Altaf gives Khan ‘permission’ to hold rally in Jinnah Ground



Chief of Muttahida Qaumi Movement, Altaf Hussain, on Wednesday condemned yesterday’s attack on PTI leader’s convoy by his party supporters in Karachi according to sources.

The MQM chief, in his statement from London, offered opponents PTI a chance to hold a peaceful public gathering in the city in connection with by-election on NA-246.

“If PTI holds rally elsewhere then MQM would cooperate with it but if they insist on holding their rally in Jinnah Ground, then MQM should be given time to make proper arrangement for protection of the monument and would request PTI to ensure its sanctity,” he said.

He said he did not want to blame anyone for this incident as his intention was noble and he wanted a free and fair election in a peaceful manner. “In democracy, verbal confrontation, criticism and support between two national parties are common but both should not covert this into animosity or war-like fighting,” he said.

Altaf Hussain instructed officials and workers of his party to demonstrate patience and restraints and refrain from confrontation at all cost.“MQM officials and workers should understand that they are the host and the Tehreek-e-Insaf is coming to contest election in their traditional constituency as a guest.”