Achakzai's remarks irk nationalists
25 September, 2013
KARACHI: Leaders of Save Sindh Committee expressed serious concerns over a speech made by Awami National Party's (ANP) Chief Mehmood Khan Achakzai, where comparing Karachi with Lebanon, he demanded representation quotas for various resident communities based on ethnic and linguistic grounds.
Leaders of the Committee issued a joint statement and observed that Karachi is the historic capital city of Sindh and no other status for the city would be acceptable.
Signatories to the statement included Yousif Mastikhan, Dr Tipu Sultan, Abdul Khalique Junejo, Usman Baloch, Dr Habib Soomro, Muqtada Mansoor, Sualeha Athar, Kaleem Durrani, Advocate Jamil Shahid, Muslim Shamim and Ayaz Hakro.
Citing examples of Dubai and Mumbai, committee representatives deplored Achakzai's statement and said that metropolitan cities by their very virtue attract people from different cultures and ethnicities and that this does not justify any demands for separate representation.