MQM-A Punjab lawyers quit party over Altaf’s speeches

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(Lahore – Pakistan) Altaf Hussain lead  Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) Punjab chapter’s lawyers’ forum head, Maqsood Awan, has announced his separation from the party along with all 35 members and 400 followers of the forum.

Awan has also announced that he will become an approver against party chief, Altaf Hussain. He made this announcement on Monday during a press conference at the Lahore Press Club along with some other MQM office-bearers, including Rana Farhat, Chaudhry Anwar Ali, Malik Ashraf Abid and Col (r) Agha Jahangir. Addressing the media, Awan said he has become convinced that the MQM chief was involved in anti-state and terrorist activities, therefore he decided to quit the party. He said Altaf’s recent speeches in which he sought the help of India and its spy agency RAW motivated him to take this decision.

Awan said no patriotic Pakistani could endorse Altaf’s recent appeal to NATO forces and RAW for interference in Karachi on security issues. He said that he was asked by the party head to establish special wing for militant activities in the name of “MQM Youth Force” in Punjab. MQM is involved in land grabbing and extortion in Karachi, which is why he could not remain in the party anymore, he said while adding that he would assist the government as an approver in the treason cases against Altaf.

Awan paid tribute to Pakistan Army, Rangers, police, judiciary and other national institutes who are working for the establishment of peace in Karachi and other parts of the country. He demanded the government book the MQM chief in a treason case under Article 6 of the constitution. Sindh Assembly had on Friday adopted a resolution with majority vote asking the federal government to take action against Altaf Hussain for his anti-army statements. The resolution was jointly presented by PML-Functional lawmaker Naand Kumar, PTI lawmaker Samar Ali Khan, PML-N legislator Haji Shafiq Jamote and PPP leader Sohrab Sarki.

Lawmakers from all political parties with the exception of the MQM unanimously voted in favour of the resolution. They also strongly condemned the letter dispatched at the behest of Altaf Hussain to the foreign missions in the country about the ongoing operation for restoration of peace in Karachi. Separately, the MQM had submitted resolutions in the assembly targeting PPP Co-chairman Asif Zardari and PTI Chairman Imran Khan. The resolutions claimed that Imran and Zardari had given controversial remarks against the army and national institutions. (daily times)

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