Major political parties of the country including PPP have rejected the remarks made by MQM chief Altaf Hussain regarding imposing martial law in the country and said that a civilian set-up must be supported over a military rule. MQM chief Altaf Hussain told his party workers on Sunday that army generals had imposed martial laws in the past and so they could take a similar action again to weed out corrupt politicians and the MQM would support such an act. PML-N Secretary Information Ahsan Iqbal talking to a private TV channel said that the statement of Altaf Hussain has come as a surprise for every worker and if that is what he wanted than why sacrifices are being made for democracy. Ahsan Iqbal said that the center would be inflicted with the biggest loss and due to this the country has been dismembered once. He said that MQM for the past 25 years has been enjoying power and suddenly this outburst by MQM is a surprise. He said that his party would oppose fully any such undemocratic step. Pakistan can only be strengthened by democratic institutes. While PML-N senator Pervez Rashid said that Altaf Hussain by giving this step has attempted to drag army into a quick sand. He said our party wants that all institutions work within their ambits and to incite any institute to work out of its bound is itself a violation of the constitution. He said that in the past the country had gone through such bitter experiences and the Pakistani people had to pay heavy cost of it. A senior leader of the Pakistan People's Party, Taj Haider, said that "such statements are not welcome". However, he hastily added that he would not say anything that might affect the working relationship of the PPP and the MQM, which are coalition partner at the centre and in Sindh. "We are following the policy of reconciliation and would continue to pursue it." Ghaus Bakhsh Mahar of the Pakistan Muslim League (Q) said that though the current civilian set up had given worst governance and corruption was rampant, yet he would not support the army intervention to disrupt the civilian set up. Amin Khattak of the Awami National Party said that his party would not support martial law. He said that the past experience showed that the country had suffered greatly under martial laws.