Altaf appeals PTI, PAT to withdraw ultimatum against governmentAugust 16, 2014
KARACHI: Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) Chief Altaf Hussain has asked Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI), Pakistan Awami Tehrik (PAT) and their allied parties to withdraw their ultimatum against the government and said that they should restrict themselves to their demands only and avoid any confrontation.
In a statement issued on Sunday, Husain applauded PTI Chairman Imran Khan, PAT President Dr Tahirul Qadri and their activists and leaders and activists of their allied parties for staging a peaceful protest despite harsh weather in Islamabad and said that they should continue to remain peaceful and avoid entering into red zone and attacking or damaging government installations at any cost.
The MQM chief appealed protesting parties to avoid rigid behaviour and any ways leading towards confrontation. He asked them to show flexibility in their demands so that the matter could be resolved peacefully.
Hussain applauded Punjab and federal governments for avoiding any use of force against the marchers and advised them to show open heartedness and initiate talks with the protesting parties. “The government should accept legitimate demands of the protesting parties and ensure implementation on it immediately,” he said adding that the government should resolve the matters through talks only.
Hussain demanded of the government to immediately release arrested PTI and PAT activists.
He said that the political parties should remember that the armed forces are engaged in a hard battle of its history against militants in North Waziristan.
“From officers to soldiers, the armed forces are sacrificing their lives but there morale seems to be still high,” he said adding that despite difficulties, the armed forces were attaining victories at every battlefield and clearing militants from every inch of the homeland.
He said that on the other hand, hundreds of people are forced to leave their homes and had expressed their loyalty towards the country by living a difficult life in relief camps.
“The government and the protesting political parties should keep in view this scenario and then take any decision,” he said adding that any confrontation would not be in favour of the country.
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