Pakistan People’s Party Tuesday strongly condemned the anti-state statement of Muttahida Qaumi Movement leader Altaf Hussain and urged the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) government to summon British High Commissioner to Foreign Office and lodge a strong protest.
Both Leaders of Opposition in the National Assembly and in the Senate, Syed Khursheed Ahmed Shah and Chaudhry Aitzaz Ahsan, separately condemned the statement of Altaf and attacks on media houses.
Khursheed Shah said the statement of Altaf Hussain is regrettable and the PML-N government should immediately take up this issue with the British government.
He said that the federal government should summon the British High Commissioner and lodge strongly protest against the statement of UK citizen Altaf Hussain.
“The British land is being used against Pakistan and it should be stopped,” he said.
He said the MQM chief has brutally damaged his party and created difficulties for its workers. “There are good political leaders and workers in MQM.
But the statement of Altaf Hussain against Pakistan has made it difficult for local leaders and workers. Altaf’s statement has damaged the political career of MQM leaders and workers.
It would be difficult for party workers to work with Altaf Hussain any longer,” he said. Opposition Leader Khursheed Shah said no political party would compromise on the dignity and sovereignty of the country.
“Altaf Hussain himself ended his citizenship by talking against Pakistan,” Khursheed Shah said.
Chaudhry Aitzaz Ahsan said that Altaf Hussain is responsible for the attacks on media houses in Karachi.
Urdu-speaking people are loyal to the country and they should distance themselves from Altaf. Answering a question, he said that Article-6 should have been invoked when PML-N leaders attacked the Supreme Court.
“We have reached this pass because we did not impose Article 6 in past. The people who attacked the Supreme Court are sitting at high positions,” he said.
He said strict action should be taken against those who are involved in attacks on media houses. -Business Recorder