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MQM staged peaceful protest rallies in karachi

05 March, 2016

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KARACHI/ISLAMABAD: To express solidarity with party chief Altaf Hussain after former Karachi mayor decimated him in a press conference Thursday afternoon, Mutahidda Qaumi Movement (MQM) workers and activists staged peaceful protest rallies at several locations in Karachi on Friday.

Kamal had criticised Altaf Hussain for ‘deception’ as well as what he called ‘poor running of one of Karachi’s strongest political parties’.

In a speech that lasted nearly two hours, Kamal also announced the formation of a new political party, which he said was yet to be named. He raised a Pakistani flag and said it was the official emblem of his newly launched organisation. The former nazim went on to say that Altaf Hussain had been receiving funds from Indian spy agency RAW and that his policies had ‘ruined two generations of Urdu-speaking people’. He claimed the MQM chief was a ‘drunk’ who ‘addressed gatherings while intoxicated.’

The MQM had termed Kamal’s presser a conspiracy in a press conference after Kamal’s diatribe, terming all allegations against Altaf Hussain ‘an insult to the intelligence of those who vote for the party.’ “The return of Mustafa Kamal and Anees Qaimkhani is part of a conspiracy but MQM stands by Altaf Hussain,” said party leader Farooq Sattar. In a statement released by the party, it said peaceful protest demonstrations will be organised in Landhi, Korangi, Malir, Shah Faisal, Gulistan-e-Jauhar, Lines Area, Defence, Gulshan-e-Iqbal, Surjani, Qasba Aligarh, Orangi Town, Federal B Area, and Nazimabad.

Meanwhile, Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) chief Siraj ul Haq has called for formation of a commission to investigate allegations levelled against the MQM chief by former Karachi Nazim Mustafa kamal.

Talking to media persons outside parliament house on Friday, he said that Pervez Musharraf, PPP and PML-N governments were fully aware of MQM relations with RAW but none of them took notice of the issue for the sake of their own interests. He stressed that the judiciary, the government and all other institutions take notice of the allegations levelled by MQM former leader Mustafa Kamal against MQM chief Altaf Hussain.

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