MQM annoyed over cancellation of invitation to cabinet moot
04 September, 2013
KARACHI: Dr Khalid Maqbool Siddiqi, Deputy Convener of Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM)'s Coordination Committee, on Tuesday regretted the cancellation of the MQM's invitation to a federal cabinet meeting over the law and order situation in Karachi, saying that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had disappointed them.
Rejecting the impression that Sindh Governor Dr Ishratul Ebad was representing the MQM in the meeting, he said that Ebad had resigned from the party before he took oath as the governor.
He said the MQM had turned down an offer for a one-on-one meeting between Dr Farooq Sattar and the prime minister in reaction to the cancellation of their invitation in the cabinet meeting.
Siddiqi said, "We were not expecting that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif would ignore the MQM in the federal cabinet meeting called for restoration of peace in Karachi."He said the situation in Karachi demanded concrete criminals and dacoits and land grabbers but that operation was deliberately turned against the MQM.
He said if Nawaz Sharif had not succumbed to pressure and taken a positive decision, Karachi and Pakistan would have been a haven of peace today.He expressed these views at the Karachi Press Club (KPC) during a press conference.
He said the MQM had got the mandate of Karachi and the people should be informed about the facts and realities. He said for the last five years, the situation in Karachi had become devastating.Siddiqi said the MQM demanded the deployment of army in Karachi to counter lawlessness. "We are sending two of our representatives (Senator Babar Ghauri and Haider Abbas Rizvi) to attend the All Parties Conference so that our point of view and apprehensions can be addressed," he said.
"Stability of Karachi is stability of the country, that's why we have demanded that the city be handed over to the army," he said. He said delimitation and verification of voters' lists was conducted on the demand of those parties which hold no mandate in Karachi. He said the MQM's victory in the recent by-elections had brought to the light the reality. Nasreen Jalil, Senator Babar Ghauri and Wasay Jalil were also present on the occasion.