Respected elders, mothers, sisters, youths, students, leaders of various political parties, workers, analysts, columnists, journalists, all the people who are gathered here and all those who are listening to my voice across the length and breadth of Pakistan on television, to all of them I say Assalam-o-Alaikum.
Do you want to see Pakistan a prosperous country and bring positive changes in the country? Do you want to make Pakistan free from all types of oppression and eradicate corruption? If the answer to these questions is in the affirmative then you should give clear message to the world powers that we are united. The revolution of the poor and middle class people has become the fate of the country and now we will not take dictation from any foreign power.
I want to show the discipline of the people of Pakistan to the world powers instead of the Pakistani politicians and the political parties. I want to tell them that the people of Pakistan are honourable and disciplined so that they may not dare to cast an evil eye on our country and carry out drone strikes. Those who say that the MQM will take a long time to establish in the Punjab should see for themselves as to who do the people of the Punjab support. I shall call 1, 2 and 3 and you should maintain complete silence.
(The participants display a deep silence and exemplary discipline after the call of 1, 2 and 3)
You have demonstrated by exhibiting the traditional discipline of the MQM that the MQM and Altaf Hussain have arrived in the Punjab. The public revolution of poor and middle class cannot be stopped by any world power including the Pakistani Establishment. I was always stopped from entering in the politics of the Punjab but today the MQM and Altaf Hussain have taken the Punjab by storm.
The younger generation of the Punjab particularly the students should listen to me attentively so that they are able to inform their fellow students as to what does MQM and Altaf Hussain stand for. You should know that whenever the oppressed and downtrodden segments of a country get united a revolution comes and the students become the vanguard of that revolution.
You should have listened to big leaders but I am not a leader like other traditional leaders. I am one of you. I obtained my primary education in a government school sitting on a worn-out carpet. I did my matriculation from a government school. I used to travel to school, college and university by bus like other ordinary people. I worked hard and collected money for my education.
I know the problems of the poor people because I have myself faced those problems. I have seen poverty with my own eyes. I know that people have to stand in long queues at government hospitals for medication and I know that they have to wait for long period of time in order to get a date for operation in a government hospital.
I know how difficult it becomes for a poor person to provide for all the members of his family. I know this all because I myself was not born with a silver spoon in my mouth. It is because of this that I am making practical efforts for the rights of the poor and middle class people of the country.
It was because of my struggle for the rights of the poor people that all sorts of baseless allegations were made against me and the MQM and I was not allowed to come in the Punjab. I was accused of treason and it was said that I was an enemy of Punjabis, Sindhis and Baluchis. I am not an enemy of anyone. I am only against the feudal lords who have robbed the national exchequer and the tribal chiefs who subject their feudaries to cruelty.
I am saddened by the fact that our foreign policies are dictated by foreign powers despite the fact that we are an independent country and free nation. What sort of freedom is this? What type of self-government and autonomy is this? Hundreds of innocent people are killed in drone strikes.
I want to make Pakistan so strong that no one is able to cross our borders without our permission. If a country intervenes on the basis of brute force then we must stand up and say that we are prepared to die an honourable death rather than suffer the loss of honour. We must tell them that we are not prepared to live the life of ignominy any longer.
Every now and then we have to seek financial assistance from the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other donor agencies. We want to make Pakistan an economically sound country so that we are able to help other countries instead of seeking help ourselves.
I speak straight unlike leaders of other political parties who speak evasively in ambiguous manner. I can assure you that the MQM will translate into actions what it says. If we are stopped from implementing our revolutionary political programme and our path is obstructed from the powers that be in the country, then we will not hesitate even for a single day and come out of power.
The MQM does not want a bloody revolution in the country. We want to bring a peaceful public revolution through democratic means. If the people of Pakistan bring the MQM in power, then the MQM will introduce positive amendments in the constitution that will be beneficial for the people of the country by and large.
Education up to matriculation level will be made compulsory and students will be given books free of cost. Legislation will be done to provide for actions against those parents who will force their children to work instead of sending them to schools. The course of education will be the same for the rich and the poor. Double standards in the education system will be abolished
MQM will make Pakistan a truly democratic country by bringing to an end the decaying feudal system. Amendments will be made in the constitution to check uncontrolled capitalism.
An independent foreign policy of Pakistan will be made that will reflect our sovereignty and autonomy. Drone strikes in the country and foreign intervention in domestic affairs will end. No dictation will be taken from any foreign power.
Practice of taking huge loans from the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other donor agencies will discontinue and policies will be made for the economic uplift of the people and the country. Unemployment will be reduced to a minimum level by setting up a network of cottage industries in the country. Small loans will be provided on easy terms in order to setup small industries and factories. Unemployed youths will be given subsistence allowance. Salaries of the government employees will also be increased. Financial resources for all these works will be made available by confiscating the properties that have been made through ill-gotten money by availing huge loans from national exchequer and getting them written-off illegally. All the wealth stashed in foreign bank accounts that has been looted from the national exchequer will be brought back in the country.
The country will be transformed into a truly democratic Islamic Republic of Pakistan in the light of the revolutionary ideals of the Quaid-i-Azam and Allama Iqbal where Christians, Sikhs, Hindus, Parsees and other non-Muslim Pakistanis will have equal rights as the Muslim Pakistanis.
Women make up 51 per cent of the population of Pakistan. MQM will abolish all black laws that are the source of discrimination against women. Every type of discrimination against women will be brought to an end. Karo-kari, watta satta, vani, marriage with the Quran and honour-killing will be banned.
Cruelty to kiln labourers (bhatta mazdoors) and forced labour will be eliminated. Child labour will be banned and laws will be enacted against getting hard labours from the children.
Budget of the health sector will be increased considerably in order to provide better healthcare facilities to the poor people. Dispensaries and maternity homes will be built in small villages and town. Funds will be allocated for building big hospitals in villages.
An institution for across the board accountability will be formed that will be composed of persons of unembellished charact
ers. Only the God-fearing people who have been earning their livelihood through honest means will be inducted in this institution. Once this institution is established fierce accountability will be done irrespective of party affiliations. Whether it is the MQM minister or member of the assembly or a public representative of any other political party, all will have to face accountability. Courts will also be made independent and autonomous.
The wishes of the people for formation of new provinces in the country will be decided according to their wishes and aspiration by holding referendums. Grievances of the people of southern Punjab will be removed by carrying out development works. Industries and hospitals will be built in southern Punjab.
The Kashmir dispute will be resolved honourably according to the wishes and aspirations of the people of Kashmir once and for all during the MQM government.
Dynastic political culture will cease to exist and laws will be formulated against those who oppress labourers, peasants, farmers, workers so that no feudal lord could treat poor farmers and tenants with cruelty. Estates of the feudal lords will be brought to an end and a limit will be placed on the maximum landholdings in the country. The extra land available after the reforms will be distributed among poor farmers.
I say to the people of the Punjab to force the present federal and provincial government to solve the Baluchistan issue by dialogue and by embracing the Baluchi people instead of using power. MQM is ready to play its unconditional role for removing the grievances of the people of Baluchistan and for keeping them within Pakistan.
Industries in the country are shut due to the load-shedding of natural gas and electricity. We will make a workable distribution system of energy in order to stop the load-shedding of gas and electricity.
The MQM believes in the freedom of the press and media. The curbs and restrictions against the media must be lifted immediately. The government should lift bans on GEO Super and Aag TV. The MQM will announce the wage board soon after coming in power and will the journalists their due rights.
If the people of the Punjab want to change their fate and the fate of the country then they should grasp the hand of Altaf Hussain.
There are members of assemblies and senators of the MQM but there are no feudal lords in the MQM. If the MQM can bring educated an able people from Sindh in the assemblies then the MQM can send the educated, honest, upright and able people from the Punjab to the corridors of power as well. This can be done of the people of the Punjab promise to help their brother Altaf Hussain.
I want to tell the feudal lords of the Punjab that the followers of Altaf Hussain cannot be cowed down by their oppression and cruelty.
We will eradicate street crimes and legislation will be done at the federal and provincial level to provide harsh punishments against the heinous crimes of kidnappings for ransom and extortions. We will protect the younger generation who are the future of the country by strong action against drugs and narcotics.
I salute to the workers and office-bearers of Lahore and other districts of the Punjab who worked day and night in order to make this public meeting a huge success. I also pay tributes to the members of the Co-ordination Committee, office-bearers of various wings of the MQM, parliamentarians who guided their fellow workers of the Punjab. I also praise the efforts of the women who worked for this public meeting because no revolution can succeed without the participation of women.
The workers and office-bearers of the MQM should play their role in spreading the message of the MQM in the villages of the Punjab with renewed determination and spirit. They should work tirelessly so that at the time of elections when results are announced, the MQM candidates become victorious from every district of the Punjab.
May Allah help us and shower his blessings on us for our noble efforts. May Allah protect Pakistan for ever.