MQM announce decision to separate from Sindh government

Published October 19, 2014
MQM leader Dr Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui (C). — File photo
MQM leader Dr Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui (C). — File photo

KARACHI: The Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM) on Sunday night announced their decision to separate from the Sindh provincial government.

The MQM's Rabita Committee held a press conference at Nine-Zero, where the party announced their decision in response to alleged statements made against their leader Altaf Hussain and against Mohajir people by the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) leadership.

Speaking at the press conference, MQM leader Dr Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui, criticised the PPP and accused them of indulging in the politics of hatred and ethnicity.

"Mohajir Quami Movement became Muttahida Quami Movement after a brutal operation was conducted against us,” said Siddiqui.

“Great patience has been shown on our part,” he said.

He further stated that it was not possible to continue in coalition any longer and that any support for the PPP government would be like supporting "undemocratic forces".

“Again and again language has been used against our leader which we would not tolerate and have only shown patience at the insistence of Altaf Hussain,” Siddiqui said.

“Every MQM worker is furious over the remarks made by Bilawal...There will be no compromise on our leader Altaf Hussain,” he said.

Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui also spoke out against PPP leader Khursheed Shah and said that the alleged remarks made against Mohajir people were "intolerable”.

During the press conference, Siddiqui also took shots at Bilawal saying that, "Bhutto's heir can only be a Bhutto not a Zardari".

"Bilawal has made politics into a business... what qualities does he have to be the chairman of the PPP?, he asked.

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