KARACHI: Following Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chief Imran Khan’s tirade against Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) Chief Altaf Hussain, the party’s Rabita Committee responded in kind on Monday evening.
Addressing an emergency press conference held at the party’s Nine-Zero headquarters in Karachi , MQM leader Haider Abbas Rizvi condemned the derogatory remarks made by Khan against the MQM chief.
Rizvi termed the day as one of the darkest in Pakistan’s political history.
“The provocative manner in which Khan used derogatory, immoral and inflammatory language against MQM chief Altaf Hussain is highly condemnable,” he said.
“Today, every single worker of the MQM is sad and hurt by these immoral statements,” said the MQM leader as he picked apart skeletons from Khan’s closet.
Earlier, addressing a press conference Imran Khan had attacked the MQM chief directly using harsh words against Hussain’s character. He called on the Pakistani nation to stand united against what he called ‘the terrorism of Altaf Hussain’, accusing the MQM chief of terrorizing the business community of Karachi.
Imran Khan had called on the government to hand over two witnesses in the murder case of Dr Imran Farooq to British authorities, adding that he would mount pressure of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to do so.
He also claimed that he would write a letter to the British government against the MQM over the Baldia Town tragedy and alleged murder of Dr Zahra Shahid.
Khan also claimed that late MQM leader Azeem Tariq’s son told him that his father’s killers were the same people who carried his coffin.
Khan enraged millions of MQM workers: Sabzwari
Earlier in the evening, MQM leaders Mustafa Azizabadi and Faisal Sabzwari also took the PTI chairman to task over his remarks against the MQM chief.
Talking to Geo News, Mustafa Azizabadi said: “terrorism from Pakistan cannot be eliminated until people like Imran are present in politics.” He said Imran Khan should see his past before leveling allegations against anyone.
Azizabadi went on to say that the entire world knows Imran Khan’s character, bringing up the court ruling confirming Imran Khan as the father of Sita White’s daughter.
The MQM leader also accused Khan of attacking the police and getting PTI workers released from the police station by force.
Faisal Sabzwari also criticized Imran for using derogatory remarks against Altaf.
Speaking to Geo News after Imran Khan’s press conference, Faisal Sabzwari said they would make Imran pay if he continued to use abusive language against Altaf Hussain.
“I am ashamed of pronouncing the disease that Imran Khan is suffering from”, Sabzwari said.
Sabzwari claimed that Imran spoke ill of MQM and its chief Altaf Hussain after he received a signal from somewhere, adding that the PTI chief is in pain because Taliban were not allowed to open their offices in Pakistan.
He said Imran Khan enraged millions of MQM workers by delivering derogatory remarks against MQM leader Altaf Hussain.