KARACHI - Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) Quaid, Altaf Hussain, on Sunday telephoned PML-Z President, Ejaz-ul-Haq, and discussed the overall political situation, challenges facing the country, public issues and other important matters in detail. It was agreed during the talk to formulate a solid line of action in order to meet the internal and external threats to the country. They proposed to call a roundtable conference of all the political parties for serious deliberations and chalking out a strategy. Altaf told Ejaz that the people of the country were facing hardships because of poverty, inflation and unemployment. He said that the families displaced by the floods were still forced to live in a deplorable condition while the menace of corruption was destroying the country. He regretted that the national honour and self-esteem were pawned for foreign aid. He said that the time had come for the patriotic political forces of the country to decide if they wanted to see the country beholden to foreign powers or wanted to see the country free from the menace of foreign aid. Altaf emphasised that the patriotic political forces should exhibit unity in the interest of national security by setting aside their political differences. He said, We must all get united on the point of zero tolerance against corruption, loot and plunder and make an example of those who sacked national exchequer with both hands. Ejaz said that MQM had always championed the rights of the poor and middle class and it was gaining rapid acceptance in public because of its principled stance on important public issues. He said that the stance of MQM on Kerry-Lugar Act, NRO and RGST was being hailed in the country.