Arresting target killers: Malik warned me to stop or army will topple govt, says Mirza

Published: September 3, 2011

"For every innocent life taken in Karachi, five looters and terrorists would be killed," Former Sindh home minister Zulfiqar Mirza PHOTO: PPI

KARACHI: 

The grave allegations continue to trickle in as Zulfiqar Mirza’s travelling political spectacle gains popular momentum.

At a massive public gathering in Lyari on Friday, the former home minister claimed he had apprehended target killers from ‘sector offices’ with heavy arms and ammunition but had to release them on Rehman Malik’s orders.

In a fiery speech at the end of a several-hour-long rally across the city, Mirza alleged that Malik had warned him that the army and the Inter-Services Intelligence would topple the government if target killers were arrested.

“I released the killers because I wanted to see Pakistan flourish,” Mirza said to an enthralled audience.

Calling the federal interior minister a “Jewish and an American agent working to destroy Pakistan,” Mirza said Malik’s “drama would continue until the disintegration of Pakistan.”

Malik used to misinform Benazir Bhutto earlier and he is doing the same with the president and prime minister now, Mirza alleged.

In a brazen call to arms, Mirza said he was ‘proud’ to have issued 300,000 weapon licences during his tenure.

“I gave the arms licences to the people of Karachi, not for aerial firing at wedding ceremonies but for times like these when no one is safe,” he said.

Expletives galore

Mirza’s public gathering in Lyari, termed the largest since Benazir’s rally in the area in 1987, was also addressed by chief of Sindh Nationalist Party (SNP) Ameer Bhumbhro and key leaders of the defunct People’s Amn Committee Uzair and Zafar Baloch.

Bhumbhro’s platitudes were followed by an initially-hesitant Zafar Baloch who went on to deliver an expletive-laden tirade against dictators, Rehman Malik and the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM). Uzair Baloch followed, expressing his dissatisfaction at the provincial PPP leadership for conducting an operation in Lyari.

He also blamed former MNA Nabeel Gabol, elected from Lyari, for the negative image of the area.

Procession to Lyari

Earlier in the day, Mirza was taken to Lyari from Bin Qasim town in a massive procession organised by his followers – who were armed to the teeth and displayed automatic weapons openly.

Supporters bearing flags of SNP, Awami National Party, Punjabi Pukhtoon Ittehad (PPI) and the PPP accompanied the procession.

The procession reached the venue, Chakiwara Chowk in Lyari, around 8pm.

Invoking ethnic sentiments

Earlier, playing to the gallery in his home constituency, Mirza said the “time has gone when Sindhis were killed … the soldiers of Benazir Bhutto will not let this happen [any more].”

“For every innocent life taken in Karachi, five looters and terrorists would be killed,” Mirza said while addressing a press conference at his residence in Badin.

“I have given courage to millions of people to speak up and stand against the tyranny,” he said, and appealed to ‘the people of Sindh’ to use [arms] to save Pakistan’.

(Read: The Z Files – ‘Mirza is Sindh’s lion…we are ready to die for you’)

Anti-MQM diatribe

Continuing his tirade against the MQM, Mirza said reconciliation is ‘not possible with a political party that is trying to break Pakistan.’

He admitted to sponsoring a website where ‘all evidence against the MQM will be uploaded.’

“I am yet to unveil 90 percent of the information I have,” he said.

(Read: Mirza declares war on MQM)

“Ishratul Ebad is the most corrupt governor the province ever had,” Mirza alleged, adding that chairman Malir Development Authority had admitted during an investigation that Ebad was his partner in the project and was allotted 27,000 plots in the scheme.

He added that he had turned down MQM’s request for inducting 6,000 ‘criminals’ in the police force.

Friendly fire

Turning the guns against his former colleagues, Mirza criticised Chief Minister Sindh Qaim Ali Shah for promptly accepting his resignation, saying the speed negated the general impression that Shah was a lazy person.

Mirza also said he would expose the name of the “airhostess” for whom Rehman Malik visits Karachi frequently.

Earlier, Malik had directed Inspector General Sindh Police to depute a senior officer to protect Mirza’s rally. Bringing out a rally is a right of every citizen or political leader and it was the duty of law enforcers to protect them, Malik had said.

[With additional reporting by Zeeshan Bhatty in Hyderabad.]

Published in The Express Tribune, September 3rd, 2011.

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Reader Comments (49)

  • Cautious
    Sep 3, 2011 - 4:16AM

    “I released the killers because I wanted to see Pakistan flourish,”
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    How can anymore think that makes any sense? One day he calls Malik a pathological liar and the next day he said he released known killers because of something Malik told him. If nothing else his statement proves he is unfit to lead – a coward – and possibly mentally unhinged.Recommend

  • Truth Seeker
    Sep 3, 2011 - 4:23AM

    The real cat is still in the bag.The time has come for the cat to show its claws, ot it is scared to reveal clipped claws.

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  • Ali q
    Sep 3, 2011 - 4:23AM

    Look at the gall of Mr. ZM – 300,000 weapon licenses issued by his administration has supposedly made people in Karachi feel more secure? The death toll coupled with the hopelessness would imply otherwise.

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  • Arzoo
    Sep 3, 2011 - 4:25AM

    Federal Interior Minister’s “crimes” may be many, but all could be forgiven for his one gift to the nation: he has made Dr. Zulfiqar Mirza unveil his misdeeds. The more Dr. Mirza speaks the deeper he is digging his rightful place. But we are all holding our breaths for the most explosive revelation of all: “the name of the “airhostess” for whom Rehman Malik visits Karachi frequently.” Now, that one accomplishment will make him worthy of the Nishan e Imtiaz, or whatever it was that he was awarded, by President Zardar couple of weeks ago. Did’nt Dr. Malik recently said that 70 to 80 percent responsibility of Karachi’s mayhem lied on the shoulders of “wives and girlfriends?” Oh, how stupid we all are for not truly understanding what he really meant. Thank you Dr. Mirza for your explosive (no pun intended) revelations.

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  • bling bling
    Sep 3, 2011 - 4:38AM

    Sindh’s feudal lords trying to take over Karachi now!

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  • Nadeem Ahmed
    Sep 3, 2011 - 4:47AM

    Mirza is trying his best to start civil war. Thanks MQM to keep ignoring this crazy guy.

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  • curious
    Sep 3, 2011 - 4:56AM

    You know what, people just cant wait to know the name name of that air hostess, Mirza you are a low life, there are far more serious issues to crack our heads. Who cares about some ones private affairs.

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  • rehmat
    Sep 3, 2011 - 5:13AM

    I find his style repulsive but the substance should not be dismissed only because it comes from him. His allegations are serious enough that they need to be investigated. They may be false and that can only be known after due investigation.

    Again the issue here is not that he made the allegations while putting his hand on the Quran. All people who give false witness in the Pakistani courts for a few thousand rupees do exactly this. What lends gravity is the fact that he is a former provincial interior minister and claims to have records to back his allegations.

    While people in MQM are innocent until proven guilty, to dismiss what this man says as being his personal opinion is not correct.

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  • shumayel
    Sep 3, 2011 - 5:21AM

    Dr.Wikileaks, bring it on !

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  • Sep 3, 2011 - 5:48AM

    This is what we call Dirty Politics… Politics for Personal Gains…. We Urge People of Pakistan to unite against all Corrupt People of this Country….

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  • Pakistan One
    Sep 3, 2011 - 6:11AM

    WikiLeaks is done with now go to Mirzaleaks hahahaha

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  • Leo
    Sep 3, 2011 - 6:12AM

    This guy is a mental case should be sent to crazy house before he disintegrate Pakistan further he said he has give 300,000 arm licenses to who The AMN Commetie and getting non urdu speaking people, 10,000 police job. Mr Mirza forgot that he had Quran with him all the time, he should remember who dig ditches for some body else he fall in the same.
    Na khuda Jin ka nano unka Khuda Hoya hai, evil like him defeated for ever and ever and again and again. God bless Pakistan, and keep Pakistan away from such a drunken man and corrupt and rouge landlord mentality.

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  • Saadullah Awan
    Sep 3, 2011 - 6:32AM

    “Jewish and an American agent working to destroy Pakistan”

    You lost me there Mr. Mirza, at least be creative -_-

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  • fahad siddiqui
    Sep 3, 2011 - 6:54AM

    Invoking ethnic sentiments………… that sums it all up

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  • Sep 3, 2011 - 6:57AM

    This is a classic example of B-R-A-Z-E-N R-A-C-I-S-M. These abusive denunciations will endure significantly and not augur well for the country.
    In these difficult hours of the nation’s checquered history, Mr. Mirza should keep his head in top gear, well above his heart and tongue. Salams to all Pakistanis

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  • ARIF
    Sep 3, 2011 - 7:30AM

    Naked truth some times do more harm than half lie. I wonder on whose will or order Mirza pouring venom of hatred among Pakistani youth…..

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  • Seher Siddiqui
    Sep 3, 2011 - 8:38AM

    An immediate action which Wassan and Rehman must take without any loss of time is to
    CANCEL ALL ARMS LICENSES ISSUED ISSUED BY MIRZA IN SINDH. This is urgent to avoid any bloodshed in Pakistan. Those who have history will understand the implication of indiscriminate distribution of arms and licenses.
    MIrza does not realize that he is actually damaging ASIF ZARDARI, SINDH and PAKISTAN. President is equally responsible for this chaos. A manager is known by the team he selects.Recommend

  • AD
    Sep 3, 2011 - 8:42AM

    bizarre attempt to play sindh card and ignite ethnic violence. Just promoting racism, doing nothing good for this country. These politicians have given nothing to their voters, but just filled them with hatred and animosity.

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  • Anonymous
    Sep 3, 2011 - 9:17AM

    Where did that air hostess come from? If she exists then that is Malik’s personal life. Why is he interested in telling her name to Media and public?

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  • Fahad Raza
    Sep 3, 2011 - 9:35AM

    Political gimmicks of the washed up PPP worker

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  • Tariq
    Sep 3, 2011 - 9:52AM

    Mr Mirza has shown a examplary courage, every politician shall have and the revelations were all true as all pakistanis new this but cudnt dare to speak up,, now he has became example to stand against tyranny and speak the truth and he left all the pleasures,power, status, security, and has made his way to tough and insecure path, this is what shall be everyone`s motive in life. go mirza go we are with you

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  • Karachiwala
    Sep 3, 2011 - 10:06AM

    A good article in Daildy Jang all may not agree

    http://www.jang.com.pk/jang/sep2011-daily/03-09-2011/col5.htm

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  • nooshkhan
    Sep 3, 2011 - 10:14AM

    Two words for ZM seek help…!

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  • Omair Shakil
    Sep 3, 2011 - 10:45AM

    I am beginning to be convinced that this sudden display of faith and concern for the common man by Dr Mirza is nothing but a cover for ulterior motives. If Dr Mirza is so bent upon getting the populace justice, let me see him go voluntarily to the Supreme Court with the evidence that he claims to have. Being Sindh’s home minister for the last three year, it is reasonable to assume that Dr Mirza oversaw all the high handedness that he now conveniently attributes to MQM and Rehman Malik; Dr Mirza deserves to be prosecuted for his incriminating silent condonement of all that he blames MQM for.Recommend

  • Peace Maker
    Sep 3, 2011 - 10:56AM

    Now where are the supporters of Mirza who were portraying him as a hero. I was right from day one, Mirza is the real culprit to destroy Karachi.

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  • positive pakistani
    Sep 3, 2011 - 11:10AM

    All of you blind Mirza-Supporters…..ARE YOU HAPPY NOW??????

    He is “CLEARLY” trying to ignite the ethnic sentiments and clearly provoking the people to life arms……to clash with each other……….

    He is supporting the cause of only one community which he knows and everybody else knows that doesn’t even comprise the population of even 50% collectively…….and rest of others would automatically be defensive in this case and would support the entity whom he is blaming….(MQM) …..and what would be the end-result…….more clashes …more hatred….more extremism…..more killings….and almost like a civil war….

    I am not a blind supporter of MQM either….but I know the fact that whatever everybody else (belonging to Zulfi-Clan) thinks…MQM is a ground reality …it is next to impossible to curb things which have deep roots…

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  • Pragmatist
    Sep 3, 2011 - 11:11AM

    Clearly Mirza has lost his marbles or it is part of an elaborate plan that will make sense some time in the future.

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  • Saad Durrani
    Sep 3, 2011 - 11:16AM

    So, where is the Holy Book now…

    Mirza again attacked the media. Had Mirza given 300,000 books to the people, it might have worked a little.

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  • Sep 3, 2011 - 11:43AM

    He’s officially doing it for the attention. I wonder what he’d do if he was arrested for his crimes in office. Resigning doesn’t get you off the hook, or at least it shouldn’t. Telling the truth to a group of people is only a confession. Not a prerequisite for amnesty.

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  • Ali. Mir
    Sep 3, 2011 - 12:28PM

    Mr Mirza is stating facts though in an emotional manner.

    It is unfortunate that in Pakistan one does not like to hear the truth.

    Can someone explain the wealth Pakistani politicians have?Recommend

  • Salman Orangiwala
    Sep 3, 2011 - 12:49PM

    What Mr.Mirza is really upto ? Did it ever occur to the citizens of Pakistan , something much more ominous is brewing up under the garb of a mere distraction ?Recommend

  • raja wasim wains
    Sep 3, 2011 - 12:51PM

    geo mirza.tusi great ho. U r the real lion . Chak de fhatay.Recommend

  • Parvez
    Sep 3, 2011 - 12:55PM

    Mr. Prime Minister, where are you ??

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  • Sep 3, 2011 - 12:58PM

    He has given 300.000 arm licenses to those who probably never fired a weapon or still have no training. I fear if stress and continuous disappointing situation in country would turn those weapon owner into criminals .

    Its strange, Mirza Sb himself is disclosing the injustice against people of Pakistan who probably support certain party by not giving them any job. It means, has he given to 10,00 jobs in Sindh to his people? I don’t know whether supreme court should notice of allegations by Mirza or Mirza himself and his assets and decision made by him during his time as a home minister.One must think, how could a son of simple and honest judge have got sugar mill and houses and bungalows in places like DHA. Just to remind, there are only 80-90 sugar mills in whole Pakistan. How could a doctor who got a degree by cheating (acknowledge himself in his first PC) got his own sugar mill? I think, all politicians needs to be investigated and specially people like Zulfiqar Mirza who them selves disclosing their assets and trying to create never ending fight among Pakistanis by igniting fire on the basis of sect, race and tribe. Recommend

  • ex-Karachiite
    Sep 3, 2011 - 1:46PM

    tip of iceberg of actual PPP’s politicians

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  • Omer
    Sep 3, 2011 - 2:02PM

    All I have to say is that bananas are now being sold at the same price as apples.

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  • Ahmed
    Sep 3, 2011 - 2:08PM

    All crticizing mirza here is a question. So what if he gave arm licences to sindhis, only mqm people have rights to arms here or what. He might be talking some non sense but you have to do that to appeal to masses. He is fighting for right of native sindhis and we are with him. We are done with this reconcilliation.

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  • Mir
    Sep 3, 2011 - 2:28PM

    I wonder what he wants, he is rallying against MQM or Rehman Malik or Target Killers or Sindh CM….? by telling truth he is exposing his own weak points and losing his ground, why people are following him when people dont know what he wants and what common man will get by following him….. anybody help me

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  • Aadersh
    Sep 3, 2011 - 2:53PM

    Expose them Mirza we are with you..

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  • Sep 3, 2011 - 2:56PM

    Till now Mirza has not uttered a word about Benazirs killers .What investigation he has carried out about karsaz incident ? Has he tried to find out about the man behind the killing of ZAB son in Clifton.He can still ask Fatima .If her charges are mere allegations then what all Mr Mirza is saying are not even allegations it is a political drama Recommend

  • Salman Orangiwala
    Sep 3, 2011 - 3:13PM

    We Pakistanis are quite Jazbati .Rarely do we try to understand the meanings between the lines .
    Dr Zulfiqar Mirza is upto something much bigger .

    Theses fiery bayans are just distractors and mere decoys .

    Please wake up …visit Youtube ….see who the people are , burning Paksitani flag on the 14th of August and at which place of Karachi and how they are related to Zulfiqar Mirza Saab .

    PS : @ Moderator , why my comments are scissored down to smitherins altogether ? If ZM can allege and spit venom , why cant I post the video links which are posted on Youtube by the culprits themselves and not by me .Let the ET readers decide about the videos Freedom of expression is my right like Mirza saab . Recommend

  • buttjee
    Sep 3, 2011 - 3:32PM

    Mirza has himself said that whatever he has revealed is just 10% of what all he knows. He must respond to the call of his conscience and muster courage to make discloures about the misdeeds of his own leadership. If at all he has decided to be the real son of the soil then his loyalties, first of all should be with Pakistan and then with Zardari or anybody else. Instead of shouting at lesser mortals Mirza should unveil the faces of real culprits. He wants to make his name in the history then should make disclousures about the corruption and crimes of his own party. I am sure being an insider and Zardari’s close associate he has been privi to all sorts of secrets. Recommend

  • grinz09
    Sep 3, 2011 - 3:38PM

    @Tariq:
    and dolled out 300,000 weapons . WMD’s!! For what?

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  • Abdullah
    Sep 3, 2011 - 6:37PM

    He has started campaign from now for the next election.

    These people can only get votes on the basis of racial and lingual basis.

    Beat corrupt politicians who are dividing society on the basis of regional and lingual basis.

    Pakistani people love each other, from whichever province he belongs. These are politicians who promote hatred.

    Be united to beat this dirty politics.

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  • Babloo
    Sep 3, 2011 - 6:52PM

    As per Mirza, the ‘sensitive’ Pak establsihment is sponsoring and protecting the killers.
    “At a massive public gathering in Lyari on Friday, the former home minister claimed he had apprehended target killers from ‘sector offices’ with heavy arms and ammunition but had to release them on Rehman Malik’s orders.

    In a fiery speech at the end of a several-hour-long rally across the city, Mirza alleged that Malik had warned him that the army and the Inter-Services Intelligence would topple the government if target killers were arrested.”

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  • mirror on the wall
    Sep 3, 2011 - 7:43PM

    Mirza may be telling a slanted truth as we do quite often in our Islamic society.But where is our good old Pir Mazhar-ul-Haque? in whose ceremonious presence MQM chief expressed US and his common resolve to undo Pakistan?

    Mirza claims that he has issued three lac arms licenses in his three year stint in office, apparently for self defence purpose to Sindhi as well as decent non-Sindhi voters and hence, results of this largesse are for all of us to see.

    He reverberates his fear of read-Indianization of original Sindhis– a fear first expressed by his guru Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto– while ignoring the fact that his PPP then won its sole majority in the Punjab Province.What a disgrace in our society that we cannot argue matters on their intrinsic merit and free from parochial jingoism.

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  • True pakistani
    Sep 3, 2011 - 11:48PM

    My Dears, the arms license(s) are given and can be given to anyone in pakistan for their own safety, e.g, from taliban militants attack or others since the talibans have limitless weapons~ they have been somehow smuggled to karachi in large quantity~ we can do nothing about that~so to counter,save and protect their own self in case of mischief the license are provided.

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  • A.Rehman
    Sep 4, 2011 - 12:33AM

    Very smartly or stupidly, Zulfiqar Mirza is trying to target/harm with one arrow, MQM, Malik, Urdu Speaking, Pathans, Punjabis, now, Army & ISI. I think the word ZM should stand for Zionist Mission to disintegrate the Pakistan.Recommend

  • Sep 4, 2011 - 9:48AM

    Trbiune reporting was not so objective. It was interspersed with anti-Mirza tinge. We should not forget that Mirza is making allegations on oath. Those against whom he made allegations must reply. So far they have been parrying the allegations instead of taking them headon. The bloggers too focus on periphery. They do not focus the bull’s eye. Or for that matter, interior minister is a national security hazard.Recommend

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