Grop­ing for an an­swer

Southasia - - BRIEFINGS -

The lo­cal MQM lead­er­ship was left grop­ing for an­swers – once again – as the Lon­don-based party supremo sug­gested the di­vi­sion of Sindh into Sindh One and Sindh Two. In a jalsa (pub­lic meet­ing) to mark the be­gin­ning of the party’s lo­cal bod­ies elec­tion cam­paign, Altaf Hus­sain sug­gested that the prov­ince be split into two parts. He de­manded equal rights for Urdu and Sindhi-speak­ing people of Sindh and threat­ened that the de­mand for a sep­a­rate prov­ince could quickly turn into a de­mand for a sep­a­rate coun­try for Urdu speak­ers of Sindh.

This state­ment came on the heels of an­other sim­i­lar de­mand raised by Hus­sain in an elec­tion meet­ing in Hy­der­abad. In fact, it was the third time in less than three months that such a de­mand was raised by the party chief.

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