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Nation must decide if it’s with Taliban or against them: Altaf

Muttahida Qaumi Movement chief Altaf Hussain on Sunday said it was time for the nation to decide if it wanted the Pakistan of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah or that of the Taliban, and it had to decide whether it was with the Taliban or against them.
“There is no third option,” Altaf said in a telephonic address to thousands of supporters in Karachi. Thousands of people rallied under the MQM banner in the port city in support of 14-year-old Malala Yousafzai, the schoolgirl shot and critically wounded by the Taliban for promoting girls’ education and criticising the militant group.
Altaf said Malala was the symbol of knowledge which the Taliban wanted to suppress.
“The cowardly attack on Malala and her classmates was an attack on Islam, the teachings of the Holy Prophet (PBUH), and the humanity. It was an attack on the enlightened and bright face of Pakistan.”
Addressing the heads of the armed forces and the ISI, Altaf said the nation was firmly united in 1965.
“They were solidly standing behind their armed forces then, but the cold hearted attack on Malala Yousafzai had jolted the nation into even stronger unity. Nations do not get such opportunities again and again.”
The MQM chief called on the army to “move ahead and crush the Taliban” and 180 million people would be standing behind them.
Addressing the people, he said it was time to decide if they wanted Pakistan to survive and progress or if they would allow it to be wiped out from the map of the world.
He said mere lip service was not enough, as nothing would happen unless words are matched with action.
“The enlightened segment of the society will have to come to the front. The civil society will have to come forward and assert itself for saving the country.”
Altaf also called on students to “continue to go to your schools in order to dispel the dark clouds of ignorance. Education is the only way for opening the closed doors of the mind”.
He praised those religious scholars who minced no words in condemning the barbaric attack on Malala as un-Islamic. He said the religious scholars who shied away from condemning the Taliban for their dastardly act were, in fact, filling their bellies by selling the names of Allah and His Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH) for petty worldly gains.
Commenting on drone strikes, Altaf regretted that some elements were trying to find some sort of justification for the brutal attack on Malala Yousafzai and her classmates by saying that it was a fall-out of the drone attacks. He said that the MQM had always condemned the drone strikes and the killing of innocent people in these attacks.
The MQM chief appealed to the Supreme Court chief justice to take suo motu notice of the merciless attack on Malala and her class fellows. Speaking about the Lal Masjid episode, Altaf said certain anchor persons were saying on TV channels that women were burnt alive during the Lal Masjid operation.
He said the names of the women allegedly burnt to death in Lal Masjid, their fathers’ names and complete addresses should be published in order to lay real facts before the public. The MQM chief asked Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry and other judges of the Supreme Court to take action against killers and those who wanted to enforce Sharia by force.
He said the Supreme Court should move against those who had looted national wealth but no party should be singled out, adding that the nation wanted justice and nothing else.
Altaf paid glowing tribute to the officers and personnel of the army and other security forces who were martyred while working for the security of the nation. He called upon the country’s political leadership to get united on a single point of saving Pakistan.



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11 Comments

  1. OSMAN SIDDIQUI said:

    IT IS MUSHARRAF WHO PAMPERED MQM BUT NOT ALTAF .MQM DARE NOT TAKE LAW IN THEIR HAND EXCEPTING FOR MAY 2005 MAYHEM WHEN CJP WANTED TO ENTER KARACHI.BUT ZARDARI FOR HIS POWER,MONEY SAKE MADE THEM THE WORST EVER TARGET KILLERS,BATHAKHOIRS UNDER THE WATCH OF ZARDARI GOVERNMENT,SECURITY,ARMY,JUDICIARY INACTION.HAD THEY IMMEDIATELY ELINATED THEIR CRIMINAL ACTIVITY,MAFIA,TALIBANS WOULD NOT HAD TAKEN COURGE FOR FREE LICENCE TO KILL LIKE MQM.ALTAF EVEN INVOKED TREASON IN DEFENSE FORCES .THIS PARTY,ALTAF WANTS TO DICTATE COUNTRY AND ZAERDARI IS FOLLOWING IT TO RUIN COUNTRY,IF BITH ARE ELIMINATED EVERY PROBLEM WILL GO

  2. Nazia said:

    This coward has no other political sense than this telephonic speech.He cant come to his home town where its party is on ruling side for last 20 years but can sense danger of Taliban while sitting in safe Zone.Taliban can answer him in their best tone when he will come back to his home town once for a while so let them to handle him as he has no status as long as he has support of British backed establishment of Pakistan.One can judge what kind of cartoon is picked by these forces from our soil to make joke of Pakistani leadership in front of whole world.

  3. Observer (UK) said:

    Vow this idiot is now plagiarising the famous words by anti-Muslim former US president GWB.
    The nation is definitely against Taliban but not in favour of this stooge of US and UK governments.

  4. @undefined said:

    BAGHAL MEIN CHURI MUNA SE RAM RAM The people of Pakistan do not like Talban in any shape who remains in anti-muslim state or city .Altaf Hussain of MQM stop this dramabazi and do not misguide the innocent people,as Pakistan cannot afford any more separat movement of any part of this country.

  5. abbas said:

    Altaf those who live in glass houses should not throw stones at others-leave the clerics to do their job you chinless coward!You say “If you want a Pakistan based on Quaid-e-Azam’s ideology then you will have to stand up to the Taliban.”-then how come you are hiding in Uk- proves the point you cannot stand up and be counted as you are a coward.You want others to take the bullets whilst you party and enjoy the wealth from pakistan, hiding in Uk.

  6. Rahat said:

    Is Karachi a nation? because elsewhere in Pakistan no one cares about what you say.

  7. Observer (UK) said:

    @Nazia. Never witnessed a bigot than Altaf Hussain. The only people who can match his bigotry are Israelis. Unfortunately, the western powers have found in him a stooge who can destabilise Karachi when needed.

    This man is condemning Taliban for their acts of terrorism and so are our 'fiercely independent media' and western powers but this mean has unleashed his thugs in Karachi to commit crimes of extortion and target killing.

    Shame on Zardari who in pursuit of breaking the record of completing his five year term in office has no worries about his coalition partner's activities. Shame on him really.

  8. Nazia said:

    I have no interest in this cartoon but always have serious arguments specially on net that what kind of baandar and joker like person he is, whom followers are in millions and these all are residents of Karachi.It is very interesting that in real life you will hardly find an admirer od Zardari and Altaf but via media and this net world you can witness their voters or followers so I mean to say that these boogeymen are specially designed for our confused culture to create more polarization in political ground.

  9. Anon said:

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    Just a political thinking:
    without our big 'A' (no matter how undesirable), there would be a political vacuum in their big 'K' …
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    That's a bigger chaos …
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