Culture of Sovereignty of the Common Man Comes to Pakistan
Glimpses of the convention
Speakers at the 14 th Annual Convention of MQM USA at Fort Lauderdale, Florida have pledged that sovereignty belongs to the public and the party’s message of peace has already reached the doors of the common man in Punjab. The three-day convention was attended by hundreds of workers and office bearers of MQM USA as well as a large a number of people belonging to the four provinces of Pakistan.
The convention was also attended by Member Provincial Assembly Sindh Moeed Siddiqui and Member National Assembly Pakistan Farhat Khan. Those who spoke at the public gathering included the Central Organizer MQM USA Kamal Zafar; Patron, MQM USA and Canada Ibad Rehman; MPA Moeed Siddiqui; MNA Farhat Khan, and former Federal Minister and Member National Assembly and Patron-in-Chief MQM North America Dr. Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui.
In his address, the Central Organizer Kamal Zafar said that MQM is the voice of all the people of Pakistan. He added the workers of MQM USA are taking this message to members of the Pakistani-American community. He congratulated the people of Pakistan, especially the people of the Punjab, on the success of the Punjab Convention.
Ibad Rehman in his address said that by making the Punjab Convention a success the people of Punjab have given a clear affirmation that they wholeheartedly accept the philosophy of Mr. Altaf Hussain. MPA Moeed Siddiqui claimed the MQM has proved that it is the only party that could establish good governance and has successfully furnished a perfect model of governance in Karachi and other parts of the province of Sindh. MNA Farhat Khan, who hails from Florida, said that the 25 MQM MNAs in the Assembly carry more weight than the rest because of their character and public service that they have rendered. He said the MQM has introduced the culture of the common man’s sovereignty in place of legacy politics.
The Patron-in-Chief MQM North America said the success of the Punjab Convention shows that the people of Pakistan and Punjab have identified their friends and foes. He said that in a country where there had always been either martial law or feudal law, the rule of people’s law was a difficult proposition; however, the MQM took up the challenge. A young man started the struggle and after 26 years his voice man has resonated in the form of immense public power. He appealed to the politicians of Pakistan to set aside their vested interests and work to save Pakistan. He said the first step in achieving this objective would necessitate that all politicians announce that they will keep themselves and their relatives out of power and will give tickets to their workers and people from the educated middle-class. He said this attitudinal change sounds difficult, however the leader of MQM Mr. Altaf Hussain has personally furnished a good example by himself staying away and keeping his relatives away from power and the electoral processes.