Posts Tagged ‘MQM’
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.
“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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Posted by yourpakistan on July 14, 2013
Roots of Impunity: Murder of truth
On January 13, 2011, Wali Khan Babar, a 28-year-old correspondent for Geo TV, was driving home after covering another day of gang violence in Karachi. Babar was an unusual face on the airwaves: Popular and handsome, he was a Pashtun from Zhob in Baluchistan near the border with Afghanistan. For Geo, it was a rare boon to have a Pashtun in Karachi, and so the station planned to send him abroad for training to become an anchor.
Pashtuns, represented by the Pashtun nationalist Awami National Party, and Muhajirs, represented by the Muttahida Qaumi Movement, have been enmeshed in violent attacks and counterattacks at a level not seen since the 1990s, and Babar was passionate about covering and stopping them. For a time, he was able to mingle easily among the competing forces. He reported on clashes, extortion, drug dealing, and land grabbing. He knew he was in treacherous water, but he was optimistic and, as he told one of his colleagues, he thought he could forge a truce between the ANP and MQM. But lately he was nervous. He told his boss that the MQM was after him. He told a Pashtun colleague that he thought people were following him home and watching his movements. “I get phone calls every day with threats,” said a Geo supervisor, “and unfortunately we didn’t realize the gravity of why he was saying that.” Read the rest of this entry »
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Posted by yourpakistan on May 22, 2013
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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Posted by yourpakistan on April 30, 2013
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Posted by yourpakistan on April 18, 2013
By Brig Asif Haroon Raja – Opinion Maker
May 11, 2013 has been announced as polling day. Scrutiny of nominations papers has been completed and submission of appeals to election tribunals and their decisions ended on 16th. Final list will be issued on 18th. Election campaign will reach feverish pitch from 19 April. Notwithstanding the eagerness of the candidates and voters, security environment are not conducive for holding smooth, fair and free elections. Punjab is the only province where the security situation is not as bad because governance of Punjab government was far better than in other provinces.
Besides security concerns and fears that elections will be bloody, there is growing skepticism over the impartiality of caretakers and Election Commission (EC). Questions asked by the Returning Officers to ascertain whether the candidates fulfill the requirements of Articles 62 and 63 have generated a heated debate. The main objection is that focus should have been on financial impropriety rather than on testing candidate’s knowledge of Islam. Seculars are in ugly mood and are demanding scrapping of Gen Zia invented Articles in the constitution, not realizing that these were duly approved by the outgoing parliament while introducing 18th Amendment. Read the rest of this entry »
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Posted by yourpakistan on December 31, 2012
By Brig Asif Haroon Raja – Opinion Maker
The people got disillusioned with democracy run by politicians from 1988 to 1999 because of the lackadaisical performance of the two mainstream political parties, each having two turns. Benazir Bhutto and Nawaz Sharif instead of concentrating towards welfare of the people consumed their energies in debasing each other and in corrupt practices. As a consequence to their vindictive and anti-people politics, their tenures got restricted to two to three years. The people got so fed up of the unprincipled politicians that they welcomed Gen Pervez Musharraf when he seized power on October 12, 1999 through a bloodless coup.
PPP Jayalas distributed sweets and Benazir offered to cooperate with the military dictator. None mourned the illegal booting out of democratically elected regime of Nawaz that had gained power with two-thirds majority in February 1997 and had the honor of making Pakistan 7th nuclear state and only one in the Muslim world. No protests were launched when Nawaz was awarded life sentence.
Musharraf made a good start under his well-conceived seven point program but started to drift when he held a farcical presidential referendum to get himself elected. He then carved out a King’s Party consisting of turncoats from PML-N and PPP and ensured its success through manipulation in 2002 elections. His decision to fight the US dictated war on terror after 9/11, acceptance of all the seven demands of Washington and persecution of Islamists were castigated by the religious right and conservatives. However, it was MMA which got him elected through the act of parliament in 2004 after passing 17th amendment in the constitution. Since Musharraf held all the controls, he managed to ensure good governance and pushed forward his reform and development programs. Read the rest of this entry »
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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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Posted by yourpakistan on December 13, 2011
The Pakistani political system has failed and is taking the country down. Here are three important signs in 2011: flawed party elections, influx of illegal weapons through airports, and parties running armed militias.
SPECIAL REPORT | PakNationalists.com
The Pakistani political system has reached a dead end. No reminders are required when we have an elected government led by individuals whose record for integrity and competence are questionable at best and possibly the worst in the nation’s modern history.
But in recent days Pakistanis have seen three signs that confirm our worst fears: that our political system is beyond repair. It can’t be repaired through repeated elections and requires surgery to shape a new system that is both disciplined and forward-looking.
Here are three cases that confirm this. Read the rest of this entry »
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Posted by yourpakistan on October 12, 2011
If Pakistani State fails to regulate these parties and ban those that rebel against the state, they will bring us down faster than any enemy can.
Ahmed Quraishi | The News International
Pakistani political parties are violent and criminal-minded. They are a glaring failure of Pakistani democracy. And yet they get a soft treatment from our civil society and media.
Three parties in power and several others in opposition have turned Pakistan’s largest city and economic hub into Beirut. Karachi is a strategic port and a rich city. It has been home to Pakistani innovation in business, culture and arts. But today it’s best and brightest are moving to Dubai, Malaysia and even Bangladesh as the city’s control, indeed the country’s control, passes from the hands of innovative Pakistanis to a bunch of violent, criminal-minded mediocre politicians.
Instead of introducing democracy to the country, our political parties want to control the city’s riches and its multiple revenue streams running into billions of rupees. They want to use the city to smuggle contraband into and outside the country. And to do so they are ready to kill Pakistanis by the thousands and pitch them along fake and manufactured linguistic divides. They are ready to bypass the Pakistani state and talk directly to foreign governments. For the right price, some of them are willing to guarantee safe passage to NATO and US military supplies from Karachi to Afghanistan. Stunningly, we have parties now that demand international intervention when their interests are threatened by other criminal parties.
Like a war zone, neighborhood streets in Karachi have ugly ‘security gates’ that help political parties control and repel competitors. An ugly culture of identifying people by what Pakistani language they speak has been firmly put in place. If not stopped, these failed parties will poison the entire country at a time when the nation suffers from an acute leadership deficit. What European country has this kind of democracy? If we can’t tailor our own political system, we better be good at aping someone else’s.
The verdict of the Supreme Court over the weekend on the criminal activities of Pakistani political parties, though welcome, is severely constrained and only scratches the surface. While successfully identifying the criminal parties, the verdict fails to diagnose the full extent of the problem. Karachi does not suffer from any ethnic problems. It is wrong to use the word ‘ethnic’ in the Pakistani context, where the nation is deeply intermixed in all respects. On the night of 14 August, our Independence Day, over five thousand of the city’s young and old residents, representing all stripes of Pakistanis, gathered in open air to recite the National Anthem and create a world record. Do these Pakistanis look linguistically-divided to you? Nearly seven decades after independence, Pakistanis are more intermarried and intermixed today than ever before. Many of them speak or understand several different Pakistani languages.
Pakistanis are not divided on language. Failed political parties are dividing them. These parties have nothing to offer so they divide and kill. Our problems – establishing a prosperous country with good governance and basic services – have nothing to do with language or sect, except when these parties play up divisions over real issues. Except that these divisions, and the parties advocating them, will destroy the country faster than any enemy.
This is why Karachi and Pakistan are not beyond hope provided that the Pakistani State moves in swiftly to restrict these parties and ban those that rebel.
Who gave any political party the right to represent all Pakistanis who speak Pashto? Who gave a single political party the right to represent all Pakistanis who speak Urdu [national language spoken by nearly all Pakistanis]? Who says PPPP is supposed to represent Pakistanis who speak Sindhi or PMLN should be representative of Punjabi language? Last, who gave fugitive terrorists like Brahamdagh Bugti the right to represent all Pakistani Baloch?
The Pakistani State must seize back the right to represent all of its citizens. Educated Pakistanis, regardless of their spoken language at home, have been sidelined by failed and violent parties. Those are the people that should be brought forward by the State at the expense of failed parties and politicians.
Political parties are supposed to be incubators of leadership and produce a steady supply of capable new blood. The Supreme Court verdict has to reestablish this fact. Merely asking these parties to disband their terror wings is not enough.
No political party should be allowed to operate if its sole agenda is dividing Pakistanis on language or sect. Only national parties should exist with a clear mission statement. Parties should not be free to block streets and create public disorder. In March, during city government elections in one of Switzerland’s richest cities, Geneva, parties and candidates were only allowed to establish few neat and clean kiosks manned by a single volunteer. Swiss citizens interested in picking up pamphlets bearing candidates’ pictures and manifestos could so. Few were interested. You could have mistaken these kiosks for a cell phone ad campaign. No messy street demonstrations. No wild party flags and posters. And no direct contacts between our parties and foreign governments. Local TV channels relegated local political news to the third or fourth slots. Sports, cultural events and news relevant to improving people’s lives took precedence in TV coverage.
In short, banning terror wings is not enough. To stabilize Pakistan, correct the failed political parties first.
Column published by The News International. The newspaper’s rights are reserved.
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