MQM to fully back Qadri's long march

KARACHI: The Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) announced that it will fully support Pakistan Awami Tehrik’s call for a long march to Islamabad on January 14. [caption id="attachment_6735" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Farooq Sattar"][/caption] After convening a joint session of MQM’s London and Karachi Coordination Committees, Dr Farooq Sattar at a press conference said that MQM’s manifesto is the same as the struggle that Dr Tahirul Qadri is waging. “To put an end to this feudal and outdated system, the MQM will also participate in the long march,” said Dr Sattar. He further added that the MQM does not in any way want to delay the upcoming elections. “Hundreds of thousands of workers will actively participate in the rally of Minhajul Quran,” he said, adding MQM Chief Altaf Hussain had also ratified the MQM Rabitta Committee’s decision to back Tahirul Qadri’s rally on January 14, 2013. “We don’t intend to delay the elections nor do we want to derail the democratic process in the country,” Dr Sattar clarified, adding that his party only wanted to bring reforms in the country’s system and that elections are the first step towards this goal. He said it was essential to install an independent and impartial interim government to hold fair elections in the country.]]>