Rally proves nation’s all out support to Pak army: Altaf Hussain, while Shaikh Rasheed presses govt against ignoring IDPs

KARACHI: Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) Altaf Hussain Sunday paid glowing tributes to the armed forces of Pakistan who have resolved to purge the country of the scourge of terrorism.

Addressing a big rally at Jinnah Bagh, adjacent to the Quaid-e-Azam’s mausoleum via video link from London, Altaf Hussain said the public gathering that is spread wide and far across is clear evidence of the nation’s all out support for their armed forces in the ongoing operation against terrorism.

“We stand with our brave jawans and we salute them,” Hussain said.

He said the enemies sowed seeds of sectarian, ethnic and religious hatred in the country and warned that no one should dare to enforce their agenda through use of force.

“First of all terrorists will be tackled and then feudal lords and chieftains will be dealt with,” he said, adding, ‘those who plundered the country and laundered the money should be sent to the country where they stashed the wealth’.

He said article 6 of the constitution must not be considered in isolation, it should be read along with its sub clauses.

Hussain said former President Gen (retd) Pervez Musharraf should not be punished alone; his abettors should also be tried. “(former army chief) Ashfaq Parvez Kayani be incarcerated right next to Musharraf’s house,” he added.

He called upon everyone to extend all out help to the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) of North Waziristan.

Chief of Awami Muslim League, Shaikh Rasheed Sunday said a state loses its existence when it fails to keep its frontiers secure.

“MQM proved it is a descendent of a great nation by holding a rally in support of the army,” Rasheed said while addressing a Muttahida Qaumi Movement-led rally staged here at Jinnah Ground to show solidarity with the armed forces of Pakistan.

He said Pakistan is currently engaged in a do-or-die battle which will have to be taken seriously.

Paying accolades to the armed forces, Rasheed said all Pakistanis including mothers, daughters are praying for their valiant soldiers.

Taking a dig at government’s announcement of Rs1 billion for provision of relief and shelter to the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) from North Waziristan, Shaikh Rasheed said it is woefully insufficient. He said Rs150 billion are being spent on Metro Bus project for Rawalpindi.

He exhorted the government not to ignore the IDPs.