Altaf’s NICOP issue: MQM warns of countrywide protest

Karachi: Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) on Friday warned of launching country-wide protest in case interior ministry does not issue National Identity Card for Overseas Pakistanis (NICOP) to its chief Altaf Hussain immediately.

In a statement issued on Friday, MQM coordination committee said that Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan had made issue of giving NICOP to Altaf Hussain as a matter of ego for himself and now he was creating hurdles.

“Firstly interior ministry made excuse that they had no record of Altaf Hussain’s NICOP request and then the ministry’s spokesman said that legal formalities were not fulfilled by MQM chief,” the committee said adding when MQM presented all proofs in front of the nation, then State Minister for Interior Baleeghur Rehman said that the NADRA had lost application’s record.

It said that when prime minister was contacted over the issue, he directed Chaudry Nisar Ali Khan to resolve the matter immediately but Nisar came up with another excuse saying that Altaf Hussin’s picture in NADRA record was improper.

“Thousands of Altaf Husain’s supporters are agitated over the response of interior minister and if NICOP is not immediately issued to Altaf Hussain then people will be forced to stage country-wide protests,” it said.

They demanded of President Mamnoon Hussain and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to take notice of the situation as to why NICOP is not being issued to Altaf Hussain despite clear orders from prime minister.

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