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May 18, 2006

MQM demands ban on Jamaat, IJT


May 18, 2006

The MQM Parliamentary leader Dr Farooq Sattar has demanded immediate ban on Jamaat Islami and Islami Jamiat Tulaba in Sindh for its involvement in torturing MQM workers and students.

Addressing a press conference Wednesday at Lahore Press Club, flanked by Dr Ali Hussain, Almas Haider and Rana Farhat Ali, he said the JI was committing atrocities against MQM workers and students and even stopping them from appearing in the exams, he said.

Issuing white paper, he said it spoke volumes of atrocities being committed by JI and IJT activists. The aim of holding the press conference was to tell the people about the activities of Jamaat Islami and IJT who were creating unrest in the province and Karachi. The JI had been blaming MQM for Nishtar Park tragedy, which it did not commit.

The JI lost heart due to MQM popularity and planned to disrupt the peaceful atmosphere of the city and the province and even violated the code of conduct which was duly agreed by IJT and APMSO (All Pakistan Mutahida Students Organization) in August 2004. He said both JI and IJT were working against the interest of the country therefore the party and its different sister organizations be banned.

About Charter of Democracy, he said it would not serve the purpose as it had nothing for smaller provinces and smaller parties and Nawaz and Benazir should take into confidence the remaining 14 ARD parties. He said the charter was actually another step to grab power instead of serving the people adding that the concept was actually given by the MQM and others were following it.

About differences with the ruling party, he said the only bone of contention was the issue of Balochistan on which the MQM was of firm belief that the issue should be resolved through political dialogue.

About the return of Altaf Hussain, Farooq said it would be decided by the Coordination Committee of the party. He said on June 11, the party's Foundation Day would be held in which

setting up of APMSO and other wings would be announced in Punjab.

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