Aftermath: PPP disavows Mirza, but takes no action

Published: August 30, 2011

Zardari presides over meeting PPP Sindh leaders, including Qamar Zaman Kaira, in Islamabad. PHOTO: APP

PPP Sindh leaders, including Pir Mazhar-ul-Haq, present at the high level meeting with President Zardari. PHOTO: APP Zardari presides over meeting PPP Sindh leaders, including Qamar Zaman Kaira, in Islamabad. PHOTO: APP
ISLAMABAD: 

The ruling Pakistan Peoples Party on Monday disavowed the statements of former Sindh senior minister Zulfiqar Mirza, calling them ‘unacceptable’ and ‘a violation of party discipline’, though the party leadership stopped short of announcing any punitive actions against Mirza.

President Asif Ali Zardari, in his capacity as PPP co-chairman, had called a meeting of PPP leaders from Sindh to discuss the fallout from the fiery diatribe that Mirza had launched against a member of his own party – Federal Interior Minister Rehman Malik – as well as the Muttahida Qaumi Movement.

“The party leadership disowned the accusations made in the press conference by Zulfiqar Mirza in Karachi on Sunday,” said Farhatullah Babar, the president’s spokesperson, after the meeting.

(Read: Hurricane Mirza shakes up political landscape)

Mirza is considered one of President Zardari’s closest associates, having on several occasions referred to the president as a ‘close personal friend’. Opponents of the PPP have, in the past, assumed that statements made by Mirza were being made on behalf of the president.

But the explosive rant by Mirza on Sunday took most observers by surprise, especially since he announced his resignation from the Sindh cabinet, the provincial assembly and even his position within the PPP leadership, though he stated that he would remain a member of the party ‘for life’.

In an official handout made available to the press after the meeting, Mirza’s actions were termed “an unacceptable violation of party discipline and contrary to the well thought out policy of political reconciliation envisaged by Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto.”

However, the party leadership made no mention of any possible disciplinary action against Mirza, a point that is likely to raise questions and arouse criticism from the party’s political opponents. In the past, the PPP has been known to suspend the membership of several of its cadre who have stepped out of line.

(Read: Analysis – What now after Zulfiqar Mirza’s bombshell?)

Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah tried to term his almost immediate acceptance of Mirza’s resignations from the Sindh Assembly and cabinet a form of disciplinary action.

While still at odds with the MQM, in its statement the PPP leadership also reiterated its resolve to continue the process of political reconciliation, though it did not name any specific party.

“There may have been pauses in the process but there shall be no break in the purpose,” President Zardari was quoted as having said by his spokesperson. Interestingly enough, Rehman Malik and Senator Babar Awan – the two men who have been actively involved in trying to manage the negotiations with the MQM – were not present at the meeting, in an apparent endorsement of the demands made by Mirza and several other PPP politicians from Sindh that these two men not be allowed to intervene in the affairs of the province again.

The two men were replaced at the meeting by Religious Affairs Minister Syed Khursheed Shah (an MNA from Sukkur) and Qamar Zaman Kaira, an MNA from Gujrat.

The Sindh chief minister, meanwhile, briefed the meeting about the ongoing drive against those responsible for the recent wave of violence in Karachi that has thus far claimed the lives of nearly 1,000 people since the beginning of the calendar year.

Published in The Express Tribune, August 30th, 2011.

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Reader Comments (14)

  • Hasan Viqar
    Aug 30, 2011 - 1:37AM

    This is all topi drama. A clever move by Zulfiqar Mirza by holding a unknown book over his head as if it is a Quran. All this to give a bad name to MQM . He is a low life who must be ridiculed.

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  • Maulana Diesel
    Aug 30, 2011 - 2:23AM

    yes…..disown anyone who speaks the truth.

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  • Roflcopter
    Aug 30, 2011 - 2:52AM

    Truth is out, PPP and MQM can’t hide.

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  • Mohammad Ali Siddiqui
    Aug 30, 2011 - 2:59AM

    The Co-Chairperson and President of Pakistan should accept the responsibility that PPP after coming into power has failed to deliver any thing to the masses.

    It is beyond imagination that that Zulfiqar Mirza held the press conference without the prior consent of Mr. Asif Ali Zardari.

    The damage done to PPP by Zulfiqar Mirza will be proved in the next election of the Senate and then in the general elections in which PPP will be unable to win majority of the seats.

    Zulfiqar Mirza has become pain in the neck of PPP.

    At this point PPP should cancel basic membership of Zulfiqar Mirza and all PPP leaders and party workers should prove that it has socially boycott relations with Zulfiqar Mirza and let him feel isolated.Recommend

  • Muhammad Ali Esani
    Aug 30, 2011 - 3:39AM

    Haha… Now this seems that Dr was right and all he spoke at the conference was not bogus, since the people who he supported at the press conference held the meeting rather than who were accused. Think logically!!!Recommend

  • Siraj Ahsan
    Aug 30, 2011 - 6:12AM

    Branding a political party and disregarding mandate is common in Pakistan. Same was done with Awami League and we know the result. Same is done in Baluchistan and same is being done in Karachi.

    Middle class representation has always been a thorn for feudals. If Karachi also plundered likevthe rest they will be part of their system but it is not. Whatever has been said one thing is clear MQM didn’t ask for personal favors and fought for it’s cadre and implementation of their election promise. No one else has done this.. They were too busy in plunder and hence acceptance of mandate by these thugs will never come.

    I think MQM should advertise this rejection as this means they still remain committed to their election promise unlike others

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  • pardesi
    Aug 30, 2011 - 9:00AM

    one more bearded messiah..

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  • Naveed
    Aug 30, 2011 - 9:37AM

    well put Siraj sb!

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  • Asif
    Aug 30, 2011 - 11:38AM

    All politicians are sick, they don’t know what they are doing!!!!, This all reflect with innocent people in Karachi and Pakistan,
    Be Pakistani nor politician

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  • Aug 30, 2011 - 12:17PM

    Sham democracy . Sham reconciliation . Look at the timing of this Shakespearean comedy when the Supreme Court is hearing the case of Karachi killings.

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  • Nauman Ali Azmat
    Aug 30, 2011 - 12:20PM

    Mirza has exposed his mentality. It had been difficult for him to remain with PPP and talk about Pakistan at the cost of Sindh. He decided Sindh is being raped and he had to act. His Sindhi instincts took over his Pakistani instincts. Any judicial inquiry would implicate him .

    It is quite insensible to believe that a leader of a political party would speak of breaking Pakistan to his rivals. The nation is champion of bandwagon effect and now you see the same people who thrashed Mirza for his comments on breaking Pakistan are now making him a hero. It follows that any natho if play the right strings could hijack the public. Happend before and the nation is still plagued with the same dogma.Recommend

  • Aug 30, 2011 - 1:53PM

    Is Altaf Hussain’s sickness genuine or fake ?
    How did dangerous armaments like grenades or rocket launchers enter Karachi ? Is there no Government ?

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  • Maulana Diesel
    Aug 30, 2011 - 4:08PM

    It is time that the true face of the MQM is exposed to all. Hundreds of Pushtuns have been killed and are being forced to go back to K-P, if this is not ethnic cleansing than I do not know what is.

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  • MAHFOOZ UR RAHMAN
    Aug 31, 2011 - 5:45PM

    After reading Altaf Hussain’s letter to Tony Blair on the web , I suppose he is faking his illness. After all , he is a stooge of the goras . No wonder the Scotland Yard did not take action on Imran Khan’s complaint.
    The MQM did not permit the Chief Justice of Pakistan to leave the Karachi airport . But now the wheel of fortune has completed its circle .

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