MQM won’t take Malik’s word anymore


ISLAMABAD: Given a full backing by Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain to take any decision on the fate of the coalition government, a four-member MQM delegation will today (Monday) inform President Asif Ali Zardari that the party was in no mood to trust “false promises” made by Interior Minister Rehman Malik.
A source in the MQM informed Pakistan Today that the delegation, headed by Minister of Ports and Shipping Babar Ghouri, would bring a long list of complaints against the Sindh interior minister to the president.
The list would likely include law and order situation, non-compliance of repeated commitments made to the MQM in the past two and a half years, concerns of the business community of Karachi and lack of government’s commitment in tracking down Layari Dacoit group.
“The delegation would also include Sindh Health Minister Dr Saghir Ahmed, as well as MQM Rabita Committee members Wasim Aftab and Adil Siddiqui,” the source said. He said the delegation would inform the president that the people of Karachi were fed up with the extortion mafia, land grabbers and drug traffickers which were destabilising the city under a ‘well-planned’ strategy.
“The delegation would also inform the president that some rogue elements of the Pakistan People’s Party and the Awami National Party were behind the unrest in the city and Karachi’s businessmen had decided to shut down their businesses if things did not improve,” he said.
“The delegation would also inform the president that despite given assurance to nab the robbers of Layari, no headway had been made in the matter,” the source said.