MQM chief Altaf Hussain. — File Photo

KARACHI: Muttahida Qaumi Movement chief Altaf Hussain alleged on Monday that certain state authorities were planning to launch another operation against his party in order to crush it.

In a statement issued from London, he said the MQM was being made a scapegoat, but the elements conspiring against the party should know that it was not confined only to Karachi.

Mr Hussain, according to the statement, was speaking on phone from London to his party’s office-bearers and workers of Lahore and Rawalpindi zones.

He warned that people of the country, especially of Punjab, would take to streets if the MQM was subjected to another repressive action. Mr Hussain said the MQM was the only political party which was struggling against the status quo.

He said: “The forces that want the status quo to continue have never accepted the MQM with an open heart. They have been conspiring against the MQM. Allegations against the MQM were also levelled in the past to justify the repressive state operation.

“Once again there are stirrings in the print and electronic media about starting an operation in Karachi similar to the one launched in 1992.

“False and baseless allegations are being levelled against the MQM in order to crush it. Efforts are under way to silence the only voice being raised for the rights of people belonging to the poor and middle classes in the country.

“We did not bow down before injustices in the past and we will not do it even today. We would continue our struggle.”

Updated Nov 20, 2012 12:09am

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Nov 20, 2012 04:12am
Hang on, you have been demanding the same from several years, so what is wrong if it is going to take place now? The MQM and ANP ministers have been even asking for Army to come and take over in Karachi so why being skeptical about the operation now?
Shahid Masud (@HotMasud)
Nov 20, 2012 06:49am
Can MQM explain why now they are opposing the suggested deweaponisation of Karachi, to my knowledge until few days back MQM and ANP were crying for a cleanup operation in the city.
Nov 20, 2012 05:57am
Why this guy always think that everything is against his party.Operation is not the solution still if it is planned ,it is planned for criminals and if Altaf thinks it is against his party than they must be the culprits or criminals.He should think before speaking and act like a politician .