Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) Chief Altaf Hussain on Sunday said all pro-democratic forces in Pakistan are united to foil all conspiracies to derail the democracy.
He said that the countrymen were united to defend democracy and they support President Asif Ali Zardari.
He was addressing the participants of “Istehkam-e-Jamhoriyat Rally” organised by his party from Numaish to Tibet Centre here via telephone from London.
He advised the leaders of PML-N to wait for the election and participate in it and come into power through democratic process. His party would have no objection if the PML-N comes into power through a democratic process, he added.
Altaf also expressed gratitude to the leaders of PPP, PML-Q and PML-F for joining the rally and said they have showed their unity and support through their participation.
He observed that the policies of the government be criticised and protest be registered in a sober manner.
He also called upon the leaders of PPP, MQM, PML-Q and ANP to organise another rally with the title of “Peace Rally” in the city.
He also proposed that all parties should settle their differences through dialogue because the country is passing through a difficult phase.
He said we have to protect the country and the democracy and we have to eliminate poverty and unemployment to bring prosperity.
He also appealed to the government to appoint honest and devoted persons in Pakistan Steel Mill, Railways, PIA and other entities to make the same profit generating units.
Altaf Hussain also directed the office bearers of all units and zones of his party to offer thanks-giving prayers –”Nawafil-e-Shukrana” on successful holding of “Istehkam-e-Jamhoriyat Rally”.
During the telephonic address, PPP leaders, Pir Mazhar-ul-Haq and Agha Siraj Durrani also talked to him and expressed gratitude for organising the event.
Altaf Hussain also raised the slogans “PPP-MQM Ittehad Zindabad, Pakistan Zindabad and Jamhoriat Zindabad”.
Besides small rallies taken out from different parts of the city, the MQM leaders, activists and supporters including women and children also reached Karachi from other parts of Sindh to join the event.
Stringent security arrangements were made for the rally by the police, rangers and wardens of City District Government Karachi.
Earlier, Interior Minister Rehman A Malik, Sindh Home Minister, Manzoor Hussain Wasan also reviewed the security arrangements.
PPP leaders, Sharmila Farooqi, Agha Siraj Durrani and Pir Mazhar-ul-Haq. Members MQM Rabita Committee, Raza Haroon, Dr Saghir Ahmed, Gulfaraz Khan Khatak, Yousuf Shahwani, Anees Ahmed Qaimkhani and office bearers of various wings of MQM, party workers and supporters in large number attended the event.