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Nation stands by govt, armed forces, says Altaf

24 February, 2014

Supporters of political party MQM chant slogans and hold banners, during a rally against the Taliban and to show solidarity with Pakistan Armed forces
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KARACHI: Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain said on Sunday that the friends of the Taliban are traitors and the people would stand behind the government and the armed forces in any action against the terrorists.

Addressing the huge 'Solidarity Rally', he said he had warned about Talibanisation in 2004 but the people made fun of him. "The MQM and I will always raise out voice against terrorism and the Taliban," Hussain stated. The MQM chief made it clear that the solidarity rally is in support of the police, Rangers and the armed forces.The rally was attended by Karachiites of all age groups from different sections of society.

The slogan of the rally was 'Yes Pakistan, No Taliban' and participants chanted 'Pak Army Zindabad'. The participants, carrying national flags and placards, endorsed the army action against the Taliban and condemned the terrorists.

Addressing the gathering, Altaf Hussain said the participation in the rally is in the millions. He said the MQM and other patriotic political forces considered the Taliban as a cancer for Pakistan. He appreciated the army and other law enforcement agencies for fighting terrorists and protecting the nation.

Hussain said: "The army should move against the terrorists as the nation is fully backing them."He said the MQM is the only political force which always supported the army in defending the country as the party wants peace, education and prosperity in the country.

The MQM chief asked when the Punjabis will wake up in view of the Taliban threat.Hussain declared those supporting the Taliban the enemies of Pakistan and warned the authoritaties to avoid replaying the old theory that the Taliban would be used for the capture of Afghanistan.

He said it was not Islamic to behead army personal and destroy schools and target women and children. He said the nation is asking the leaders of religious parties why they are supporting these 'butchers'.

He said the sectarian crisis was started in almost all the Muslim and Arab countries to divide Muslims three decades ago. He urged all political and religious parties to unite and stand with the army to fight the Taliban otherwise the situation would worsen.

The MQM chief said a lack of sincerity among Taliban groups was well established through the violence perpetuated at a time when the government was attempting to ensure a truce through dialogue.

He said those endangering the security and territorial integrity of Pakistan can never be trusted and the people are with their armed forces in the struggle against terrorists. Hussain urged the policymakers and public representatives to realise that the Taliban are enemies of Pakistan and will not go along with those who respect and support the existence of the country. Appreciating the public participation in the rally, the MQM chief said it is a referendum in which people have openly expressed their displeasure with the Taliban. "The massive turnout has shown how strongly people feel about the killing of their thousands of compatriots and no less than 5,000 soldiers at the hands of the Taliban," said Hussain.

He said terror attacks are un-Islamic and religion cannot allow bloodshed. Hussain said the Taliban and Pakistanis cannot go together as they are opposite to each other."The Taliban do not respect the Constitution of Pakistan and are attacking seminaries, mosques, Imambargahs, worship places of minorities and the armed forces," he added.

He condemned terrorism and said dialogue with the Taliban is counterproductive. He said the situation is going to change in the region after the handshake between the US and Iran. He said the US also has good relation with India and wanted to divide Pakistan. He said India has influence in Afghanistan and Pakistan cannot afford any proxy war in the region. He said Pakistan was involved in a proxy war in the 80's and the US brought the Jihadists from all over the world to Afghanistan, which was a mistake of the rulers of that time.

He said now the anti-Pakistan forces are again backing the Taliban and want to create war-like situation in Pakistan just to complete their agenda. He said the army and Punjab may have reservations about the MQM but his party was never against them as he always raised his voice for the poor. He said the MQM wants justice and to remove the feudal system for the betterment of the common man.He advised the people to inform the party about those criminals claiming to be MQM supporters so that action is taken against them.

He said after the cold war era, America funded Pakistani organisations to set up training camps for Jihadists and now these Jihadists changed their loyalties and were damaging Pakistan.

Hussain said MQM workers are ready, if asked, to protect journalists facing threats from the Taliban. In case of an attack, the MQM workers will give their lives before the terrorists reach the journalists, he said.

PPP Karachi chief Najmi Alam also spoke on the occasion. Speaking on the occasion PML-N leader Nihal Hashmi stressed the need for unity to face the enemies of the country.Deputy Convener of the MQM Dr Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui said the 'Solidarity Rally' reflected unity among Pakistanis and this unity guaranteed a bright future for the country.

"Our situation demands tough decisions, unity and action," he said and warned that any failure to act in time could prove disastrous for the country and its people. Dr Siddiqui said the MQM would provide 100,000 volunteers to the army for fighting Taliban.

He said public participation in the rally is a strong and clear message to the world that Pakistanis support peace, their army, police, FC and Rangers in the fight against terrorism. Leader of opposition in Sindh Assembly Faisal Subzwari, Haider Abbas Rizvi, Dr Saghir Ahmed, Dr Khalid, Senator Nasreen Jalil, and others said the MQM had been constantly warning authorities of the growing presence of the Taliban and their supporters in areas that were not considered to have any support for these terrorists. They regretted that lack of timely action has caused significant damage to society; however, unity among people was a positive sign. They said people are with the armed forces and would resist Taliban causing security risks to the country.

Participants of the gathering also passed a resolution to condemn terrorism and express solidarity with the armed forces of Pakistan.The resolution says the MQM pays tribute to the sacrifices rendered by soldiers and civilians in the fight against terrorism.

It urged the government to deal with the terrorists firmly. It said all citizens of Pakistan have a right to live with freedom to practice their religion and faith.The resolution denounced explosions targeting mosques‚ Imambargahs, shrines‚ and schools. It called for a social boycott of the political parties supporting the Taliban.

The rally resolved Pakistan is not property of those creating sectarian hate and threatening minorities. It declared the patriotic people are standing with the armed forces and other law enforcement agencies fighting the Taliban.The city administration had made elaborate security arrangements at all roads around Shahra-e-Qaideen to counter any terrorist threat.

Representatives of the PPP, PML-N, APML, Majlis-e-Wehdatul Muslimeen, Jafaria Allaince, religious leaders of different schools of thought and minorities appreciated the MQM and Altaf Hussain for holding the 'Solidarity Rally' with the army and against the Taliban.The Sindh police and Rangers appreciated the rally showing solidarity with the law enforcement agencies fighting to save the city from the Taliban.

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