PTI can Have Jinnah Ground without desecrating the sanctity of Martyrs: Altaf Hussain
KARACHI: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf on Wednesday has been offered by Muttahida Qaumi Movement chief Altaf Hussain to hold its rally in Azizabad's Jinnah Ground while maintaining the sanctity of the "martyrs' memorial" situated there otherwise choose other venue.
Altaf Hussain stands extremely sad on the incident between the residents of NA 246 and workers of PTI at Jinnah Ground, published in MQM website.
Hussain opted not to blame anyone for the incident, saying he wanted "a free and fair election to be held in peace".
Altaf Hussain reiterated the importance of Jinnah Ground having within a grand historical monument commemorating "the 20,000 martyrs" to which thousands of people pay respects and offer prayers for their salvation.
Altaf Hussain went ahead and offered MQM's full cooperation should PTI decide to hold its rally at another venue.
Altaf appealed to both parties to participate in the election like civilised groups and refrain from all kinds of provocations and confrontation.
"Demonstrate patience and restraint from what was exercised a day earlier", stands strict instructions for MQM workers and office-bearers by the Leader. He asked his supporters to refrain from confrontation at all cost.
The MQM chief asked party officials and workers to "understand that they are the host and PTI is coming to contest election in their (MQM's) traditional constituency as a guest and hence MQM supporters need to control their emotions and manifest exemplary patience and tolerance".
He requested Sindh Governor Dr Ishratul Ibad and Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah to hold an emergency meeting of both parties and formulate a code of conduct for the by-election.
Altaf also asked for the constitution of a committee comprising three empowered members of the Election Commission that would report any violation of the code of conduct to the Election Commissioner and forward copies of those reports to the governor and the chief minister.
Karachi's NA-246 constituency in Azizabad was left vacant last month after then MQM MNA Nabeel Gabol resigned from his seat.
The MQM has nominated former Hyderabad nazim Kanwar Naveed Jamil as its candidate for NA-246 while PTI has fielded one of its founding members Imran Ismail as its candidate to contest in the election scheduled to be held on April 23.
A PTI delegation led by its candidate came under an attack on Tuesday at the Jinnah Ground which is the planned and likely venue for a PTI rally on April 19.
The MQM later alleged that the banners of party chief Altaf Hussain were torn up there and the "martyrs' memorial" was desecrated leading to the scuffle between supporters of both parties.
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