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Vows to pay Pak debts by selling lands of feudal lords; supports administrative division of provinces; addresses MQM workers in Rawalpindi, Lahore, Multan simultaneously
By Mumtaz Alvi & Faizan Bangash
RAWALPINDI/LAHORE: Predicting a revolution in the Punjab, Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) Quaid Altaf Hussain has called upon the people to strive for controlling their own destiny by rising up against the corrupt elements.
He said if his party came to power, he would pay Pakistan’s debts by selling the lands of feudal lords. He said those who had floated the slogan of “Roti, Kapra Aur Makaan” had given nothing to the people.
He supported the administrative division of provinces, terming it a step crucial for strengthening the federation. Speaking at three workers’ conventions in Rawalpindi, Lahore and Multan simultaneously, Altaf, speaking by telephone from London, said he had come to the Punjab to deal with the corrupt, looters and feudal lords.
He indirectly blasted the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) and the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N). Altaf said there was no harm in the creation of more provinces. He said the demand for separate provinces was not mutiny, adding that new provinces would strengthen Pakistan and make it prosperous.
“The people of the Punjab are requested not to vote for those who had been given an opportunity to rule Pakistan in the past, and this time should vote the MQM to power,” he said. “The MQM, if it reached the corridors of power, would resolve the longstanding Kashmir issue, introduce a uniform education system and rid the country of foreign debts by selling the lands of feudal lords,” he added.
The convention, he said, would lead to a revolution to rid the country of the looters, exploiters and ruthless elements in society. “Angels will not dawn upon you from the heavens. The people of the Punjab will have to rise to change their destiny by themselves,” he said. Altaf said the people of the Punjab were committing suicides due to the price hike, declaring that the MQM would bring the looters to book with the support of the poor, lower middle and middle classes.
The MQM, he said, would fulfil the dream of the father of the nation and turn Pakistan into a welfare state, where all the citizens, including the minorities, would be treated equally. He called upon the people of the Punjab not to spare those involved in power theft and hold them accountable for this crime. He said the MQM would end loadshedding and overcome water shortage in the country.
He urged the people not to pay heed to those who befooled them by chanting fake slogans. Altaf said the MQM was not disappointed even on the ransacking of its offices in the Punjab and the arrest of its workers.
The MQM Quaid said his party had strongly opposed the clause regarding not making mandatory intra-party elections. He said his party legislators had written a dissenting note on the draft of the 18th Amendment.
He said that 70 years ago, the people had gathered in Lahore and vowed to continue their fight till the establishment of a separate homeland for them, and they succeeded. He said that once again, the people of the Punjab had joined hands, but this time not to create but to save their homeland from the plunderers, Qabza groups, feudal lords and exploiters.
He said the workers’ conventions were, in fact, a vote of no-confidence of 98 per cent people of Pakistan against the corrupt, cruel and oppressing elements, who were suppressing the rights of the poor and downtrodden.
“Altaf Hussain has come to the Punjab now. This is the beginning of a new journey of 98 per cent people of Pakistan. The event also marks the accountability of the oppressors, who have been exploiting the poor,” Altaf said.
He vowed to distribute all the looted money of the public among the poor after coming to power.Citing verses of Allama Iqbal, ‘Utho Meri Dunya Ke Ghariboon Ko Jagado’, Altaf called upon the people to change their destiny by rejecting the corrupt elements.
Expressing his support for the people of southern Punjab, Hazara and Balochistan, Altaf said the MQM was committed to putting an end to injustice, being done to the people in these areas.
He said the just demands of the people of Hazara and southern Punjab should be met and the MQM was committed to solving their problems after coming to power.Dr Farooq Sattar, former Karachi Nazim Mustafa Kamal, Sindh Minister Faisal Sabzwari, showbiz people, including Sangeeta, Rashid Mehmood, and Saud, were also present at the Alhamra Hall, where the telephonic address of Altaf started with a delay of nearly two hours. About 2,500 security personnel were deployed at different positions to maintain law and order.