PPP distances itself from its leader`s remark

Remarks made by Zulfikar Mirza have fuelled fresh violence in Sindh and other parts of the province.

Karachi: Sindh`s ruling Pakistan People`s Party has disassociated itself from remarks made by its senior minister Zulfikar Mirza, which fuelled fresh violence in this port city and other parts of the province.

"I apologise to MQM leader Altaf Hussain and the Urdu speaking people if they have been hurt by the remarks of Zulfikar Mirza," Interior Minister Rehman Malik said today.

Sindh, including its capital Karachi, plunged into violence and disturbance after Mirza made disparaging remarks against the MQM leader Altaf Hussain and the Urdu speaking population.

Late night, the President`s house also moved to repair the damage done by Mirza`s remarks saying the remarks didn`t reflect the policies of the PPP.

Malik said the President had directed Sindh Chief Minister to submit a report within 24 hours on Mirza`s remarks.

"The remarks by Mirza were unfortunate and should not have been made. It is his personal views and made in a state of emotion. We respect the MQM and Altaf Hussain and regard them highly. There is no doubt that the Urdu speaking people made great sacrifices at partition and even after that in the
62 years of our existence," Malik said in a bid to appease the MQM which has called for a day of protests in Sindh.

Mirza described the MQM as low-lives and the Urdu speaking people as naked and hungry when they came to Sindh at the time of partition.

The MQM, the second largest party in the province after the PPP, has been at loggerheads with Mirza since last year when he was serving as the provincial home minister.


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