MQM News Today
KARACHI: (MQM News Today) Deputy Convener Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) Dr. Farooq Sattar on Tuesday announced that the party has distanced itself from its Chief Altaf Hussain’s inflammatory speech that incited violence on media houses in the city on Monday.
Sattar, flanked by other MQM leaders Khwaja Izhar-ul-Hasan and Begum Nasreen Jalil, said this while addressing a key press conference at the Karachi Press Club. He said that he wanted to give his party’s stance last night, but was not allowed to do so as he was detained by “our friends” Rangers paramilitary force.
He clarified that his address was not under anyone’s influence or dictation.
He stated that the health issues of Altaf Hussain should be addressed first, to avoid similar mistakes in the future, which “ridicule” him, the party and its workers.
A provocative speech by MQM chief Altaf Hussain at a 6-day-long hunger strike organised by the party at the press club provoked the party workers to take the law into their own hands and led them to storm media houses and damage properties including setting ablaze a police mobile and other private vehicles in areas surrounding the press club in Karachi on Monday.
One person died and at least eight others were injured when the MQM workers attacked the ARY News office at Zainab Market yesterday.
“MQM policy and ideology has no room for violence,” Farooq said, while condemning the attacks on media houses yesterday.
He emphasized that MQM must be operated from within Pakistan. “If a part of MQM is against the country then it should part ways with us,” he added.
“The anti-Pakistan slogans are not part of MQM. MQM Pakistan will take its own decisions. However, it will work collectively to find solutions in the party. MQM’s platform will not be allowed to be used by anyone to propagate anti-Pakistan sentiments.”
However, the senior politician urged the authorities to treat the MQM and Muhajirs as loyal citizens of Pakistan.
Speaking to media representatives outside his house earlier in the day, Sattar had said that he will continue ‘MQM’s mission’ and spread the message forward.
Farooq Sattar, Khawaja Izhar-ul-Hasan, Dr Aamir Liaquat among other party officials were detained by Rangers from Karachi Press Club on Monday as they were set to address a press conference following MQM workers’ attack on a private TV channel in Karachi.