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MQM for military rule in Pak

The leader of Pakistan's third largest party, the Muttahida Qaumi Movement, has said that if “patriotic Generals” take a “martial law-like step against corrupt politicians,”, his party will support them.

world Updated: Aug 23, 2010 23:58 IST

The leader of Pakistan's third largest party, the Muttahida Qaumi Movement, has said that if “patriotic Generals” take a “martial law-like step against corrupt politicians,”, his party will support them.

Addressing a general workers meeting at Lal-Qila ground in Aziz Abad on Sunday, MQM leader Altaf Hussain said the country needs a revolution like France. He urged US president Obama to review his Pakistan policy and support people instead of landlords and corrupt politicians.

Altaf Hussain's remarks were received with caution by most politicians who said that they wanted further clarification before they could comment on the statement. But a spokesperson of the ruling Pakistan Peoples Party, Fozia Wahab, termed the remarks as “irresponsible.” Politician quarters say that the statement is unusual given that the MQM is a coalition partner of the ruling party.

MQM supporters say that the anger against politicians is growing following the inability of the government to help flood victims. A senior MQM leader, Faisal Sabzwari, said that the MQM wanted to. highlight the anger of the people against the leaders.

Altaf Husain also said that Pakistan’s foreign policy is weak as opposed to the Indian foreign policy, which he deemed effective. The MQM leader alleged that Pakistani rulers were busy shopping abroad instead of presenting Pakistan’s case.