MQM decides to part ways with PPP-led Sindh govt

KARACHI: Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) on Sunday announced its decision to sever its ties as an ally of the PPP-led Sindh government, saying there won’t be any compromise when its leader Altaf Hussain is subjected to an ‘unwarranted’ criticism.

Addressing a press conference here, Deputy Convener MQM Rabitta Committee, Khalid Maqbool said no worker of MQM would be ready for any compromise when it comes to its Quaid’s honour.

He said the party had converted into Muttahida from Mohajir Qaumi Movement before 1997. “But, this does not mean we will tolerate it when a Mohajir is called names.”

“After Bilawal Bhutto’s speech on Saturday, there is no reason left for us to continue working with the PPP government.”

“Bilawal Bhutto also made Altaf Hussain a target of uncalled for criticism on Eidul Azha, saying ‘I would make your life miserable’,” he quoted him as saying.

Khalid Maqbool said it is ironic that Bilawal could not make the lives of his mother’s assassins miserable.

He said feudalism and democracy cannot go hand-in-hand. “Feudalism can never promote education or dispensation of justice.”

“MQM will never backtrack on its demand for the formation of new provinces in the country,” he said.

Later, taking a dig at Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, Khalid Maqbool alleged that the young Chairman of PPP has turned politics into a business.

“We ask Bilawal Zardari on what basis he has become the Chairman of People’s Party,” he said, adding, if Bilawal speaks of inheritance, even then a true heir of a Bhutto can only be a Bhutto and not a Zardari.

Bilawal in his Saturday’s speech said:

“MQM is ruling Karachi for the past 20 years. Whatever happened to Karachi in this time is in front of everyone to see. Now PTI wants to become the MQM of Lahore.”

“Let’s join hands to rebuild Karachi. Only PPP’s system can change this city.”

“We know that rigging is carried out in Karachi against PPP. Karachi will see a true independence in 2018 when rigging free elections are held in the country.”

And chanted: ‘Yeh Shehar Karachi Bhutto Ka’, ‘Yeh Shehar Karachi Bhutto Ka’….

He also invited all the parties to join hands and work for the progress of Karachi.