Minister: (Nisar terms Altaf Hussain’s speech tantamount to waging a war against the country)

ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan has condemned Saturday’s speech by Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) Chief Altaf Hussain and termed it tantamount to waging a war against the country.

Addressing a press conference here on Sunday, he said the MQM Chief used objectionable language against the state institutions particularly the armed forces.

He said the language used by Altaf Hussain was not that of any patriotic Pakistani. He said the government is reviewing all aspects of Altaf Hussain’s speeches and the issue will be raised with the British government legally.

He said it was the UK authorities which have registered money laundering and Imran Farooq murder cases and not the Pakistan government. He said Pakistan will fully cooperate with the UK government in the probe of both the cases.

The minister categorically stated that no one harbour any grudge against MQM and the government honours its mandate. He brushed aside the notion that MQM is being targeted in the operation against criminals in Karachi.

He said Karachi operation is not against any political party and is being carried out across the board to restore peace in the city.

He said the operation has brought peace to the city as the incidents of kidnapping for ransom have totally been controlled. The Interior Minister said that due to operation extortion cases have decreased by eighty seven percent and target killing up to fifty percent.

He said a number of culprits belonging to different political parties have been arrested but no one except MQM has criticized the Karachi operation.

He said the civil and military leadership is on same page regarding the Karachi operation. He said that it was inappropriate for PTI to hold protests in London. He reaffirmed the government’s resolve to eliminate terrorism from the country at all costs.