KARACHI: Senator Nehal Hashmi on Friday said that with the removal of Dr Ishratul Ibad as governor Sindh, last remnant of a terrorist party has been removed from the Governor House.
He said the province would now be free from all sorts of terrorism and terror activities.
Speaking to media representatives, after Justice (retd) Saeed-uz-Zaman Siddiqui sworn in as the 30th Governor of Sindh, the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader said that this day marked the end of Altaf Hussain and an era of those who never recognised Pakistan.
According to Hashmi, 14 years ago the founder of Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) had sent a representative of a terrorist organisation as governor of Sindh during the time of former president Pervez Musharraf.
Hashmi said the provincial governor house was now a PML-N headquarters, a party which always believed in democracy.
He also pinned hope that the law and order situation would be different under Justice (retd) Siddiqui.
When asked that why Dr Ibad was allowed to fly out of Pakistan immediately after his removal, the senator said this question should be raised in front of the government which allowed him an easy exit.
Hashmi’s behaviour was irresponsible: MQM London
Nadeem Nusrat, a senior leader of MQM London, criticised the PML-N leader for making irresponsible statements about his party and founder while linking MQM with terrorism.
He was of the view that Senator Hashmi’s tone was absolutely undemocratic when he spoke against MQM and insisted if he had issued with the former governor he should have raised his voice before.
Government stays away from Hashmi’s statement
Reacting indifferently on Senator Nehal Hashmi’s statement regarding Dr Ibad, the Minister of State for Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage Marriyum Aurangzeb said Hashmi’s statement was only his personal belief.
She clarified that Hashmi’s opinion does not represent the government of Pakistan or the PML-N.