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Imran, Altaf trade barbs over PTI leader's murder

20 May, 2013

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LAHORE: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan on Sunday held Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain responsible for the murder of PTI leader Zahra Shahid Hussain who was shot dead outside her house in Karachi on Saturday.

The PTI chairman appealed to his party workers to stand fast against the "brutalities", come what may. "Zahra Shahid Hussain did not lay down her life for nothing. Her sacrifice will not go in vain," said Imran in his latest video message to PTI workers from the hospital where he is recovering from the injuries received in a fall at a pre-election rally.

Imran announced that the PTI would launch a protest movement against the cold-blooded murder of the PTI leader on Monday (today).

"(Protesting) is our democratic right and we will be protesting in Karachi tomorrow," he said, adding that he himself would lead the demonstrations in Karachi as soon as he was out of the hospital.

"I regret that I would not be able to join the protest demonstrations in Karachi right now, but hopefully I will be rubbing shoulders with you as soon as doctors discharge me from the hospital," the PTI chief said while addressing party workers. He invited people from all political parties to protest alongside the PTI. "The people of Karachi are responsible for its future," he remarked.

Additionally, Imran said the party would be demonstrating in front of the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) Islamabad office on Friday to protest against the rigging that took place during the elections. Imran added that for the sake of the "continuance" of this democratic system, he was not insisting on a re-election.

"We will also be demonstrating tomorrow in all districts and headquarters to register our protest over rigging…we don't want to derail democracy. We just want everyone to know what happened," he said, adding, "I am not asking for a re-election because I want this system to endure." The PTI chief said Karachi was being controlled by instilling fear among its populace.

Meanwhile, MQM has announced it will stage protests across the country and internationally against Imran Khan and demanded re-election in NA-250. While addressing a press conference at MQM headquarter Nine-Zero on Sunday MQM's Deputy Convener Dr Farooq Sattar said that the PTI chairman has showed intolerance by holding Altaf Hussain responsible for Zahra Shahid Hussain's murder, and his statement has angered MQM workers and supporters of Altaf.

He said MQM has been blamed for everything, including irregularities by the Election Commission of Pakistan during the election. He said blame game should be avoided and MQM's opponents should adopt a mature stance status.

UK PM takes notice of PTI protest against Altaf in London

British Prime Minister David Cameron has taken notice of the protest demonstration staged by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) at 10 Downing Street against Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain's telephonic addresses in Pakistan.

According to source, Cameron came out of his residence and witnessed for five minutes the demonstration being held outside. The British PM inquired from his staff about the demands being made by the PTI demonstrators.

Responding to the call of PTI, as many as 1500 PTI and JI supporters and other demonstrators gathered at 10 Downing Street in London to lodge protest against Altaf. The PTI protesters claimed that Altaf had threatened anti-vote rigging demonstrators in Karachi with dire consequences during a telephonic speech.

The participants of the demonstration demanded of the British government to curb any interference by any kind of group or organisation from Britain into the politics of Pakistan and provocation of its people.


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