MQM Pakistan leader Sardar Ahmed presented a resolution in the Sindh Assembly condemning the party’s founder and calling for action against those involved in the August 22 violence.
The resolution condemned that attack on a TV Channel and MQM founder’s anti-Pakistan slogans. It added that those involved in the violence should be tried under Article 6 of the constitution.
MQM Pakistan leader Faisal Sabzwari who has returned after a long absence from the country said that he supported the resolution. “I am not a Mohajir, I was born in Pakistan,” he said.
“But why are statements by the MQM founder being criticized, while similar statements other leaders gave previously have been ignored,” he said, adding in the same breath that he was not supporting the MQM founder.
MQM Pakistan leader Rauf Siddiqui who had earlier arrived from jail in an Armoured Personnel Vehicle (APV) said that all of his party members are patriotic Pakistanis. “May All give everyone the strength to make the right decision at the right time.”
Earlier, outside the assembly he said that the MQM does not have a founder. “Farooq Sattar is its chairman.” He added that he was not pressurized in custody to change loyalties.
MQM leader Khawaja Izhar ul Hassan breaks into tears
MQM Pakistan leader Khawaja Izhar ul Hassan said that night of August 22 was extremely difficult for him. “We had the option of leaving the party, joining another party and being labeled as patriotic again,” he said.
“But I can’t leave the party in its troubled times. I have been associated with this part since childhood. My mother asked me join it,” he said, breaking into tears.
“I warn authorities against people who say Pakistan Zindabad, but are working against the country’s national interest,” he said.
“Workers become emotional sometimes, they chant incorrect slogans, but elders forgive youngsters. They help their brothers,” he said.
“We can have political differences with you, but we can not dream of being unfaithful to our motherland,” he added.
Khawaja Izhar had earlier been handcuffed and briefly arrested by police allegedly without an arrest warrant.
Other parties support resolution
Pakistan People’s Party leader Nisar Khuhro said that talks with MQM leaders are underway to find a way out. “Just because of one person an entire community should not be stereotyped. What could be a greater punishment than being disowned by his community?” he said.
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf leader Khurram Sher Zaman praised MQM for passing the resolution. However he added that a political party which has a militant wing should not be allowed to operate in the country. “We will not tolerate politics on sacrificial hides and extortion,” he said.
Several other resolutions against the MQM founder were presented in the Sindh Assembly. A resolution was also presented by Pakistan Muslim League Functional leader Nusrat Sahar Abbasi and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf leader Khurram Sher Zaman.
The resolutions in the Sindh Assembly were passed over a speech by the MQM Founder on August 22 where he instigated his workers to attack media houses and chanted anti-Pakistan slogans. The violence which followed resulted in the death of one person.
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