Altaf withdraws charges, apologises to Asfandyar

KARACHI — Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain on Monday withdrew remarks he made about Awami National Party (ANP) leader Asfandyar Wali Khan in his TV address. He also apologised to Asfandyar Wali for his allegations.

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Published: Wed 21 Sep 2011, 12:15 AM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 1:52 AM

The MQM issued a statement to the media which stated that Altaf Hussain apologised to Asfandyar Wali Khan as he had no evidence to support his allegations that the ANP chief received millions of dollars from the United States to win last general election.

Altaf Hussain during his marathon three-and-a half hour video press conference earlier this month from London had claimed that the United States had paid Asfandyar Wali millions of dollars to win the 2008 elections.

The MQM leader also said that the country was passing through a difficult period and political differences should be kept aside in order to resolve issues facing the country and the masses.

According to sources, the MQM has issued the statement on the demands of the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) and President Asif Ali Zardari who arrived here late on Sunday after medical check-up in London.

After the latest development the MQM is expected again join the coalition government in Sindh and Centre. The ANP which had earlier warned the PPP that it would quit the alliance if the MQM rejoined the government, is expected to withdraw its threat after Altaf Hussain’s apology.

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