Hitting back: MQM questions Mirza’s mental health

Published: August 30, 2011

Speaking at MQM headquarter Nine Zero, party leader Faisal Sabzwari said that many people in the past had expressed their hatred for the MQM and party leader Altaf Hussain. PHOTO: IRFAN ALI/FILE

KARACHI: 

Two days after former Sindh senior minister Zulfiqar Mirza launched an extensive diatribe against them, the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) decided to return the favour in kind, with a press conference where they used strong language to counter Mirza’s allegations and even went on to question the state of his mental health.

“The monstrous allegations made by Mirza about an alleged US plot to break up Pakistan with the MQM’s help is as laughable as it is grave,” said Faisal Subzwari, a member of the Sindh Assembly from Karachi, while addressing a press conference organised at Nine-Zero, the party’s headquarters.

Subzwari rubbished Mirza’s account of a meeting he allegedly had with MQM chief Altaf Hussain, where the party leader allegedly admitted to collaborating with the US government in a secret plan to break up Pakistan. He questioned nearly every detail, including why the MQM chief would grant Mirza a private audience by asking senior MQM leaders such as MNA Farooq Sattar and Sindh Governor Dr Ishratul Ebad to leave the room.

“This would mean that the people who had been working with Hussain for many years were not worthy of his trust, and those who were meeting with him for the first time were so reliable that he could hold highly confidential talks with them,” stated Subzwari. “This is nothing but slander and a white lie.”

Subzwari characterised Mirza’s outburst as being deliberately designed to divert attention from the Supreme Court’s hearings on the violence in Karachi. The apex court bench began hearings on its suo motu case in Karachi on Monday.

The MQM leader challenged Mirza to prove his allegations in court. The former senior minister volunteered to present evidence in court, though only if he was summoned.

Even as Subzwari issued an almost point-by-point refutation of every statement made by Mirza against the MQM, he said that the party respects President Asif Ali Zardari and the electoral mandate of the ruling Pakistan Peoples Party, of which Mirza is still a member. Subwari described Mirza as an ‘extremist’.

At one point, Subzwari described the MQM as the party of people “who left their homes, belongings and memories of their ancestors for their cherished homeland,” implying that the MQM was a party of ethnic muhajirs.

In other instances, however, particularly when refuting Mirza’s allegations of the MQM being in favour of the killing of people from other ethnicities, Subzwari pointed to the MQM’s ethnic diversity. He pointed specifically to Gulfaraz Khan Khattak, a Pakhtun, who is a member of the party’s central coordination committee. On Sunday, Mirza has accused the MQM of being complicit in the killings of Pakhtuns in Karachi.

The MQM leader also appealed to his party’s supporters and sympathisers for calm, asking them not to respond violently to what he described as ‘inflammatory and absurd allegations’. The appeal for calm, also made by the party’s governing body on Sunday, seems to have been working: contrary to public expectation, Mirza’s outburst was not met with a violent reaction across the country’s financial capital.

(Read: MQM hits back at Mirza)

Subzwari also levelled several counter-allegations against Mirza, blaming him for trying to create disputes between Karachi’s muhajir and Baloch populations.

“There was never any dispute between muhajirs and the Baloch in Karachi before Zulfiqar Mirza became Sindh home minister,” said the MQM leader.

The party leader also blamed Mirza for the extortion-related violence in Karachi, including the massacre at the Sher Shah scrap market.

Published in The Express Tribune, August 31st, 2011.

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Reader Comments (80)

  • Fahad siddiqui
    Aug 30, 2011 - 4:54PM

    just saw the press conference and want to say just one line…… tahzzeb o tarbiyat bata dyti hia kon insan hia or kon hawan

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  • sashayub
    Aug 30, 2011 - 4:56PM

    …irrespective of what and why zulfiqar mirza brought information and things out in the open….if MQM feels aggrieved, why don’t they take him to Court? or the MQM fears more evidence will be brought out against it?Recommend

  • Izhar ul Haq
    Aug 30, 2011 - 5:06PM

    MQM has lost the case! Recommend

  • Interesting
    Aug 30, 2011 - 5:12PM

    I salute you Faisal Sabzwari, for your words, and for the truth. Thank you!
    If Pakistanis can not even differentiate a liar (just by looking at his face and his words and gestures) if they can’t even differentiate good and bad, then Pakistanis totally deserve the mess they are in. Recommend

  • Aug 30, 2011 - 5:17PM

    MQM brings its best face forward. if it had been anees it would have been interesting.

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  • Aug 30, 2011 - 5:23PM

    No answer for allegations, what we call a less energetic press conference..Recommend

  • Waseem Baloch
    Aug 30, 2011 - 5:28PM

    I don’t support everything MQM does, but this time they are 100% right. ZM can’t just make such statements and not provide the evidence to the correct authorities. If he had so much evidence against MQM for so long, why didn’t he present it earlier? He is just trying to score political points. All he has ever done is create tensions and ignite violence. His time is up and I am glad that the PPP leadership is distancing itself from him.

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  • Maulana Diesel
    Aug 30, 2011 - 5:31PM

    What proof? How about the tortured bodies found in gunny bags in the streets of karachi? Isn’t that proof enough for you? The planned killing of Wali Babar?

    It is not going to be business as usual after Mirza spilled the beans.

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  • Ashar
    Aug 30, 2011 - 5:43PM

    Very matured and sensible approach by MQM. I really want to salute them as how they realized Zulfiqar’s plan to sabotage Eid in Karachi. Once again MQM has proved that they are real stake holders of this city and they represent everyone in Karachi regardless of color, creed, religion, lingo. Check mate Zulfiqar.Recommend

  • omer
    Aug 30, 2011 - 5:59PM

    @sashayub: We can ask the same question to Zulfiqar Mirza. Further, it is MQM that became party to the SC’s investigation and not the other way around.

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  • Born Again Pakistani
    Aug 30, 2011 - 6:08PM

    @sashayub:
    Why should MQM… he says that MQM conspired. He asked CJP to act so he should do it. Lets bring all the players in court… Enough of justifying being done by Urdu speaking no need anymore to answer to these men.Recommend

  • Abdulaziz
    Aug 30, 2011 - 6:22PM

    If MQM is right and all blames are wrong and baseless, why they don’t make a conference holding Quran in their hands or challenge Mrza in the Court. Seems MQM is 100% wrong and betraying the people and killing the innocensts.

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  • Aug 30, 2011 - 6:22PM

    No. In the court we cant enjoy the drama. Therefore, he should stick to public theater.

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  • rehmat
    Aug 30, 2011 - 6:23PM

    @sashayub:
    It is upto Zulfiqar Mirza to go to court. HE was the home minister. Why did he not prosecute criminals and take the m to court

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  • Aug 30, 2011 - 6:32PM

    That was the next eposide of our political drama. Keep watching!

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  • Aug 30, 2011 - 6:39PM

    Civility Wins
    Those who have real stakes in Karachi, who want to let Karachites enjoy on Eid have proven their intentions by their act. A calm balanced and very composed response by MQM. I am impressed!

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  • Aug 30, 2011 - 6:56PM

    Let us hope the best. Supreme Court will expose everyone InshaAllah…

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  • Born Again Pakistani
    Aug 30, 2011 - 6:58PM

    @Abdulaziz:
    Because if ZM really wanted justice he would take this to SC… which is not going to so why should MQM respond to allegations without a solid proof… let the venom spew… he started and then went on record of calling Urdu speaking Bhookay Nungay….
    If you would come to know how honest this person is you will not support him the way you are doing right now.

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  • Born Again Pakistani
    Aug 30, 2011 - 7:06PM

    @Izhar ul Haq:
    Explain how… to me it looks like the end game for Pakistan….

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  • Born Again Pakistani
    Aug 30, 2011 - 7:07PM

    @Ovais:
    Well anees speaks the language ZM understands…. they should have unleashed him,

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  • Born Again Pakistani
    Aug 30, 2011 - 7:07PM

    @Taqi:
    Go to court

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  • Born Again Pakistani
    Aug 30, 2011 - 7:08PM

    @Maulana Diesel:
    Prove it… it was done by MQM and not by ANP and PPP.

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  • Realist.
    Aug 30, 2011 - 7:24PM

    clearly They don’t have any adequate answers! :D
    MQM is in confusion how to respond :D

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  • Abdul Rahman Khan
    Aug 30, 2011 - 7:33PM

    No body seems to be giving importance to check if the book supposedly a copy of holy qoran that qulfiqar mirza held on his head was indeed the holy qoran. zulfiqar mirza should have opened the book and showed his pages to the media only then what he alleged against MQM would carry weight. ZM has told about himself more than once that he is a great ‘badmaash’. So you can expect any trickery from such a person.

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  • gandhi.jinnah
    Aug 30, 2011 - 7:48PM

    ZM’s show was an entertaining one and it stopped everyone from watching entertainment made everyone to switch to news channels, Koran in hand, on head and everywhere. very emotional drama. Is MQM what he says and wants us to believe and ANP, PPP, ST, JI are not what MQM is according to ZM. Sorry, ZM, all parties, PPP, MQM, ST, JI and ANP are the same.Recommend

  • tariq
    Aug 30, 2011 - 7:56PM

    people of this/my country need education and employment and decent life.we are fail in this case.why? because our rulers fought wars outside the boarder and we inside.is not strange?now what is to be done is to divert our fund to improve quality of life not to fight.four wars are more than sufficient.

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  • Roflcopter
    Aug 30, 2011 - 8:00PM

    MQM has no credibility.

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  • Chester
    Aug 30, 2011 - 8:08PM

    Hmm ZM raised a serious allegation regarding altaf hussains letter to Tony Blair about disbanding ISI, Faisal had nothing to say in defense. He did not even deny it. Also when the journalist mentioned the killer “policewala” he spoke against JIT.

    If pathans are really “brothers” then why did MQM object their movement into Karachi during the Swat Operation? Do they need a visa to enter Jinnahpur?

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  • Arzoo
    Aug 30, 2011 - 8:12PM

    Wow, what a divided people. Just read each others’ comments and you can see that one is saying ‘it is white’ and the other is saying ‘it is black.’ There is no gray, there is no in between. There is no forum for educated and sensible people to sit together and deliberate and hash it out to see what makes sense and what does not. If there is so much hatred among all of you, based on language and ethnicities, then why do you not lead movements to separate???? And live peacefully in your own domains??? That is what civilized people do. Look into Czechoslovakia becoming Czech Republic and Slovakia a few years ago and while you are at it check into how Singapore separated from Malaya. However, I must add that the world is moving towards unity and cooperation rather than separations. Look how all the countries in EU are living peacefully with each other. Maybe you will learn a little. Though I am not holding my breath.

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  • Mahinn
    Aug 30, 2011 - 8:15PM

    MQM response can be termed as NO RESPONSE IS ALSO A RESPONSE. The only thing which is not understood is that why MQM is not trying to uncover the truth of Benazir’s Murder, which they know better. Their quiteness against AZ corruption cases is also creating doubts. When asked from Zulfiqar Mirza abt Shaheed Rani, he also did not replied. He may be asked again by making him place his hand on Quran that he dont know or else. Thanks to MQM that this time they had acted maturely by not calling a strike, which in turn kill more people.

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  • Salman
    Aug 30, 2011 - 8:18PM

    lol MQM leaders clearly hiding their faces after Dr Imran Khan case investigation.Have you seen them lately not coming on the media like they always do ? :D They feared about the questions regarding Imran Farooq more then the ZM accusations. ZM never had any problems with MQM before he was made Sind’s interior minister, obviously he couldn’t stand MQM atrocities just like every other parties. Why is that every party has problem with MQM and not with much others ? be it Imran Khan, PPP, PMLN, ANP, Jamatis,Sindhi nationalists etc.

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  • Hassan
    Aug 30, 2011 - 8:54PM

    @ Salman

    Scotland Yard has denied any cooperation with Pakistani agencies in this investigation and that they are still looking for 2 killers

    http://e.jang.com.pk/08-28-2011/Karachi/pic.asp?picname=2238.gif

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  • Hassan
    Aug 30, 2011 - 8:56PM

    Of the 400 people killed over the past 2 months, the vast majority have been Urdu speaking. Though I dislike MQM and its politics, I am glad they raise their voice for them

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  • Rafi
    Aug 30, 2011 - 9:14PM

    @Salman:
    Well said Salman – you are on the right track.
    I know many “Urdu speakers” who despise their so called leaders and are just waiting for a safe opportunity to abandon MQM.
    People like Faisal Subzwari can talk and talk. He is not the only one though, there are others from other parties like him. Their moral compass appears to have been broken beyond repair.
    I would hazard an opinion and say that Dr Zulfiqar Mirza has just rediscovered his moral compass. Kudos to Dr Mirza.Recommend

  • Saad Durrani
    Aug 30, 2011 - 9:52PM

    I think people wanted more fireworks which sadly did not happen.

    Fine, the cat is out of the bag for MQM but lets not forget it was the same MQM who built roads, cleaned sewers, and gave this city a need face-lift which was missing for decades.Recommend

  • Yahya
    Aug 30, 2011 - 9:58PM

    No one will belive MQM now – Come clean first

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  • Aug 30, 2011 - 10:41PM

    I am sorry but despite of all such beautiful Laffazi by this guy, he still couldnt prove Altaf innocent so MQM. MQM would have to refute the DOCUMENTS, yes DOCUMENTS provided by Mirza which also consist of intercepted calls.

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  • FAZ
    Aug 30, 2011 - 10:44PM

    @ Salman
    FYI problems started when ZM was made the interior minister, and not just in Karachi but in interior sindh as well where kidnapping for ransom skyrocketed.
    And you think PPP, Imran Khan, ANP and the others are all buddies?? Everyone has differences with everyone.
    And has Scotland yard accused any MQM activist for Dr. Imran Farooq murder??Recommend

  • Born Again Pakistani
    Aug 30, 2011 - 10:55PM

    @Yahya:
    Have you ever voted for MQM? Will you ever vote for MQM? How closely do you know them? Come clean against allegations which the person is not even willing to take to court… MQM will be crazy to do it. They shouldnt do anything… it doesnt effect the vote bank they serve.Recommend

  • A.Rehman
    Aug 31, 2011 - 12:23AM

    Well done, highly sensible press conference to avoid the blood-shed in Karachi, which shows & proves that who cares Karachi & Karachites the most. But, Mr. Sabzwari, some anti Altaf Hussain, anti MQM, racists & biased elements of different sections of Pakistan don’t seem to be happy/agreed with the truth/facts which you have revealed in your press conference. well planned-cooked & bogus press-conference was a fusion to damage the multiple targets/opponents, in Pakistan.

    Truth always prevails. – Crime Never Pays & Virtues Has Its Own Rewards.Recommend

  • Tahir
    Aug 31, 2011 - 12:38AM

    What nonsense, Any criminial can act in a decent manner and speak in a civilised way that doesn’t change the fact that someone is guilty.Recommend

  • Aug 31, 2011 - 12:42AM

    Very mature behaviour by Faisal Sabzwari and MQM. Its not the era of PTV anymore, Karachiites know who is the real enemy of Karachi. The way MQM replied, It proves that they refuse to be blackmailed by Zulfiqar Mirza and people like him in the name of ethnicity and race. Once again, May peace prevail in Karachi and whole Sindh.

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  • Karachi_Guy
    Aug 31, 2011 - 1:35AM

    I dont think ZM gonna present himself in front of court, coz in the court CJP might ask him “Who stopped him not to disclosed these fact earlier when he was a interior minister why he didnt take any action” and who stopped him to do so? Recommend

  • muhammad azam bhatti
    Aug 31, 2011 - 2:06AM

    dr.zulfiqar mirza s elegations are very powerful and a copy of letter of altaf sb.is also available and inquery of imran farooq s murdered is also in critical phase.in these circumstances the press confrence of sabzwari is not convienceable.need more explatation.

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  • A. Rehman
    Aug 31, 2011 - 2:15AM

    Well done, highly sensible press conference to avoid the blood-shed in Karachi, which shows & proves that who cares Karachi & Karachites the most. But, Mr. Sabzwari, some anti Altaf Hussain, anti MQM, racists & biased elements of different sections of Pakistan don’t seem to be happy/agreed with the truth/facts which you have revealed in your press conference. Liyari’s gangs don-mafia Zulfiqar Mirza’s well planned-cooked & bogus press-conference was a fusion to damage the multiple targets/opponents, in Pakistan. But…….

    Truth always prevails. – Crime Never Pays & Virtue Has Its Own Rewards.Recommend

  • Hadi Khan
    Aug 31, 2011 - 2:51AM

    Perfect response by MQM in the shape of Faisal Sabzwari. It was elegant, composed and a precise response. Go to the courts to register the cases; we are going to come to the courts and prove you and your lies wrong. Simple isn’t it?
    Although it is very ironic to know the fellow Pakistanis who are believing and giving so much importance to the words of a guy who himself openly denounced Pakistan, and was planning to split it post-BB murder. Really, we guys don’t deserve to progress..

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  • Aadersh
    Aug 31, 2011 - 3:41AM

    If a person lies calmly will u call it a truth??
    MQM has still a lot to prove..
    Anyone who wants to break Pakistan & divide Pakistanis on ethnic bases is not acceptable for me or any other person in Pakistan…Pakistan will stay forever & InshaALLAH all the traitors will b exposed
    In the end a Pro-Pakistani Zindabad…Pakistan Paindabad!!

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  • Adeel759
    Aug 31, 2011 - 3:52AM

    Dont be betrayed by their calm posture and better worded urdu. They are at the cite or violence in karachi. Bravo ZM.Recommend

  • Ikramuddin Akbar
    Aug 31, 2011 - 3:57AM

    First of all we need to know who this Mirza is? Was he a man from a court and was that a place where he was uttering something against his most envied people, a court
    and why does he know every thing about MQM, good or bad? and nobody else better than him, in this province and in this country. The fact is that Mirza is not alone of course bigoted to the core people are at his back. Those will be exposed and come into limelight soon.Now simply putting Quran on head does not necessarily mean that a man is innocent and telling the truth, something is beyond that, who knows, was that book a Quran? or a dictionary or a telephone directory any way it might be Quran, but Mirza did address to the majority of his own 75 percent illiterate mass and particular people who in sind wed women to Quran and their knowledge about Islam and Quran is only limited to the fact that when you give reference of Quran you are a pious and true Muslim so Mirza is waiting for the result of his speech.
    well educated Sindhis, Balochis, Punjabis and others know well what sordid intentions were brewing in his mind, and what he wanted in actual. so in our Urdu there is a saying” in tilon main tail nahi” .I am astonished why the rebellious leaders of Balochistan who are fighting and killing Pak army could not be put into traitos of Pakistan category. Why The respected father of Mr. Zardari had not been put before a court when he let lose foul remarks against the father of the nation. there are a lot of leaders Mirza is aware of ,but sorry they are patriot people because they are Mirza’s people, what a shame.I feel satisfied when i think Mirza is not the whole Sind and Mirza does not represent the whole Pakistan and one man’s personal uttering will not harm Pakistan and disturb peace loving Punjabis, sindhis , Mohajirs and others liliving in Pakistan .People like Mirza is itself a threat for Pakistan and Peopl’s Party. People’s Party will be safe as soon as it get rid of him. There are a lot of political swindlers in Pakistan so what if we saw one of them.

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  • Amjad
    Aug 31, 2011 - 4:23AM

    @Fahad siddiqui: Meaning that MQM has shown that they are lacking in giving an honest response to the charges. At least Mirza has the guts to speak the truth. That’s why sons and daughters of the soil appreciate his comments for Sind and Pakistan.

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  • Waseem Baloch
    Aug 31, 2011 - 4:47AM

    The burden of proof lies with the person who lays the charges—for those of you who don’t know, that is how the law works. It is not MQM’s responsibility to disprove these accusations, instead it is ZM’s responsibility to take MQM to court and prove his accusations in court. And for everyone that recommended MQM officials swearing on a Quran: get a life. Swearing on the Quran doesn’t mean a thing!

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  • kasim.lahore
    Aug 31, 2011 - 5:49AM

    Still any one having doubt about mental health of Mirza Saheb? I don’t have any doubt.

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  • surgeon
    Aug 31, 2011 - 6:05AM

    @Salman:
    because its the other way around …… rest of the parties are owned by Waderas,chouhderies , khan babas and capitalists……..what a worthless justification u have brought up …its just like saying as all the world is against ISLAM so it makes ISLAM wrong?????huhhhh

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  • Mard e Hur
    Aug 31, 2011 - 6:33AM

    @Fahad siddiqui:
    Dr. Mirza has just pointed out that the Emperors (Altaf and MQM) have no cloths; the fact no one dare even think in the privacy. Think Azeem Tariq!! Does it ring any bells?
    Truth hurts but don’t shoot the messenger.
    And your comment about how well bred (“tahzzeb o tarbiyat”) of MQM leaders are, is in line with the mind set that all indigenous people are sub human. No surprise there.
    What a crude way to sanitize the stink by saying that it was wrapped in velvet.
    Rape will remain an ugly act; changing it to the euphemism of “Mabashirat” is not going to change it’s heinous nature .
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  • Maria
    Aug 31, 2011 - 9:37AM

    @Adeel759: Well said, you have to see the true nature of the MQM spokesperson. He is hiding the obvious from the people of Pakistan and trying to trick us along with some biased people in the media. Watch how they try to portray the MQM spoesman favorably in GEO news but how they replay one aggressive section of Mirza’s speech. They are trying to turn public opinion against Mirza but the people can’t be fooled by their clever antics. We want the allegations refuted in the courts only!

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  • Aug 31, 2011 - 10:17AM

    Zulfiqar Mirza:1 MQM:0

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  • Naeem Siddiqui
    Aug 31, 2011 - 10:36AM

    @Amjad

    sons and daughters of the soil!! Huh

    Genral A K Niazi who surrendered in front of Indian armed forces with 90,000 Pakistani PoW was also a Son of the Soil.

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  • Iftikhar-ur-Rehman
    Aug 31, 2011 - 10:51AM

    This is the first time MQM people were very decent in replying to Zulfiqar Mirza’s diatribe Recommend

  • Beatle
    Aug 31, 2011 - 10:53AM

    Faisal has refrained from otherwise fiery response. We can only hope and pray that their other leadership keep cool head and allow the dust to settle down.Recommend

  • A j Khan
    Aug 31, 2011 - 12:52PM

    Pashtuns support Zulfiqar Mirza in his truth compaign. Pashtuns knows its friends and it will never ever believe in what MQM says.
    Tony Blair was considered as poodle of Bush, but we didnot know that a stray dog was eying the poodle and has offered its services .

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  • Dr,A.K.Tewari
    Aug 31, 2011 - 7:55PM

    @Amjad: The repercussions of Mirza’s thinkings can be easily visualized , RAW has ao easy access to them as ISI has to Kashmiris ,India also has good relation with Baloch and Kabul , Plz. Think twice before saying some thing .,..,.?

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  • Dr,A.K.Tewari
    Aug 31, 2011 - 8:03PM

    @kasim.lahore: At least i don’t have any doubt ..

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  • Abdulaziz
    Aug 31, 2011 - 8:19PM

    Truth is always Bitter, Doctor Zulifqar Mirza gave the statement putting The Holy Quran on his head. Why MQM leadership is giving bogus statements wrapped in good words but bad sense. Why they don’t give the statement like ZM putting The Holy Quran on their heads. Doctor ZM is a brave man having the courage to bring all culprits names on media. Recommend

  • Abdulaziz
    Aug 31, 2011 - 8:26PM

    @Ikramuddin Akbar:
    If Doctor ZM was not holding Quran, he had dictionary, why your journalists did not asked that question. He verbally said that by God all statements are true and he gave the proofs to the media. Why your leader is not giving their statement on actual Quran in front of people. They are not clean, there is something wrong, the best proof is that they want to be in every government to loot the innocent people of Karachi.

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  • MH
    Aug 31, 2011 - 9:36PM

    Zulfiqar Mirza holding the Koran doesn’t make sense. He was dead drunk when he made the speech about Mohajirs being nangey bhukey. If he has no issues with drinking, something that’s forbidden in Islam, then he automatically steps outside of the folds of Islam. If he’s not in the folds of Islam, then the Koran is just another book to him, place it on his head or elsewhere, it’s just a bunch of pages that weigh a bit.

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  • My Name is Khan
    Sep 1, 2011 - 1:14AM

    I am not a fan of PPP or MQM so from an outsider looking in, Mirza needs to back up his accusations.

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  • Hairaan
    Sep 1, 2011 - 1:20AM

    Instead of replying the allegations ZM has leveled against them, MQM is on the path of counter-allegations. Thereby proving that they no better then ZM if not worse.

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  • Sep 1, 2011 - 8:07AM

    @My Name is Khan:

    see the conference again. He has documentary proofs

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  • sunny
    Sep 1, 2011 - 9:57AM

    If Mirza’s allegation have any truth then President Zardari must summon US ambassador for explanation. it is more important then MQM and PPP.

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  • I own Karachi
    Sep 1, 2011 - 2:34PM

    @sashayub:
    “The MQM leader challenged Mirza to prove his allegations in court. The former senior minister volunteered to present evidence in court, though only if he was summoned.”

    What do you understand from this?

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  • I own Karachi
    Sep 1, 2011 - 2:43PM

    @Realist.:
    This isn’t a Drama or a Talk Show where one party makes allegations over another and that other has to respond with effective jibe. If he is so evident with the proofs that MQM is behind all the killings then what he is waiting for? go to Supreme Court and submit the case.

    This guy is doing his utmost in destabilizing the already fragile structure of the country.
    the terrorist using guns to fire while ZM is using his mouth as his ultimate and most favorable weapon.

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  • I own Karachi
    Sep 1, 2011 - 2:49PM

    @Chester:
    Do you know how many Pathans are currently living in Karachi?
    Let me tell you Bro, they are way more than the entire population of Swat District.

    Karachi has more Afghan Refugee Camps than any city. The officially declared population of the city is more than 18m while several millions are actually un-accounted.Recommend

  • Sep 1, 2011 - 4:18PM

    Giddu Bandar would be the next venue for his Press conference.

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  • Pakistani
    Sep 1, 2011 - 10:37PM

    If this country is actually serious in believing a man who held the quran in front of him and claimed Zardari was a brave (debatable) and an HONEST man, God help this country! Perhaps the gullibility of the people to such buffoons is responsible for the mess we are in today. Perhaps some of these allegations might be true and all those INDIVIDUALS involved should be punished, but MQM is the true representative of the people of Karachi and to put it in Mirza’s terms ‘kisi ke baap bhi iss ka mandate nahi hila sake’.

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  • Arsalan
    Sep 2, 2011 - 12:51AM

    Despite the fact that i really appreciate the style and approach of Subzswari but the press conference was far away from answering the allegations that Mirza put on them.. Faisal was only beating about the bush and nothing else.. And MQM needs to understand one thing here, if someone has accused you of some wrongdoing then you try to come up with rational and logical arguements, proofs and evidence that you are clean.. The only thing that MQM did was to throw dirt on Mirza giving a silent message that “Yes we are terrorists but Mirza is a bigger terrorist so support us”.. Two wrongs do not make a right..

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  • kamran
    Sep 2, 2011 - 1:24PM

    well, calculated and civilized response, expected by civilized ppl of MQM….. Recommend

  • Iftikhar-ur-Rehman
    Sep 3, 2011 - 12:18PM

    @kamran:
    Oh where were these “CIVILIZED PPL” while responding to PML(N)?????

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  • Ikramuddin Akbar
    Sep 4, 2011 - 3:00AM

    @Chester:
    MQM never ever objected against any nation may it be Pathans or others to enter Karachi, they were cautioning government against dangerous people in the garb of innocent Pathans, like Taliban and other criminals.Instead MQM along with others sent reliefs to them in their areas you should not forget that .Had you ever heard about , anti aircraft guns, and deadly launchers in Karachi sometimes before, so these are the gifts we have been presented and by whom? Listen chester your and our lives are at stake now. as soon as we get rid of them it would be better for us.

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  • Ikramuddin Akbar
    Sep 4, 2011 - 7:30PM

    @Abdulaziz:
    It’s not a journalist’s responsibility to search and verify every thing a leader is having with him during a press conference nor he is responsible to testify all the evidences there, as that place is not supposed to be a court.They are neutral people. journalists just convey us the messages and cover the reports. And yes a journalist can also bring down a leader from his office if he breached the nation but not fighting in a wrestler’s ring but in the court..MQM never responses other’s allegations in a swindling and mocking way. If every leader starts bringing out Quran from home on street and put them on head alleging others that would not be appropriate there are many places and the best is the court.
    Karachi is not being looted by MQM leaders .Karachi is their own city and they are natural citizen of Karachi, Karachi is being looted by those who come to Karachi considering it “DUBAI”. .

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  • sara
    Sep 5, 2011 - 4:23PM

    if he has resigned from his post, so wat his value now?being a common citizen, no one could arrange press conference like this unless he/she got any back…

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