[Altaf droning on about “democracy,” while threatening something which sounds like war to the Court Justices of Pakistan for daring to order redistricting in Karachi. I don’t know if he means that his people will literally “erase” these high court justices, or merely a political defeat.]
MQM chief urges federal govt, CJP to take action against judges who used ‘derogatory’ language against MQM
KARACHI, (SANA): Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) Chief Altaf Hussain said that some ‘hostile elements’ were using the judges of the country to “disarm” his party, including those from the Supreme Court. “Unfortunately, even the judges of the Supreme Court are involved in the practice of annihilating the MQM,” Hussain said while addressing a large gathering via telephone on Sunday.
He said that the federal government or chief justice should take action against these judges, adding that the delimitation of whole country should be done instead of Karachi, adding that the Lahore High Court should also take back the decision on Kalabagh Dam. He said that no one would be allowed to commit dacoity on the mandate of MQM.
Hussain said that the judges claim to have passed an order for delimitation of constituencies in Karachi to improve the law and order situation and to bar one party for gaining massive electoral support, but such a statement was against the MQM.
He warned the judges to apologise for their remarks against the MQM or their “names will be wiped out”.
Altaf Hussain also urged Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry to take suo motu notice of the judges who used “derogatory language” against the MQM.
“I want to tell the judges that they cannot take away the democratic rights of the people,” he said while terming the remarks by the judges “unconstitutional” and “unlawful”.
“It was against Article 25 of the Constitution. The article 25 says all citizens are equal before the law and are entitled to equal protection of human rights… Then are they [judges] not violating the Constitution? Is this not a crime?” Hussain said while adding that it was also against the oath that judges take before assuming their role.
The party chief maintained that the Supreme Court’s decision will not improve the law and order situation but will rather worsen it.
“To improve the law and order, it is important that such judges are expelled or the Chief Justice should take suo motu action… If the chief justice doesn’t take action then the case will go into the peoples’ court.”
According to Hussain, the Supreme Court bench ordered the election commission to complete the delimitation of constituencies in Karachi in a way that no party can have ‘monopoly’, which was against the law and the Constitution.
“No judge has the right to order the election commission to stop a party from having ‘monopoly’. It is the right of the people to give mandate to a party.”
Hussain also quoted former Chief of Army Staff Asif Nawaz Janjua who said that Hussain’s “chapter has closed”.
The MQM chief retorted, “Altaf Hussain’s chapter was opened by Allah and will be closed by Him too. You are a human being on the earth, wearing a uniform, pretending to be god. Your name will be wiped out first.” Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) Chief Altaf Hussain said that no one would be allowed to destroy democracy. Altaf said that under conspiracies people were pitched against each other in Karachi.
“Sometimes Pathan, Muhajir and sometimes Sindhi, Muhajir riots were broke out under a conspiracy but the Karachiites realized the game immediately and remained peaceful” he said. Hussain said that making constituencies is Election Commission’s job.
The MQM chief said that his party has been against the feudal system from the beginning. “‘The people are free to vote any party they love”, he added.
He said that planned riots were made in Karachi, adding that there was worst law and order situation in Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtoonkhawa as compare to Karachi.
He said that quarrels between Sindhi and Mujahir had been made through conspiracies in past. He reiterated that those who tried to wash away MQM have their selves finished.
Condemning the remarks regarding single party power in Karachi, He demanded of the Chief Justice of Pakistan to take suo moto notice of the remarks of the presiding judge. He also asked the judge to take his remarks back.
Hussain said that no one would be allowed to ambush on democracy. He said that such kind of remarks could harm democracy and the country.
Addressing to a public meeting at Jinnah Ground Karachi which MQM workers and supporters listened throughout the country simultaneously, he said that people grant right to any party through voting. Constitution gives equal rights to all citizens, he stated.
The MQM chief said that his party believes on judiciary and the Constitution, added that, it was Election Commission’s duty to make constituencies.
He said that new constituencies before census was totally against of the Constitution. New constituencies being made to curb MQM’s vote bank, he claimed.
According to Hussain, the new delimitation of constituencies was being done to break the MQM vote bank. “It is for the people to decide who should be elected and who should not. We will not let people rob us of our democratic right,” Altaf said.
Hussain further said it was unconstitutional to conduct delimitation of constituencies prior to conducting a new census.
Altaf Hussain added that those who spoke of finishing the MQM were finished themselves.
Commenting on the wave of violence in Karachi, the MQM chief said the ethnic conflict in the city was fuelled by conspiracies. It is worth mentioning here Altaf Hussain’s telephonic address was over one hour long and at the end of the address Altaf thanked the media and party workers and leaders for holding public gathering.