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MQM parts ways with PPP-led govt in Sindh

20 October, 2014

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KARACHI: The Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) on Sunday announced to part ways with the PPP-led Sindh government in protest against what the MQM termed as "objectionable remarks" made by PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari against MQM chief Altaf Hussain.

Addressing a press conference at MQM headquarters Nine Zero, MQM Coordination Committee Deputy Convenor Dr Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui said that the Rabita Committee Pakistan and London meetings decided to separate its ways with the Sindh government.

The decision was consequent to what the MQM leader said as "objectionable remarks" made by PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari about MQM chief repeatedly, on previous two occasions, including his first public meeting that was also Bilawal's launch into active politics on Saturday.

Dr Farooq Sattar, Haider Abbas Rizvi, Dr Sagheer Ahmed and others MQM leaders were also present.

"Two days earlier PPP leader Khursheed Shah called 'Mohajir' word an abuse. There is no compromise on that. And after Bilawal's speech there is no reason left to continue as a coalition partner with PPP-led Sindh government," said Siddiqui.

He said, "On Eidul Azha, Bilawal unnecessarily told our leader to control his workers otherwise he (Bilawal) will make his life miserable. But our leader Altaf Hussain forgave him and asked party workers not to lose patience. "How dare you say that you will make our leader's life miserable?"

Khalid Maqbool said it is ironic that Bilawal could not make the lives of his mother's assassins miserable.

He said feudalism and democracy could not go hand-in-hand. "Feudalism can never promote education or dispensation of justice."

"In return of our cooperation and love, we are awarded with injustices and hatred. And when it comes to prestige of our leader, MQM workers cannot tolerate anything," said Siddiqui.

Siddiqui said, "We were told that after 18th Amendment power will trickle down but anti-Sindh government of the PPP took all the powers in its hands." The MQM leader said his party would not withdraw its demand for more administrative units and provinces in the country.

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