politics of strike should come to an end once and for all - Pervaiz Rashid
KARACHI: The politics of strike should come to an end once and for all. This is the desire of the prime minister and the goal of our government. Protesting is a democratic right which every political party has the right to exercise but a party cannot force traders to shut down their business.
These remarks were made by Federal Information Minister Senator Pervaiz Rashid when he came to Karachi to inaugurate the National Book Foundation’s weekly book fair on Friday.
He was responding to a question pertaining to the `day of mourning’ called by the Muttahida Qaumi Movement to protest the`extrajudicial killings’ of its four workers on Thursday night in the city’s Gadap area.
“The situation in Karachi has improved drastically so much so that businessmen who had shifted their businesses to Dubai are now moving back. Karachi has become peaceful. This should not be ruined. If anybody has any grievance then they can always seek recourse to courts and parliament,” said the minister who remained unfazed by the constant interruption of electricity while talking to mediapersons.
On the subject of MQM resignation stalemate, he said: “The prime minister and the leader of the opposition requested Maulana Fazlur Rehman to talk the MQM out of their resignations. Maulana sahib met the MQM leaders to address their grievances. So he did what he was asked to do. Later, it was agreed a committee would be formed where people could register their complaints. Everyone congratulated each other on coming to some sort of a decision. Then suddenly at 5am a presser is called and the decision was changed.”
As for the ban on airing of Altaf Hussain’s speeches, he said: “Thousands of people give speeches and quite a few can be labelled as hate speeches. Tell me something, don’t we all agree that such speeches and the dissemination of hate literature should not be allowed. And that they are detrimental to the safety and property of citizens. [The decision to ban Altaf Hussain’s speeches] is a high court decision. Anybody who disagrees can always seek redress from the Supreme Court. However, I fail to understand why does [Altaf Hussain ask for] forgiveness after he makes such speeches.”
The minister did not just answer queries about the MQM; he also addressed questions about the Pakistan Peoples Party who have their back to the wall these days. When asked about PPP lawmaker Syed Ali Nawaz Shah’s conviction in a land revenue fraud case by in accountability court, he replied: “There is a judiciary in Pakistan and should anyone feel that injustice has been done then he should go to the court. The government and judiciary are independent of each other.
The government does not interfere in judicial matters.
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