KARACHI – Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain said on Saturday his party always strived for the stability of democracy, interfaith harmony and social development.

“The MQM believes in the principle of “live and let live” and considers all the people living in Pakistan belonging to various religions, as equal citizens,” Altaf said while talking to party ministers and members of the coordination committee at MQM’s International Secretariat in London.

Governor Sindh Dr Ishratul Ebad, Federal Minister for Ports and Shipping Babar Khan Ghouri, provincial ministers Raza Haroon, Shoaib Bukhari, Dr Sagheer Ahmed, Adil Siddiqui, MQM Coordination Committee London members Tariq Mir, Muhammad Anwer, Anis Ahmed Advocate, Tariq Jawed, Salim Shahzad, Mustafa Azizabadi, Muhammad Ashfaq, and Qasim Ali Raza were present at the meeting.

Altaf Hussain said the MQM always stood for the people and gave the message of showing respect to all religions and faiths and their places of worship. “The MQM has also done everything possible for their protection. Whenever there was any incident harming the places of worships of the non-Muslims, the MQM came forward and gave them a sense of protection.”

The MQM chief said his party wanted that the term “minority” be used for the non-Muslims and they be considered as equal citizens and given equal opportunities in every sphere of life.

He also said that it was because of MQM’s quest for religious harmony and tolerance and the practical steps taken towards this end, that a large number of the Christians, Hindus, Sikhs and followers of other faiths were joining the MQM in large numbers.

Altaf Hussain said the MQM would like to assure people of all religions that the party would continue to work for their rights by following the precept of “live and let live”.

Governor Ebad said that agreements were signed with Scottish companies for investment in different fields in Sindh. “MoUs were signed for desalinating seawater to provide 100MGD in Karachi, solid waste management, generate electricity from waste, improving sewerage system, 50 ambulances to Health department.” An MoU was signed for training graduates of the Mehran University of Engineering & Technology, NED University of Engineering & Technology at University of Strathclyde Glasgow.”

He also briefed Altaf Hussain on talks with the Department of Trade & Industry for cooperation in agriculture, health, education, higher education, IT, fisheries, livestock, meetings with Conservative Party Head Baroness Saeeda Warsi, Church of Scotland.

Hussain said the agreements signed with Scottish companies for investment in Sindh would augur well for the province. He thanked British High Commissioner in Pakistan Adam Thomson, the UK government, Foreign Office and assured full cooperation.