MQM all set to clean Karachi

The Pak Banker - - NATIONAL -

KARACHI: At a time when its strength is the sub­ject of prime time de­bates across the coun­try, the Mut­tahida Qaumi Move­ment ( MQM) held a press con­fer­ence to an­nounce a clean­li­ness drive in Karachi, with an ap­par­ent ref­er­ence to ques­tions be­ing raised about the party's per­for­mance.

"On March 10, we will start a cam­paign to clean Karachi, and the mind­set of its peo­ple, by dis­pelling doubts and con­fu­sion," top party rep­re­sen­ta­tive Fa­rooq Sat­tar told re­porters on Tues­day. Chris­tened the ' Clean Karachi Cam­paign' (CKC), the drive is sched­uled to kick off on March 10, with the stated goal of clean­ing the city and its ' mind­set', Sat­tar said.

"We want to cul­ti­vate the pas­sion of own­ing the city in heart of ev­ery ci­ti­zen and we want the cit­i­zens of this city to take own­er­ship for it."

The an­nounce­ment comes days af­ter the political land­scape of the me­trop­o­lis wit­nessed tremors with the re­turn of MQM's for­mer mayor Mustafa Ka­mal, who in his ex­plo­sive press con­fer­ence lev­elled se­ri­ous al­le­ga­tions against his for­mer political party. The MQM leader claimed that the ini­tia­tive will 'kill two birds with one stone'.

The an­nounce­ment comes days af­ter the political land­scape of the me­trop­o­lis wit­nessed tremors with the re­turn of MQM's for­mer mayor Mustafa Ka­mal, who in his ex­plo­sive press con­fer­ence lev­elled se­ri­ous al­le­ga­tions against his for­mer political party. Sat­tar, elab­o­rated and told the me­dia per­son­nel present that the party wants to bring a ' sense of be­long­ing and par­tic­i­pa­tion' into the peo­ple of Karachi, and that is the real ob­jec­tive of the CKC. "The clean­ing cam­paign can last for more then a month, and we do not want to limit it. We will con­tinue this cam­paign till our mayor-des­ig­nate Waseem Akhtar takes his oath and as­sumes his re­spon­si­bil­i­ties," stated the MQM leader.

"We will clean Karachi of all garbage and cor­rupted minds." In a light­hearted tone, Sat­tar said that he will talk in an in­di­rect man­ner, so he can prop­erly con­vey his mes­sage to the me­dia and the peo­ple of Karachi.

"Meet­ings that will be held by the MQM in Karachi's neigh­bour­hoods be­fore the start of CKC, and we will en­sure that we clean the minds of the cit­i­zens first," stated Sat­tar.

He went on to say, that once con­fu­sion has been dis­pelled from Karachi's cit­i­zenry, they will start to clean the streets.

"We will hold meet­ings in ev­ery ward of Karachi, we will be hold­ing close to 720 meet­ings with the pub­lic. This is the power of an or­gan­ised political party," said Sat­tar.

Sat­tar, dur­ing the press con­fer­ence re­peat­edly ham­mered home his point that it is es­sen­tial to clean the mind­set preva­lent in the peo­ple of the city, be­fore they can move onto clean­ing the streets.

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