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PPP, JI, PTI, ANP reject Altaf's statement

04 January, 2014

RAWALPINDI: In response to the Mutahidda Qaumi Movement's chief Altaf Hussain's fiery speech via telephone from London to the party workers in Hyderabad, the Pakistan People's Party (PPP) patron-in-Chief Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said that they would die but never give Sindh to others.

The mainstream political parties of Pakistan have taken a strong exception to Altaf Hussain's demand for a separate province for the Urdu-speaking residents of Sindh, our sources reported. Following the London-based MQM supremo's fiery telephonic speech, condemnatory reactions started pouring in from all the political schools of thought.

Bilawal, on his Twitter account, posted: "Marsoon Marsoon, Sindh na Ddaisun ("We will die, we will die, but won't give Sindh to others".It is a famous quote by Hoshu Sheedi General Hosh Muhammad Sheedi the supreme commander of Sindh's Talpur army, who fought with valour against the British in the Battle of Dabbo and laid down his life in defence of his country.

Bilawal Bhutto Zardari posted this message on Twitter posted this message on Twitter shortly after MQM chief Altaf Hussain statement, but not without drawing fire from many sides.

The firebrand PPP chief also responded to his critics rather curtly.He tweeted: "If my tweets freak you out so much wait and see what I can do from Parliament."

"No one shall have even a single part of Sindh", said he. PPP's Khursheed Shah said that Altaf Hussain should not erect a war of hatred in the country by making such demands on linguistic grounds.

He brushed aside MQM leader's statement saying, Altaf Hussain was like a king, who could say anything to anyone, but he should mind his ramblings."Someone is always incurring Altaf's wrath, but today he rained all his ire over Sindh," he said."Some time he becomes Sindhi after wearing Sindh's Cap and Ajrak and often demands for a separate province, so his remarks should not be taken seriously," observed Khursheed Shah

On the other hand, PPP leader Sharjeel Memon expressed grave concern over Hussain's separatist demands.Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) chief Syed Munawar Hasan did not stay behind in slamming Altaf's statement.

In a statement, JI chief said that the statement reeked of a conspiracy to divide the country on top of fanning anarchy.Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Arif Alvi said Altaf Hussain should refrain from issuing such statements.

Awami National Party's (ANP) Zahid Khan in his statement stressed that his party had always been against Sindh's division.Ayaz Paleejo, the leader of Qaumi Awami Movement, went a step further and demanded of Altaf Hussain to withdraw his statement or else his party would take to streets against it. He also announced to stage protest demonstrations on Monday, February 6, 2013.

Sindh's popular nationalist leader and chief of Awami Tehrik Ayaz Palejo has also responded harshly to the MQM Chief's statement, saying Altf Hussain should not deteriorate further the prevailing situation of Pakistan and if he would not withdraw his statement within next 48 hours, they would give call for the strike across the province.

Manzoor Wassan, PPP's provincial minister, commented that they were sure about unity of Sindh.Sindh Assembly's Deputy Speaker Shehla Raza said in her statement, those who sat in company of the dictator, now they were shouting over the local bodies' polls.


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