KARACHI - Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) Convener Dr Farooq Sattar has said that party will not cancel November 5 rally whether authorities approve party desired venue or not.

It is democratic right of the political force to hold rallies but it is regrettable that despite of cooperation with government, MQM-Pakistan is not being allowed to conduct protest rally at Mazar-e-Quaid.

Sattar expressed these views while addressing a press conference at party temporary headquarters in Bahdurabad Karachi on Wednesday. MQM-P members of coordination committee, members of provincial, national assemblies and other office bearers were also present on the occasion. 

Earlier, MQM-Pakistan announced holding a protest rally against the provisional census results in Karachi at Mazar-e-Quaid. MQM-P spokesperson claimed that decision making body of party is last phase of finalising the arrangement of the protest rally and it would also be a big power show to rubbish aside speculations of opponents regarding end of the political era of MQM-Pakistan.

On the other hand, Grand Democratic Alliance (GDA) has also scheduled a protest rally at Shahrah-e-Quaideen against the corruption on the same day.

Sattar talking to the media men said that party had sought the permission to stage rally outside Mazar-e-Quaid 15 days prior to the event but government of Sindh just two days before the rally denied to give us permission. He said that The Grand Democratic Alliance (GDA) has also announced holding a rally against corruption in District East Karachi on the same day. And Sindh government had told that two rallies on same day cannot be simultaneously held in District East Karachi, he added.

Terming the denying of permission another injustice with MQM-P, Sattar said that party will hold protest rally on November 5, at Mazar-e-Quaid, Shahrah-e-Quaideen or Liaquatabad No 10 Interchange, whichever venue would be available, whether authorities permits or not.

Talking about the money laundering case, MQM-P convener said that none of the party member has been nominated in case being investigate by Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) however the agency has approached Deputy Mayor Karachi Arshad Vohra, Khawaja Sohail Mansoor, Khawaja Rehan Mansoor, former senator Ahmed Ali and Rauf Siddiqui pertaining to the investigation of money laundering case.

He further informed that he had also received a letter addressed to MQM President regarding the money laundering case but it is still unclear as to which MQM President the agency seeks to question.

Sattar said that after the disassociating MQM-P from London based leadership on August 23, last year it is guarantee that no money is laundered London. However if it was done then it was not in my knowledge, he said.

Responding to a query about Sarfraz Merchant’s allegations, MQM-P leader said that allegation against him are baseless. “I am not in contact with MQM chief Altaf Hussain or other members of London based leadership and I also reject the allegations against MQM-P leader Amir khan of making billions of rupees assets, said Sattar.

He alleged Sarfaraz Merchant on having involvement in crimes and every illegal activity in Karachi and demanded an inquiry against Merchant. He also appealed the judiciary to take suo moto notice of the activities of centralised system of money laundering in the country.