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Allegations are baseless; policy of reconciliation to continue: PPP

20 October, 2014

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KARACHI: Sindh Information Minister Sharjeel Inam Memon on Sunday termed the language used by Muttahida Qaumi Movement's (MQM) Deputy Convener Khalid Maqbool as unfortunate.

Talking to a private TV channel and later addressing a press conference in reaction to the MQM's announcement to part ways with the PPP, he said his party always spoke in favour of the politics of reconciliation. He said Bilawal Bhutto Zardari's speech was being misrepresented.

"Bilawal invited the MQM to move along and Khursheed Shah had publicly apologised for his remarks." He said the PPP's Central Executive Committee had made Bilawal the party chairman.

Memon said the MQM has flayed leaders of other parties on many occasions and, therefore, it should also be ready for criticism from them. He said MQM chief Altaf Hussain had once remarked that Sindhis used to polish shoes of Hindus while Waseem Akhtar had said that 'mujras' (indecent dances) were the order of every house in Punjab. But no clarification came from the MQM on these statements, he added.

He said it was inappropriate to pick someone's statement and do politics on it. He said the PPP could react in much stronger language than the one used by the MQM leadership. "But, we are exercising restrain due to PPP's policy of reconciliation," he added.

Memon said Bilawal was in Pakistan and reached out to the flood-hit people both in Punjab and Sindh. The minister said the PPP owned every single word of Bilawal. "Whatever he said was right," he said.

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