Irshad Salim — Buoyed by its recent gambit of siding with ruling PML-N government in the center which also rules in Punjab – Pakistan’s largest province, the Karachi-based political party Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) announced Monday it will host a multi-party conference to garner more support and talk against anti-Pakistan policy of MQM-London and others.
The move comes days after Muttahida Qaumi Movement founder Altaf Hussain, who currently heads the London faction of the party, met US Congressman Dana Rohrabacher and Balochistan’s Khan of Kalat Suleman Dawood, who is living in self-exile in London, in the British capital on Thursday. The “anti-Pakistan’ meeting which lasted more than four hours, is being considered by analysts as a crass act.
And, what is being considered a surprising turn of events in political circles, the Pak Sarzameen Party (PSP) –one of MQM-P’s its arch rival, announced it will attend the conference after MQM-P’s delegation met leaders of the former at Pakistan House on Monday.
“The conference has been organized to demand the rights of local governments all over the country and to raise a voice against corruption,” said Amir Khan of MQM-P.
“We were already in talks with the MQM-P and are well aware that they [MQM-P] are listening to the voice of the people of Karachi,” said PSP’s advocate Anis Ahmed. However, they will have to adopt a clear stance against the traitor Altaf Hussain [MQM’s founder], Ahmed told media after meeting with MQM-P’s delegation. “The PSP will attend the multi-party conference for which we have been invited.”
Talking to the media, Amir Khan said his party had detached itself from MQM-London group and will talk against anti-Pakistan policy in the multi-party conference.
Responding to a question, MQM-P leader Faisal Sabzwari said his party was following the agenda of non-violence and non-confrontation and would ensure peace in the metropolis — Pakistan’s economic capital is witnessing decline in street crimes and an uptick in announcements of foreign direct investment/
The MQM-P leaders told media they have also invited leaders of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, Jamaat-e-Islami, Sunni Tehreek to attend the multi-party conference. “We will also meet with the leadership of Muhajir Qaumi Movement-Haqiqi and Pakistan Peoples Party,” Amir Khan said. “We will try to pass a joint resolution tomorrow.”
Recently, the newly-elected Prime minister Khakan Abbasi announced a whopping $300m uplift package dubbed “Karachi, Hyderabad Package’ worth $250m and $50m respectively for the Sindh province’s two major cities — strongholds of MQM-Pakistan.
The unprecedented move came as sequel to MQM-P’s unanimous voting for Abbasi as PML-N’s PM candidate days after Nawaz Sharif was ousted by the Supreme Court on white collar crime-related charges.