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Negative politicss disastrous for MQM: Zardari

06 September, 2015

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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Co-chairman and former president Asif Ali Zardari in a statement on Saturday said that Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain’s “negative politics” was disastrous for the MQM, and urged Altaf to abstain from “unnecessary talk and statements” for better future prospects.

Commenting on Altaf Hussain’s latest telephonic address, Zardari said the MQM chief should refrain from giving out indignant remarks and levelling “allegations” on a daily basis, adding that such behaviour was not suitable.

Zardari went on to say that the MQM should include itself in mainstream politics and strive to make Sindh and Pakistan prosperous.

In the statement issued by PPP spokesperson Farhatullah Babar, Zardari said the PPP had always fulfilled its promises with the MQM – at both the federal and provincial levels. But the MQM, he said, had “betrayed” the PPP and went against its promises.

Zardari said two major conditions were placed before the MQM in talks between the two political parties: to refrain from talks regarding the division of Sindh, and to cooperate in making Karachi a peaceful city. “Our motive to keep Sindh intact is still very clear.”

Earlier this week, Zardari had lashed out at the PML-N for “repeating the politics of the 1990s” and alleged that the steps being taken by the government clearly indicated that the rulers were “dividing” the nation in an attempt “to save their allies Taliban and the terrorists” and to “weaken” the war against terrorism.

Last week, the party had decided to end its policy of reconciliation and said it would no longer be supporting the PML-N government in any political crisis after former federal minister Dr Asim Hussain was taken into custody by Rangers and warrants were issued for the arrest of Yousaf Raza Gilani and Raja Pervaiz Ashraf – both former prime ministers in the PPP government – on corruption charges.

On the other hand, MQM chief Altaf Hussain has also alleged more than once that Asif Ali Zardari had a “deal with the army” and that he (Altaf) had been deceived by the PPP co-chair.

Meanwhile, PPP leader Senator Rehman Malik said that questions were being raised regarding the resignations of legislators in the ranks of PPP. Talking to a private TV channel, he said that the matter would most probably be discussed in the forthcoming meeting of the PPP, which would be held under PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari and Asif Ali Zardari. “A final decision would be made in this meeting,” he added.

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