- Dr Zulfiqar Mirza - Statement on MQM and Mahajirs:
- All this was done after a lot of damage was done following a fiery and highly provocative statement made by the Minister a day earlier, which was condemned not only by MQM against whom it was directed but also segments of the society.
There was also a demonstration in Lahore where MQM workers suspended traffic on bustling Ferozepur Road for many hours. This is the first time the presence of Muttahida in Lahore was felt. This means the MQM has done an organizational homework and the party is no longer restricted to urban Sindh; it has emerged a political party of reckoning. However, MQM needs to be reminded that also added some fuel to fire by not disowning the graffiti on Karachi streets calling for a `Karachi province`. A pertinent notice must also be served on political workers across Pakistan that when in anger, they damage their own property, ravage their own home by setting on fire their own buses and private vehicles. Every riot leaves behind a loss of billions of public and private assets. There must be a civilized way of venting their distress.