Karachi

MQM fumed at Bilawal’s tirade, seeks explanation

KARACHI: MQM leader Haider Abbas Rizvi has said the statement of PPP chairperson Bilawal Bhutto Zardari against the MQM and its chief Altaf Hussain was utterly threatening, and his party strongly condemned it, ARY News reported on Monday.

Addressing a press conference in Karachi, the MQM leader said, “We don’t consider Bilawal’s statement a slip of tongue as he was reading out a scripted speech.”

“We are going to contact London police for security of MQM head Altaf Hussain as presence of People’s Amn Committee representatives who murdered several MQM workers are now sitting in London,” he told.

He said MQM lawmakers in Sindh Assembly will submit a requisition and seek explanation from PPP legislators including chief minister Sindh about statement of Bilawal. Similarly, the MQM will raise voice in National Assembly and the Senate about threatening statements from the PPP leader.

“We are pondering over to launch country-wide protest in this connection.” He said the MQM would inquire Asif Ali Zardari whether the same policy  adopted by PPP in 2009 in which it tasked Zulfikar Mirza with subjecting MQM to mud-slinging. Is this repetition of the same policy, he asked.

He stated that no politics and threats could now stop formation of new provinces on administrative basis. Those who are now using force to protect their shedding credibility will get nothing through their actions, he added.

“The statement is threatening against MQM and its chief Altaf Husain and reflects stated policy of the PPP, he added.

Mr. Rizvi said Bilawal’s speech showed his discrimination and uncalled-for resentment against the MQM. MQM leaders Amir Khan, Ashfaq Mangi and Babr Ghouri were also sitting alongside Mr. Rizvi.

MQM Rabitta Committee will announce its future strategy after three days, concluded the MQM leader.

It may be noted here that Bilawal, in his address to PPP workers earlier in a day, referred MQM chief Altaf Hussain to rein in his ‘Namaloom Afraad’ ahead of the PPP rally on October 18. Bilawal warned of not letting MQM leaders sit comfortably if even a single PPP worker was hurt on Oct 18.

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