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Calling MQM supporters ‘living corpses’ was a mistake: Imran

Afzal Khan
Filed on April 29, 2015

He said the PTI took part in Karachiís by-election to force the MQM to beg for votes even though coercive measures were also used to secure votes.

Islamabad — Admitting that it was a mistake terming participants of Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain’s rallies as “living corpses”, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan has said he regrets using the term in anger.

Altaf accuses Imran of levelling false allegations

Afzal Khan

Islamabad — Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain has criticised Imran Khan for allegations against his party that the latter levelled during an interview with a TV channel on Monday.

Talking to a TV channel, Altaf asked Imran to furnish evidence to corroborate his claims or be ready to face the court.

He said accusing any party of extortion is tantamount to accuse it of murder. “Had these allegations against MQM been correct, it wouldn’t have won NA-246 by-election, securing almost 100,000 votes,” Altaf added.

“I condemn Imran Khan’s false allegations and he must tender apology if he is not able to produce evidence against MQM,” said he. On Monday, admitting his mistake of terming attendees of Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain’s rallies as “living corpses”, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan said he regrets using the term. Khan said he reacted to the high foul language used by Altaf against PTI’s women participants in his rallies.

Earlier addressing party workers late at midnight on Monday, Altaf reiterated demand for creation of another province in Sindh. He said residents of urban Sindh were treated as second class citizens. Merit was ignored in job selection and admission in educational institutions.

The PPP members in the Sindh assembly reacted sharply to what they described as “conspiracy” to divide Sindh and vowed to frustrate them.

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Speaking during an interview with a TV channel, he said he was infuriated over a statement by Altaf denigrating PTI women who attended his rallies. Altaf was disrespectful to women and used foul language against them to which he angrily reacted.

He said the PTI took part in Karachi’s by-election to force the MQM to beg for votes even though coercive measures were also used to secure votes.

Imran denied he ever abused Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif as he has often accused him. He said all he has been saying is that Sharif must declare his foreign assets and investment in Saudi Arabia and London besides explaining the source of this money.

The PTI chief also vowed to abide by the verdict of judicial commission formed to probe rigging allegations during the 2013 general elections. He said his party would not protest even if the verdict was against it. The setting up of the commission was an unprecedented step which would ensure that nobody manipulated elections in the future.

Criticising the PML-N government, Imran said despite the parliament’s resolution of remaining ‘neutral’ in the Yemen conflict, the body language of the government was telling a different story.

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