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Altaf suggests technocratic set-up for two years

24 September, 2014

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LONDON: Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain has called for the setting up of a technocratic government in the country for a period of two years

Altaf Hussain early on Tuesday said that the two protesting parties in Islamabad, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) and the government should look for a way to end the current political crisis in which the stakeholders can save face.

MQM chief, while speaking to Governor Punjab who visited the party;s secretariat in London Tuesday, urged all parties involved in the Islamabad impasse to step back from their hardened stance. Altaf called for a technocratic government to be set up in the country for two years during which those involved in rigging would be punished.

"The technocratic government should be ruthless in its accountability of all people", he said.

However, the MQM leader added that it was not necessary to make the setup straight away. "The setup can be formed after the tenure of the current government ends", he proposed.

He further said that Pakistan is passing through a critical phase, "on one hand we have flood affectees on the other we have Operation Zarb-e-Azb and the IDPs who need our help".

Altaf reiterated that his party is not participating in the Islamabad sit-ins, but, his heart was with those people who were contained in Model town by the government for days. He lamented that MQM was not allowed to take food to them. Though, he thanked God that the government did not take any step that could create a situation of bloodshed.

Hussain also emphasised on what he believes as the need to divide the province of Sindh into several administrative units. He had earlier suggested that new provinces be created in all existing provinces of the country, including Sindh.

Hussain said there must be someone to play the role of a 'mediator' between the government and the protesters in Islamabad, adding that Governor Sarwar could fit into that role.

On the occasion, Sarwar also repeated Altaf demand for the sit-in to end, adding that both parties should work for a way in which this matter can be resolved politically.

He said all politicians should demonstrate resilience in the political tensions, adding that the country could not afford the prime minister's resignation in a time of national crisis.

Moreover, Sarwar said all political parties have unanimously agreed on the idea of electoral reforms and reminded the protesting groups that the government was even ready to set up a judicial commission to investigate rigging allegations in relation to last year's election.

The governor requested both Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan and Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) chief Dr Tahirul Qadri to reconsider the option of dialogue with the government in order to resolve the crisis.


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