People stand by Zardari: Altaf

Muttahida Quami MovementKARACHI:  Muttahida Quami Movement Sunday held a rally to express its support to President Asif Ali Zardari, in the wake of PML-N’s Friday rally wherein Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif had asked Zardari to resign as president.

The rally at MA Jinnah Road was also participated by delegations of ruling PPP and PML-Q. The leaders of these parties thanked the MQM and its chief for organising such a huge rally on a short notice.In his telephonic address to the rally participants, MQM chief Altaf Hussain said that people of the country would not allow any conspiracy against the democracy to succeed and that they are standing by the side of President Asif Ali Zardari. He said that the people of Sindh have raised themselves above the barriers of language and ethnicity in order to demonstrate that they were firmly united for democracy and standing solidly behind President Asif Zardari.

The participants of the ‘Stability of Pakistan and Democracy Rally’ held at the Tibet Centre were carrying banners and placards inscribed with the slogans in favour of MQM, President Zardari, democracy and against the PML-N.Altaf Hussain called upon the Sharif brothers to declare their assets and claimed that they had not learnt anything from their past mistakes.He condemned the derogatory remarks used by Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif against President Zardari. He said that the PML-N leaders chanted ‘Go Zardari Go’ slogans at Bhaati Gate Lahore and today the ‘oceans of Karachiites’ recites ‘No Sharif brothers No’ at MA Jinnah Road Karachi.

Altaf challenged Sharif brothers to take out such a massive rally in Karachi to show its strength and he ruled out mid-term elections, saying that PML-N will have to wait till the next elections as the PPP government will complete its tenure. He said that MQM and all other democratic parties were united against all conspiracies being hatched against democracy.The MQM chief said that Asif Zardari faced incarceration for more than 11 years whereas the Sharif brothers begged for forgiveness from the generals within fifteen days and made off to Jeddah. He said that Shahbaz Sharif before seeking justice for others should first give justice to the daughter of the nation Dr Aafia and his daughter-in-law Ayesha Malik.

MQM Rabita Committee Deputy Convener Dr Farooq Sattar in his address termed the MQM rally a referendum and said that the people had rejected the uncivilised and un-parliamentary language used by the leaders of the PML-N.PPP leaders Pir Mazharul Haq, Agha Siraj Durrani, N D Khan, PML-Q leader Haleem Adil Sheik and others also addressed the rally of MQM. PPP leaders Manzoor Wassan, Taj Haider, Sharmila Farooqi, Waqar Mehdi, Najmi Alam and PML-Q leader Shehreyar Khan Mehr were also present on the occasion. – Nation