KARACHI - Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) on Monday announced to hold a massive gathering in Nishtar Park on December 30, claiming it would be a historic occasion to counter the conspiracies being hatched against the party.

MQM-P Convener Dr Farooq Sattar made this announcement while addressing a press conference at PIB, temporary headquarters of the party. MQM-P Coordination Committee members Arif Khan Advocate, Abdul Qadir Khanzada, Arshad Hussain, Faiz Mohammad Faizi, MPA Heer Somroo and others were also present on the occasion.

Sharing details of the event with media men, Sattar said that the supporters and workers of the party would converge at Nishtar Park on December 30 to break the previous best of August 8, 1986 also at Nishtar Park. Giving more details, he said it was not merely a public gathering, but also included a basant mela, book fair, culture exhibitions and a musical show. “Furthermore, all institutions of the city would also participate in the event,” he added. MQM-P leader said that the party stood with Pakistan in the post-August 23 era, and was doing politics for the welfare of people of the country.

“MQM represents the urban Sindh, and it will again emerge victorious in the general elections scheduled to be held in 2018,” he said, and added, “The anchor persons, without having knowledge of the urban Sindh, are making false predictions about the outcome of next general elections.”

He further said that on December 30, MQM-P would defeat all the conspiracies being hatched against the ‘stakeholders’ of urban parts of the province.

Talking about the census, Sattar said that rights of people of urban areas were being usurped for the last 70 years, and in every census held in the past, Karachi’s actual population was not projected.

“If the same practice is repeated in the upcoming census, then it would force the party to initiate a protest movement for the rights of citizens,” he warned.

To a question, the MQM leader said the party was struggling to bring change in the rotten system, and that a real movement would start on December 30.

On the occasion, he demanded the government to eliminate the remaining quota system, ensure fair census and transfer powers to the local government.