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PTI against division of Sindh, says Qureshi

05 January, 2014

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Vice Chairman Shah Mehmood Qureshi said on Saturday his party is opposed to the division of Sindh and asked MQM chief Altaf Hussain to clarify his Friday's remarks.

Addressing a press conference, Qureshi said it was strange to listen to the MQM complaining about not getting rights despite the fact that the party had been part and parcel of federal and provincial governments during the last 22 years.

He said even today Sindh Governor Dr Ishratul Ibad is an MQM office holder.

He said the speech of Altaf Hussain has given rise to different questions. He said the PTI was against division of Sindh and it would also not be acceptable to the people of the province. He said Imran Khan during his address at the public meeting in Umerkot had stated his opposition to the division of the province.

Qureshi said that after Altaf Hussain's speech, he spoke to Ayaz Palejo and conveyed him the PTI's point of view. He said the Sindhi nationalist leader had said they would welcome Imran Khan on their land.

He said the MQM had been opposing the division of Sindh and it is necessary that it would give a clarification for the sudden U-turn. He said that demanding a new country for not getting rights raises a negative impression about the MQM.

Qureshi said sacrifices of Mohajirs could not be ignored during the Pakistan Movement and they could not be disloyal to the country. He also expressed his concern over the prevailing situation in Karachi.

The PTI leader asked Interior Minister Nisar Ali Khan to inform people about the illness of former president Pervez Musharraf because silence of the government is giving rise to speculations that a deal has been reached for sending Musharraf abroad.

Qureshi said there are speculations that the vehicle carrying Musharraf was diverted to hospital after permission from the Interior Ministry. He said they pray for the health of Musharraf but rulers and doctors at the hospital should also give their opinion.

He said the facility of open heart surgery is available in Pakistan. He said that despite availability of medical facilities in Pakistan, rumours of sending Musharraf abroad gives the impression that there is something wrong.

To a question, Qureshi said that opposition would attend the National Assembly session on January 20 as boycott of the assembly over Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar's contentious speech was for the last session only.

Qureshi said the ANP was doing politics on Kalabagh Dam. He said the PTI is in favour of new water reservoirs but this is not possible without national consensus. He said progress on Kalabagh Dam was not possible due to opposition by three provinces.

To another question, the PTI vice chairman said Maulana Fazlur Rehman and Maulana Samiul Haq are respectable personalities but the APC had authorised the government to hold talks with the Taliban and it could not get itself exonerated from this responsibility.


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