LAHORE – The MQM will convert all huge land empires into hospitals and schools, besides recovering and depositing the looted wealth into national kitty if voted to power, claims MQM chief, Altaf Hussain. He made these claims while addressing party leaders and workers from London on the occasion of announcement of party’s Central Punjab setup on Thursday. He directed the party activists to be ready for organising a mammoth public meeting at Minar-i-Pakistan soon. Altaf said that the people of the country were committing suicides due to unemployment, price-hike and closure of their businesses owing to energy crises. He said time has come to strike the status quo and breaking all the huge land empires, as the feudal lords would eat away the remaining country if not stopped now. MQM chief said that Pakistan was divided into small states of some families and it was not a country envisioned by Allama Iqbal and founded by Quaid-i-Azam. He said that no member of the working class in Punjab dare to contest elections against the feudal lords and other monetarily influential person, as the mentioned people got register fake cases against these educated and working class members. Altaf said the working class of Punjab should decide whether they wanted to live under the slavery of their destiny’s masters. He questioned where democracy means dynastic politics controlled by few families or rule of the entire populace. He maintained that the MQM would end dual education system and ensure same educational opportunities for all. He also maintained that his party would ensure exemplary punishments for the corrupt elements. Earlier, MQM Deputy Convener Dr Farooq Sattar announced the 24-member Central Punjab Committee and said that it would cover 13 districts of the province. The committee would be headed by Shaheen Anwar Gilani, while other important members included Dr Shahzad Ali Shamsi, Mubeen Qazi, S K Tressler, Malik Waseem Khokhar and Dr Iftikhar Bukhari.

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