Sunday, June 26, 2011

MQM blames govt of rigging in AJK elections

Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) Chief Altaf Hussain claimed in his telephonic address to MQM general workers’ meeting that the government had returned through betrayal the support his party had extended to it in its time of trial and asked the party workers to go to courts against the way in which the elections in Azad Jammu and Kashmir were held.
He said despite facing severe criticism for continuing to stick to power, his party had to make a difficult choice of keeping its support on for the government.MQM Chief requested the Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Muhammad Choudry to take suo motto notice of the ‘mock elections’ by invoking the law and Constitution.
He said the attempts to eliminate MQM through state coercion would never be successful.“The Kashmiri people have been robbed of their democratic right of vote through plunder and the entire exercise of elections in Azad Kashmir have not just been sunk into a swamp of doubt but also made totally unacceptable,” he maintained.
He said: “We were urged to contest for one seat and leave the other for People’ Party.”
He termed the AJK elections as unlawful and unconstitutional, saying the polls had been rigged through state power. “Today’s democratic govt has proved itself to be worse than dictatorship by keeping MQM away from the polls and burying the democratic norms,” he added.