KARACHI - Sindh Taraqi Pasand Party (STP) Chairman Dr Qadir Magsi on Saturday demanded that the government impose a complete ban on the Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM).

He said that MQM Pakistan chief Dr Farooq Sattar and Pak Sarzameen Party (PSP) chief Mustafa Kamal were two sides of the same coin. He said that PPP Co-Chairman Asif Ali Zardari and MQM chief Altaf Hussain were in contact with each other and they wanted to divide the Sindh province. He said that Zardari wished to be “Baba-e-Sindh” and Altaf wanted to become “Baba-e-Mohajirs”.

Magsi expressed these views while addressing a press conference at the Karachi Press Club along with other leaders of his party. Lambasting MQM founder Altaf Hussain, the STP chairman said that his party had exposed the MQM and told the people that Altaf was working on an agenda to divide the country.

“Fourteen years ago we expressed concerns about the appointment of the absconder, Ishratul Ebad, as governor of Sindh, but the Musharraf regime did not heed to it. Ebad should be tried. It is a matter of concern that former governor of Sindh was given a safe exit even after the PSP chairman exposed his illegal acts,” he said.

He said the real face of MQM founder Altaf Hussain was exposed by his anti-state slogans. He said the MQM Pakistan chapter was still misleading the people and drama was being staged to make people believe that MQM mayor Wasim Akhtar had nothing to do with Altaf Hussain. If MQM-Pakistan wants to prove its loyalty, it should resign from parliament and seek people’s vote of confidence once again, he said.

He said the MQM founder always worked on the agenda to divide Pakistan. He said the MQM wanted to establish “Mohajir Desh”, not “Mohajir Province”. He said that groups were created in the MQM just to mislead the establishment. He said the government banned the Taliban and “liberation groups” of Balochistan, but it was delaying the decision on the issue of MQM. “We appeal to Prime Minister Nawaz Shairf and establishment of the country to ban the MQM and stop all its activities in the country,” he said.

He said that PSP Chairman Mustafa Kamal was the man who was accused of corruption of Rs200 billion during his tenure and he had been given a free hand to do politics. He said that Mustafa Kamal should be tried because he was responsible for the destruction of Karachi.

Criticizing PPP Chairman Asif Ali Zardari, he said the PPP had not left any stone unturned to hide its corruption, but it could not do so even after changing the Sindh chief minister. He said that Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah was busy in photo sessions while hospitals of the province were waiting for hepatitis vaccination. “What had Murad done for the betterment of Sindh so far?” he asked. To a question, Magsi said the PPP had vanished from Sindh.