Altaf apologises to Army; MQM denounced London office

Treason case lodged against MQM chief & other leaders

LONDON : Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain on Tuesday apologised to Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif and Director General (DG) Rangers Maj-Gen Bilal Akber for his vitriolic speech a day earlier in which he referred to Pakistan as “a cancer for entire world”.INP reported.
“From the depth of heart, I beg pardon for my remarks against Pakistan, the establishment including Gen Raheel Sharif and DG Rangers,” the MQM chief said. “I was under severe mental stress over extra-judicial arrests and precarious condition of my workers sitting at hunger striking camp.”
He further said: “Being a Pakistani, I assure the Pakistani people, establishment, army, ISI, all higher authorities and leaders that I will never use such words again”.
It may be mentioned here that the exiled leader of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) gave a telephonic address to his supporters in which he raised slogans against Pakistan and referred to the country as “a cancer for entire world”.
The paramilitary Rangers have sealed the MQM headquarters in the commercial hub of Karachi and detained five of its top leaders including Farooq Sattar, Amir Liaquar and Khawaja Izharul Hassan, after supporters of the party stormed the office of ARY News channel.
“We have sealed the MQM headquarters, their media office and (their) hostel, some weapons have also been recovered,” Khurram Shahzad, the sector commander for the regional paramilitary Rangers force told reporters on Tuesday.
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Hussain is known for his fiery addresses to his supporters in Karachi though a loudspeaker connected to a telephone in his London home.
Mean While A treason case against Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain and other leaders for raising anti-Pakistan slogans has been lodged, reported on Tuesday.
According to Inspector General Sindh A.D Khawaja, the case has been filed under the provisions of Pakistan Penal Court at Artillery Maidan Police Station.
He said that legal action would be taken against Altaf Hussain for his inflammatory speeches outside Karachi Press Club.
Leaders and workers who chanted slogans and statements against the sovereignty of Pakistan during MQM hunger strike have also been named in the case.
On the other hand, Federal Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan contacted senior British officials and demanded action against Altaf’s derogatory speeches that sparked strife in Karachi.
He also denounced that the MQM chief was using British land to provoke hostility in Pakistan.
Nisar also called on Directorate General (DG) Rangers and directed him to launch stern action against the violators. He also instructed to beef up security arrangements of all the media houses.
A.D Khawaja said the final decision to file cases against MQM was taken during police officials’ high-level meeting in the city.
Earlier, Ranger took MQM’s Farooq Sattar, Khawaja Izharul Hassan, Aamir Liaquat and Amir Khan into custody after violent MQM workers clashed with police and surrounded the office of a private news channel in Karachi by taking down the gate of Madina Mall and broke the windows of the building.
The violence erupted soon after the powerful exiled leader of MQM chief Altaf Hussain, gave a telephone address to his supporters in which he castigated the media for not giving due coverage of his workers.


Opposition presents resolution against MQM

LAHORE; Opposition in Punjab Assembly on Tuesday submitted resolution condemning attack on media outlets in Karachi.
The resolution, presented by PTI member Shoaib Siddiqui, slams MQM chief Altaf Hussain’s inflammatory and anti-Pakistan speech and party workers’ attack on media offices in Karachi.
The resolution expresses solidarity with media houses and journalists and praises the media for performing its duty courageously even in the most difficult times.
It also pays tribute to Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif’s orders in response to Altaf Hussain’s hate speech and lauds the efforts of Rangers and Sindh police in handling the situation and restoring peace in Karachi.
PTI leader, Mian Mahmood-ur-Rasheed, also submitted a resolution against MQM in Punjab Assembly on Tuesday. The resolution condemns the attack and the anti-Pakistan attitude of MQM chief and party workers.
Moreover, journalists gathered outside Punjab Assembly today to protest the attack.


Pakistan seeks Britain’s help to bring MQM Chief to justice

ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan has contacted the British authorities and discussed the anti-Pakistan speeches of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief inciting mobs to carry out violent acts in Karachi.
Pakistan’s Interior Minister said that a British citizen using British soil against Pakistan’s solidarity and security is condemn-able.
“MQM chief, by issuing statements against Pakistan and state institutions, has not only hurt the nation as well as the Urdu speaking community,” Nisar said.
The interior minister demanded the British government to assist Pakistan in bringing the MQM chief to justice.INP repoted.
The ramblings of the MQM chief against Pakistan and Pakistani institutions not only hurt and insulted the feelings of the entire Pakistani nation, and the Urdu speaking people in particular but also tantamount to commission of a grave crime, Nisar said.
Nisar appealed to the British government to help Pakistan to bring back a person involved in such grave crime to Pakistan to bring him under the ambit of the law.
It should be noted that MQM chief, in his speech on Monday, used derogatory language against Pakistan and its state institutions and incited the party workers to carry out violent acts.


MPA Irum Farooqui leaves seat

KARACHI; Member Provincial Assembly (MPA) in Sindh Irum Azeem Farooqui on Monday resigned from her seat as well as the membership of Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM).INP repoted.
Irum Farooqui said that she believed in ‘Pakistan Zindabad’ (Long Live Pakistan) instead of ‘Pakistan Murdabad’ (Death to Pakistan).
In her message on social networking website Twitter, Irum said that she had decided to resign two days earlier but didn’t announce due to the hunger strike. She added that she felt ashamed after watching the video of MQM chief Altaf Hussain.
Irum Farooqui announced her resignation from MPA seat in Sindh Assembly and MQM’s membership. Appealing MQM workers not to take law into their hands, Irum Farooqui said that violence was solution to nothing. She also condemned the attack on private TV channels.


LHC moved for cancellation of MQM registration

LAHORE: Petition has been filed in Lahore High Court (LHC) seeking cancellation of MQM registration. INP repoted. The petition has been filed by a local lawyer taking the plea that MQM chief delivered speeches against Pakistan.
It was further said in the petition that MQM was not a patriotic party and as per constitution it is binding on every political party that it must be loyal to Pakistan.
The petitioner requested the court to issue orders for cancellation of MQM registration. Election Commission of Pakistan and interior ministry have been made respondents in the petition.


Life normal in Karachi despite strike call by MQM

Karachi: Business and other activities remained as usual and vehicles plied the streets on Tuesday despite strike call by Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) in the city.INP repoted.
Business activities also remained normal in Haiderabad, Mirpur Khas, Tandu Muhammad Khan, Jamshoro, Nawabshah and Sanghar.
Citizens continued with routine activities across Karachi. Police and Rangers were deployed at sensitive buildings. Rangers and Police patrolled the different areas of the city. Rangers arrested three persons including Amir Khan after cordoning off the surrounding area of Nine Zero. Rangers conducted search operation at MPA Hostel and Khursheed Begum Memorial Hall.
The website of MQM has been also closed down after arrest of party leaders.

MQM workers shouldn’t be mistreated: Kamal

Karachi: Pak Sarzameen Party (PSP) leader Mustafa Kamal on Tuesday said that federal and provincial government should not consider the people of Karachi orphan after rifts in MQM.
Mustafa Kamal’s press conference comes in the wake of MQM Pakistan distancing itself from anti-Pakistan statements made from party offices in London.
Speaking to the media in Karachi, he said that MQM had an 85pc mandate of urban areas of Sindh.
PSP leader said that party workers should not be mistreated due to MQM chief’s inflammatory speech.
“What kind of a disease is this in which you become RAW’s agent”, Kamal questioned while criticising MQM chief.
He said that people should decide themselves who is wrong and who is right.
He again reiterated his opinion about Farooq Sattar and said that MQM leader was innocent.


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