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May 13, 2013

If Karachi mandate is not acceptable, separate it from country: Altaf

National

May 13, 2013

KARACHI: Responding to the allegations of rigging the elections in Karachi and Hyderabad against his party, MQM chief Altaf Hussain on Saturday dared the establishment to separate these cities from the rest of the country if it didn’t like the mandate of their electorates.
Speaking to party workers at the party headquarters Nine Zero over the phone from London at the post-election celebrations for winning the majority of seats in these cities, Altaf said: “Separate Karachi (from the rest of the country) if you dislike the mandate of its people.”
He said instead of abusing Karachi and its people, Karachi should be separated from Pakistan and warned the establishment that it was playing with fire.“If you didn’t stop playing with fire, it would burn all of Pakistan down,” Altaf warned, saying in the same breath that he was not issuing threats to anyone.
He alleged that hatred was being spread against the MQM across the country and regretted that his party faced the blame for every ‘wrongdoing’ that it had never committed.“If the MQM carried out rigging (in Karachi), then what made the tsunami disappear in the Punjab,” he asked, referring to the allegations of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) against his party.
While the MQM chief was speaking to his workers, PTI supporters converged on Teen Talwar in Clifton to protest against the alleged rigging by the MQM in NA-250.Altaf warned the PTI supporters to behave or else he could unleash his party workers on them ‘who could cut them into pieces’.
He warned the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to reach a decision with honesty or else they would not be able to find any shelter.Altaf dared the MQM’s opponents to come up with evidence of rigging and warned that if the opposition was not stopped, he would not take long to let his followers act ‘freely’ on their own.
“How can I control them and for how long?” he asked.He alerted Karachiites to get ready to stand up

against bullying and said soon a call would be issued to them in this regard.
“Altaf Hussain should not be blamed if a war breaks out among the people; whoever attempted to conduct propaganda will face a war,” he warned. “Î will see how many big shots come out to engage in the bullying.”
“The nations which are pushed against the wall usually choose to build their separate home,” Altaf warned. He said if only one province was considered Pakistan, then the entire country would suffer damage.He said if a member of his party had gone out of line, it was because of his own choice. However, he added that there was no place for criminals in his party.