Communication & Media Cell, MQM USA; Chicago; July 17th, 2009: MQM Deputy
Parliamentary leader and member of National Assembly of Pakistan Syed Haider
Abbas Rizvi addressed a huge gathering at the Indo-American Center in
Chicago that was organized by the local MQM USA chapter. The agenda of the
event was Provincial Autonomy and its impact on present day Pakistan.
The event started by recitation from the Holy Quran followed by brief yet
emotional poetic verses by Mr. Shahid Alig and Mr. Qaisar Naqvi depicting
the sacrifices made by MQ M workers. This was followed by book presentations
to Mr. Rizvi Haider outlining the work of Ms. Zara Hyderabadi, Mr. Wajid
Nadeem, Mr. Rasheed Sheikh and Mr. Ehtesham Uddin Arshad. Senior
Coordinator, MQM International Division, Mr. Muhammad Younus, and office
bearers of MQM Chicago and MQM USA also addressed the crowd and thanked the
local chapter for organizing the event.
While addressing the gathering, Syed Haider Abbas Rizvi asserted that the
population of Pakistan consists of people with diverse cultures, languages
and historical backgrounds; and that the existence of Pakistan came into
being on the basis of an agreement that each of the federating units would
benefit from the status of a sovereign one. He backed his claim with
historical evidence and stated that the 1940 Resolution or its Amended
Objective Resolution of 1946 without any doubt defined Pakistan as “A
Federation comprising of autonomous units which shall be completely
sovereign.” However, the successive rulers have made new constitutions based
on their own interests and hence deprived the federating units of all their
legal rights. In particular, he shed light on the treatment of the people of
Baluchistan province, Urdu speaking community of Karachi and the Bengali
diaspora of former East Pakistan. He ended his speech by reemphasizing on
provincial autonomy which he felt as a vital step that would rescue Pakistan
from troubled times which lie ahead and restated that it will make governing
of the state more robust.
The program was followed with the presentation of floral bouquet to Mr.
Rizvi by the members of the organizing committee of the local chapter and
concluded with dinner.