KARACHI: The leader of Muttahida Qaumi Movement Altaf Hussain has called for an emergent action and practical steps by the government to protect the people of Islamabad from any outbreak of epidemic diseases.
According to a statement issued here on Saturday, Altaf expressed concern over the poor sanitation arrangements for the protestors in Islamabad and the growing air pollution. He said it could cause an outbreak of epidemic diseases.
Addressing the federal government authorities, protesters, intellectuals, journalists, human rights organizations, lawyers and sensible Pakistanis, the MQM leader said that impasse in the dialogue process could cause short term and long term potential problems to the country and the capital city Islamabad.
He said we cannot ignore the threat of an outbreak of epidemic diseases in Islamabad. Human wastes are giving out poisonous gas and foul smell as there are no proper toilets for the participants of the protests. This foul smell is growing with the passage of each day. There is a fear of outbreak of epidemic diseases in Islamabad which can make thousands of people sick.
He appealed to residents of Islamabad to use boiled water and make cleaning arrangements in their houses and use cotton gas masks when they go out. He urged the government to take emergent steps for prevention of any outbreak of epidemic.
Altaf Hussain also appealed to the parties who are staging protest marches to do a meaningful and result oriented dialogue.