KARACHI: The Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) on Saturday came up with an explanation of Altaf Hussain’s speech delivered in Hyderabad by telephone on Friday, saying the party supremo did not speak of Sindh’s division.
Addressing a press conference, the MQM’s senior leaders Farooq Sattar and Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui took exception to the reaction which poured in after Altaf Hussain’s speech.
Siddiqui said the MQM
chief didn’t demand Sindh’s division, and instead he called for a just distribution of resources among the people of the province.
Dismissing the hue and cry over Altaf Hussain’s speech, he said that the MQM chief started his speech with “if” and told the ruling class to find a solution to the miseries of Urdu-speaking Sindhis.
He said the MQM supported the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) due to its love for Sindh.
Farooq Sattar said that the provincial government is behaving like a stepmother with the MQM.
Online adds: Farooq Sattar said Altaf Hussain talked about the division of resources and not of the province. He said the Urdu-speaking populace is being pushed to the corner.
“Altaf Bhai said that the hearts of the people of Hyderabad and Karachi cannot be occupied even if their lands are,” he added.
The MQM leader said there was no outcry when the Awami National Party (ANP) leader Asfandyar Wali allegedly spoke of the disintegration of the country if the Kalabagh Dam project was carried out.
Khalid Maqbool said hatred was being spread instead of love and harmony, adding that Altaf Hussain got Sindhis and the Baloch elected from Azizabad.
He questioned how many Urdu-speaking Sindhis were given tickets in Larkana and Khairpur.
He said Altaf Hussain demanded that Urdu-speaking Sindhis be accepted as citizens of the province wholeheartedly. “Why do we have to remind people every time that we are the sons of Sindh?” he asked, adding that the nationalist parties have played the Sindh card for