The Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) has declared the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) the ‘political wings’ of the Islamic State (IS), al Qaeda in Indian Sub-Continent (AQIS) and Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP).
MQM alleged that PTI and JI have created alliance with banned outfits working in the metropolis to steal its mandate in the December 05 local bodies’ elections.
It may be pertinent to mention that MQM will play the anti-terrorism card instead of the Mohajir card in the upcoming LG polls.
As per details, MQM has distributed pamphlets in houses and outside mosques after Friday prayers and requested the city’s residents not to vote for PTI and JI, and save their generations from extremism.
MQM claimed that all efforts by the Establishment to disconnect communication between the party leadership and its workers had proved fruitless. “The party would defeat terrorists and their nominated candidates in local bodies’ election,” MQM claimed.
“Those who called Karachiites ‘zinda laash’ and ‘bhokay nangay’ are engaged in preparing conspiracies to rule over the metropolitan city,” the pamphlet reads.
Talking to Pakistan Today, MQM Coordination Committee member Ameen-ul Haque accepted that MQM distributed the pamphlets accusing PTI and JI of being associated with terror.
“PTI Chief Imran Khan has demanded the government to allow Taliban to open their office in Pakistan,” he recalled.
Responding to a question, he said that terrorists in the city do not allow MQM, Awami National Party (ANP), and Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) to campaign in the city during the 2013 general election, but PTI and JI held rallies across the metropolis during the same time.
“Taliban attacked MQM offices and carried out bomb blasts in MQM rallies during the 2013 general elections, but no attack on PTI and JI public gatherings was reported, which means PTI and JI are enjoying the support of the Taliban in the city,” Haque maintained.
Responding to another question, he said he was worried about potential attacks on MQM public gatherings during the local bodies’ elections.
JI Sindh chief Dr Mairajul Huda Siddiqui, while talking to Pakistan Today, said that all political parties engaged in the democratic process have no links with banned outfits. He maintained that banned outfits declare elections ‘haraam’ and think that casting a vote is ‘kufar’.
“How it is possible that outlaws support stakeholders of democracy for the promotion of haraam activities?” he questioned.
“MQM has issued a handbill to misguide Karachiites,” Dr Huda said, adding, “PTI and JI have not issue any handbill against MQM, and we feel the residents of city may feel no hesitation to decide their future in light of the Karachi operation.”