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MQM-P rubbishes Kamal’s allegations regarding burning national flag

Naimat Khan

KARACHI: Muttahida Qaumi Movement Pakistan (MQM-P), while once again condemning founder Altaf Hussain, rubbished the Pak Sarzameen Party’s allegations that Farooq Sattar led party had burnt national flags on the eve of Pakistan’s Independence Day.

Addressing news conference along members of the Rabita Committee, Chief of MQM-P Dr Farooq Sattar said that MQM London had waged a war against Pakistan by observing black day and burning the country’s national flag on Independence Day.

“A war has been waged against Pakistan from London and flags were being burnt on instructions from there, which is highly deplorable,” Farooq Sattar, who was flanked by Amir Khan and other senior leaders, said. “The MQM Pakistan is registered in my name and this party has celebrated the Independence Day with more Zeal than anyone has celebrated it,” Sattar further said.

Sattar said that the cowards have masked their faces whereas they also have changed their voice. “I want to tell them to unmask your faces before you do anything in the name of Mohajirs.” “The one who doubts our patriotism we doubt his patriotism,” Sattar further said.

Earlier, Pak Sarzameen Party (PSP) chief Mustafa Kamal alleged that MQM workers had observed a “black day” on the 70th anniversary of Pakistan’s independence.

Kamal, in a press conference earlier the same day, had brought attention to a video circulating on social media which showed masked men burning Pakistani flags.

Kamal had alleged that the men were acting on instructions from MQM founder Altaf Hussain. Kamal had further said that Hussain had issued an audio message through his website ordering loyalists to burn flags, share videos and pictures of them doing so on social media and also send them to the party’s London Secretariat.

“Farooq Sattar’s leader [Hussain], who calls himself the founder of the party [the MQM], told his supporters to observe a black day and burn flags on [Independence] day,” Kamal said, implying that the men shown in the video included members of MQM-P.

Responding to Kamal’s accusations, Sattar, in his press conference, dismissed the notion that the men burning flags were members of the mohajir(migrant) community, which the MQM claims to represent.

“A few Pakistanis were incited to commit this deed,” Sattar conceded, but “Our [MQM-P’s] patriotism has not been affected by anyone else.” He also stated that those who burned flags were acting on orders received by MQM-L, and that the mohajir community not only condemned this ideology, but had also rejected it by boycotting “the battle cry from London”.

Sattar was of the view that by celebrating Pakistan’s 70th anniversary, the Urdu-speaking community had shown that those who helped create Pakistan are still loyal to their country. “We stand with all the ethnicities of Pakistan, be it Punjabis, Sindhis, Pashtun, Balochis, Hazaras and Gilgitis and we are sure that they stand with us,” he said.

Sattar recalled that MQM-P workers had celebrated Pakistan’s Independence Day by hoisting the national flag at “every MQM unit – not just in Karachi, but throughout the country”.

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