PSP to observe 'day of deliverance' with MQM on August 22

Pak Sarzameen Party (PSP) on Monday accepted Muttahida Qaumi Movement's (MQM) invitation to attend the all parties conference to be held on August 22 — MQM's "Day of Deliverance".

PSP leader Anees Advocate, while addressing a joint press conference at PSP's headquarters in Karachi, said that PSP will join MQM in trying to find a solution to not only Karachi's problems but the problems of Pakistan.

"However, we hope that on August 22, when a number of people will be celebrating Youm-i-Nijaat (Day of Deliverance), MQM will put forward a clear stance against the Pakistan's traitor," the PSP leader said while referring to the MQM's founder Altaf Hussain.

Anees Advocate impressed upon the fact that not only MQM but all Pakistanis denounce any connection with Hussain, whom he called an “Agent of India’s intelligence agency Research and Analysis Wing (RAW)”.

“This country needs to have a joint strategy against that traitor and his followers, who still are trying to remain connected to him — some are doing it openly while others are doing it behind our backs,” the PSP leader said.

While discussing the agenda of the all parties conference, MQM's Amir Khan said, “We plan to bring everyone on the same page on matters of empowering the municipal system in the whole country, not just Karachi or Sindh.”

"We have invited the PSP to this conference, along with other parties, so that we could sit together and come up with a joint strategy to defeat all of Pakistan's problems," Khan said.

He expressed satisfaction at the fact that PSP agreed to attend the conference and said that the party would also approach MQM-Haqiqi — another splinter of the previously combined MQM.

The MQM leader said that Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf and PPP have also been invited to attend the conference.

August 22 marks a year's passing since Hussain referred to Pakistan as “a cancer for entire world” in a vitriolic speech that sent shock waves through the country and resulted in the party's disassociation from Altaf Hussain and creation of MQM's Pakistan faction ─ a splinter group of the party with Dr Farooq Sattar as its leader.

“Pakistan is a headache for the entire world. Pakistan is the epicentre of terrorism for the entire world. Who says long live Pakistan…it’s down with Pakistan," Hussain had said as he addressed MQM workers who were proteting outside the Karachi Press Club against “enforced disappearances and extrajudicial killings of workers”.

Hussain's anti-Pakistan slogans and hate speech caused violence to break out in the Karachi's South district. The chief had directed the crowd to proceed against the offices of Sama and ARY and the Rangers. He even called on them to lock down the Sindh Secretariat.

One person was killed and several others were injured in clashes between police and violent protesters who attacked ARY News office in the Karachi's Saddar area after Hussain's speech. A Samaa DSNG van was also attacked

A day after Hussain's speech, Sattar said that the MQM should operate from Pakistan alone and that all the decisions will be made from the country ─ a statement that brought into effect the minus-one formula.

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