Pakistan: Mirza allegations rock political landscapeBy Pakistan Voice Aug 29, 2011 7:14AM UTC
A politician in Pakistan on Sunday turned the whole political scene of the country topsy-turvy through his fiery speech made at a press conference which lasted for more than two hours in Karachi.
Dr Zulfiqar Mirza, senior minister of the ruling Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) from the country’s Sindh province, while announcing his resignation from government leveled serious allegations against Pakistan’s Federal Interior Minister Rehman Malik and the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM).
Mr Mirza, who before the press conference was member of the Sindh Assembly and senior vice-president of the PPP, alleged that the country’s interior minister Mr Malik was responsible for the bloodshed in Karachi.
According to the Express Tribune report, “Mirza alleged that Interior Minister Rehman Malik is ‘hand in glove with terrorists’ and that he has evidence that will implicate Malik in Karachi target killings.”
Pakistan Today newspaper’s report about the press conference reads: “Putting the Quran on his head, Mirza narrated his meeting in London with MQM chief Altaf Hussain along with PPP leader Pir Mazhar. He said Altaf Hussain had taken them into a separate room. He then told Pir Mazhar and I (Mr Mirza) that he had been living in London for a long time and had developed contacts with international forces, and said the US had decided to break up Pakistan and that he would support it.”
However, later MQM condemned the allegations leveled Mirza, saying they were a conspiracy to fan hatred and trigger violence in the province while the Federal Interior Minister Rehman Malik also rejected Mirza’s allegations.
It is pertinent to mention here that the press conference of Dr Zulfiqar Mirza was telecasted live by almost all the mainstream news channels of the country.
It is also interesting to note here that Dr Zulfiqar Mirza’s press conference also triggered online debate on different social networks and microblogging websites.