MQM leader Farooq Sattar. — File photo

KARACHI: The Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) will not be participating in the long march planned by the Tehrik-i-Minhajul Quran (TMQ) chief Tahirul Qadri, DawnNews quoted Deputy Convener of the MQM's Coordination Committee Dr Farooq Sattar as saying.

Sattar added that the MQM would continue its moral support for Qadri. Sattar added that the MQM had informed Qadri regarding its decision, adding that the party would remain in contact with the TMQ chief.

Earlier on Thursday, MQM chief Altaf Hussain had reaffirmed that his party would definitely join Qadri’s long march and had asked his critics if religious and other political parties, including the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), had not organised such marches in the past.

Hussain had moreover asked the people criticising his party for supporting Qadri’s march as to which law book prohibited a coalition partner from holding protests and demonstrations and taking part in a march.

“We have accepted the government’s decision and now it should accept our decision to become part of the long march,” the MQM had stated on Thursday.

Also on Thursday, President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf had held a meeting with leaders of allied parties, including the MQM, at the Bilawal House, during which the coalition partners had reiterated their full support to the government.

The meeting was attended by Pakistan Muslim League – Quaid (PML-Q) chief Senator Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain, Awami National Party (ANP) President Asfandyar Wali Khan and Senator Shahi Syed, MQM leaders Dr Farooq Sattar, Senator Babar Khan Ghouri, Munir Khan Orakzai, Hameedullah Jan Afridi and Senator Abbas Khan Afridi.

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January 11, 2013 9:08 am
What a shame ! MQM is no longer a middle class party. !
January 11, 2013 9:14 am
Why unbelievable? I think it's rather predictable.
mehboob malik
January 11, 2013 9:15 am
hahaha, this was expected another u-turn but on what price?????
January 11, 2013 5:08 pm
Well, the security for thousand and thousands is critical in such a situation. I am glad MQM is not going for this at this time.
Asif Kahsmiri
January 11, 2013 8:37 am
MQM has no shame.
Eyes Wide Shut
January 11, 2013 10:59 am
Don't blame any political party because it's our nation who support them. As Habib Jalib said " 10 crore ye gadhay jinka naam hai awaam"
January 11, 2013 9:55 am
hypocrytes of an epic kind
January 11, 2013 8:40 am
Sorry to say but since people who doen not have any knowledge of history of Pakistan and comparing themselves with our beloved Quaid E Azam,Muhammad Ali Jinnah, you can expect this reaction from them. It is a disgrace for the people of Pakistan, we do not realise that whole world is watching us and listening our comments, we dont realise this. Politicians of Pakistan should refrain from commenting upon our beloved Quaid E Azam. One food for thought, Quaid E Azam and my great grand father and my grand father both had British Passport, since they were living in British India, before the creation of Pakistan and India. Please respect our beloved Quaid E Azam, if Pakistan would not have been EXISTED, then we would have been cleaning toilets of India. We are one and loyal to our motherland "Pakistan".
January 11, 2013 8:43 am
Waste of time and national resources. March or no march doesn't change anything but it creates more cahos in the country that is already incapable of handling the security.
January 11, 2013 10:23 am
MQM is an opportunist group.
January 11, 2013 10:44 am
A miscalculated Drone.
January 11, 2013 10:38 am
Unbelievable but only in Pakistan can this happen....
January 11, 2013 9:59 am
Qadri stung again. First by Musharaf and now Altaf. Not to forget both are neighbours on Edgeware Road, London. Wake up shaikh ul Islam and learn to bet on a winning horse.
Syed Asghar Hussain
January 11, 2013 10:26 am
First it's the Drone that fizzled. And now this retreat from a steadfast stance demonstrated less than 24 hours ago. They are going nowhere. And guess what, it's no surprise.
January 11, 2013 9:34 am
this is what I called immature politics
zulfiqar ahmed
January 11, 2013 12:19 pm
wow. MQM better known as U-Turn party on every single stance. Well done.
I. H. Srahd
January 11, 2013 9:24 am
Every thing is possible in politics.....
January 11, 2013 9:29 am
This is politics just like game of cricket. You never know what will be the end.....
January 11, 2013 3:14 pm
Going nowhere? They will win again, dear. march or no-march.
January 11, 2013 8:58 am
Same behaviour of MQM as happened so many times in past. What about speech of Altaf Hussain on TV. Changed its mind in one day
January 11, 2013 8:51 am
Nice step, means deal accepted by MQM
January 11, 2013 8:15 am
Classic MQM strategy....................Qadri obviously did not learn much in Canada.
January 11, 2013 8:09 am
Mir Jaffer .
Gerry D'Cunha
January 11, 2013 1:34 pm
MQM has now become a mistery political party!!!! its followers are confused,wheather they are for the poor,with the poor for their cause or are with the corrupt parliament or for the corrupt parliament
January 11, 2013 8:12 am
not bad .. the beauty of politics :P
January 11, 2013 8:14 am
This is unbelievable by MQM...I Would say this is ultimate hypocrisy.
Arif Khan
January 11, 2013 8:03 am
I believe that MQM has finally reached the right decision, why should it join some thing which damages its already dented posture, contentment in Politics is important.
January 11, 2013 1:15 pm
A Welcome decision of MQM by many Pakistanis.
January 11, 2013 1:46 pm
Mr. Hussain make up your mind what you want to do. We don't under what are you doing and saying.
January 11, 2013 1:01 pm
mqm goes with the wind................no character, no morals.
January 11, 2013 11:54 am
Hey , this is the real drone attack... Altaf's yesterdays speech was a drone attack on Jinnah using unjustified justifications to justify his self-made exile... Altaf should not compare himself with a leader like Jinnah.
January 11, 2013 12:11 pm
Abdullah Hussain
January 11, 2013 12:52 pm
Last nail in the coffin, MQM is a big question mark. Who will trust the party anymore. An advice "do your homework properly before getting public". Induct some good educated people in the party,
Taha Farooqui
January 11, 2013 7:55 am
Allam Tahir ul Qadri trolled!
Sara Khan
January 11, 2013 12:50 pm
OMG...no wonder why Pakistan is not progressing.
January 12, 2013 7:00 am
Wake up all voters who are for MQM. Can u support someone who is so undesiciive for your cause. But if still go for Party like MQM you alone responsible for the consquences
January 12, 2013 7:19 am
If MQM so strongly supports the cause of Dr. Tahirul Qadri as claimed by Altaf Hussain, then it should show the guts and courage to go out and join the march. This is not only hypocritical but also a coward act by MQM to withdraw suspecting some attacks on the march. But what else can you expect from a party whose leader is hiding away in UK for so many years and is afraid to return to his country and live with his countrymen.
January 12, 2013 12:10 pm
Not sure why so many peoples are hard followers of altaf hussain
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