President phones Altaf Hussain; discusses situation

President Asif Ali Zardari telephoned the leader of Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) Altaf Hussain in the small hours of Friday morning and discussed the situation arising out of Zulfiqar Mirza’s controversial statement.

The President telephoned the MQM leader at around 2.45 AM and informedhim that the statement of Mirza had no endorsement of the party and were his personal views.

President Zardari who took a serious note on the situation in Karachi had summoned the senior minister of Pakistan Peoples Party Zulfiqar Mirza to Islamabad on Thursday.

Mirza arrived by a special aircraft and will be seeing the President later in the day.Spokesperson to the President Farhatullah Babar said Mirza has been summoned to seek an explanation on the controversial statement given by the provincial minister that led to a largescale protest.

The Party has already disowned the statement and called upon its rank and file to show restraint in public statements.