MQM Protests across Karachi in Solidarity with Altaf

KARACHI: on March 2nd 2016 (day after former), Mr. Mustafa Kamal, Karachi’s mayor launched a searing attack on MQM (Muttahida Qaumi Movement)’s chief Altaf Hussain. The party members today (Friday) pronounced to stage protests across the city of Karachi to express their solidarity with their leader.

“Protests will be staged at 18 different places in the city and will begin at 4:00pm today,” stated the party leaders.“Protests will be held in Landhi, Clifton, Malir, Shah Faisal and Korangi areas,” they added.

Mustafa Kamal on Thursday dared the ‘iron grip’ of the MQM on Karachi by bringing into being a new political party. Mustafa Kamal (who had won a wide support as the mayor of Karachi from the year of 2005 to 2010 for his exertions to improve public services and ease traffic) levelled the sweltering disapproval at Altaf’s ‘strong-arm tactics’ while accusing him of working for India’s premier spy agency, known as RAW (Research and Analysis Wing).

Following Mustafa Kamal’s outburst against MQM supremo, the MQM leadership came out with a still and calm response to Mr. Kamal’s explosive news conference. They claimed that these accusations and not new and that MQM had been bearing the same allegations for decades now.

“These allegations are not new. Since 1992, we have been facing them. In every election, we have been getting the mandate and votes despite all these allegations. The mandate alone is the defense of Altaf,” said Nadeem Nusrat, MQM convener, while speaking to a press conference from London at MQM headquarters Nine-Zero, where all office bearers and lawmakers had gathered.

The Thursday’s press conference was first time since the departure of Anees Qaimkhani and Kamal in 2013 that the 2 publicly announced their departure from party. After some time, MQM also declared cancelling the basic party membership of the 2 men.