Altaf calls for urgent census under army supervision

Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain urged the government to launch a census under the supervision of Pakistan Army.

By Afzal Khan

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Published: Fri 31 Oct 2014, 10:05 PM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 2:55 AM

Addressing a Press conference at MQM Headquarters via telephone from London, Altaf said: “It is our demand that the census exercise be carried out and completed at the earliest.”

The MQM chief also reiterated his call for creating a Mohajirs Suba and repeated an earlier suggestion for ‘Sindh One and Sindh Two’. He argued that this had been done in 1873 when quota system was introduced for urban and rural parts of the province.

Hussain asked his party activists to stop their agitation against PPP senior leader Syed Khurshid Shah on his recent remarks that the word ‘mohajir’ is a slur. He said that the protest should end after Shah’s apology, fearing that the controversy may stir violence.

The MQM chief complained that his party workers were being subjected to excesses and discrimination by authorities. He warned that he might not be able to restrain them from reacting with full force. “Nobody should then blame us if we are pushed to the wall” he said.

“Sometimes a little spark can turn into a full blown war even world war,” said Hussain, threatening public backlash against atrocities allegedly being carried out against his party.

Hussain said that positive work of the government should be appreciated but wondered that if injustice with Sindh continued unabated, one could choose the path of confrontation and conflict.

Expressing dissatisfaction over performance of MQM lawmakers, he observed: “We should play an effective role of opposition for strengthening democracy”.

Calling the attention of the Army, Altaf Hussain said if military leadership did not act judiciously then it could lead to a possible public reaction.

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