Flanked alongside senior party leaders including Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui, Khwaja Izharul Hasan, Dr. Aamir Liaquat Hussain and Nasreen Jalil at Karachi Press Club, Dr Sattar regretted that he couldn’t hold his presser yesterday as Rangers personnel didn’t allow them. “We will speak the same what we were supposed to say yesterday.”
The MQM leader said he wanted to condemn the statement [given by party chief] yesterday and tender apology, but not given a chance. This is not the MQM’s policy, he added.
He stated that anyone [including MQM chief] giving anti-Pakistan statements should not be considered that of MQM’s policy.
He expressed hope that attempts made by ‘some quarters’ in sealing MQM offices and their consideration for imposing ban on the party should now be done away with.
To a much-sought-after question asked by a journalist, the MQM leader said if his party had to move on, it’s important to leave behind the ‘minus-one’ notion.
‘We won’t allow same mistakes to occur again’
He said slogans raised against Pakistan were never under the party policy. “I want to make it clear that we won’t allow such acts to be repeated from MQM’s platform.”
He said MQM chief Altaf Hussain apologised for his remarks, but it made us think how long it would continue.
“The mistake is being repeated from the same platform –whether it’s reason being mental health or stress. It’s high time to address that issue first,” he said in an indirect reference to party chief.
He said MQM detaches itself from violence that occurred yesterday.
‘MQM should now run from Pakistan’
In a surprising statement, Dr. Sattar said the party should now run from Pakistan. “It’s also written in the party constitution that Rabita Committee is empowered to take decisions.”
Dr. Sattar said those doubting his patriotism will also come under the same scrutiny from our side. “Our relation with Pakistan should not be questioned over and again.”
The MQM leader said confusion over ‘actual statement [given by the party supremo] and its subsequent retraction’ persists, which should be addressed.
He said some statements were not defend-able.
He informed that mayor, deputy mayor & chairman and vice chairman are to be elected tomorrow (August 24).
“Workers facing the aftermath of ‘hostile statements'”
Speaking on the occasion, Aamir Liaquat said some slogans could never be pardoned. He said statements given [by the party head] were landing workers into trouble.
He said party leaders could not justify all statements given by the party head. “Let’s first address the health issue that is causing all this mess,” said Mr. Hussain.
The MQM chief’s statement stirred up hornet’s nest with his anti-Pakistan remarks on Monday. Supporters of MQM rushed to the office of ARY News shortly after their leader Altaf Hussain had in a telephone address sharply criticized the Pakistani media for failing to report on his workers’ recent hunger strikes.
Earlier while leaving his residence this noon, Farooq Sattar said he would carry forward the ideology of the MQM. When asked if he would part ways with the party chief, he responded: “Let’s wait for a few more minutes, you will come to know what is going to happen.”
Barrister Saif said he and other party leaders will follow what Dr. Sattar decides and announces.
Dr. Farooq Sattar had to arrive at Karachi Press Club to address the presser, but he dropped by in the nearby hotel to meet other party leaders to hold ‘consultation’ regarding his media talk.
Rangers release Dr. Aamir Liaquat
Paramilitary force has released MQM leader Dr. Aamir Liaquat Hussain. He was taken into custody by Rangers last night when the force launched crackdown on MQM offices and shut them down.
Reports said the Dr. Liaquat fell ill during Rangers custody, but his condition was not serious.
Talking to ARY News, he said he was adamant that the statement given by party chief was wrong. He said currently he was under mental stress.
When asked if he was considering to part ways with MQM, he said: “I will soon tell you.”
Here’s what Dr. Farooq Sattar said to media