MQM calls for action against Altaf under treason laws


Karachi: Sindh Assembly lawmakers on Wednesday unanimously accepted a resolution against Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain which calls for action under treason laws against those who issue anti-Pakistan statements.
In a surprising move, the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM)-Pakistan demanded the initiation of treason proceedings against party supremo Altaf Hussain in the Sindh Assembly.
The party’s lawmakers also termed Hussain a traitor.
Two resolutions condemning Hussain’s anti-Pakistan remarks were passed in the House. According to the text of one of the resolutions, the house “rejects the hateful speech by the MQM’s founder against the state, resulting in an attack on media houses, and demands proceedings against Altaf Hussain under Article 6 of the Constitution.
The first resolution was moved by MQM parliamentary leader Syed Sardar Ahmed against Hussain. Later, PTI’s Khurram Sher Zaman, PML-F’s Nusrat Sehar Abbasi, PPP’s Khairunisa Mahgul and PML-N’s Sorath Thebo presented another resolution.
Speaking on the floor of the house, MQM leader Rauf Siddiqui said he was extremely saddened to hear anti-Pakistan chants from a person he loved the most.”
“There is no way we can allow any harm to be done to Pakistan or Islam,” Siddiqui said. He said that resorting to such an act was unpardonable.
Further, MQM’s Faisal Sabzwari said the party was bound to serve the country and its people. “It was an extremely hard decision to part ways with that man [Altaf Hussain] but the party did it,” he said adding “there is a need to heal our wounds and consider us patriots just like anyone else.”
Opposition leader in Sindh Assembly, Khawaja Izharul Haq could not control his emotions and broke into tears while addressing the House. Khawaja Izhar said that night of August 22 was extremely difficult for him.
“We had the option of leaving the party, joining another party and being labeled as patriotic again,” he said.
“But I can’t leave the party in its troubled times. I have been associated with MQM for 28 years,” he said, breaking into tears.