ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Co-Chairman and former president Asif Ali Zardari in a statement on Saturday said Muttahida Qaumi 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 Baber, Zardari said the PPP had always fulfilled its promises with the MQM – at both the federal and provincial level. 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 natural allies Taliban and the terrorists” and to “weaken” the war against terror.
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 arrests of Yousuf Raza Gillani and Raja Pervez 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 had been deceived by the PPP co-chair.
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