The Founder and Leader of the Muttahida Quami Movement Mr Altaf Hussain has said that the MQM wants to see Pakistan an independent and sovereign country. He said that we want to make Pakistan a prosperous corruption free society. He said that referendums should be held according to the wishes of the people for the establishment of the Seraiki and Bahawalpur provinces. He said that the MQM will stop taking loans from the World Bank and the IMF and it will abolish the double standards in the education system. He offered unconditional support ending the deprivations of the people of Baluchistan and for keeping them within Pakistan.
He was addressing a huge gathering of the people of the Punjab at the Football Stadium adjacent to the Qaddafi Stadium in Lahore. The participants of the public meeting “Stabilizing Pakistan” belonged to Lahore and all the districts of the Punjab in hundreds of thousands of numbers. A large number of women also attended the meeting. The ground was completely filled and the surrounding roads were also packed. The participants exuded unseen energy and enthusiasm. They displayed remarkable discipline at the call of Mr Altaf Hussain.
Addressing the public meeting Mr Altaf Hussain said that he wanted to show to the world powers that the Pakistanis are an honourable nation. He said that he wanted to make Pakistan disciplined to such a degree that no one could dare to carry out drone strikes or look upon Pakistan with an evil eye.
He said that the public meeting in Lahore is not an ordinary meeting. It is the beginning of a revolution to transform the fate of the country in a positive way. He asserted that no power in the world can now stops the coming of the revolution in the country. He said that the youths are a power and when the youths get united on a platform revolutions come. Young students are the vanguard of revolutions.
He said that he is not a leader but an ordinary person like you. You would have listened to big leaders but I am from amongst you. I obtained my education sitting on the floors of government schools and went to school, college and university by bus. He said that he knew the problems of the poor people because he had himself encountered problems in my life as he was not born with a silver spoon in his mouth.
He said that he talked about the poor people and it was only because of this that allegation were made that the MQM was enemy of the country and of various nationalities living here. He said that he is not an enemy of anyone except the feudal lords and the oppressors who have looted and plundered the country.
He said that the policies of the country are dictated by foreign powers despite the fact that Pakistan is an independent country. Whenever someone wishes drone strikes are made in the country in which hundreds of people lose life. What sort of independence is this? No country should be allowed to cross our border without our permission. We will not allow any power to challenge our autonomy as we have resolved that we will not tolerate this life of dishonour anymore.
He said that we are always looking up to the World Bank, IMF and other donor agencies for their assistance. He said that the MQM wants to free Pakistan from foreign aid and loans. He said that Pakistani nation has the potential to make the country so strong economically that Pakistan may start helping other countries instead of seeking financial help ourselves.
He promised that if the MQM is brought in power then the MQM will translate its words in actions. If the MQM is not allowed to implement its policies and program by the powers that be then we will come out of power without any delay.
He said that the MQM wants to bring a peaceful revolution in the country through the ballot and added that if the MQM comes to power then it will introduce amendments in the constitution for the benefit of the people of Pakistan.
He said that that education up to the matric level will be made free in order to increase the literacy rate and students will be given free of cost education facilities up to matriculation level. MQM will introduce changes in the constitution that will make it compulsory upon parents to send their children to the schools. He said that there will be same standard of education for the rich and poor a like.
He said that the MQM will make the country democratic in the true spirit of the word and feudalism and unchecked capitalism will come to an end.
He declared that the MQM will work for removing unemployment and the unemployed people will be given financial assistance so that they may meet their necessary expenses.
He said that the MQM will formulate an independent foreign policy that will reflect autonomy of the country. He declared that the drone strike and foreign intervention and dictation will end. He said that instead of seeking loans and assistance from the IMF and the World Bank, MQM will make such economic policies that will result in growth of cottage industries throughout the country. He said that common people will be given small loans for their economic uplift by providing opportunities for setting up factories and small businesses.
He said that the MQM will work for reducing the unemployment rate and the unemployed people will be given allowances to sustain themselves during the period of unemployment. He said that the salaries of the government servants will also be increased.
He said that the MQM government will ensure that the money accumulated in foreign accounts through unfair means is brought back to the country and the properties made through ill-gotten wealth by looting national wealth will be confiscated and utilized for public benefit.
He said that the country will be made a truly democratic and Islamic republic according to the teachings of the Quaid-i-Azam and Allama Iqbal where the non-Muslims will have equal rights as the Muslim citizens.
He said that the MQM will work to end all the discriminatory laws against the women that make up nearly 51 per cent of the population of the country after coming in the power. He said that karo-kari, honour-killings and wani and the marriage with Quran will be brought to an end.
He said that the MQM will allocate sufficient budgets for the health sector and maternity homes and dispensaries will be constructed. Big hospitals will be constructed in villages in order to provide healthcare facilities to the poor people.
He said that the MQM has sent able and educated people from the middle class to the assemblies and there is no feudal lord in the MQM. He said that the MQM will send the able and educated people from the Punjab to the assemblies as well.
Referring to the process of accountability he said that the MQM will make an independent institution for across the board accountability and the institution will consist of honourable people of impeccable character. He said that the courts and judiciary will be made independent and autonomous.
Referring to the demand of Seraiki and Bahawalpur provinces he said that the issue should be resolved by referendum according to the wishes and aspirations of the people.
Referring to the Kashmir dispute he said that the Kashmir dispute will be solved according to the wishes of the people of Kashmir.
He said that if the MQM is brought to the government then a limit will be placed on the maximum landholdings and the additional land will be distributed among the poor farmers. He said that the MQM will formulate laws so that the poor people peasants are not oppressed.
Referring to the Baluchistan issue he asked the people of the Punjab to press the provincial and federal government for solving the issue through dialogues. He said that the Baluchistan should be saved from seceding by embracing the Baluchi people. He offered unconditional support for the solution of the Baluchistan problem.
Speaking about the load-shedding of electricity and natural gas he said that the MQM will make a balanced distribution system and work for finishing the load-shedding of electricity and gas.
ng to the ban on the transmission of some TV channels he said that the government should immediately lift the ban on the transmission of the TV channels. He also said that the MQM will announce the wage board without any delay after coming in the power.
In the end he praised the MQM members of the Co-ordination Committee, parliamentarians, office-bearers of various wings and workers who worked day and night for successful holding of the public meeting in Lahore.