MQM reacted disproportionately: Aitzaz

Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Senator Aitzaz Ahsan has urged Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain not to use religion with a view to gaining political mileage, adding that it is the right of MQM to struggle for a new province under the law and constitution. He was addressing a news conference here on Monday. PPP leaders Senator Raza Rabbani, Qamar Zaman Kaira, Senator Taj Haider, Chaudhry Munzoor Hussain, Shazia Mari and others were also present.

Aitzaz said there is a constitutional mechanism for the formation of new provinces in the country. “We consider ourselves slaves of those who migrated from Makkah to Madina. We never expected such an attitude from MQM”, said Aitzaz. “I only request him [Altaf Hussain] not to take such a position for which he has to take the blame,” he said.

Referring to Sunday’s demonstration staged by MQM in Karachi, he regretted that MQM has blown the issue out of proportion. “MQM has made Khursheed Shah the target of criticism, which is against our expectations,” he lamented. The PPP Senator accused MQM of inciting the sentiments of people over the issue. Answering a question, Aitzaz said the Opposition Leader Khurshid Shah had clarified his statement the same day.

He said that Khursheed Shah himself belongs to a family whose ancestors had migrated to Sindh in the past. According to him, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his brother Punjab Chief Minister are also Muhajirs and their family migrated from Jati Umra. Answering another question, he said the party transformed from Mohajir Qaumi Movement to Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM). He said that flags carrying the word ‘Mohjir’ of Afaq Ahmed’s party were torched. Aitzaz warned Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) that its leaders had used cheap language against PPP and its leaders during their Gujrat rally and if the PTI leader continued to demonstrate such conduct then PPP lovers could also lose their temper. He said that PTI Chairman Imran Khan believes that he is the only respectable person. “Imran should realise that others too have respect,” he said. He said that nobody should try to push the PPP up against the wall.