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MQM Survival Isn’t a Matter of Choice between Alftan

Posted by yourpakistan on May 9, 2015

Loosening a Party’s Grip on Karachi, a Pakistani City Known for Violence

Hours before he was scheduled to be executed last month, the Pakistani hit man made an incendiary accusation.

Speaking into a video camera at a remote desert jail, Saulat Mirza, a death-row convict from the port city of Karachi, said his orders to kill had come from Altaf Hussain, the city’s most powerful and, until recently, untouchable political leader.

MQM & Altaf Hussain

“Altaf Hussain directly gave us the murder instructions,” Mr. Mirza said in footage that was broadcast on several television news channels later that evening in March.

It was enough to earn Mr. Mirza a last-minute reprieve, as the authorities investigated his claims. Mr. Hussain, for his part, called it a conspiracy to damage his image.

But in Karachi, Pakistan’s largest and most volatile city, the accusations were seen as further evidence that the political winds were violently shifting against Mr. Hussain after decades of iron-fisted dominance.

In the last month, the civilian and military authorities, led by the Sindh Rangers paramilitary force, have begun an unparalleled assault on his authority and the network of armed street enforcers that underpins it. Mr. Hussain has been living in self-imposed exile in London for nearly a quarter-century.

On March 11, Rangers in balaclavas raided Nine Zero, the fortified headquarters of Mr. Hussain’s party, the Muttahida Qaumi Movement, confiscating weapons and files. One political worker was killed by gunfire during the raid, and several others were taken into custody, some on murder charges. Read the rest of this entry »


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British Deputy Prime Minister Defends Altaf Hussain’s Anti-Pakistan Remarks As ‘Free Speech’

Posted by yourpakistan on May 22, 2013

Britian & MQM Relationship

The UK-MQM relationship is part of a wider problem 

SPECIAL REPORT | 21 May 2013 

Britain’s deputy prime minister Nick Clegg has publicly defended MQM chief Altaf Hussain’s statement on breaking Karachi away from Pakistan. Mr. Clegg says it is ‘free speech.’

Mr. Clegg gave a carefully worded statement to Geo News London correspondent Murtaza Ali Shah. In the statement, Mr. Clegg tried to create an impression that there was no consensus on whether Mr. Hussain’s statements constituted an incitement to murder Pakistani citizens. He also refused to make much of Altaf’s call for the secession of Pakistan’s largest city, Karachi, from the country. The city is virtually under the control of armed gangs linked to political parties, including the MQM.

The British deputy premier appeared eager to point out that Mr. Hussain retracted the statement. He tried to justify MQM chief’s statement on Karachi secession as freedom of speech under British laws.

The caretaker Information Minister Arif Nizami has called on the interim Pakistani government to ‘take notice’ of Altaf Hussain’s statements from London but the government is silent.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Altaf Hussain; Enough is Enough MQM

Posted by yourpakistan on May 20, 2013

Altaf Hussain MQM Founder

A Terrorist On British Soil!

By Raja G Mujtaba – Opinon Maker

The world has risen in uproar that Altaf Hussain is responsible for killings in Karachi, he incites the killings and as commonly known he operates through some well-trained cold blooded killers whom he controls directly. It’s no secret where they were trained and by whom; it’s RAW of India and  perhaps MI 6 also has a finger in the pie.

Activities and modus operandi of Altaf Hussain is no secret. Who are his masters is also no secret. Sitting on the British soil, he is serving the interest of his Indian Masters and bringing defamation to the British Government and the people. If the British government does not act now and act with firm hand, there may be diplomatic tensions between Pakistan and the UK.

On one hand Great Britain misses no opportunity in claiming that she is fighting a global war on terror and on the other she is harbouring a terrorist by giving him a passport and all the protection that he needs. Is the public money so surplus and unaccounted for that the tax payer’s money is being wasted like draining human excreta down the flush? The British ought to ask the government how and why, a terrorist is being harboured who is creating havoc in Pakistan, a Commonwealth Member and an old ally where the UK has the largest investments.

Altaf Hussain has made a routine to come on electronic media and give a call to his people in Karachi who go on rampage and start targeting people in Karachi. Is there anyone who can explain as to why these double standards emanating from the British Soil?

Altaf Hussain’s MQM is known for target killings of Punjabis, Pakhtuns and those Urdu speaking who refused to fall in line behind Altaf Hussain. The way people are brought out to listen to Altaf Hussain’s telephonic addresses is no secret. The body language and facial expressions speak volumes. It’s a ‘gestapo’ like tactics that are used to bring the people out that includes women, old and sick also.

What Altaf Hussain does sitting in London and gets people slaughtered in Karachi, affects the British troops in Kabul. They are attacked by the relatives of Pakhtuns who are targeted by MQM hit squads in Karachi. These Pakhtuns have relatives both in FATA and across Durand Line. If the British want the safety of their troops in Kabul, they must not allow target killings of Pakhtuns and any other community in Pakistan otherwise the Pakhtuns are known for avenging and this they carry through generations. Read the rest of this entry »

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الطاف حسین صاحب، کہیں آپکی پارٹی نہ ختم ہوجائے

Posted by yourpakistan on April 30, 2013

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Pakistan and Elections in 2013

Posted by yourpakistan on December 8, 2012

There isn’t to reason why?

There’s but to do or die

By Brig Samson S Sharaf

Pakistan Major Political King Maker

As the tenure of the present NRO sponsored regimes come to a close, political parties in Pakistan are gearing up for elections. The parties that ruled the country in one capacity or the other during the past five years appear self-absolved of their pathetic performance in all fields. The audacity to feed the people with a faulty narrative and secure votes based on traditional heavyweights, feudalism

and narrow ethno-nationalism with a total absence of remorse or contrition is a razor’s edge that people of Pakistan will have to walk to exercise right choices. In facilitating the people to make the right choices, the anti status quo parties will have to embark on a revolutionary and out of the box themes to educate the masses on the perils of a daylight robbery perpetuated in the past five years and why it must be halted in its tracks.

The hyperactive media in its present capacity and ability to influence minds will have to play a positive role and educate the people in exercising their right of vote. More than ever, the media in the election campaign 2013 will be remembered for the role it played in changing Pakistan or otherwise. Within the run up to these elections, currents, counter currents and international compulsions will cast their shadows on the outcome and must be factorised. As ever, the propensity to engineer results will remain endemic.

Two major issues relating to the economy of Pakistan and the US withdrawal from Afghanistan will be the main determinants of Pakistan’s future power structure. Both have an effect on the quality of life and Pakistan’s future. A self reliant and proud Pakistan; or, a pliable, dependent and discredited country of thugs and thieves, ready to sell their mothers? Read the rest of this entry »

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While Karachi burns, MQM leadership enjoys Dubai getaway

Posted by yourpakistan on March 29, 2012











The self-proclaimed saviours of Karachi fled to Dubai yesterday leaving the hapless citizens of the city to fend for themselves as the city came to a standstill in face of violence and arson.

PKKH Exclusive | Mehreen Bilal

MQM’s top leadership was in Dubai last night as Karachi came to a standstill after killings earlier in the day. The city became a target of fierce aggression as tyres and vehicles were set on fire, people were killed in firing incidents and roads were blocked on the day when MQM announced to mourn the death of two of its workers. At least 10 people lost their lives, two dozen were injured and around 46 vehicles set alight in the violence.

Sindh Governor Dr Ishrat-ul-Ibad Khan, MQM’s Deputy Convener and parliamentary leader Dr Farooq Sattar, former mayor of Karachi Mustafa Kamal, and Federal Minister Babar Ghori were spotted late last night in the executive lounge of Dubai’s Avari Hotel and were seen in relaxed mood engaging in banter.

This is further proof of the disconnect that exists between the political elite of Pakistan and its citizens who often feel that they are left to fend for themselves in the face of terrorism, corruption and the inability of the state to run its affairs.

MQM has been engaged in bitter turf wars with rival political parties, land mafia and extortion gangs over the last few months resulting in many deaths and loss to property.

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MQM’s Press Conference Was Not Successful

Posted by yourpakistan on September 8, 2011

MQM Press Conference in Karachi

MQM Yet To Learn Elementary Media Management

Mustafa Kamal, one of the key figures in MQM, a coalition government partner in Islamabad, called a hurried press conference last night to deny his party’s close ties to US government. Net result? He failed. Here’s why.


It was more of a case of brawn than brain. Last night, MQM managed to browbeat 10 television channels into broadcasting live the entire news conference of Mr. Mustafa Kamal for more than an hour but it could not convincingly deny the accusations of Dr. Zulfiqar Mirza. Even after so many years, MQM does not know how to make the best use of media. Some points:

DURATION. Mustafa did not realize that brevity was the soul of wit. Expanding to more than an hour what he could state in just 15 minutes destroyed the impact.

RELEVANCE. Mustafa should have confined himself to the specific accusations of Dr. Zulfiqar Mirza. Talking on and on about subjects not related to the accusations diverted viewers’ attention.

OMISSION. In his zeal, he forgot to touch on some very relevant topics. For example, when will MQM rejoin the government (again!).

AUDIENCE. MQM may bring a horse to water but cannot make it drink. Even the interested viewers could not watch the news briefing when it went on and on until about midnight. The poor news reporters may be a captive audience but viewers are not.

TIME. Holding a briefing during prime time is a sure way to antagonize media. If you deprive it of millions of rupees, never expect it to love you. Even in off-peak hours, for best impact a news briefing must not go beyond 30 minutes. It must start at half hour and end on the hour. For example, if it starts at 0930, it must end before the news headlines at 1000.

Heavens would not have fallen if the news conference had been postponed until next morning, say around 10:00. If MQM could wait for more than a week before responding to accusations, why not a few hours more? Had it done so, it could have accrued the following advantages:

a) Mustafa Kamal could get more time to read and rehearse the script. He could then look straight into the camera, rather than fumbling with papers and even mispronouncing the name of Balochistan politician Lashkari Raisani. He would have also not appeared under the influence.

b) The television channels could have repeated what Mustafa said the whole day until their main news bulletins at 2100, allowing viewers to catch it even if they were away from television.

c) Channels could get the views of commentators.

d) Newspaper reporters could have had more time to write their stories, instead of being hurried at midnight, close to deadline.

e) The talk show hosts (and their guests) could have more time to digest what Mustafa said and make sense of it before starting the show in the evening at the scheduled time.

CONCLUSION. The briefing did not convince the media and the viewers that MQM is right. MQM should take two simple steps to disprove Zulfiqar Mirza’s accusations:

a) The two persons, who were with Altaf Husain and were asked to leave the room during his controversial meeting with Mirza, should come before the media, place the Holy Qur’an on head and deny Mirza’s claim.

b) Altaf Husain should write a letter to the present British Prime Minister, asking him to deny (after referring to the record) that he wrote to Tony Blair in September 2001. It is as simple as that.

Mr. Abd al-Hameed is a Lahore-based columnist. Over the past half century he closely studied the politics of Pakistan and the Middle East. Reach him at  mahameed40[at]

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Save Country, not Government: Chief Justice of Pakistan

Posted by yourpakistan on September 7, 2011

The Supreme Court on Tuesday noting the shortage of judges in Sindh province asked Advocate General Sindh to issue orders for appointment of anti-terrorism and banking courts judges within two days. Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, who heads a five-judge special bench hearing a suo motu case on target killings in the city, remarked that the report of the joint investigation team on Ajmal Pahari raised questions about national sovereignty.

The CJP asked from AGS whether he wanted to save the government or the country. “What should be saved, the country or the government, CJP said. He said, “It seems from your talk that you are trying to give linguistic colour to Karachi situation. Violence in Karachi should not be given linguistic colour. Report about Ajmal Pahari is an eye opener.”  The CJ also questioned what measures IG Sindh had taken after the report, since it contained information regarding the organisation Pahari was affiliated with. He remarked that Karachi was the economic hub of Pakistan and the country could not progress unless the city was secure. Justice Ghulam Rabbani asked if no action was to be taken, why were the joint investigation teams formed.

The five-member special bench of the SC comprising Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali, Justice Sarmad Jalal Usmani, Justice Amer Hani Muslim and Justice Ghulam Rabbani asked the advocate general why judges were not appointed even after the recommendations by the Sindh High Court Chief Justice in 2009 and 2011. The Chief Justice asked the Advocate General Sindh Abdul Fateh Malik and IG Sindh Wajid Durrani if they had read report about Ajmal Pahari. AGS informed the apex court that footage of torture cells could be shown in chambers and not in the court as it contained some objectionable material.

Justice Amir Hani Muslim inquired from IG Sindh if challan of accused Madhuri had been presented in the court. Upon which IG Sindh replied that Kamran Madhuri was arrested in injured condition and he was undergoing treatment. One of his hands is mutilated, he further said. Justice Amir Hani Muslim ordered IG Sindh to present challan along with medical report of Kamran Madhuri in the court. CJP remarked Sindh government wanted to induct his favourite judges in eight anti-terrorism courts (ATC) as no judge had been appointed therein for the last two years. SC also summoned Sindh Law Secretary immediately.

Justice Anwar Jamali asked AGS what the government was doing if the posts of ATC judges for lying vacant for the last years.
AGS told apex court that judges would be appointed in ATCs within three days. But CJP ordered these appointments be made within two days and notification be issued. Sindh Chief Justice had proposed the names in this respect and all the judges proposed by him were honest, he remarked.  Chief Justice said the city was bleeding but nothing had been done to stop the killings. He asked from AGS why the killers of 306 persons had not been arrested. AGS requested the court that he should be given 15 minutes for his defence and clarify his position.

CJP said, “We want to hear a lot from you and ample time will be given to you.” He said the advocate general was hiding many details. The CJP said that if foreign elements were involved in the violence in Karachi, why had the federal government and the provincial government not taken any action against the people working for those elements. Giving her arguments before larger bench President Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) Asma Jahangir said MQM had introduced the culture of extortion and it was still involved in this practice. MQM had been deteriorating the situation for the last 10 years but no action had been taken against the organisation, she added.

She said everyone knew who was behind Wali Babar murder, Rangers investigated the accused but police did not share it, she submitted. Interference of army in government affairs was not acceptable in any circumstances, she pleaded. She said MQM, ANP, Sunni Tehrik, Shaheed Bhutto and Sipah-e-Sahaba were extortionists. Media role was very poor. CJP said in his remarks that lawyers should assist the court. “We hope lawyers’ community will help us after conducing research,” he further remarked. “How the government exercised its influence and how it controlled the situation in UK,” he said.

The hearing of the case was adjourned till Wednesday (today).

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Altaf Hussain of MQM wants Karachi “Independent State”

Posted by yourpakistan on September 2, 2011

Altaf Hussain’s demand of international intervention as well as invitation to India now and 48 hours ultimatum issued earlier is clear indication that heavily armed MQM-Altaf is looking for an armed conflict with the state institutions. Approximately 6000 people have been killed in Karachi since this democratic government took over in the name ‘reconciliation with the killers and cons’ in February 2008.

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MQM-Altaf terrorist and high value asset Ajmal Pharee confessed to the JIT that: “he has received terrorist training in New Delhifrom five Indian Army officers. During this training he was informed about Altaf Hussain’s desire to separate Karachi from Pakistan.” Altaf Hussain has been calling ‘ Pakistan a blunder, asking India to give political asylum to him and his workers and recent wall chalking ‘separate Mohajir Province ’ is part of his designs. He is more than welcome to back to India and may as well do some work and claim his father’s a job at Agra Railway Station on the basis of kinship.

Altaf Hussain is following the Indian policy of ‘keep Karachi bleeding’ in response to the indigenous struggle in Indian occupiedKashmir . Altaf Hussain’s MQM and his mafia have caused more economic and human losses to Pakistan by strikes and terrorist activities than three wars with India and war on terror. If MQM only allowed peace to prevail in Karachi Pakistan would have been far richer in economically and militarily.

The impression that Altaf Hussain a British Citizen long distance leader of MQM is one of many illegitimate children created by Pakistani intelligence agencies can not be disputed under any circumstances? Can we say that those agencies which created him have no control over him anymore?

If any one in GHQ and Pakistani establishment thinks he is a friend of Pakistan than they should update their notes. There is possibility that he might be blackmailing some people in the establishment with his secret recordings. What he probably does not know that how much his recordings are going to crop on the internet soon. This illegitimate child created is now become a ‘Frankenstein Monster’. He told MJ Akbar of Asian Age that, ‘I was not offered commission in the Pakistan Army because I was a Mohajir’. More recently General Musharaf aka YK2 was a Mohajirs and no different than Altaf Hussain in harming Pakistan ’s national interests? They both live in London and cowardly enough can’t or won’t go to Pakistan.

According to a report by Naveed Miraj published in The Frontier Post states: Altaf Hussain’s MQM issued a memo to his workers saying, “If there was war between India and Pakistan , MQM workers will be remain neutral”. Why? The memo was issued during the 2002 tension between India and Pakistan . Though Altaf Hussain is not the only ‘dirty egg’ in the Indian basket but his affiliations and actions are more open and crude. Following the arrest and video confession of MQM-A terrorist Ajmal Pharee strengthened the notion that Altaf Hussian is following separatist agenda.

MQM and Altaf Hussain have close links with the Indian secret agency RAW as well as other players. MQM- Altaf terrorist and Indian agent Ajmal Pharee confessed to the Joint Investigation Team of (ISI, IB, Military Intelligence, CID, Special Branch etc) that, “MQM-Altaf was behind the ‘Asura Bombings of 2009’ in Karachi. He confessed to the team that he and other MQM city workers were ordered to wear black Shia mourning clothes on the day in a meeting called three days before the Ashura bombings. The orders were to burn the shops and businesses in and around Light House as well as kill the people. The shop owners of that area refused to give extortion money to the MQM-Altaf. These burnings caused losses of billions to the poor Pakistanis and shop owners in Karachi ”.

Mustafa Kamal billionaire – poor former mayor of Karachi become abusive when London Post report published on 31st December 2009, was quoted that, ‘MQM was involved in Karachi bombings with black water’, in a live program by famous anchor Talat Hussain. Faces of the looters were visible on CCTVs footages still available on youtube.

This brave son of London “Edgware” sleeps in a multi million pound bunker with 24 hours CCTV cameras security and star trek type control room. He was preaching people of Karachi to sell their valuables and buy weapons and now he has asked them to do house shopping for a month’. Why is he allowed to do these kinds of provocative speeches and live broadcasts from London ? He has harmed Pakistan ’s economy and caused losses worth billions of dollars. Those who allowed him to do the harms are equal partners in his crimes whoever they are.

Ajmal Pharee also confessed murdering hundreds of innocent people as well as receiving training in India by Indian security agencies. In a video statement he said, “I joined MQM in 1988 arrested in 1989 for fire arms offences imprisoned for one year. He was arrested and sentenced for five years again in 2000 for murdering Iqbal Raad, lawyer of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. He told the JIT that his handler Nadeem Nusrat is based in MQM – Altaf’s London Secretariat and is inner circle man of Altaf Hussain. Ajmal Pharee told the JIT that, ‘Nadeem Nusrat told him to escape from Pakistan to Singapore in 1996 with Zeshan a MQM worker’. He stayed in the Mustafa Market Hotel on his instructions in Singapore , where he was given Singapore Airline tickets and Indian visas by Jamil aka Jimi who lives in South Africa . They travelled to Delhi, stayed there for 15 days and later received terrorist training for one month in a near by jungle by five Indian army officers. He also met other MQM-Altaf workers Noora of Shah Faiasl Colony, Zafar Tension of Buffer Zone, Raju of Nazim-a-Bad, Shakir Chota of Orangi Town . He received terrorist training of AK-47, RPG, MP-5 LMG, hand grenades. He was transported to India-Pakistan border inserted in from Chawanda area of Shakr Gurh ( Sialkot ) in Pakistan . They later went to Lahore and than Karachi ”, said Ajmal Pharee in his confessions.

MQM is systematically using violence to pressurize PPPP, which had tried to prop up MQM’s rival Mohajir Qaumi Movement as counter weight in the political scenario but in vain. The weak and compromised PPPP government headed by Asif Zardari is probably now considering ending commissionary system in MQM dominated Karachi and Hyderabad .

Security agencies have informed the government that MQM had instructed it sector level organization to target ethnic Pashtuns in the city and Pashtun businesses are specially being hit, said the sources. According to a communication sent to the federal government inIslamabad on 24th July 2011, MQM- Altaf was stirring ethnic violence in Karachi and had planned to continue bloodbath until its demands are met.

Both political and military leadership have to make a decision either to protect their personal interests’ i.e. foreign bank accounts, properties abroad, green cards or Pakistan ’s national interests before it is too late for both of them.

Altaf Hussain exaggerates things beyond imagination. For example, he claimed his supporters in Karachi increased by 10 million in just two years because he claimed to have 20 million supporters in an interview with Edgware Times in November 1998. But in 2001 MQM claimed to have 30 million supporters when MQM send a fax to Reuters on 22 September 2001. “(MQM leader) Altaf Hussain has offered the unconditional support of over 30 million MQM supporters to the U.S. president and the international community,” its London-based international secretariat said in a statement faxed to Reuters on September 22, 2001”.

Impression is growing fast in Pakistan that British Government has been quite lenient to the activities of Altaf Husasain and harbouring a terrorist who is responsible for the death and destruction of thousands and caused losses to the Pakistani economy. He is a British citizen and living in London tax free and should not be allowed to play with the British values, democracy and freedom.

Probably for that very reason Alistair Burt British Foreign Office Minister telephoned Governor of Sindh province of Pakistan on 3rdAugust 2011. Foreign Office Minister for South Asia, said: “This morning I spoke to the Governor of Sindh Dr. Khan to expressed my concern at the continuing violence and loss of life that Karachi has faced in recent weeks. I encouraged the Governor in his ongoing strong personal engagement to restore law and order.

I warned that inflammatory statements from any political party risked making the situation worse and that all political leaders and their parties have a duty to refrain from inciting violence and to reduce tensions and restore calm. I reiterated the view of Her Majesty’s Government that the stability of Karachi is in the interests of all in Pakistan and the wider international community. I said that peace and prosperity in Karachi was necessary to encourage further foreign direct investment which would be vital to Pakistan ’s future economic growth and stability.

“Our Deputy High Commissioner in Karachi , Francis Campbell, has met with representative of all main political parties in Karachi to encourage them to work towards stability in Karachi and the wider region. I have asked my officials to reiterate these points directly with the leadership of the Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM) and to discuss our concerns.”

Straggly enough until November 1998 Government of Pakistan was reportedly seeking extradition of Altaf Hussain who was said to be wanted in 50 murders and 150 cases of kidnapping and arson. The question is how come Altaf Hussain got the British Citizenship when HM Government refused UK Citizenship to billionaire Mohammad Al-Fayed on the grounds that he does not have ‘good moral character’ required to be British?

It is time to say enough is enough to this psychopath sitting in London who is suffering from Histrionic Personality Disorder according to a British mental health specialist. Following definition match his personality. “Histrionic personality disorder (HPD) is defined by the American Psychiatric Association as a personality disordercharacterized by a pattern of excessive emotionality and attention-seeking, including an excessive need for approval and inappropriately seductive behavior, usually beginning in early adulthood. These individuals are lively, dramatic, vivacious, enthusiastic, and flirtatious. They may be inappropriately sexually provocative, express strong emotions with an impressionistic style, and be easily influenced by others. Associated features may include egocentrism, self-indulgence, continuous longing for appreciation, and persistent manipulative behavior to achieve their own needs …. HPD may affect a person’s social or romantic relationships or their ability to cope with losses or failures.”

As far as dealing with the MQM terrorism is concerned an intelligence lead police operation is enough and there is no need to drag armed force into it. Surely Altaf Hussain wants to drag the army so he could go to UN and ask for peace keeping force in Karachi . He is exporting terrorism to Pakistan by making long provocative speeches from London it is the responsibility of British Government to issue gagging orders against him to save lives.

If Altaf Hussain is brave enough and wishes to do Pakistani politics he may as well go to Pakistan and do whatever he likes. British soil should be allowed to be use for harboring terrorists and exporting of terrorism to Pakistan ?

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The era of Altaf Hussain is Over?

Posted by yourpakistan on August 31, 2011

It appears as if the era of Altaf Hussain as the party head of MQM is coming to an end. There were news of his alleged escape to South Africa and his subsequent arrest. There are news of his house arrest in London. There are news that the two suspects arrested in connection with the murder of Dr Imran Farooq have confessed that Altaf Hussain had ordered them to kill Dr Farooq. The British police do not appear to be in a political mode to hush up the murder investigations and, as such, to let off Altaf Hussain.

The hard-hitting media conference of Dr Zulfikar Mirza recently seems to be part of the impending change of command in MQM. There were news that Dr Imran Farooq was being supported from within and outside the party to regain control of the party’s militant wing that he used to head as the MQM’s Secy General in the good old days. Dr Mirza’s meetings with Afaq Ahmad of MQM Haqiqi were publicized in the media recently so much so that Dr Mirza was accused of having secured the support of Haqiqi in the killings of MQM activists in Karachi.

Every leader has a life cycle. So, it should not be a surprise if Altaf Hussain’s era comes to an end. He ruled the party for quarter of a century and did so quite effectively regardless of the ways and means that he used to hold on to power. But the transition is not likely to be smooth and free from internal strife and outside strings.

Dr Mirza’s titanic media conference can be construed to be part of the game plan to ‘hit the party when it is in trouble.’ His blitz appears to be well planned and well articulated. It was’nt an emotional outburst. He delivered the message that he or his mentors wanted him to do. Its repercussions are yet to be evaluated for now and the future for the MQM, PPP, ANP and the residents of Sindh.

There are people who believe that Dr Mirza’s media conference was planned to prevent army action in Sindh. Well, it could be a key reason. The MQM, ANP and the PPP had crossed the lines in the recent targeted killings in Karachi and pressure had been mounting on the army to act in aid of the law enforcement agencies to stop the ongoing massacre of the innocent lives. The Army Chief had been in the city in the past week to receive briefings on the situation. The armed forces cannot possibly wait indefinitely.

As far as I could figure out, Karachi needs an administrative solution. The city’s criminals have to be depoliticized. The law enforcement agencies have to act freely and fairly. The army will have no choice but to intervene if the law enforcement agencies fail to wipe out the criminals who are believed to be politically aligned. The best solution, in my view, lies in the strengthening of the law enforcement agencies to enable them to act without fear or favour in enforcing the law. There cannot be a political solution for the reason that there are conflicts of interests. Neither of the stakeholders is willing to give way to the other in controlling the land, weapons, and narcotics.

Lets pray and hope that sanity will prevail and the politicians will realize their moral and statutory responsibility to act in the best interests of the province of Sindh.

Mumtaz A. Piracha
Founder & Chairman
Good Governance Forum

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