ISLAMABAD–The Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) hit out at the government on Friday in the National Assembly, with MNA Farooq Sattar saying his party is being unfairly cornered.
Sattar took the floor to voice his concerns about what he termed the government’s “inappropriate attitude” towards the MQM, referring to the Rangers’ raid at MQM headquarters in Nine Zero as well as the startling revelations of death row convict Saulat Mirza who claimed MQM high-ups are involved in murder.
“Everyone has a Mirza,” Sattar said. “If we have a Saulat Mirza, you have a Zulfiqar Mirza,” he added, referring to the PPP stalwart and former Sindh Home Minister.
The enraged MQM MNA said that all political parties should be cleaned, and that an impartial monitoring committee should be set up for for Karachi.
“Intelligence should be shared with us,” he said. “We will assist the law enforcement agencies.”
However, Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq quickly warned him that a political speech cannot be given as a point of order, which led other MQM members in the assembly to stand in their seats and chant slogans.
The sloganeering continued for 10 minutes after which Sadiq dismissed the session’s routine activity and gave Sattar a chance to voice his objections.
“Since March 11, the government has adopted an extremely inappropriate attitude towards the MQM,” said Sattar. “The government wants to put MQM against a wall,” he added.
Sattar further said that under the pretense of eliminating crime, attempts are being made to eliminate MQM. He also said that Saulat Mirza’s “five-hour video” was made with the permission of the Interior Ministry.
“If going to a death cell to get a statement from a death-row convict has ever happened in the history of this world, I’d like to know about it,” said Sattar.
The MQM MNA also asked Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan whether action on the agenda of MQM’s elimination has begun. He added that misleading propaganda is being spread against the party.