KARACHI - Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain on Thursday said that establishment of administrative units was necessary for the stability of democracy and solutions of the problems being faced by the people of the country.

Altaf Hussain tabled his demands before the government while talking to European Parliament’s nominated member Amjad Bashir via telephone at MQM’s headquarters Nine-Zero.

MQM chief said in order to strengthen the government’s administration, the formation of administrative units was important. He also said that none of the democratic governments had held local body elections. Altaf further said that transfer of authority to the lower-levels which was easily accessible to the common man was avoided.

‘MQM wishes for effectuation of fair democracy in Pakistan,’ Altaf said. He said new administrative units and provinces were key requirements of the nation.

He claimed that newly-emerged governance system would meet public issues which were piling up due to significant hike in Pakistan’s population.

Earlier on Wednesday, opposing the establishment of military courts, MQM chief Altaf Hussain had said that imposing martial law was a much better option, besides requesting the army chief to take the reins of the country for two years.

“If an undemocratic path has to be taken then martial law should be imposed in the country,” he said while addressing the journalists.

The MQM Rabita Committee had voiced similar sentiments, saying the party could support military rule for the security of citizens and the elimination of terrorism, but it would not support military courts at any cost. It also said that if the civilian government had failed to tackle terrorism, it should step down.