MQM threatens to boycott Senate, NA, unless Asif apologises


KARACHI: Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) on Tuesday strongly condemned the statement of Federal Defence Minister Khawaja Asif.


MQM leader Farooq Sattar while addressing a press conference said that Khawaja Asif crossed all the limits in his statement against mohajirs.

“The statement of Khawaja Asif is a depiction of his discrimination with mohajirs,” Sattar said. He said that hundreds and thousands of mohajirs sacrificed their lives for the creation of Pakistan.

“Khawaja Asif used hate speech against mohajirs and tried to malign the history of Pakistan’s independence,” he added.

Earlier, MQM Chief Altaf Hussain once again announced to step down from the party’s helm over worries apparently spawned by a statement from Khawaja Asif.

According to statement issued from the party’s International Secretariat in London,

“Khawaja Asif said the genuine Mohajirs are immigrants from Jalandhar and Ludhiana.” Unsettled over the statement of the defence minister, Altaf Hussain complained that the members of National Assembly listened to Khawaja Asif pass this statement but as silent spectators.

Voicing disappointment over the statement and concomitant lack of response from the parliamentarians, the MQM’s London-based founder pointed out that at least two million people emigrated into Pakistan around partition of the sub-continent.

“I am wholly disappointed; hence, I cannot lead the party any longer,” he added.

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