseeb Khan said peoples have been saddened through such moves. Interior Ministry should apologise for its act. MQM leader Kunwar Naveed Jamil said by not issuing NICOP the authority was involved in denying Constitution of Pakistan. Sindh Health Minister Dr Sagheer Ahmed said non-issuance of NICOP was the denial of basic right of Altaf Hussain. Ashfaq Mangi said if NICOP was not issued to Hussain, then there would be countrywide protests.
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