The exiled leader of the Muthahida Quami Movement (MQM), Altaf Hussain, has demanded the reopening of the probe into the hanging of former Prime Minister ZA Bhutto, saying Benazir Bhutto had "acted dumb" while the intellectuals had "misrepresented the tragedy".
Flaying the Pakistan People's Party (PPP) leader Benazir Bhutto, Hussain said the feudal lords had "acted dumb" while the party workers had braved the might of the government.
In an address to party workers in Karachi over phone from London, where he currently lives in self-exile, Hussain also criticised Pakistan's intellectuals "for misrepresenting the former Prime Minister's hanging as an issue concerning Sindh province rather than a national tragedy."
The establishment first tricked the hanged leader's son, Murtaza Bhutto, into returning back to Pakistan and then eliminated him, Dawn newspaper reported him as saying today.
The MQM, which has strong support among the migrant population from India after the Partition of the subcontinent (Muhajirs), is the main political rival of PPP in Sindh province, and currently is the partner of the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Q, (PML-Q) both in Islamabad and Karachi.
Harping on the threat to the unity of Pakistan, Hussain said mysterious maps showing Balochistan and North West Frontier Province outside Pakistan, was an ominous sign.
The MQM leader said Sindhis should not allow feudal lords to barter away the rights of the citizens.
Stressing that a "forget-and-forgive approach" was the need of the hour, Hussain said all linguistic and ethnic groups must overcome prejudices and become united.