Burying the hatchet: Imran calls up Altaf, agrees to work together

Published: March 20, 2011

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf Chairman appreciates stance taken by Altaf Hussain.

ISLAMABAD: 

After years of political animosity, Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and Altaf Hussain’s Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) appear to be coming closer as the two leaders held their first telephonic conversation and exchanged good will with each other.

In a rare move, Imran Khan called Altaf Hussain on Saturday and appreciated the ‘bold’ stance taken by the latter on national issues, separate but identical statements issued by media offices of both the parties said.

The two leaders agreed to bury their past differences and vowed to work together for the betterment of the country, the statements added.

PTI and MQM have been considered staunch rivals in the past, at times holding public rallies and resorting to personal attacks against each other’s leadership.

Recently, however, the two parties have come closer, mainly due to back-channel efforts by some common friends and political leaders in Pakistan, observers say.

The second-tier leadership of the two parties prepared the ground that culminated in direct interaction between their leaders.

During their conversation, both sides discussed common agenda points and vowed to work together to achieve their goals.

Altaf Hussain has recently started taking a tough stance in public, on issues like unabated US predator attacks inside Pakistani territory, release of CIA contractor Raymond Davis and Dr Aafia Siddiqui.

The same issues take centre-stage in Imran Khan, and several right-wing parties’, political agendas.

Published in The Express Tribune, March 20th, 2011.

Reader Comments (85)

  • Umer
    Mar 20, 2011 - 10:40AM

    Wow! Imran has learnt to deal with the devil and do realpolotiking. Having Dr Shirin Mazari seems to have paid. However, what does one expect in terms of ideals and cleaner politics. Every leader thinks he/she can change once in power. But the time never comes. Imran may prove to be another very sad storyRecommend

  • Ali Haider
    Mar 20, 2011 - 10:58AM

    Now MQM is friends with everyone :)Recommend

  • ihtisham khan
    Mar 20, 2011 - 11:02AM

    the PTI official page says altaf called imran and praised him for his stance on raymond davis….why are the news the other way round…..
    .http://www.insaf.pk/News/tabid/60/articleType/ArticleView/articleId/6039/Altaf-Hussain-calls-Imran-Khan-to-discuss-Raymod-Davis-and-drone-attacks-issues.aspx
    who’s lying…lets wait and see…..Recommend

  • Noble Tufail
    Mar 20, 2011 - 11:04AM

    The possible outcomes of parternership between these two are very promising. both are hard working,and committed parties. thier ego can and should not be bigger than country’s interest. every NADRA card holder (regardless of his/her location within the map) needs to be safe and secure with equal access to education health and business. If both of them can achieve it .. why not !!Recommend

  • Mar 20, 2011 - 11:08AM

    OH YEAHH!!!! Finally Imran Khan sees the light… great initiative!!Recommend

  • D. Asghar
    Mar 20, 2011 - 11:11AM

    @Birds of the same……

    Both are sore losers. Finally saw a common ground. No surprises there. :) Recommend

  • faraz
    Mar 20, 2011 - 11:28AM

    Wise move, previous attempt to bring murder charges against Altaf Hussain was stupid and naiveRecommend

  • Mar 20, 2011 - 11:43AM

    So .. after this move Imran Khan can be said to have gained ‘Pakistani’ political maturity? I would say yes! In this nasty political culture of Pakistan one cannot really be believed to stand with his principles and words!Recommend

  • Adil
    Mar 20, 2011 - 11:51AM

    Imran Khan is always ready to work with anyone if it guarantees long term benefits for Pakistan. Despite criticizing Parvez Musharraf,he praised certain good initiatives during the former president’s regime such as Local Government system.For MQM, he always said that they are my potential ally only if they leave the politics of hatred and violence. Khan always raised the slogan of independent judiciary which’s always essential for democratic and progressive Pakistan. Later on, even Altaf Hussain and many others also talked about their respect for Supreme Court and Iftikhar Chaudhry.

    Recently the meetings between

    1) Chauhdry Shujaat Hussain of PML-Q and Imran Khan
    2) Farooq Sattar (of MQM) and Jamat-e-Islami (at Mansoora)
    3) Fazl-ur-Rehman and MQM
    4) Fazl-ur-Rehman and Shiekh Rasheed
    5) Sheikh Rasheed and JI
    6) Sheikh Rasheed and MQM
    7) JI’s Ameer and Imran Khan

    had already created a space for such a call or meeting. Everyone from the above ones are mad at PPP however the ruling party seems to complete its current tenure. And they should be given enough time till 2013 in order to keep them away from any excuse in the future. After Raymond Davis saga, PML-N is also going to sink,and Sharif brothers have displayed lack of tolerance towards opponents and they have been exposed due to their crimes,corruption and on-purpose inability to tackle terrorism in Punjab.

    Presently, both MQM and PTI agree on certain major issues with former sitting in opposition but engaged in a war of words with PPP on a continuous basis,and the latter as the opposition.So, to ignore differences from the past sound reasonable presently.Recommend

  • Abdul Rauf khan
    Mar 20, 2011 - 11:58AM

    This is all about the pre-election campaign or preparation and this is the politics in Pakistan.Imran khan should try with his own but personal image to convince the peoples otherwise,he can loose the favour from the mostly Pakistani and they are already fed up from the present,past and future politician.Recommend

  • Ahmer Ali
    Mar 20, 2011 - 11:59AM

    Assalam-o-Allaikum Warahmatullah.Mr. Imran Khan your this effort to work together to eradicate corruption and for the betterment of Pakistan’s and its nation with Altaf Hussain seems much the best but please keep it in your mind firmly that Altaf Hussain sometimes assures PPPP for coalition,sometimes PML-N for coalition.Are you sure that Altaf Hussain shall be sincere and honest with you as you are?Recommend

  • Independent from UK
    Mar 20, 2011 - 12:02PM

    Has Imran Bhai called Altaf or Altaf called Imran Bhai? The Tribune should do some home work.

    According to a press release from the PTI Altaf Bhai has called Imran Khan and has showered heaps of praises on Imran Bhai. So correction here is due. Altaf called Imran Bhai not Imran Bhai called Altaf. How could Imran do that? Never. How could Imran forget 12th May incident.

    If Imran Khan has, for some reasons, phoned Altaf Bhai then he must have forgotten or I suspect he has transiently become amnesic that he was on the crusade to get Altaf behind the bars in the United Kingdom and relentlessly campaigned for this objective and prepared a dossier against Altaf which is pending action by the Scotland Yard. The file against Altaf Hussain is lying dormant and will remain dormant thanks to the United States government who thinks Altaf is their man. Does the US government really believe him? They should listen his latest raving and ranting against the US or was it just an acting to throw dust in the eyes of the people. Recommend

  • Mar 20, 2011 - 12:07PM

    @Noble Tufail:

    Well said and why not. The prevailing conditions in our country do need peolple who can bury the hatchet and look forward to better days ahead. A handshake between us will be welcome whenever we cross paths. Salams for 2011.Recommend

  • Khosa
    Mar 20, 2011 - 12:25PM

    Not Altaf, but Imran Khan called to appreciate Altaf Hussain’s firm statement over Raymond Davis

    Watch this video

    http://www.facebook.com/MQMTelevisionRecommend

  • aq inqalabi
    Mar 20, 2011 - 12:30PM

    if imran is able to convince mqm for the protest then it will be the real success …… because mqm do hv the best street power in the country ……… i pray both of them may form a new unity for ppl ……. i may sound optimist but what else can v do … IMRAN is moving in the right directionRecommend

  • Nadeem Muazzmy
    Mar 20, 2011 - 12:44PM

    there is no harm in this bec MQM is also a Political party of Pakistan and Khan has already said in many interviews that the party which is closer to his thinking is MQM , talks make progress , so we should support this talkRecommend

  • Haseeb
    Mar 20, 2011 - 12:56PM

    imran did not but altaf called imran….writer plz correct your news…Recommend

  • Dr. Asad Sadick, Germany
    Mar 20, 2011 - 1:00PM

    If you cant beat them, join them. That is politics of our country…Khan Sahib.Recommend

  • Independent from UK
    Mar 20, 2011 - 1:17PM

    @Haseeb:
    This is what I am arguing with the moderators of The Tribune but they are still withholding my comment. I agree with you it was Altaf not Imran Bhai who telephoned first. We must congratulate Imran who has now been awarded coveted suffix of Bhai. Congratulations Imran Bhai.Recommend

  • Jeddy
    Mar 20, 2011 - 1:24PM

    A man is known by the company he keeps. Altaf Hussain recently asked the military to get rid of the existing government. Those who renounce the democratic process and only see hope in dictatorship can never be trusted. Recommend

  • Independent from UK
    Mar 20, 2011 - 1:27PM
  • Independent from UK
    Mar 20, 2011 - 1:29PM

    @Nazir Habib:
    wa alaikum salaam Nazir BhaiRecommend

  • Habibullah
    Mar 20, 2011 - 1:58PM

    It seems Imran Khan is getting politically matured, and understand who are the real saviours of Pakistani and Pakistan. Altaf Hussain a person who neither belongs to land lord family or an industrialist family, become successful. And these Landlords and industrialists who consider themselves as the rulers of the country and remaining 98% are their working class, came into shock, and with the support of media created and planted all type of stories about him.
    Imran Khan now understand a working class can better understand the problems of working class, and can better solve their problems. Thats why he extend his hand towards Altaf Hussain. I hope both of them are struggling towards a good cause. May ALLAH make them successful. Recommend

  • Safwan
    Mar 20, 2011 - 2:00PM

    Interesting… Both had the conversation, both praised each other, agreed to work together, but no one wants to take the ‘blame’. PTI says Altaf called, MQM says Imran called… this is the ‘real’ politics of this dead democratic system. Shame on you both for trying to fool your workers/supporters to persue your vested interests. Imran is no different than any other in the system.Recommend

  • Habibullah
    Mar 20, 2011 - 2:01PM

    @Jed
    If you notice the current politico and socio environment of the coutry, You will realized that our country is leading towards a big anarchy, which could lead to a sever blood shed. In order to avoid that he requested Army, keep in mind he asked Pakistan army not a foreign armyRecommend

  • Habibullah
    Mar 20, 2011 - 2:02PM

    @Umer:
    A momin sees his own reflection in other Momin.
    So you called Altaf as a devil, what do you think is it your own image, and you are labeling to some one else.Recommend

  • Kamran
    Mar 20, 2011 - 2:06PM

    Looks like PPP’s pervasive ‘reconciliation policy’ bug has infected our dear Imran Khan too. Let us see when he contacts big bad PPP after his hug with the much-reviled Altaf Bhai. It is sad, but slowly he is turning into one of those leaders he used to dislike in his principled days.Recommend

  • x-man
    Mar 20, 2011 - 2:20PM

    great step ….. being partners with MQM can really help him. Recommend

  • Independent from UK
    Mar 20, 2011 - 2:26PM

    I just had a word with Secretary PTI Islamabad and he categorically said that it was Altaf Hussain who called Imran Khan. You can verify from him. His name is Mr Malik.Recommend

  • Ali
    Mar 20, 2011 - 3:02PM

    who called who doesnt make any difference, good thing is that good guys should make a coalition like the bad guys has their own ;)Recommend

  • Mar 20, 2011 - 3:21PM

    Good development for pakistan.
    Imran Khan is thousand times better than corrupt feudal lords of PML-N,PML-Q and PPPP.

    We can work with Imran.
    But Imran should stop supporting fanatic extremist agenda.

    Finally Imran understood the importance of Altaf bhai and MQM.
    GA ALTAF BHAI
    GA MQM
    Another victory of MQM
    Recommend

  • Salman Orangiwala
    Mar 20, 2011 - 3:24PM

    @ Independent from UK and All other PTI supporters

    Whether it is Imran called Altaf hussain or vice versa , is altogether irrelevant .

    What is relevant is ; Imran has the prowess to read the writings on the wall and ,he has quite aptly fathomed the fact .

    Imran’s brouhaha of getting an Egypt-style quasi-revolution, had Davis been released , fizzled out .He even failed to draw any substantial crowd onto the demostrations .
    ( Thanks to his “educated ” supportes in Pakistan and ” UK ” etal . sigh! )

    Think Altaf Hussain needs Imran ??? Visit Karachi and Think again .

    I myself hold Imran in high esteem for his honesty and straight face and would be more than happy to see Imran joining forces with MQM for the sole reason of increasing the odds Paksitan’s survival against corrupt Generals , Nawaz-Zardari and the Ruling Elites ( even just for an experiment ) .

    And for God’s sake donot come up with any far-fetched allegations of MQM being invloved in corruption etcetra etcetra as , being an MQM sympathizer and beholding the corruption of the dup Nawaz-Zardari , we donot buy it anymore .Period . Recommend

  • Mar 20, 2011 - 3:27PM

    You know you are from PTI when you mislead the nation and teenage Imran Khan followers by pretending that it was actually Altaf Hussain who called up Imran and praised him.

    PTI Press Release: http://i54.tinypic.com/mayum8.jpg

    Original News: Burying the hatchet: Imran calls up Altaf, agrees to work togetherRecommend

  • Alizah Ahmed
    Mar 20, 2011 - 3:32PM

    Must say its a great initiative by Imran Khan towards the political scenario . This could be a new step for the betterment of our country . However Altaf Hussain took a firm stance over the Raymond Davis case..good going guys Recommend

  • No BS
    Mar 20, 2011 - 4:34PM

    MQM is anti Taliban, PTI is anti war on terror. Does the alliance between PTI-MQM show that political consensus is developing around national strategy on war on terror in light of disclosures made in the Raymond Davis ? this could be a good omen for the peopleRecommend

  • mirza baig
    Mar 20, 2011 - 4:47PM

    It is a good development that Imran/Altaf are getting nearer to work together for the benefit of Pakistan and its nation,there common agenda against corruption etc etc are very similar.Recommend

  • mirza baig
    Mar 20, 2011 - 5:20PM

    It is good Imran/Altaf can work together for the benefit of Pakistan and its people,their ideas are very similar as far as fight against corruption etc etc are concerned.Recommend

  • Uza Syed
    Mar 20, 2011 - 5:29PM

    Imran Khan! Thank you, but, NO, thank you! Not trustworthy enough —— I won’t let him anywhere close to MQM. It’s an intrigue against MQM and I’ll be patient with this Imran Khan. Imran has failed to work with anyone so far, he needs a team of sychophants to massage his brittle ego and for that he must look womewhere else. I would be warned by his interest in MQM, much too dangerous a political ally. Don’t accommodate him in MQM’s main vote bank, no place for Tehreek-e-Imran in Karachi or Hyderabad at any level whatsoever. Recommend

  • Mar 20, 2011 - 5:33PM

    Wow! The last couple of years of PTI supporters calling Altaf Hussain a murderer now looks so pointless. Imran Khan is an opportunist. He knows very well that the military orchestrated Raymond Davis’s release but he still hasnt said anything to criticize them. Well after all he is a politician. Recommend

  • Ozymandias
    Mar 20, 2011 - 6:21PM

    In politics there are no permanent friends or enemies, only permanent interests.Recommend

  • Mohsin
    Mar 20, 2011 - 9:27PM

    Good move…..Altaf..Imran…bhai bhai….magar abh tera kia hoga kalia ….(I mean nawaz sharif)Recommend

  • saleem
    Mar 20, 2011 - 10:35PM

    Both have same Masters: ISI and ArmyRecommend

  • Rooman Ali Syed
    Mar 20, 2011 - 10:48PM

    It does not matters who called to whom. what matters is that it was the need of the hour. it is on the credit of MQM that she always prepared the middle class workers for election offices. and on the other hand PTI’s politics is also for a common man. The coalition of these two parties can break the rule of kings of Punjab and Sindh.Recommend

  • Adil
    Mar 20, 2011 - 10:50PM

    I knew that there’ll be negative comments against Imran Khan calling him an opportunist,chameleon and so on. IK started to protest for Afia Siddiqui’s release way before MQM joined the queue too.Plus, Imran Khan always demanded the reinstatement of Iftikhar Chaudhry and his role during the Lawyer’s Movement doesn’t need any explanantion,whereas Altaf Hussain was supporting Musharraf taunting the movement with words like PCO judges and so on. And later on they did the same till March 2009 when all the judges who were removed on November 3,2007 were finally reinstated. Afterwards, Altaf Hussain started to tell how he has utmost respect for the judiciary of Pakistan.Recommend

  • Qmaq
    Mar 20, 2011 - 11:06PM

    If you can’t beat them, join them.Recommend

  • aq inqalabi
    Mar 20, 2011 - 11:17PM

    I dont know y the number of ppl r getting against great Imran khan …….. WHAT U GUYZ DID WITH IMRAN KHAN ON FRIDAY ……….. he calls for the protest and only few hundreds turn out ……… shameless nation and supporters ….. so in this context imran know that MQM has the BEST STREET POWER in the country ……… u may disagree with mqm politics but cant deny their strongest support in common karachiites and their street power.

    I wish IMRAN and ALTAF form greater UNITY for ppl of PAKISTAN and if they together call for protest i can assure then million man will be on street ….. i just pray for them and they work in right direction and i m optimistic.Recommend

  • omer
    Mar 20, 2011 - 11:38PM

    there vl b fall of vote bank of pti in punjab if imran do any deal wid altaf hussain..thz z nt gud at all 4 political career of imranRecommend

  • Usman Cheema
    Mar 20, 2011 - 11:38PM

    Watch this video it proves Imran Khan called Altaf Hussain. Imran Khan confirming he was the one who called Altaf Hussain

    http://www.facebook.com/MQMTelevisionRecommend

  • Azhar
    Mar 21, 2011 - 1:39AM
  • Mulla Toofhan
    Mar 21, 2011 - 1:47AM

    Imran and Altaf would be heading in the right direction if they find common ground between them, This shows maturity on their part, If they geniuenly and scencerly work togather they will make a good team which will benifit the nation, They togather can be a good alternative to the present Lost polticians of Pakistan, We need to give these people a chance to prove themselves. Time and again the old guards have deceived and plundered the nation, Its time they be erased from the history books of Pakistan Recommend

  • Uza Syed
    Mar 21, 2011 - 2:21AM

    @Usman Cheema:
    It does not matter who called ——- stay away from Imran Khan. If MQM lets him anywhere close to it, this would tantamount to jeopardizing its own interests as well as interests of the people it represents. Imran’s associastion and alliance will destroy MQM once and for all —— don’t do it.Recommend

  • Safwan
    Mar 21, 2011 - 3:14AM

    @aq inqalabi

    Actually, even the few hundreds that you refer to were from Jamaat/Jamiat, not PTI! :-) If someone believes that MQM will let IK use their street power, they are naive, to say the least. If some party has street power, it doesn’t mean that you forget your principles, if you had any to start with, and join them. But then, this is the true face of democratic politics, where there’s only one principle, i.e. “There’s no principle!”Recommend

  • Mirza
    Mar 21, 2011 - 9:42AM

    @Adil, this kind of alliance is nothing new against PPP. These same parties with different names and times have always made alliances against PPP before elections. However, zero plus zero plus zero is always zero in every free and fair elections.

    TI, MQM are regional parties at best. Their only chance is through the backdoor. No other party except PPP can claim to be a national party and it is a fact. I had some respect for Imran Khan. However, if he can compromise in his own words “terrorists, killers, and what not” then the only thing I can say, sharm tum ko magar nahin aati.

    The next elections would be PPP/ANP alliance vs. the right wing mullah military alliance and the results would be the same as today. Like MQM, PML-N would remain only a regional party of upper Punjab. It would have to compromise with PML-Q and eat his own words, just like Imran Khan has lowered himself to this extent. All of a suddent treason, murders, terrorisim of MQM is all forgiven for political alliance. Phunchi whein pe khakh jahan ka khamir tha!

    Mirza, USARecommend

  • Malik Aamer Khan
    Mar 21, 2011 - 10:21AM

    To ALL here who are fighting about the past and talking about who called whom…Who cares! What is important is PAKISTAN…in the pyramid of interests, Pakistan is on the top and everything and everyone else is at the bottom of this. MQM and PTI together have a better chance of putting up resistance for this never-ending ‘musical chairs’ of corrupt, inefficient, USA-servile leaders who with the help of SOME elements of the army (who are also just as corrupt, USA-servile but efficient!) have dragged this nation into baigharti and begger-economy instead of better economy. If you ask a fruit thelawala a rickshaw driver whether he will eat grass and die or whether he would like to survive eating peanuts out of USA, he will chose death OR QAUMI ghairat over begging…So everyone, lets greet the ‘GOOD’ step and not look at the past because our country is FAST going towards a non-existent future. The drone attack is a DIRECT result of begging..they kill our people and we let them go for peanuts…wakeup my people!!Recommend

  • Hassan
    Mar 21, 2011 - 10:57AM

    The sheer stupidity displayed in the comments to this news is mind boggling, who made the call is irrelavant what was discussed in the call is newsworthy.

    Firstly, a call is not an alliance so those who are getting their Pj’s in a twist and ready to accuse PTI and Imran Khan of selling its soul need to wait a a little longer for some tangible proof.

    Altaf Hussains speech is a victory for Imran Khan and his point of view for the past seven years. Altaf Hussain Talked about stopping drone attacks, he talked about negotiating with the taliban and that freeing raymond davis would increase extremism in the country.

    The two discussed these issues and agreed to have a common viewpoint on important issues facing the country, so those saying its an alliance will have to wait a little longer.

    @ Uza Syed, displaying your ethnic mentality by saying no place for PTI in Karachi or Hyderabd, why do you own these cities? are the people in these cities subservient to the MQM and to people like you? You prove your own insecurities when you accuse imran he doesnt need people to massage his ego he is a legend in Pakistan a man who has fought for this nation and given it much to be proud off.

    @ Saleem, kindly give one proof or evidence of imran being supported by either the army or ISI!!!!!Recommend

  • Jawaid
    Mar 21, 2011 - 11:07AM

    Its good move by Imran.At least on common point they can work together specially routing out the Bradri & wadera culture and bringing middle class into pak politicsRecommend

  • Mar 21, 2011 - 11:49AM

    Good move. Contours of third option taking shape..Recommend

  • Uza Syed
    Mar 21, 2011 - 3:29PM

    @Hassan: Call me what you like! I oppose Imran Khan’s any association or co-operation or collaboration with MQM for reason of prudence —- Imran Khan is great risk for the interests of MQM and the risk is of existential importance for MQM.

    Imran, as you claim, might be a legend and let him be that —– I’ve no problem with it. My problem is Imran’s displayed immaturity in any and all public stand that he took so far in politics. Now, he’s with Asghar Khan (Reason: because he thought Asghar Khan to be a nice guy, right?) then he is not, why, because he changed his mind. Imran with Hamid Gul, why because he considered Gul to be nice guy; then Imran leaves him, too. Why because Imran changed his mind and now he considers Gul’s not so nice….and the list goes on and on. What does it prove? That Imran Khan is much too unstable person, his decisions are too erratic —– someone like him should be on that famous ‘couch’ and administered some serious counselling. The man is a risk out there in public.

    MQM must stay away from this Imran Khan as a politician not because of the language he speaks or whatever place he originates. Recommend

  • saad
    Mar 21, 2011 - 7:00PM

    they both are big failure for Pak, I have no expectation from themRecommend

  • Bangash
    Mar 21, 2011 - 7:18PM

    Imran Khan has no principles.Recommend

  • Hassan
    Mar 21, 2011 - 7:29PM

    @ Uza Syed, Yes Imran Khan is a risk for those who might have interests other than Pakistan’s at heart!!!!!

    Imran Khan was never with Asghar Khan or Hamid Gul they were never part of PTI. As for unstability and being erratic let me show you the mirror

    1984 – MQM formed with the help of then military dictator Zia Ul Haq to break PPP hold in sindh

    1988 – MQM in goverment with PPP
    1990 – MQM in Goverment with IJI
    1993 – MQM in goverment with PPP (again)
    1996 – MQM in goverment with PML (N) (again)
    2002 – MQM in goverment with PML (Q) under the blessings of another military dictator
    2008 – MQM in goverment with PPP (agaaaaaaain)

    now if thats not being erratic and unstable i don t know what is, i wonder if MQM and its leaders also deserve to be on the proverbial couch!!!!

    If you have any shame you wont will choose to keep quiet but then again i know you wont!!!!Recommend

  • Farakh Suhail
    Mar 21, 2011 - 8:06PM

    No kidding. After years of bitter rivalry, and calling each other, all sorts of wild and bizzarre names, both Immy and Altaf Bhai have decided to become allies. What a happy ending, typical Bollywood movie style. A few years back Immy Bhai went on his “London Yatra” and met with his legal team and made all kinds of tall claims about Altaf Bhai and MQM. He was going to expose Altaf’s fascist tactics to the rest of the world and so on and so forth. I remember, seeing MQM walas with galis on their placards, abusing Immy Bhai with third rate galis in Karachi.As always, politics is a real strange game, where no fight is permanent and no envy is really personal. It exposes Imran’s shallowness as usual. He is bunch of talk, and with his recent gesture towards Altaf, at least he has shown that he has a lot in common with the “ultimate King of talk.”What gain are both going to get from one another is yet to be seen. But one has to deduce this much from this patch up, Imran is getting desperate. He has literally no following and he is more of a “Baat ka Raja” on the TV screen. Its not the MQM that needs Imran. It is the other way around. Imran pandering to Altaf Bhai…What a turn around. The icing on the cake is Altaf Bhai asking Taliban to join hands and eradicate the injustices of Pakistan.Recommend

  • DIG
    Mar 21, 2011 - 9:49PM

    We should also befriend with Taliban as well going to their mainstream as Christian+Jews have started crusade as per Bush Jr.So lets tighten up our Dhotis Mullah or no Mullah, bigots or no bigots!! Recommend

  • Uza Syed
    Mar 22, 2011 - 12:05AM

    @Hassan:

    I guess I gotta give it to you —— my interest is of existential magnitude —— how can I trust someone who is a potential danger to a ‘people’! No, thanks. MQM and its voters did fine without this grave threat —– let him stay where he always has been far from reason —– that’s where he belongs and that’s where he can survive.

    Regarding his political history —– you ought to check it out for your enlightenment —– while at it, add his admiration for Musharraf and then his rejection later. No, no! He is much too unpredictable in addition to being a potential danger. Recommend

  • D. Asghar
    Mar 22, 2011 - 3:17AM

    @ Farruk Suhail, total copy paste of my article “What Altaf and Imran Bhai Bhai”, from Pak Spectator, without any credit. How typical Pakistani style.

    Chaley hain duniya per baat bananey. :)Recommend

  • aq inqalabi
    Mar 22, 2011 - 7:37AM

    @omer:
    sorry to saY Brother but what ppl of punab did with imran on last friday u still think they will vote him …….dont make imran punjabi leader …… imran is pakistani and INSHALLAH all citizens will vote him ………. so FOR GOD SAKE DONT PLAY PUNJAB CARD WITH IMRAN KHAN ….. HE IS ABOVE THIS RACISM. Recommend

  • SAMAD KHAN
    Mar 22, 2011 - 8:04AM

    For the first time Imran Khan’s face look like ordinary Pakistani political leader. I hate all thsoe faces.Recommend

  • Hassan
    Mar 22, 2011 - 11:07AM

    @ Uza Syed either you dont want to read or cant read, go back to my response and see how MQM has managed to turn and twist with every goverment since 1988 i think MQM and its supporters should be the last ones to criticise anyone for changing stances.

    PTI doesnt need MQM which is a regional party at best, PTI and its leader were magnimous enough to appreciate MQM for finally managing to stand up for the people of pakistan something that the PTI has been doing since its inception.

    I know PTI and its political history it is you who should open your eyes and ears and start to see the history of MQM and its ability to get into bed with every political party whatever the ideology!!!!!Recommend

  • S M Anwar
    Mar 22, 2011 - 11:59AM

    It is a good sign. Hostility does not take you very far.Recommend

  • Khalid
    Mar 22, 2011 - 1:46PM

    Good bye IK and PTI.. I am so disappointed with the future of this country..:( I thought he might never fell to this level, but unfortunately he is no different from the rest of the lot. PTI was on rise in recent times, and may continue to do so in the future, but the harsh and bitter fact is; it wouldn’t be any different from the rest of the so-called political parties. . Recommend

  • Mar 22, 2011 - 3:27PM

    If Imran and altaf work together for the better of nation …

    mmm

    why not …

    new idea hai ..

    chance milna chahiya …

    better then NAWAZ and other political parties who should be exiled from pakistan for ever …

    please people wake up and exile every other politicianRecommend

  • Mar 22, 2011 - 4:43PM

    PTI Chairman Imran Khan and MQM Chief Altaf Hussain rightly agreed on the following points:

    PTI Statement – 21 March 2011:

    “The [US] drone attacks [on Pakistanis] must cease immediately and affected families in FATA should be compensated by the Government of Pakistan. Dr. Aafia Siddiqui must be released immediately. Condemn the complicity of the PPP federal government and the PML-N government in Punjab in the [illegal] release of [American CIA spy] Raymond [Allen] Davis. The [recent telephone] conversation between the two leaders lasted over 10 minutes during which Mr. Altaf Hussain praised the PTI Chairman’s bold and without fear political struggle. He said there is need to put behind the bitter past at a time when the [Pakistani] nation faces critical challenges which demand national unity. Mr. Imran Khan commended the latest stance taken by the MQM Leader in his speech of March 18, 2011. He said there is need to speak with one voice to stop the killing of innocent Pakistanis through [US] drone attacks and stressed the need for collective efforts to restore Pakistan’s lost sovereignity. The two leaders agreed to remain in contact in future to build a broader consensus on national issues.”

    MQM Statement – 19 March 2011:

    “The Founder and Leader of MQM, Mr. Altaf Hussain, and Chairman PTI, Mr. Imran Khan, had a telephonic conversation. Mr. Altaf Hussain praised Mr. Imran Khan for his dauntless struggle for national honour and self-esteem. He stressed upon Imran Khan to sink the bitterness and differences of the past for making practical struggle regaining the national honour. Mr. Imran Khan lauded Mr. Altaf Hussain for his principled and fearless stand on the [unlawful] release of [US CIA mercenary] Raymond [Allen] Davis, [US] drone strikes and the incarceration of Dr. Aafia Siddiqui in the United States. Mr. Imran Khan said that the stand of Mr. Altaf Hussain reflects the wishes and aspirations of the people of Pakistan. Mr. Imran Khan said that the deaths of innocent Pakistanis in the [American] drone strikes are highly condemnable and said that all the national leaders must speak in unison about the unfortunate killings of innocent Pakistanis. He said that the responsible people at the Center and the Punjab, who [hypocritically] consider themselves the champions and well-wishers of Pakistan, are directly to blame for the [illegal] release of Raymond Davis. He said that these champions left the [Pakistani] people helpless in the hour of need. Both the leaders agreed on maintaining contacts on important issues such as [US] drone strikes, Dr. Aafia and [unlawful] release of Raymond Davis in order to defend national honour and prestige.”Recommend

  • Muhammad Faizan
    Mar 22, 2011 - 11:15PM

    Well, I have been thinking over this issue for as long as you my brothers. And seeing retrospectively, I somehow reached to the base that there’s a fine line between a ‘compromise’ and considering options. Leaders are leaders because they can see beyond what ordinary people like myself can see and plan. If I were in place of Imran Khan under the present conditions, I perhaps also would have done something similar. Because, it is written on the wall that no party can penetrate in Karachi by keeping MQM as its enemy. It’s just impossible to even campaign. And since Khi alone constitutes like 1/8th of whole Pak population, no movement can reach success without having access to it. So, if some soft calls can reduce the heat and help PTI to come out and voice their manifesto (bcz we know ppl aren’t even aware of PTI’s philosophy, as all they could see is Imran Khan). Once the message is sent across, the character of Imran Khan should be sufficient to create a wave and cause a pull of public attention. That’s how I take this event as.
    There are other aspects as well, like what people would say and point their fingers at him etc. But it’s not as much bothering because there has not been any alliance yet. And, I believe if we people were this better judge of things going around in the country, then we would have never let an army dictator come on the stage, preceded and followed by the same politicians. We as a public are not idiots or lack vision but we certainly cannot see things with much clarity as the learning curve is very steep.
    What pleases me the most, is the concern of the people, the media and those ‘neutral’ minds like myself that a man of character is probably at the verge of a compromise. This at least shows that people, in general, have somehow registered their hopes at the label of PTI.Recommend

  • saint
    Mar 23, 2011 - 11:54AM

    i am the master of my fate
    i am the captain of my soul.Recommend

  • Javad
    Mar 23, 2011 - 1:35PM

    Imran has finally understood the politics of Pakistan that on particular issues “aap ko gadhe ko bhi baap banana perhta hai”.Recommend

  • aasiasohailmian
    Mar 23, 2011 - 2:40PM

    @Ali Haider:
    your link is broken.Recommend

  • Raj
    Mar 23, 2011 - 2:56PM

    one is out of his depth, while the other is seasoned politician, who prefers to breathe the english air to pakistani air. Its very nice to preach and incite the idiots to demos and voilance sitting in london.
    Some match this will make!!! Imran will end up with bloody nose, as this is not a game of cricket you are playing.Recommend

  • AHAMD KHAN
    Mar 23, 2011 - 7:43PM

    We are not given any kind of initiative in past 65 years ride to achieve Goals never from federal government nor from provincially. We been given the rank of dead life . This nation needs kind of person like Alexander .there is strength of Alexander in IMRAN KHAN but ALTAF HUSSAIN could bite any time .that clever mind is taking advantage of good time . its time to revolution ALTAF is taking full bani fit . God be with IMRAN KHAN stay away from ALTAF HUSSAIN .Recommend

  • ASIF SAEED
    Mar 23, 2011 - 8:09PM

    @Abdul Rauf khan:
    I agree wid imran khan decision to work wid ALTAf HUSSAIN for the benefit of country.Recommend

  • ASIF SAEED
    Mar 23, 2011 - 8:13PM

    i think its a gud move by imran khan.both the parties should work to gether for the development and prosperity of Pakistan.Recommend

  • Seham
    Mar 23, 2011 - 8:29PM

    @Umer:
    I agree with Umer. Wait and watch what will be the outcome of this political friendship. I hope both the leaders of the parties will not end up in the lust of ruling the country and pilling up the country’s money into their bank accounts as the leaders have been doing and were doing in the past. It is also hoped that there will be peace and law & order in the country , no provincial identity superiority and langauge domination will get highlighted. The purpose of the meeting will be actualized religiously.Recommend

  • Irfan
    Mar 24, 2011 - 11:29AM

    Imran Bhai, u r my hero, Plz Plz Plz Altaf Hussain is very cunning man, dont shake hand with him, he is inclined towards u only to solve his purpose, he only wants to gain some political support to hold a JALSA in punjab, dont u remember this is the Altaf Hussain due to whom ur enterance is banned in Karachi.Recommend

  • Irfan
    Mar 24, 2011 - 11:34AM

    Imran Khan if u will join hands with Altaf Hussain u will loose ur support from the youth and surely u will loose ur votes as well.Recommend

  • Haris
    Mar 24, 2011 - 6:55PM

    @Kamran:
    In the current political scenario, it is impossible to gain popularity in Khi without MQM. And KHI is most important for any leadership, I think we all agree on this. So if Imran really wanted to lead the country he has to accept the reality and MQM is the reality. However, if MQM, PTI, AML(Sheikh Rasheed’s) etc wanted to gain power in the upcoming elections then they had to start campaigning against PPP and as well as PML-Q. after all we all knew, the Sharif Bros. are going to become next President and PM. Recommend

  • dilz
    Mar 24, 2011 - 10:58PM

    Imran khan should grow his beard.. This will worth his personality more… Recommend

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