ISLAMABAD - Pakistan Peoples’ Party Co-Chairman and former president Asif Ali Zardari in a statement on Saturday said Muttahida Qaumi Movement chief Altaf Hussain’s “negative politics” was disastrous for the MQM and urged Altaf to abstain from “unnecessary talk and statements” for better future prospects.
Commenting on Altaf Hussain’s latest telephonic address, Zardari said the MQM chief should refrain from giving out indignant remarks and levelling “allegations” on a daily basis, adding that such behaviour was not suitable.
Zardari said that the MQM should include itself in mainstream politics and strive to make Sindh and Pakistan prosperous.
In the statement issued by PPP spokesperson Farhatullah Baber, Zardari said the PPP had always fulfilled its promises with the MQM – at both the federal and provincial level.
Zardari claimed that the MQM had failed to keep its promises. In a statement released by the party on Saturday evening, former president Zardari said that the PPP during its time in the federal government and in the Sindh government had always tried to work with every party.
He added that in their talks, the PPP had only kept two conditions, one that the MQM will not talk about dividing Sindh, and the other that they should cooperate in bringing peace to Karachi. Instead, he said that the MQM had always betrayed the PPP’s trust and reneged on its promises.
Earlier, MQM Chief Altaf had said Zardari deceived him twice and got him abused by his men but he observed patience. He said that although Karachi contributes Rs2000 billion to the national kitty, the metropolis only gets a development fund of Rs50 billion. The MQM chief said no matter what the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan says, Karachi will become a province one day.
Zardari said two major conditions were placed before the MQM in talks between the two political parties: to refrain from talks regarding the division of Sindh, and to cooperate in making Karachi a peaceful city. “Our motive to keep Sindh intact is still very clear.”
Earlier this week, Zardari had lashed out at the PML-N for “repeating the politics of the 1990s” and alleged that the steps being taken by the government clearly indicated that the rulers were “dividing” the nation in an attempt “to save their natural allies Taliban and the terrorists” and to “weaken” the war against terror.
Last week, the party had decided to end its policy of reconciliation and said it would no longer be supporting the PML-N government in any political crisis after former federal minister Dr Asim Hussain was taken into custody by Rangers and warrants were issued for the arrests of Yousuf Raza Gillani and Raja Pervez Ashraf – both former prime ministers in the PPP government – on corruption charges.
On the other hand, MQM chief Altaf Hussain has also alleged more than once that Asif Ali Zardari had a “deal with the army” and that he had been deceived by the PPP co-chair.