KARACHI: Opposition leader in Sindh Assembly, Khawaja Izharul Hassan could not control his emotions and broke into tears while addressing the House on Wednesday.
Khawaja Izhar said that night of August 22 was extremely difficult for him.
“We had the option of leaving the party, joining another party and being labeled as patriotic again,” he said.
“But I can’t leave the party in its troubled times. I have been associated with MQM for 28 years,” he said, breaking into tears.
“This party was built by mothers. I spent my youth in this party. My mother sent me to join the MQM. At that time mothers would leave their spoilt children at the unit offices to learn how to converse, how to behave, to learn literature and writing,” he said.
“I warn authorities against people who say Pakistan Zindabad, but are working against the country’s interest,” he said.
“Workers become emotional sometimes, they chant incorrect slogans, but elders forgive youngsters,” he said.
“We can have political differences with you, but we can not dream of being unfaithful to our motherland,” he added.
“Some things grew bad with time. It became worse… I am fighting for millions of people. I don’t tell them that they can’t join the PPP, the PTI or the JI. But if even after Aug 22, I stand in election and receive votes it means that the party is the last hope for these people.”
“After Altaf’s speech what options did we have,” Izhar wondered.
Izhar said, “We took this decision without any dictation and without listening to anyone. This was the most difficult decision. But I couldn’t leave my people or let the party be ruined.
We have decided to walk this difficult path so our people can find peace at the end of this ordeal.”
Faisal Sabzwari of MQM Pakistan who returned to the country from abroad after around six months also addressed the House.
He expressed his concerns, saying that MQM founder raised an unacceptable slogan that led to demands of imposition of Article 6, while leaders of PTI alleged of attack on state owned television were left unharmed.
He appreciated Chief Minister of Sindh Murad Ali Shah’s action that he took after Leader of the Opposition in Sindh Assembly Khawaja Izharul Hassan was arrested last week under terror charges.
Sabzwari urged the government and sections of society to not marginalize the organization but stand by it as Mohajir community was not a traitor and would never be.
“I am not a Mohajir, I was born in Pakistan,” Sabzwari said on the floor of the Sindh Assembly.
Sabzwari supported a resolution which condemned the party’s founder.
Faisal Sabzwari added those who thought MQM Pakistan was made under fear were not correct. “If we were scared we would have sat quietly or not come to Pakistan. We took this decision because of our people and voters”.