LAHORE - The MQM Chief Altaf Hussain in his-50-minute telephonic address to a modest gathering of around eight to ten thousand people in Lahore announced that he had the 'panacea for ills of the country and asked them to strengthen his hands to end dynastic politics, feudalism, corruption and inequalities prevalent in the society. Altaf, in his speech, made special mention of southern Punjab and its grievances and vowed to support the movement for Seraiki and Bahawalpur provinces. After coming into power, MQM will hold referendum to restore previous status of Bahawalpur and formation of a Seraiki province, he declared while also extending his partys support for Hazara province. Apart from party activists from Sindh, a good number of people from different Punjab cities, mostly from southern Punjab, showed up at football enclosure of Gaddafi Stadium to listen to Quaid-e-Tehreeks speech, which was not much different from his previous utterances on such occasions. According to independent observers, the number of people attending MQMs Solidarity of Pakistan Moot was not more than 10,000, a number, obviously not comparable with similar public gatherings in Karachi and Hyderabad. People from various parts of Punjab, entered the venue in the form of small groups each coming from a different city. While sitting in the stadium, one could listen to announcements made by the organisers informing the crowd about the arrival of MQM activists from Multan, Bahawalpur, DG Khan, Layyah, Khanewal, Faisalabad, Gujranwala, Sargodha, TT Singh, Jhang, Bakhhar and other cities. A thin participation of people from Lahore where the public rally had been organised, was conspicuous. Giving his partys social programme, Altaf vowed to bring about fundamental changes in health and education sectors. Pledging a uniform education system, Altaf declared education would be made free up to matric level, besides providing free books to students. Through changes in laws, he added, it will be made compulsory for parents to send their children to schools, failing which they would be penalised. Talking about health system, he said his party will introduce a comprehensive system of health care at the grass roots level with a state-of-the-art hospital in every village. While PPP disappointed the MQM by staying away from the moot despite positive indications, PML-Q and APML of Pervez Musharraf ensured their token participation through Ch Zaheer and Fawad Ch respectively. This was the second attempt by MQM to set its political foothold in Punjab after August 2006 Minar-e-Pakistan public gathering, when it was in league with Pervez Musharraf. But unlike its earlier gathering, which was dominated mainly by supporters from Sindh, MQM succeeded somewhat to put up its 'Punjabi face this time around by gathering a modest number of people from Punjab. The Punjabi and Karachi crowd was distinguished by the chorus, which is feature of MQM activities in urban parts of Sindh. The party activists from Punjab could not join the chorus because they were not familiar with it. Noted political analyst Hasan Askari Rizvi believes that MQMs ethnic factor, which provides the basis for partys rise in the urban centres of Sindh will not be relevant in Punjab and it will have to work really hard to create some space in Punjab in the presence of three major political forces, PML-N, PML-Q and PPP. While the main leadership of MQM stayed at 5-star hotels, the workers were made to stay at party office at Muslim Town. MQM leaders including Dr Farooq Sattar, Haider Abbas Rizvi, Babar Ghauri, Mustafa Kamal, Faisal Sabzwari, Raza Haroon, Iftikhar Randhawa, Sarfaraz Nawaz, Nasreen Jalil, Waseem Akhtar and Wasay Jalil alongwith various committees formed for the moot organised the programme. They while claiming party meeting a breakthrough for the MQM in Punjab announced to hold a big public gathering in Rawalpindi in the near future. The security arrangements that started from inside Gaddafi Stadiums main gate at Ferozepur Road to the Football Stadium where MQM held its moot were under the virtual control of MQMs vigilance and security committees. While, welcome committee was deputed to receive the participants outside the main entry points of the venue, while pindaal committee had the task to manage the affairs inside the Football Stadium. The food committee was looking after the food needs of the participants. Transport and route committees were handling the parking of the vehicles and guiding the participants about the route of the venue coming from other parts of the province. In order to ensure discipline at the moot, MQM chief in the beginning of his address asked the party supporters to maintain pin-drop silence and the crowd responded with dead calm at the venue. MQM chief, Altaf Hussain said:'Todays public moot in Punjab is a beginning of revolution against the dynastic politics and feudalism and the time is not far when the oppressed classes of the country vote for MQM from all the provinces to bring a positive change in the existing system. He said that MQM believes in revolution through ballot but bloody revolution could not be stopped if the existing system continued. Altaf pledged that MQM would give the country an independent foreign policy and ensure end to foreign intervention in the internal affairs of the country. He also vowed to give the country a monetary policy, which would put the motherland on the road to progress, besides ending the practice of foreign loans and aids. Altaf promised to end loadshedding in order, while the process of small industries would be accelerated by providing small loans to middle and poor classes to put the country on to real progress. He also vowed to eliminate unemployment from the country, besides providing unemployment allowance. Altaf announced that salaries would be raised in all sectors, while the national exchequer would be filled by getting back the written off loans. He said that women labour at brick kilns would be stopped by law and child labour would also be stopped. He said that Balochistan issue would be resolved through dialogue and claimed that MQM could only resolve it. He said MQM would make an accountability commission of honest people, which would carry out the process across the board including himself. He said that Kashmir issue would be resolved according to the aspirations of the people of Kashmir. Altaf said, 'I am not a leader but one of you and that judiciary would be made fully independent.