Opposition or government: Altaf calls for nationwide referendum

KARACHI: Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief, Altaf Hussain, Monday asked his party’s Coordination Committee to hold a nationwide referendum whether they join the Sindh government or settle on manning the opposition benches.

During a telephonic address to party workers, Hussain asked MQM parliamentarians and leaders if they wanted to be part of the provincial government or opposition. Responding to their leader’s question they preferred opposition to the treasury benches.

A day earlier, a Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) delegation led by Rehman Malik had visited the MQM headquarters Nine Zero and invited the MQM to join the Sindh government.

During his address the MQM chief claimed that not even a single terrorist was killed during the operation at the Bolan Medical Complex in Quetta.

“It seems as if either the terrorists escaped or were allowed to escape”, said he.

The MQM chief questioned: “Why were LeJ, LeT and TTP terrorists roaming freely while his party was in the line of a state-sponsored fire.”

Altaf Hussain said he would file petitions with the UN and Chief Justice of Pakistan over the killing of MQM workers in Karachi.