Punjab politics: MQM chief rallies support for ‘revolution’

Published: April 11, 2011

Large number of MQM supporters gathered in Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore for a rally. PHOTO: Athar Khan

Large number of MQM supporters participated in a rally at Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore, waving pictures of Altaf Hussain and party flags. PHOTO: Athar Khan Large number of MQM supporters gathered in Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore for a rally. PHOTO: Athar Khan Large number of MQM supporters participated in a rally at Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore, waving pictures of Altaf Hussain and party flags. PHOTO: Athar Khan Large number of MQM supporters gathered in Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore for a rally. PHOTO: Athar Khan Crowd of supporters gather for MQM rally. PHOTO: ATHAR KHAN/EXPRESS
LAHORE: 

Attempting to break out of its urban Sindh heartland, the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) held a massive rally at the football ground of Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore on Sunday, attended by thousands of its supporters, many of whom had come from different parts of Sindh and Punjab.

The event, billed a ‘public meeting’ by the party titled “Stabilising Pakistan”, was the largest event held by the MQM in Punjab and the culmination of several months of organising and preparation, both logistical and political.

The rally was attended by leaders of the Pakistan Muslim League Quaid (PML-Q), which sent a 10-member delegation led by the party’s parliamentary leader in the Punjab Assembly Chaudhry Zahiruddin Khan. Former president Pervez Musharraf’s  changing the venue may have been political.

“They can change the venue but they cannot block our ideas and our workers from gathering,” said MQM Deputy Convenor Farooq Sattar.

MQM leader Altaf Hussain addressed the rally via telephone from London. He was particularly keen to dispel a notion that the MQM was an ethnic-based party, focused on the interests of Muhajirs and hostile to other ethnic groups.

In a message that was full of left-wing populism, Altaf laid out the party’s 18-point agenda. The MQM leader promised to eradicate “the nuisance of feudalism, capitalism and unequal distribution of wealth” from the country.

Seeking to burnish the party’s liberal credentials, he took aim at several of the most regressive cultural traditions in the country, such as “watta satta” (where two families arrange marriages between their sons and daughters), karo-kari (honour killing) and marrying women off to the Holy Quran (in order to disinherit them).

The MQM leader also promised to overcome the energy crisis, though he did not make it clear how that would happen.

However, Altaf appeared to also support the partition of Punjab through the creation of new provinces in Bahawalpur and the Seraiki belt, an unpopular position in central and northern Punjab. He did, however, state that the division would only occur after a referendum.

On a similar note, Altaf also called for an end to the military operation in Balochistan and demanded that the military establishment let the issue be resolved politically. He then offered the MQM’s services as mediators between the federal government and Baloch insurgents.

The party appeared to be breaking away from its pro-American stance of recent years, when the MQM chief advocated an independent foreign policy and termed the US drone attacks on the tribal regions “violation of Pakistani sovereignty”.

He also criticised the International Monetary Fund (IMF), a traditional bugbear of the MQM, and said that the country would refuse to accept any loans from the international lender if his party were to come into office. Altaf Hussain also promised to ‘eradicate’ unemployment while at the same time promising to introduce unemployment insurance in the country.

The MQM leader also promised to introduce a constitutional amendment to make education up to grade 10 mandatory for all citizens, punishable by an unspecified penalty for non-compliance.

Published in The Express Tribune, April 11th,  2011.


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Reader Comments (99)

  • @ibmove
    Apr 10, 2011 - 4:53PM

    Yes I heard from one of my friends, that many full busses came outside from lahore with the flags of MQM.

    I couldn’t understand MQM manifesto, they said we will bring revolution, my question is Who stop you, you are in power at least in Sindh, and its almost 3 years have been passed, why did not have been started yet.

    Secondly you asked to the people give us a chance, you are in government and you have a chance to prove. My humbly advice to MQM is if you really want to serve tha nation, first stop target killing and bhutta khori, warn a the motorcyclist gunman not to use their name to cose the shops and to omit collecting bhattas.

    One thing more, I amazed how scared the media from MQM even know each and every thing about MQM but didn’t bring any thing to their tongue isn’t it a hypocrisy?Recommend

  • Tahir
    Apr 10, 2011 - 5:01PM

    MQM said to the people of punjab if you want to end jargirdar culture join the rally,but they invited PPP the biggest jargirdars to the event. Only PTI is a threat to the 3 biggest parties in punjab.Recommend

  • Imran
    Apr 10, 2011 - 5:12PM

    MQM Zindabad. Sindh hamara tha. Ab punjab bhi hamara hai.Recommend

  • observor
    Apr 10, 2011 - 6:12PM

    The poor and middle class revolution has started in Punjab. Good luck MQM!Recommend

  • Hussnain Shah
    Apr 10, 2011 - 6:16PM

    You got to be kidding me :D:DRecommend

  • txbashi
    Apr 10, 2011 - 6:39PM

    Dear Tribune:
    You should have maintained journalist honor, and report facts not fascination. I just watched the Altaf Hussain speech and no more than 10 thousand people seemed to be in the crowd. A waste of 50 crors by sending workers from Karachi & Hyderabad and paying unemployed daily wagers to sit and listen to “Online Hussain”, it was quite a disappointment.
    And Tribune should have reported as such… Please, don’t taint your journalistic integrity.

    TxbashiRecommend

  • Jahan
    Apr 10, 2011 - 6:51PM

    I don’t think there were more than 10 thousand people out there maximum. MQM was confident of bringing 1 million people in lahore. MQM should make sindh and karachi an example of peace, harmony and good governance before coming for vote to other cities and parts of Pakistan.Recommend

  • Karim
    Apr 10, 2011 - 7:13PM

    Congratulation to MQM on successful rally !!!!!!!!!!!!
    We people of Punjab welcome you ….Recommend

  • Grrrr
    Apr 10, 2011 - 7:18PM

    Football enclosure of Gaddaffi Stadium? Wow. Its a separate STADIUM, the Punjab FOOTBALL Stadium.Recommend

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  • Mujib Abakhel
    Apr 10, 2011 - 7:51PM

    If middle class of Punjab rises to the occasion & start the struggle for society, it will benefit the whole Pakistan.Recommend

  • Adeel
    Apr 10, 2011 - 8:14PM

    Altaf bhai please come back and save the people of Pakistan…what’s the point in doing politics in Pakistan when you aren’t even there…ajeeb log hain MQM walay.Recommend

  • Habib
    Apr 10, 2011 - 8:30PM

    May Allah bestow mercy on Pakistan and keep people together for the cause of the country.Recommend

  • Nadeem Ahmed
    Apr 10, 2011 - 8:44PM

    I have already taken double dose of aspirin, headache from telephonic speech is imminent.Recommend

  • Patriot
    Apr 10, 2011 - 8:56PM

    There is no Musharraf for Altaf Hussain right now in Pakistan, but at least the actual Musharraf is also a fugitive these days and living in same city as Altaf Hussain talking about revolution. Altaf can lend his kurta to Musharraf and get uniform from the former dictator.Recommend

  • KR
    Apr 10, 2011 - 9:02PM

    Welcome to Islamic Republic of Corruption, where people are so desperate for decent and honest leadership that they will listen to anyone who is talking, well let me tell you talk is cheap. These political parties are not the solution, actually these political parties and corrupt politicians are the main problem.

    They all have only ONE agenda and that is to put money in their own pockets and they go in self impose exile either to Dubai or London. Just recently Nawaz Sharif ran off to London for minor heart surgery while poor were suffering and dying in Pakistan because Doctors were on strike, Mushar¬raf is hiding in London, Altaf Hussain usually is hiding in London, Mr. 10% and Benazir Bhutto lived in London and Dubai for several years, list goes on and on.

    Only thing this idiots want is endless supply of money from Pakistan, they DON”T care about Pakistan, they are like cancer eating and destroying our country from inside out. Someone needs to tell them that they cannot take all this with them to HELL. Recommend

  • apple green
    Apr 10, 2011 - 9:07PM

    its all fake both MQM and PML_Q fighting for their survival against up coming court cases.
    Which Inqilab,where were they during military rules. Oh I forgot they were enjoying their participation with thier military rules. Who talks against jagirdar they dont sit with them ,But unluckily,both Muslim league -Q and Zardari league r symbol of this.This is hypocracy. lets talk about fashion, movies and games,,,,,,,,,Recommend

  • Salman Ali
    Apr 10, 2011 - 9:16PM

    Welcome Welcome MQM Welcome !!!! Congratulation to MQM on successfully rally.Recommend

  • ayesha
    Apr 10, 2011 - 9:29PM

    @Karim:
    Its east on the internet to claim from any location. :D :D, People of Punjab are bravo, they know this mafia very well.Recommend

  • Apr 10, 2011 - 9:30PM

    During last decade MQM enjoyed complete supremacy in Karachi and I like to ask few questions in this regard;

    Have you made Karachi a model city?
    What steps have they taken to control a number of mafias operating in the city?
    Almost fortnightly, this city has to suffer from a wave of target killings, why have not you controlled it so far?
    Strikes, Strikes, and Strikes.. Every second day this city paralyze the economy of whole country. Is this the middle class revolution??
    If yes, may Allah SWT bless Pakistan and keep Pakistan safe from this revolution.
    Recommend

  • ayesha
    Apr 10, 2011 - 9:31PM

    @Imran:
    These are the real Haq parast, Its not amazing, they can claim their right to anything. Like, they claim Karachi.Recommend

  • Apr 10, 2011 - 9:34PM

    MQM is no more an alien to Punjab. In fact , they seemed to be the only party active on the ‘roads’ of Punjab the past week. A good sign for Pakistan. Not a fan of Altaf’s dramatics but a change is always welcome.Recommend

  • Farhan Khan
    Apr 10, 2011 - 9:55PM

    To all jelous biased ppl saying the jalsa was just 10,000 or they transported from outside karachi, keep this in ur minds that this was the 1st jalsa in punjab are u expecting them to gather whole punjab in 1st jalsa? after all the years of propaganda agains them.Recommend

  • Maria
    Apr 10, 2011 - 9:59PM

    @Imran: No one wants targetted killings and Bhatta in Lahore or anywhere in Punjab. Bussing in some poor people from rural areas who are paid to hear a message from a leader exiled in London does not appeal to the people of Punjab. Do you know how people in Punjab make fun of the way people sit on the ground in Karachi to hear the screaming messages on the phone from a supposed leader in London? By the way, no one has forgot his words against Pakistan when he was in India. The MQM is not a viable party in Punjab or anywhere outside its ethnic base in Karachi.Recommend

  • Wahaj
    Apr 10, 2011 - 10:00PM

    I wish someday Altaf Hussain realize that he has to improve his speech skills and start to talk like a normal man. but the man has a point, for first time in history MQM was given a free hand during Mustafa Kamal era, and no doubt they did wonders. Even loyal MQM haters acknowledge this. Comparatively MQM has more educated and competent Ministers in its ranks and deserve a chance.Recommend

  • Apr 10, 2011 - 10:02PM

    he is complete drama baz. he ruined law n order in sindh now he syes are on Punjab’s wealth.Recommend

  • observor
    Apr 10, 2011 - 10:26PM

    @txbashi:
    Keep up doing the paid job! from feaudals parrot! people of Punjab know the feudals the use them only for vote and never see them back. MQM is working for everybody without any discrimination one of the most organized and literate leadership of Pakistan and traditional loota parties are afraid of MQM in Punjab…….u cant help it to blame MQM at any cost.Recommend

  • observor
    Apr 10, 2011 - 10:29PM

    @@ibmove:
    Those who came from bus are the people of remote areas of punjab they are looking for Altaf Hussain to get rid of the corrupt Feaudal system of Pakistan. MQM AGAYEE AUR PUNJAB KAY DIL MAIN SAMAY GAYEE. Poor and Middle Class Revolution Zindabad!Recommend

  • Asim
    Apr 10, 2011 - 10:35PM

    @@ibmove:
    Dear Mr.
    I want to inform that have you visited sindh in last three years..?
    I think not!.. the power is not with MQM its with PPP, when it was with MQM there was no such “Target Killing” you call.. well
    You could see the Development in Karachi..

    It brought Hundreds of Jobs for the citizens of Karachi
    It brought the technological revolution in the time of Mustafa Kamal
    Do you call only MQM to be the Bhatta Khor is Karachi? have you visited government offices in Karachi or Sindh? they are flourishing with Bribery and don’t you call that “Bhatta?”
    Are the government personals all from MQM now?
    There may be some bad eggs and they are in every party..
    Why people of karachi are willing to die for MQM are you calling “All of them” as crazy?
    Its the hypocrisy done by the Other parties who never want an ordinary Pakistani to be handling the country which is the “True” Democracy.
    You want to sit in the drawing room watching and just condemning the Situation of the country aren’t you Disloyal to your Country,.

    Hope that works out..Recommend

  • Asim
    Apr 10, 2011 - 10:45PM

    Please accept my apologies for the last comment i couldn’t find my last comment..so it came from heart..
    apologies..Recommend

  • Junaid Alam
    Apr 10, 2011 - 10:47PM

    such perfect reporting! I wonder our media–that too, a part of it that claims to be responsible and unbiased–could publish such a story that is totally against the facts.. as if Lahorites didn’t know how “grand” a procession that was!Recommend

  • Apr 10, 2011 - 11:23PM

    Since there are no NOGO areas in Punjab, the MQM was able to hold a rally in Lahore, without any threat of intimidation or target killings. People in Punjab will judge MQM by its track record in Karachi and Hyderabad, where both security of life and law and order are not something which they can be proud of. One only hopes that this party will learn to tolerate dissent and rid itself of the stigma that tags it. It must clear this image of theirs, if it is serious in extending their political role. Every political party has a right to do politics in all parts of Pakistan, but this right must extend to others in Karachi also. Recommend

  • Saad Hashmi
    Apr 10, 2011 - 11:23PM

    @@ibmove:
    My friend, it is true that MQM has been part of the government, but believe me MQM cannot transfer a police inspector. MQM were given autonomy just two times, once when Farooq sattar was mayor and afterwards Mustafa Kamal. And, on both occasions they demonstrated that they can administrate fairly well. I believe, our primary problem is administration and particularly corruption. And we all know that Recommend

  • Arsalan
    Apr 10, 2011 - 11:25PM

    MQM has all the right to come and expand itself in Punjab and elsewhere.

    There is no need to worry about.

    PML-N should improve its governance only. I am surprised to see second rate PML-N leaders wobbling against the rally of MQM.Recommend

  • Hasan
    Apr 10, 2011 - 11:33PM

    @M. Tariq:

    Since there are no NOGO areas in
    Punjab, the MQM was able to hold a
    rally in Lahore,

    Really? Why the venue changes then?Recommend

  • gangly khan
    Apr 10, 2011 - 11:38PM

    It is some thing very strange that a leader with foreign nationality and residing abroad states that he would bring revolution in Pakistan provided his party is elected to power. Recommend

  • Shahid
    Apr 10, 2011 - 11:38PM

    Next 2/3 days are important for People of Punjab. Until MQM workers return back to Karachi, do not use cell phone at public places and keep your cars indoor.Recommend

  • Shahid
    Apr 10, 2011 - 11:44PM

    People of Lahore are complaining that today daily wage workers were not available. MQM hired all of them for Rs 1000 a day. Still not more then a 1000 people in Stadium. How many came from karachi and how many local! Recommend

  • ishaque anjum
    Apr 10, 2011 - 11:53PM

    MQM prove your sincerity with the people of KARACHI. show people of punjab how slefless your cader is and how you serve the masses in KARACHI using the philosophy of your foreign leader. people of PUNJAB are not like you narrow minded they could have welcome you if your track record of political victimisation was good but unfortuateley you raised the slogan DHOTI SHALWAR KAHAN SE AEE and simultaneously targeted pujnabis. Why people blame you for every evil things? People of punjab have not forgot one of your leaders satement insulting PUNJABI women. Why you no vacate eminity plots of karachi city. Recommend

  • waseem
    Apr 10, 2011 - 11:58PM

    Dear All
    nice comments.. I am Lahori living in Karachi from Last two years. I think people of lahore will judge the performance of MQM on the basis of Karcahi situation. What ever you all said about progress of Karcahi Development, living in Karcahi is nightmare. The Karachiz development was not due to Mustafa kmal or Farooq Sattar, it was all due to unlimited funding by Musharaff. If Mustafa kamal was such a good manager of the city then he should have ended bribery from the KMC, and other deptt under his control.He was total failuer in this area. I think jalsi in Lahore has disapoointed MQM which try to woo PML-Q, PTI and PPP. Football staduim which is very small comparing to main qaddafi Satuim has keep the “Laj” of MQM other wise few thousnads people look odd in big stadium.Recommend

  • Zahid
    Apr 11, 2011 - 12:07AM

    Just to add few words about MQM. Those who blame this party they are brain washed or misguided. MQM was never given a free hand in Karachi or Hyderabad. It is a country where IG, DIG, SHO are selected in Islamabad and sent to perform their duties for the VIPs. Why CDGK was abolished, because people started to go MQM unit office to solve their problem and not to the PPP Ministers. They were afraid of MQM. The same thing is with the policing. The police are mostly non-locals and are appointed only with Parchi system to serve as Loyal dogs to the Ministers and VIPs. The Law and order system should be very good when community policing was allowed. The police in Karachi are present either as a puppet to their higher ups and protect only them or VIPs. Besides this they mint money from poor people like pushcart vendors, street vendors and poor motorcyclist. They do not dare to chase any culprit of People’s Aman Committee or Lyari Gangsters. Sitting thousand of kms away will not give you a clear picture. The politicians have always blamed MQM and later visit 90 for apologies. Gone are those time now. People across the country will vote MQM in the next election. They will give chance to poor but educated people to go to the parliament in the next election. There are a lot of things to blame about MQM which is only accusation in real they are good people like any other Pakistanis. Recommend

  • ishaq
    Apr 11, 2011 - 12:07AM

    MQM’s Rally was total Failure. Politics is not possible by
    living abroad.Recommend

  • muzaffar
    Apr 11, 2011 - 12:18AM

    All the so called leaders talk about revolution. First they need to revolutionize their parties and stop making them individual / family domains. Secondly they need to set example by their deeds and not be treated outside, they need not stock their money outside and most of all stop acquiring the nationalities of other countries.Recommend

  • Atif
    Apr 11, 2011 - 12:31AM

    Lol guys Hardly a few hundred people and not even a couple of dozen from lahore. What a joke. By the way who was reporting this?

    Funny thing is I was laughing how the cameras focused ONLY on stage or a few front rows to avoid showing half-empty stadium …. lol lol lol lol

    But ya nice try dude Come back to Pakistan faceup to your past and accept that yes you guys did all this for your “survival” and than we will see what to do with you as of now you do not stand a chance without establishment’s support in Punjab.Recommend

  • Riaz Jaffar
    Apr 11, 2011 - 12:31AM

    MQM new drama in Punjab has failed. In Multan they “Qabza” of Ghanta Chowk for two weeks. they try to attractive people by inviting Pop Music singers (Music Gala) but failed. The faces appeared daily in the camp were from Karachi not localRecommend

  • Dr.Asad Sadick, Germany
    Apr 11, 2011 - 12:57AM

    MQM is living in a Fools Paradise. I thought there were some smart guys amongst them. Recommend

  • sUPERB
    Apr 11, 2011 - 1:33AM

    looks like a failed event inspite of investing a lot and paying the people to attendRecommend

  • JAMEEL
    Apr 11, 2011 - 2:09AM

    @Wahaj:
    I wonder the mindset of the common people is far away to understand how to chose the ideological leadership….there is no party with ideology in Pakistan except MQM. Other parties are based on adhoc ideology. No body talks about to dissolve the current feaudal system which is mother of all problems of Pakistan….BETTER WAKE UP PAKISTAN BEFORE IT GETS TOO LATE……REGARDSRecommend

  • Saad Durrani
    Apr 11, 2011 - 3:13AM

    The MQM had extended a formal invitation to Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) workers to attend the rally at Punjab Stadium during a meeting [with] party leader Jehangir Badar in Lahore. The MQM had earlier also invited the Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaf (PTI) to attend the rally.

    I am not sure but I think there should be “with” in between “meeting” and “party”.Recommend

  • @ibmlove
    Apr 11, 2011 - 3:50AM

    Thanks for the friends who mentioned me, I would like to answer them. I born and lived in Karachi for last 40 years. I almost found on the roads of Karachi late night just for chill. Did you forget the 12 May incident? Attack on Aaj TV for its live broadcast? Layari was totally blocked by the rangers and police, even firing on Shireen Rehman can be found on youtube.

    In MQM last tenure, there is atleast one of their man is appointed on all the arms store, none can else get a single bullet with reference to his legal license.

    I agree some of their leaders are really good and I like then e.g Dr Farooq Sattar, Mustafa Kamal and some others.

    Right now its balance, MQM killing PPP’s/ANP workers and they do so in reply.

    Now its balance of terrorism in Karachi. Because only the party workers are fighting for their own survivals. A common man is relaxed now. I appreciate Zulifquar Mirza’s efforts to buckle those target killers.Recommend

  • Raqib Ali
    Apr 11, 2011 - 5:05AM

    It is a win win situation for Pakistan.

    MQM’s ideology will be diluted
    There will be more factions of MQM and new leadership will emerge
    MQM cannot rule Punjab by fore due to its people being very open and vocal

    Even those who were behind Bhutto’s hanging (e.g. Judges/lawyers) and removal of governments (e.g. Leghari) live and die naturally. MQM will have to live in that culture where tolerance is the key and people live with the enemy (instead of target killing).

    People will realise that all politicians are the same. It is a win win situation for Pakistan. Recommend

  • Raqib Ali
    Apr 11, 2011 - 5:09AM

    MQM learn many things from politicians in Punjab. When Chaudhry Shujaat & Pervaiz Elahi deserter Nawaz Sharif, PML N workers did not start target killing.

    When Leghari dissolved BB’s government, no PPP worker one tried to shoot him.

    When Nawaz Sharif won all the seats in Lahore & Pindi in 1988, he did not claim that he owns the city and did not make ‘gated communities’ and NOGO areas.

    I wonder how MQM will react when its leaders/workers will change
    parties without fear in Punjab? While MQM is making an mistake,
    it is good for Pakistani politics.Recommend

  • Ali Khan
    Apr 11, 2011 - 6:10AM

    How strong the people of the Pakistan remembers the MQM as terrorist party even MQM’s 15,000 workers were killed in an operation but they still favor the parties who couldnt do anything in the 2 or 4 times tenure. So it means that all of the people who belong to MQM are terrorists. Its MQM who let the people from the middle class to go into the assemblies and give you a chance to let you, yourself solve the problems. We, the beggars wants the MQM to bring the revolution for us, dont you dare to do that? If you think you can do it, than do it whatever the way you can, no body has stopped you, otherwise just sit aside and let them do their job.Recommend

  • Ali Khan
    Apr 11, 2011 - 6:17AM

    @pakistani:
    Punjab’s wealth, thats hilarious. Karachi earns the 70% revenue for Pakistan. so he would come for like 15 or 20% to Punjab. Forget ethnicity lets built Pakistan.Recommend

  • ayesha
    Apr 11, 2011 - 6:19AM

    @Saad Hashmi:
    :DRecommend

  • Abbas Khan
    Apr 11, 2011 - 6:31AM

    I missed the science show, I really wanted to see actions and expressions of human machines, when they are controlled by a remote.Recommend

  • Ali Khan
    Apr 11, 2011 - 6:32AM

    @Amjad Irfan:
    Have visited Karachi since they were in Power?
    Do you know how many authorities control Karachi? 13. and MQM has not power on Police of Sindh it come under interior ministry.
    The strikes were not there in Karachi in the era of Musharraf, it started from Benazir murder and would MQM burn Karachi on murdering Benazir, than who was that and you can see their power?
    So wake up, then stand up, not for the MQM but atleast for Pakistan.Recommend

  • XX
    Apr 11, 2011 - 7:27AM

    For those unaware (i.e. not from Karachi), let me elaborate the situation to you in Karachi:

    The PPP controls the Sindh Government, which controls most of the governance functions of Karachi, most importantly the policing, through the Sindh Police. The MQM only controls the City District Government of Karachi (CDGK). As in Lahore, the actual power is with the Punjab Government, not the CDGL, and the Punjab Government controls the Punjab Police which controls the policing in Lahore; it is the same system in Karachi. So it is the PPP that has and has always had the actual control in Karachi, as it controls its police, not the MQM (which is still fighting for it).

    Now what the PPP does is this: They don’t want Karachi to progress, because if it is does, the main financial beneficiaries would be the Mahajirs, and if they get too much money and use it to support MQM, then eventually MQM may gain control of Sindh Govt. Then, they may enact land reform and basically finish the vaderas (Sindhi jagheerdars) once and for all. Since the PPP is comprised of these feudal lords, they obviously don’t want that; so what they do, is that they loot Karachi, through extortion and kidnapping gangs, with backing of police and politicians. This way, they make their money, and also make sure that Karachi never progresses enough to be a threat to them.

    Of course, if the logic behind the division of provinces in Pakistan is ethnic variation, then it would only makes sense that Karachi should have separate provincial status, or at least have its own police (i.e., the city government, CDGK, should have control over Karachi’s policing – not the Sindh Government). Recommend

  • azhar
    Apr 11, 2011 - 8:03AM

    Let us pray to Allah Swt. to save Punjab from similar inqalab as carried out by MQM in Karachi.Recommend

  • paindo
    Apr 11, 2011 - 8:18AM

    welcome in Punjab.now pl improve your tarnished imageRecommend

  • Maria
    Apr 11, 2011 - 8:20AM

    @Hasan: Tell me was there any violence at the Lahore rally? The people and culture of Punjab is perhaps the best reason why Punjab’s governance can be held as a model for the other provinces. Try doing this in Karachi by an outside party. People in Punjab won’t be fooled.Recommend

  • Asghar Mayo
    Apr 11, 2011 - 8:38AM

    It is healthy sign in Our politics that MQM is allowed to organise such a big Event in Lahore. It is also a achievement of MQM in a sense they are improving their reputation from thugish party to revolutionary. Other parties of punjab should also reorganiz themselves to compete with MQM. Ultimately it will add to Evolving political culture in Pakistan.Recommend

  • Kazmis
    Apr 11, 2011 - 9:25AM

    MQM is struggling to become Pakistan based political party rather than a Karachi based and ethnic party. In Karachi even they could not delivered according to their original Karachi based manifesto like domicile and civil services quota etc etc By shouting slogan of revolution they are attracting youth of Pakistan like American gave attractions of dollars to the sold out Pakistanis, including General Musharraf & PML(Q). If revolution came in Pakistan, everything will be destroyed in the process including MQM.Recommend

  • Shahid
    Apr 11, 2011 - 9:25AM

    To all the respected commenter saying that the MQM had not power while it was in government. If so then why they are part of government? government means authority and if they are authority-less in all last 15 years or so then why they have been stuck with ruling parties? my dear dont try to cover the greed of this party which remains in power and always complains that they are not part of government – what a funny situation. be brave and accept that you could not deliver or at least get a lesson from “Hazare” from India who even was not part of government but got changed. Every one know that what a bargaining power MQM has in current setup. they know how to twist the arm of the ruling party and when their “demands” are “met” they again become partners. this power could have been utilized for positive side too but unfortunately not done.Recommend

  • Apr 11, 2011 - 9:54AM

    @ Hassan—-
    The venue changes according to Punjab Govt were suggested to the MQM leadership which the leadership accepted publicly. The issue is very clear. MQM has enjoyed total political power in Karachi and also to some extent in Hyderabad. They have come to Punjab, which is their democratic right to do so, but what have they to offer. People in Punjab are not very happy with the present state of affairs, but inspite of all the shortfalls of this PML(N) government, they enjoy more peace and security of life than that enjoyed by the residents of Karachi. It is time that MQM seriously considers restoring peace to Karachi, rid it of target killings, extortion and ethnic based politics. It must also make a pledge never to allow its supporters to indulge in acts like 12 May and ensure that insults are not made against any province in general, as was done by Waseem Akhtar. Yes the MQM apologised and that is appreciated, but it should never have happened. As far as the people of Punjab are concerned they welcome any Pakistani political party and do not have closed minds and hearts. It was Punjab which welcomed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto and voted him to power, because he somehow won their hearts. The PPP was formed in Lahore at the house of Dr Mubashir, who is the grandson of Maulana Hali. I hope the MQM makes real efforts to rectify its past mistakes. Instead of telephonic calls, with their background echo, this party should concentrate more on direct people to people contact, because telephonic calls work only on an audience which is already captive and memerised. Recommend

  • Nafees Ahmad
    Apr 11, 2011 - 10:57AM

    Punjabian have big heart but they are not fool and also not coward…. MQM have no future in Punjab as they only know to rule through gundagardee… They will have the same future in Punjab like Russia had in Afghanistan. Recommend

  • Salman Orangiwala
    Apr 11, 2011 - 11:18AM

    @Maria bibi

    Correct some factual realities .You disparaged mentioning people listen to Altaf Hussain and you and ur fellows deem it “funny ” .

    The supporters of MQM in Karachi are from those areas which have the highest literacy rate in this country unlike the Others .

    Now guess who is having the last laugh .LMAO . .
    .Recommend

  • Rayan
    Apr 11, 2011 - 11:26AM

    @KR: Well Well said buddy!Recommend

  • Aristo
    Apr 11, 2011 - 11:33AM

    Punjab is in the self-demolition mode, ever wondered WTF is wrong with the Gujranwala district. Crimes of inhuman nature are surfacing every other day. One news story beats the the previous one. The entire social fabric is withering away. Only a change in the current system (status quo) can undo all these heinous practices.

    Hopefully, MQM might just be able to do that as a last resort, however, if it fails, then its just DOOM for this region.Recommend

  • dihash
    Apr 11, 2011 - 11:34AM

    the peoples who cannot stop fire in thier own city. they cant do something in others houses. basically if a man who is a leader and he is half mental how we can expected a better thing from him. i visited karachi and last two months i was there i feel unsecured at the every7 moment. and now they want to start bhatta in other big cities of pakistan.but they dont know that the are loving peoples and they love their country and they have no fear from the terrorist activitis like mqm s terrorist activities in karachi. and i think that the punjabies will not give them a chance to do that. BAD LUCK MQMRecommend

  • Iftikhar-ur-Rehman
    Apr 11, 2011 - 11:42AM

    I sincerely hope that MQM will now reciprocate and will not intimidate / threat/ kill any other political party from other provinces trying to make inroads in Karachi and SindRecommend

  • Obsever
    Apr 11, 2011 - 12:12PM

    @Wahaj:
    Which wonders spoiled brat Mustafa Kamal brought to KHI. Perhaps I’ll designed and rickety fly overs and underpasses. Infrastructure non existent. The overflowing sewers and pooling of chest deep water in the underpasses during seasonal floods is a testimony of wonders he brought to Karachi. Why MQM is resisting audit of CDGK? Recommend

  • ishaque anjum
    Apr 11, 2011 - 12:13PM

    MQM prove your sincerity with the people of KARACHI. show people of punjab how slefless your cader is and how you serve the masses in KARACHI using the philosophy of your foreign leader. people of PUNJAB are not like you narrow minded they could have welcome you if your track record of political victimisation was good but unfortuateley you raised the slogan DHOTI SHALWAR KAHAN SE AEE and simultaneously targeted pujnabis. Why people blame you for every evil things? People of punjab have not forgot one of your leaders satement insulting PUNJABI women. Why you no vacate eminity plots of karachi city
    Bring altaf bhaee to pakistan renouncing his UK citizenship and be proud pakistani and live among ordinary people.Recommend

  • Obsever
    Apr 11, 2011 - 12:18PM

    This article written by Abdul Manan Khan deserves critical analysis. What makes Abdul Manan Khan think that it was. ‘massive rally’?
    Few thousands, maximum 10,000 which is not an impressive. Don’t forgets that thousands were paid and brought from Karachi to Lahore. MIllions of rupees were extorted from People.
    Abdul Manan should not put his reputation at stake to appease some. Recommend

  • No BS
    Apr 11, 2011 - 12:20PM

    Start of the end from PMLN, we wont shed a single tear for you Mr SharifRecommend

  • ahmer
    Apr 11, 2011 - 12:28PM

    @Imran:
    thats so good of you to say that,, pls start sending the “parchi” to all the punjab businesses and offfices to fund the Punjab MQM.
    Best of Luck.Recommend

  • Amer
    Apr 11, 2011 - 1:05PM

    The only new thing I learned is that there is a football stadium in Lahore! WOW …Never knew that! LOLRecommend

  • Iqbal
    Apr 11, 2011 - 1:09PM

    i being a resident of karachi city is very happy to see the MQM at Lahore because now onwards, the party will change thier image of having ethinic and self centred agenda. Hope fully, karachi will be more peacfull,accessible now since MQM will
    – restore law and order situation by abandoning their target killers
    – reduce/eliminate the Bhaata/chanda from retailers
    – stop anti punjab slogans which was hallmark of the party agenda in the past 20 years
    – sooner or later Altaf Bhai will come into the country
    – etc

    i wish and pray that MQM should also conduct similar convention at Peshawar so that pukhtoon/Hazara people will not face restrictions for coming and working in the karachi city.

    i am optimistic by all means since it will be win-win situation for every one.Recommend

  • Pakistani
    Apr 11, 2011 - 1:34PM

    So all Pakistanis do believe strongly in hypocrisy. I always thought that was just a theory, but it seems to be proving true now.

    MQM did mistakes in past, everyone did – but we are more than glad to ignore and forget the mistakes of Nawaz Sharif, and Benazir Bhutto, but we feel constipated to do it for MQM? Give these guys a chance, its MQM and PTI together, who can bring a change, and believe me, run or hide – but they will am sure (btw am not a supporter of either.)

    10,000 or 1000, does it even matter? Someone mentioned ‘laughing at sitting on the floor and listening to a person abroad’ .. isnt that what happens in interior sindh and punjab? farmers sitting on the floor and listening to their waderas and jageerdars? the only difference being, in the later case – they lose their respect and their females, and their earnings.

    MQM has evolved over the last 10 years or so, thanks to Musharraf no doubt, who gave them to power to stop hiding and exercise their literate political decisions. Punjab need to realize that they have to get over PML N – they have to stop ethnic politics and racism – before calling MQM an ethnic party, try realizing the ethnicity they are portraying by sticking to punjabi racism. Punjab is Pakistan, and to save Pakistan, the consent of Punjab is important – that is an undeniable fact.

    I, on behalf of all Pakistanis, beg to the people of Punjab, to save us please.Recommend

  • Ahmed
    Apr 11, 2011 - 1:43PM

    Massive rally? Where? LolRecommend

  • adnan
    Apr 11, 2011 - 1:52PM

    to @Maria bibi

    literacy dose not make you edcucated special if you are a mqm worker you will bee supplied with all the correct ans in the examination room and you will get a good gradee in the exam else the examener will face the rauth. so how dose that make you edcutated

    as for beeing representative of the poor and midel class. i can remember the poor shoe mendor who use to sit under the tree and mend shoes i can remember him sitting there for more than 10 years an old pathan fella not talkative at all just mending shoes they killed him just like that for nothing just cause he was pathan!!!.. though i am not pathan but i realy feel sory for the poor ones especialy they are kill or forcesd to close their businesses and leave just cause or their ethnacity then there are the patrhns that are not so poor they have money and guns just like MQM and they fight back and their aims are 10 times better than the MQM’s killere to them the mqm has nothing to say wont go near them only hurt the poor and weak Recommend

  • Saleem
    Apr 11, 2011 - 1:58PM

    The anxious commenting by the people itself gives the herald of the impact of MQM made in Punjab else no one would even be bothering to comment. Itself it speaks the success of MQM. No one expects them to win the Punjabis fortnightly it takes time and if the MQM rally had been same in number in Lahore as that in Karachi then I really could have doubted it authenticity.Recommend

  • Karachi citizen
    Apr 11, 2011 - 2:14PM

    Altaf Bhai ki speeches………………ufffffffffff…..thank god they have gone from our city.Recommend

  • Rana Asghar
    Apr 11, 2011 - 2:29PM

    MQM represent middle class people & can bring positive change in the country. Let’s give them a chance. They cannot be worst than PML(N) or PPP.Recommend

  • ishaque anjum
    Apr 11, 2011 - 4:50PM

    @Pakistani: you are RIGHT – but divorce rate is much more higher in so-called haq parast MQM controlled Karachi. these PIRs and other sexual crimes are common in HAMARA KARACHI. Judge MQM’s performance and them go anywhere else. has MQM stopped loadshedding in KARACHI or only blackmailing KESC administration or solved the water shortage problem? MQM is not different from other fuedal lords controlled oppertunist political parties Recommend

  • Ahmed
    Apr 11, 2011 - 4:59PM

    Massive rally? Where?
    I am extremely surprised at this false and exaggerated reporting by Express Tribune.

    Readers – please say for once: May Allah guide us all.Recommend

  • Hasan Z.
    Apr 11, 2011 - 5:52PM

    …. Former president Pervez Musharraf’s changing the venue may have been political.

    “They can change the venue but they cannot block our ideas and our workers from gathering,” said MQM Deputy Convenor Farooq Sattar.

    aaaah WHAT ?? … I didnt get this one.Recommend

  • Abdul Qayyum Bhatti
    Apr 11, 2011 - 6:04PM

    Lahoris are wise enough as they have seen the real face of MQM in Karachi. They will not repeat the mistake what Karachides are repeating. Lahoris do not want to see deadbodies lying on streets. By the way, 80% participant were from Karachi which have been brought from there to show their strength. One of my friends in Karachi told me that thousands of Young people from karachi had been told to go to Lahore to participate in the meeting.
    Lahoris do not want to see dead body bags which has been common in Karachi in previous years.Recommend

  • Maria
    Apr 11, 2011 - 8:04PM

    @Ali Khan: You don’t understand that for goods produced in Punjab and exported, the tax is collected in Karachi? In fact most stuff comes from Punjab if you look at the origin. Yes let’s make Pakistan but to move forward you need to see facts. Maybe you were sitting on a floor when Altaf Hussain of MQM screamed this message in from London over a telephone?Recommend

  • Maria
    Apr 11, 2011 - 8:10PM

    @Salman Orangiwala: I think it gives us even greater reason to laugh knowing that people who claim to be literate are sitting on the floor listening to a telephone call from a screaming man in London! Maybe a reflection of what passes for education or literacy in the Third World? LOL.Recommend

  • Hassan Farooqi
    Apr 12, 2011 - 1:40AM

    @ibmlove: The youtube video I saw showed firing FROM Shireen Rehman’s car. While she acknowledged the car was hers, she disassociated with the firing from within the car. The fact is, on 12th May PPP hijacked the event that was supposed to be about the Chief Justice, and made it about its coming to power, and PPP statements are always made with massacres. This time they clashed with organized and committed goons, fighting for ideology instead of promises of license and permits, and therefore had to retreat. The goal of Aitizaz Ahsan, Asima Jehangir, and all the self made champions of civil societies was to put PPP in power, and not judicial independence. The proof is that now that PPP is in power, and the judiciary is independent, they have started to speak against the judiciary. MQM would fascinate all those who are tired of PPP goons and Nawaz goons, and hope MQM is a bigger goon who can kick the butts of both of them.Recommend

  • Hassan Farooqi
    Apr 12, 2011 - 1:51AM

    Whenever two mobs clash, and people look from afar with apathy. They wish their fight continue, so they remain safe. Then there is a truce, and people start praying for a third gang who is strong enough to destroy both of them. People of Punjab are looking at MQM as the third gang that would eliminate the other two gangs i.e. PPP and PML-N. My advice to Punjab is, stop looking for newer gangs. You have produced some middleclass-educated-youngmen that MQM promises e.g. Jawed Hashmi who is unfortunately in the PML-N, Liaquat Baloch who is unfortunately in JI, Sheikh Rasheed who is unfortunately nowhere. So why can’t you come up with a quality party of educated-middleclass-youngmen?Recommend

  • Salman- Lahore
    Apr 12, 2011 - 11:44PM

    If nothing really have happened and no difference is made then why people are so worried here about MQM ????????????

    Come on it is evident that MQM had made a difference in Punjab we like or not !!!!!!!!!!!Recommend

  • Zahid
    Apr 13, 2011 - 11:50AM

    @ Irfan: This is what MQM is denied their share in Pakistan overall…
    These Mafias are Lyari Gangesters, Malir Gangesters controlled by Zulfiqar Mirza. The Karachietes are denied Higher post in the Police as Punjabis and Sindhis are deputed here. Some junior post in the police cadre are offered to them. The Karachietes do not eye on Government jobs due to Urban Quota of Sind. Karachi is controlled by Police Mafia, Rangers and gangesters who think MQM is there to stop them for their maligned agenda to make Karachi Somalia and control the pockets of Karachi. The all want to control the resources of Karachi. The ANP Sindh Chapter head is Shahi Syed whose past is full of criminal records and no one dares to blame him except. MQM is a soft target for all as it represents middle class people who are educated, tax payers and law abiding citizens and easily accessible for the public whereas others in Karachi are tax evaders, land mafias, crimninals and relatives of corrupt police. Mustafa Kamal placed cameras on the roads to show the world who are the real culprtis. It was well exposed in the Muharram/Ashura blast whereas People’s Aman Committee was apprehended for this looting and Zulfiqar Mirza oredered their release. Later on CDGK was abolished.

    MQM was never given to control the Policing except once in the last tenure when Waseem Akhter was heading.. that time the crime graph was curtailed down.

    I am not a MQM member, neither attended any rally but can gauage politics of denial/engagement of the authorities in Pakistan. THERE ARE TWO TYPES OF PEOPLE IN PAKSITAN ONE WHO ARE DIE HARD SUPPORTER OF MQM AND ON THE OTHER SIDE PEOPLE HATE MQM (FOR OBVIOUS REASON HATRED CREATED BY THE POLITICIANS FROM PUNJAB AND KPK)
    MQM is capable to bring revolution in Pakistan through middle class cadre. Atleast try this time. They are not bad as protrayed.
    FOR those who always ask why Alltaf Hussain is in London? The answer is for security reason. Recommend

  • Farakh Suhail
    Apr 14, 2011 - 8:32PM

    MQM chief often seems citing an 18-point agenda in his addresses where he promises the abolition of the feudal system and capitalism, along with the economic woes of the masses and even issues such as honour killings and watta satta, he hold some sway over his ‘captive’ audience. However, Mr Hussain fails to mention how he would solve all the problems he cites in his 18-point framework. It is all very well to talk about obliterating ills but by not detailing how he would change the system for the better. One wonders that a party that holds major seats in Karachi even could not brought peace in one city, how it could bring revolution in Pakistan. MQM should first focus on law and order situation in Karachi and than it should think for the revolution. The people are well aware the role of MQM in Karachi, God forbid, if MQM rules across country you could imagine the situation of Pakistan. MQM must know that people want practical work, the hollow slogans are not enough to drive people. Recommend

  • ameet kumar chabria
    Apr 15, 2011 - 6:03PM

    The poor and middle class revolution has started in Punjab.
    Good luck MQM & altaf bhai now coming balochistan MQMRecommend

  • HS
    Apr 19, 2011 - 7:47PM

    @ waseem

    Unlimited funding? Considering what had been denied to Karachi in the past its not even a drop in the ocean.
    If you arent blind you would see all the work Mustufa Kamal has done, but you wont see that will you? Mustufa Kamal had finished off with corruption in KMC but since 3 years PPP is in control of the department so…
    If you dont like being in Karachi, my friend kindly leave and good riddanceRecommend

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