MQM wanted me out: Zulfiqar Mirza

Published: April 9, 2011

Says MQM persistently demanded his removal.

KARACHI: 

Zulfiqar Mirza, the outgoing Sindh Home Minister and Senior Vice President of the ruling Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) claimed on Friday that he had been relieved from his ministry owing to pressure from the government’s coalition partner, the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM).

Mirza claimed that MQM leader Altaf Hussain “personally” called President Asif Ali Zardari more than “six times” to demand his removal, adding that the issue of target killing and extortion was just a ruse to remove him from his post.

The MQM’s parliamentary leader in the National Assembly, Farooq Sattar, however, has said that Mirza’s removal is an internal matter of the PPP. Mirza disputed that characterisation of events.

He claimed that he was exhausted by the home ministry job and thanked the MQM for sending him on leave. “I am going to the United States to meet my children,” he said.

Responding to rumours that his life was at risk and he had been asked to go into hiding, Mirza said that while he was receiving threats, he knew how to deal with them and would not be keeping a low profile. “No one can issue any direction to me to go underground except President Zardari.”

Mirza also denied rumours that he was being offered a slot in the federal cabinet.

The former home minister had claimed that the police had arrested the murderers of Geo News reporter Wali Khan Babar, who was killed on January 13.“The real culprits involved in the murder of Babar have been arrested and belong to the MQM. Why don’t they [Geo News] highlight the issue?”, he said. The MQM, meanwhile, declined to comment on the accusations levelled at them by Mirza.

“It is not necessary to talk about Mirza’s statement. We don’t want to waste our time,” said Wasim Aftab, member of the MQM Central Coordination Committee.

Additional reporting by Rauf Klasra

Published in The Express Tribune, April 9th,  2011.

Reader Comments (32)

  • Billoo Bhaya
    Apr 9, 2011 - 10:09AM

    Mirza you idiot. You should have got the MQM before they got you. That’s politics. Recommend

  • Pakistan One
    Apr 9, 2011 - 10:24AM

    They got the job done. Honestly speaking the peace of Karachi was better before you and I hope it will be better again after you. You were good for nothing. To the common man it makes no difference about your lineage or what your ancestors did for Pakistan. What is more important is how your inablity to act against or should I say your corroboration with the criminal elements made things worse for Karachi in particular and Sindh in general.

    Thanks to you there is no investment coming in to Karachi. More people are living beyond poverty line and more people commemorate death anniversaries of their loved ones.

    You said people know who has been running the extortion business since 30 years but the question is in the position of authority what did you do?

    So the bottom line for you and what every Karachite wants to say to you:

    **

    Know your damn role and just shut your mouth!!

    **Recommend

  • Dr. Abdullah Kamran
    Apr 9, 2011 - 10:25AM

    He is undeniably a bold, courageous and undaunted person, may not be a good politician though, which requires hypocrisy and deception as a prime requirement. May Allah Protect him and his family from all harm – A’meenRecommend

  • aamir soomro
    Apr 9, 2011 - 10:40AM

    The interior minister sindh also revealed what was known to every knowledgeable person in karachi that MQM was involved in the murder of Wali Babar but the hypocrisy & double standards of our media were fully exposed yesterday when they didn’t show this part of mirza’s speech,if pml-n or ppp had murdered any journalist all the channels would have been screaming & giving it blanket coverage,no other news would have been there,all the journalist organisations would have been protesting out on the streets,but since it is mqm every one is quiet & scared.Recommend

  • Apr 9, 2011 - 12:14PM

    He had every resource at his disposal what did he do? If his leadership allows to put allegations then why not allowed him to proceed against them.

    This is Bull’s Crap, they are not good at managing things and can only score with their mouths.

    PPP is a big failure and they need a escape goat issue for the next elections.Recommend

  • IUHS
    Apr 9, 2011 - 12:17PM

    not only mqm everyone wanted him out, including the president himself :DRecommend

  • Atif
    Apr 9, 2011 - 12:36PM

    Zulfiqar Mirza revealed that the culprit of Geo News reporter’s killers had been arrested and real culprits belong to the MQM. Therefore why Geo News kept silent on that?Recommend

  • Iftikhar-ur-Rehman
    Apr 9, 2011 - 12:42PM

    You were never a Hero and do not try to be a martyr as you will never be a hero to anyone so get lost.Recommend

  • muhammad basit
    Apr 9, 2011 - 12:42PM

    why is Geo still promoting MQM which killed its reporter?? why are they still singing the praises of the party responsible for the death of its employee?? why this double standard?? Why doesn’t the public hold Geo or other media channels to account?Recommend

  • abdul moiz
    Apr 9, 2011 - 12:50PM

    We should learn to call a spade a spade.Our tv channels have headoffices based in karachi staffed primarily by people from the mohajir community so they only portray MQM in a positive light,but it is time that the rest of pakistan demanded fair & balanced reporting & the tripleM MMM ( Mohajir media mafia) should be broken up so that fair journalism can be there.Recommend

  • Enough
    Apr 9, 2011 - 12:54PM

    People are fed up of thugs, whether they come from PPP or MQM.
    So just leave – all of you. Leave the peaceful law abiding citizens of Karachi and the rest of the country to their own devices.
    We will find a way to mend damaged lives and our society.
    Just go and don’t come back until you are reformed.
    Go and disassemble all your training camps in South Africa and what have you.
    Please destroy your weapons on the way out.
    What a mess.Recommend

  • Hammad mian
    Apr 9, 2011 - 1:16PM

    Very well done Zulfiqar Mirza , you did a great job by exposing the culprits of Wali khan Babar shaheed but question is why anchor persons are silent on it, Are they afraid of MQM?Recommend

  • Atif
    Apr 9, 2011 - 1:24PM

    @IUHS:
    I want him in place Rehman Malik….I hope so…Recommend

  • Mustafa
    Apr 9, 2011 - 1:29PM

    The government is blind, if you will conduct a secret survey from the people of Karachi, you will aware of the fact that only MQM(A) activists are involved in collecting bhutta from Karachi, and in Lyari, the PPP’s dogs (the narcotics suppliers) are involved in collecting bhutta.Recommend

  • Independent from UK
    Apr 9, 2011 - 1:32PM

    Dr Mirza is right to say that there will be no target killings and extortions for a while since the demand has been met by no less a person than the President who does not seem to have regards for his own party.

    Its obvious that majority of the target killers apprehended by the police belong to this so called peaceful which is known as MQM. No wonder Dr Mirza is hated by MQM.

    Wait until MQM supremo delivers his comical speech to people of Lahore, the activities will be resumed again to get another demand met. Thus MQM plays with the lives of innocent people.

    Shame on the media who dutifully and slavishly follow the instructions of the ready made rabita committee who spring up from nowhere hurling accusations against their coalition partners and demanding to ‘do more’…

    Shame on that particular media channel whose reporter Wali Babar was murdered by thugs of this party and yet they do not have guts to expose them. Recommend

  • Nasrat Baloch
    Apr 9, 2011 - 1:46PM

    Mqm has glorious past track records that they never ever took bhattas, never tortured and killed any single person, never forcefully collected “khaaleyn”(skins of animals) during Eids.These were all mere blames on mqm by the anti state parties of the country. mqm is the most clean and
    civilized , free of criminal party in Pakistan or may be in the world. I wonder why people of Pakistan do not believe them?- On 12 May their own personnel were killed by these anti state parties and and then lawyers in Karachi were burnt in the chambers by the same elements and put the blame on the “cleanest and criminal less”poor mqm!!!!!!!!!!!! Enough is enough now please.Zulfiqar mirza was the biggest criminal supporter in the history of Pakistan and who is not? Shahi syed, peoples Amn committee, N league ANP, Balochs sindhis and Punjabis every one is criminal here except these poor mqm.This is how the Mafias and the underworld elements work.Recommend

  • Shahid
    Apr 9, 2011 - 1:47PM

    @aamir soomro:
    My friend Aamir, Mirza may also be knowledgable but not courageous enough to stand up and be a witness in court to state under oath that MQM killed Wali Babar. If he is so sure then he is withholding evidence and per law, accomplice to crime. Knowing that Mirza was final authority as Interior Minister, he should have pursued legal avenue against MQM rather than making fiery speeches which means nothing. Gathering pulic accolades by shouting in a microphone does not get the results where crime has been committed. MQM is no saint, but without legal avenue pursued in such murder cases, it loses its weight and effect in court of law. Hope Mirza stands up and delivers and a good citizen and as a champion of human rights.Recommend

  • Apr 9, 2011 - 1:49PM

    Mirza Sahab, Why you visited 90, to eat Nihari and Paya :DRecommend

  • Amin
    Apr 9, 2011 - 1:50PM

    He was much better interior minister , the bomb blasts incidents decreased in his three years of home ministry and the people of Karachi knows that which party is involved in target killing and Bhatta khori.At least he has the courage to speak the truth.Recommend

  • Syed
    Apr 9, 2011 - 2:25PM

    @ Aamir Soomro,
    My dear friend, Wali Khan Babar was supporter of MQM and a close friend of Haider Abbas Rizvi, as disclosed by his close friend and colleague, watch Talat hussains program on the issue.
    He was killed because he reported and covered the police raid on a Drug ring in Pehlwan Goth area, (a NO GO Area controlled by ANP).
    Get your facts right!!Recommend

  • Rizwan Shirazi
    Apr 9, 2011 - 3:09PM

    Definitely he isn’t positively popular but people he has been dealing with in Karachi since couple of years are unexposed in many things as well, i think no good can be expected from both the parties.Recommend

  • Ali
    Apr 9, 2011 - 3:22PM

    But I thought , as Mirza had said earlier:

    He is ill and needs a break,
    He is going to visit his daughter overseas
    He is going to Islamabad to keep an eye on his wife…

    Better make up his mind!! ……

    As far as I am concerned he is much better in the mazaar of benazir, preferably under ground!Recommend

  • Independent from UK
    Apr 9, 2011 - 3:56PM

    @Nasrat Baloch:
    Incredible comment by Nasrat Baloch. I am not sure his name is even rightly spelled. Never heard Nasrat. Any way Nasrat Baloch whom you are trying to fool. You should join Rabita Committee.Recommend

  • Hafsah Karachi
    Apr 9, 2011 - 6:23PM

    @Nasrat Baloch:
    What! I think you live in dream world not in Karachi.Recommend

  • FA patriot
    Apr 10, 2011 - 3:42AM

    Are you joking with me?! Mqm never took batha? They never snatched hides forcefully? They are the ones who invented Batha khoori. Only difference is now since they have been in Power in almost every government for the last 25 years or so they know how to get the money out from traders, industrialists and the rest without doing much. It’s called “Institutionalized batha khoori which is even more dangerous because no one can report it. Presently the man taking care of this is Rauf Siddiqui of MQM, former Home minister and currently Sindh Minister for Industries and Production. I say this with full confidence and experience. As for Mr. Mirza inshallah he will be back and hopefully, i pray his hands will not be tied by reconciliation and with or without a portfolio the downtrodden people of Sindh and Karachi will unite and once in for all show people just how “popular” MQM really is. Good job Mr. Mirza! Recommend

  • S
    Apr 10, 2011 - 4:06AM

    @Pakistan One:
    Have you forgotten all the bomb blasts in Waseem Akhtars tenure, it was no better than Peshawar or Quetta. Recommend

  • umar
    Apr 10, 2011 - 7:45AM

    the real face of Geo News has been exposed to the peoples of Pakistan that this channel belong to particular ethnic group of Karachi which don’t want to show off the faces of Wali babar murderers. It’s my suggustion to all the reporter of Geo news that be careful of speaking some ill about MQM otherwise your fate would not different from shaheed wali babar and let me tell you that there is no freedom of expressions in Geo. On the part of other channels i am also disappointed that they did not show any sympathies with wali khan who belongs to media fraternity Recommend

  • Nasrat Baloch
    Apr 10, 2011 - 11:48AM

    @Independent; Iam baloch and baloch cant join rabita if u know the history of balochs dont kill from behind; baloch challenges and confront from face. please read what i have written here otherwise(it is as they – the mqm claim not me) see what i have written in the bottom line. I hate Dons and underworld mafias.Recommend

  • Sultan Ahmed
    Apr 10, 2011 - 8:59PM

    Mere allegations are not leveled,
    baseless charges are not imposed,
    he has a clean mindset,
    with no hypocrisy that is essential part of politics,
    he is outspoken also,so has exposed all moving behind the scene.
    that is the reason which has taken him out of power.Recommend

  • Sultan Ahmed
    Apr 10, 2011 - 9:09PM

    Mirza has lost Sahiba,
    due to out spoken that is not justified in politics.Recommend

  • syed
    Apr 12, 2011 - 1:30AM

    @Nasrat Baloch:
    Al Haj Syed Sardar Rahman Baloch aka Rahman Dakait was a a living embodiment of your Baloch traditions!!Recommend

  • Nasrat Baloch
    Apr 12, 2011 - 12:53PM

    @syed. ya sure and very sure he did every thing openly and had no mask on his face like “Bhatta khors” he was brave man he was really an Avtar. any doubts in ur mind ?Recommend

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