Ka­mal an­nounces ‘

The Pak Banker - - NATIONAL -

An­nounc­ing the name of his 'new party' on Wed­nes­day, for­mer Karachi mayor Mustafa Ka­mal said the "Pak Sarza­min Party" will re­lease its man­i­festo in the near fu­ture. The man­i­festo is be­ing drafted by those who are "most com­pe­tent", he said.

"It should be clear to you that those of us on this path are not here to dis­trib­ute power, gain power, to steal power or to steal po­si­tions," Ka­mal said, adding that he and his col­leagues "curse such power, posts and priv­i­lege which can­not serve the peo­ple".

"The peo­ple of Karachi are wit­ness to the time we had the power to bring change," he said, re­fer­ring to his time as mayor of the me­trop­o­lis, "And when the time came that those po­si­tions were just posts of power, we left." "The day we dis­tanced our­selves from this sin, we be­came rich," he said, ges­tur­ing to him­self and col­league Anis Kaimkhani, while re­fer­ring to their sep­a­ra­tion from the Mut­tahida Qaumi Move­ment (MQM).

"The free­dom of Kash­mir is the first pri­or­ity of the es­tab­lish­ment... Which Pak­istani doesn't want free­dom for Kash­mir? If the es­tab­lish­ment has the same agenda, does that mean Pak­ista­nis will stop want­ing it?" he asked. Lament­ing the frag­mented con­di­tion of the pop­u­la­tion along eth­nic and religious lines, he said, "We don't want to di­vide peo­ple's hearts fur­ther." "If you want to join us, you must first re­spect our political op­po­nents," he said. "We will not al­low more po­lar­i­sa­tion or divi­sion with in the Pak­istani so­ci­ety. This is our first prin­ci­ple." The party will pro­pose a new party flag for the Elec­tion Com­mis­sion of Pak­istan, he said, but will "not even look at this flag". "We will not hand it to our work­ers. We will only raise the flag of Pak­istan. What con­sti­tu­tion can stop me from rais­ing the Pak­istani flag?" he asked.

"A party's flag is where di­vide be­gins... Ev­ery­one, no mat­ter what political party he be­longs to, be­lieves in our sym­bol," he said, re­fer­ring to the Pak­istani flag he had raised as the party sym­bol with Anis Kaimkhani at his first press con­fer­ence upon his re­turn to Karachi. "It will be our re­spon­si­bil­ity to re­spect those who be­lieve in this flag."

Ka­mal said the big­gest prob­lem right now is that "we are not tak­ing own­er­ship of Pak­istan" and called for a "purely de­volved lo­cal govern­ment sys­tem".

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