Sindhi nationalists accuse MQM of disrupting electoral process
12 January, 2013
HYDERABAD: Sindhi nationalist leaders have accused Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) of disrupting electoral process and political harmony in the province.
Awami Tehreek President Ayaz Latif Paleejo quoted Altaf Hussain saying that if Sindh Peoples Local Government Ordinance (SPLGO) is not imposed, Sindh might be divided. He dubbed Hussain's statement 'threatening'.
Paleejo alleged the MQM dreamed of breaking the province into pieces, for which purpose the party had drawn maps of the new territories also. He alleged that by dividing the province, the MQM wanted to continue ruling and pushing the indigenous people to the wall.
Everything including controversial maps of Jinahpur and other relevant documents are on the record, proving how 'these people' (MQM) want to deprive the people of Sindh of their land, he said.
He said dividing Sindh means weakening the federation and now it is the responsibility of the state and politicians to take notice of Hussain's statements.
He alleged the MQM is doing this to stop delimitation of constituencies and verification of voter lists in Karachi as directed by the Supreme Court. "Shouting these slogans at this time means they want to stop the electoral process and disrupt the move for verification of voter lists to gain their set targets," he said.
He said drone attacks, SPLGO implementation and division of Sindh are the slogans of MQM. He said Sindh has its history, culture, language with rich literature; hence those dreaming to divide it are calculating wrongly.
Similarly, Dr Qadir Magsi, Sindh Tarraqi Passand Party (STP) Chairman told a hurriedly called press conference that the people of Sindh are united and will not allow 'such people' (MQM) to promote anarchy in the province.
He said if the government could not stop MQM from raising annoying slogans, the people of Sindh will raise the slogan of an independent Sindh.
He announced to block all the highways linking Sindh with Punjab and other provinces twice a month to show resistance in case the government failed to take action against MQM chief for issuing controversial statement. He said if the move for Mohajir Suba is made, the people of Sindh will defy it.
He said MQM will be responsible if the people of Sindh showed resistance to safeguard their motherland. He said, "Those promoting politics of pistols and kalshnikoves should avoid controversies in Sindh as people's reaction will result in anarchy."
Riaz Chandio of Jeay Sindh Mahaz appealed to Urdu speaking people to recognise their friends and foes at this time when certain elements are promoting slogans to divide Sindh.