ISLAMABAD – Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan on Wednesday urged the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) not to punish the people of Pakistan for an action carried out in London by the British government.
His remarks came as thousands of MQM workers continued to stage a sit-in at Numaish Chowrangi in Karachi and demanded the government guarantee safety of Altaf Hussain. Imran said that the MQM should hold protests in the United Kingdom instead of Karachi.
He said the UK had arrested one of its citizens on charges of money laundering and that it made no sense for the MQM to stage its protests in Karachi. The PTI chief said he fully understood the anguish of the MQM workers but asserted that it was absolutely unjustified for the MQM to bring Karachi to a standstill and disrupt public life when it was the British authorities who have taken legal action against a British citizen.
He further said that the MQM had no reason to paralyze day-to-day life in Karachi, adding that the Sindh government should not take part in MQM's protests and should instead work on managing the situation. He said that the Sindh government should focus on ensuring safety of the citizens of Karachi and making certain that their lives and the businesses of the city were not brought to a standstill.
Imran said that it was a mockery of governance that the Sindh government had joined the MQM’s protest. However, he expressed solidarity with the MQM’s supporters, saying he fully understands their anguish.