“We were against ‘violent’ MQM”, says President Alvi

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ISLAMABAD: President Arif Alvi on Wednesday said that ” we were against ‘violent’ face of Muthaida Qaumi Movement (MQM).”

In an exclusive interview to ARY News’ 11th hour with Waseem Badami, the president said, MQM was not acceptable to us [Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf] when it was carrying out violent activities in the past.

Recalling the past, President Arif Alvi said shots were fired at his residence for opposing Muthaida Qaumi Movement (MQM) in 2007 when he censured it in a television program for its wrongdoings in city.

“Now he will not be spared, as he has openly criticized MQM”, my relatives said to my wife after returning to home, the President continued.

To a query in the interview with Waseem Badami about winning the elections from NA-250-Karachi in 2013 general polls, the president said, it was tough to contest election at that time due to influence of MQM in the city.

The president said becoming President of Pakistan was a ‘surprise’ for him, the ultimate goal was to bring change in the county, adding “the change is coming, in the country.

He hailed the government’s performance and achievements in its first 100 days and gave 9 marks out of 10.

Expressing disappointment at negative response by India over Pakistan’s peace efforts, President Arif Alvi said that India has always sabotaged dialogues and friendship efforts made by Pakistan.

President Arif Alvi said he did not observe any change in India’s arrogant attitude for the last 25 years and added that New Delhi was even not complying with the Simla Agreement.

To a query in the interview with Waseem Badami, the president said that India could be involved in attack on Chinese consulate in Karachi and added that New Delhi had been creating unrest in Balochistan.

Talking about Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav, Alvi said that he wanted Jadhav to be hanged through fair judicial trial. The president said that he would follow government’s recommendation on Jadhav’s mercy plea, if the plea would be put before him.

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