Karachi suo motu: MQM welcomes Supreme Court verdict

Published: October 6, 2011

The MQM said it has directed all units and sectors to take action against any miscreants in the party.

KARACHI: The Muttahida Qaumi Movement Committee (MQM) Rabita Committee on Thursday welcomed the Supreme Court of Pakistan (SC) verdict in the Karachi suo motu case and vowed to respect and uphold the decision.

A statement from the MQM said that the party was grateful to the chief justice of Pakistan and the bench for acting to protect the lives and property of the people of Karachi. The committee says the Supreme Court decision will help maintain peace in the city.

The MQM said it has directed all units and sectors to take action against any miscreants in the party.

The party has invited all stakeholders in the city to come forward and work to maintain peace in the city.

Earlier, the court had announced the verdict in the case and had ruled out a ban on the MQM.

The court had slammed the Sindh Government for failing to take effective measures against target killings and extortion.

The chief justice quoted reports of intelligence agencies saying that some criminal groups had political backing and that such elements had become part of political parties.

Reader Comments (18)

  • Maliha Khan
    Oct 6, 2011 - 8:10PM

    The SC has made a mature decision and MQM is doing the right thing by respecting it. The only way this country can move forward is by establishing a certain level of respect for the authorities and abiding by the law. Looks like ZM’s claims about his possession of ample evidence against MQM were all bogus. Clearly there was no such evidence and once again MQM has been vindicated. This should be enough for all those demanding that MQM prove its innocence.

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  • Mukhtar Ahmed
    Oct 6, 2011 - 8:25PM

    This is certainly historic decision in which no one has been penalized.This is historic decision where certain political parties have been identified in indulging anti state activities but not punished. This is historic decision in which state has been reminded of their duties.This is historic decision where Police and Rangers have been asked to perform their duties in accordance with law.this is historic decision which identifies dangerous trends in certain political parties but are advised to behave. This is historic decision that has remained silent on killing hundreds of innocent people were killed and got no justice .This is historic decision where all political parties have been allowed to operate as they wish.This is historic decision where all political parties have been given free hand to what they like.This is really great decision where all the proofs were presented but buck has been passed on to the government to file reference against any party.This is a decision that has strengthened the democracy.This is a decision that was expected. This is a great decision because it will help media to conduct discussions debates.This is decision that will be long remembered in the history of Pakistan .If this is a great decision was there any requirement of suo motto.Let us pray Allah to save us from present rulers. God bless this country .we are happy otherwise no more suo motto please

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  • Farheen Rizvi
    Oct 6, 2011 - 8:51PM

    I think the verdict is very balanced and all the parties should show the maturity by accpeting the verdict because the verdict was in the favor of common people of Karachi. As the judiciary has played their part now is the time of law enforcement agencies to play their role by depoliticizing themselves and by securing the lives of the people of Karachi.

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  • Oct 6, 2011 - 8:51PM

    Those who are critical of Alliance are the same people who have done nothing for 30 years. The PPP-MQM coalition is the best alliance in the current situation.
    MQM and PPP alliance is essential for the peace in the country and especially in Karachi, heart of the country. All candidates take part in the elections to become MPA, MNA, Minister, so they can serve their people effectively. If someone is without power or out of democratic cycle like PTI and Jamat Islami they cannot do anything except strike, long march and hate speeches.

    When MQM and PPP relationship was broke, we have seen Taliban activities in the city of Karachi. They Attack on navy officers, CIA officer’s home and kidnapped law enforcement agencies officers. Target killing had been started. In these circumstances this is a best accord for the sake of Karachi & country.

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  • usman
    Oct 6, 2011 - 8:55PM

    CJ’s once again has proved that our courts dont announce any verdict based on false evidences.
    Mr mirza should try his plan “B” to play his new drama against M.Q.M like almost every party had done in the past.
    One more thing CJ should have written in his verdict to survey not only properties damaged but also the loss of the lives of innocent peoples of karachi.Well done supreem court long live to Pakistan if truth is being appriciated there will be no more incident like 1971.Insha Allah. Recommend

  • Oct 6, 2011 - 9:09PM

    The Target Killings in Karachi were not caused by the political parties. The target killings were caused by Lyari gangs and Zulfiqar Mirza’s hang over habits.

    Its true Sindh government was failed. One of the main causes of Sindh government failure was Zulfiqar Mirza. He was assigned one of the key positions of Sindh government. He openly admitted his drink habits, corruption and killing of Rehman Baloch. Zulfiqar Mirza should be impeached.

    Dawar Naqvi
    LA, USA

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  • Saqib
    Oct 6, 2011 - 9:24PM

    I wish CJ have taken a step forward and asked the Federal and Provincial Government to hand over the Police System of the city to the elected representation of the city as it is in the whole world.
    The biggest challenge is that the people from other cities or provinces are brought in on Political basis, and that is the root cause of the whole problem. They are not interested in solving the problems of Karachities or giving them the protection, their sole purpose is to make money and satisfy the ill wishes of their lords.
    If there is local police, with no Political Gods to keep happy, will change MY KARACHI’S face.

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  • Ammad Hafeez
    Oct 6, 2011 - 10:00PM

    MQM accepted SC verdict, and showed mature politics. Thumbs Up!Recommend

  • Imran Azeem
    Oct 6, 2011 - 10:10PM

    So far so good, seem like the hue and cry of political opponents of MQM put a bad name on themselves. As Supreme Court observe through provided sources that all political setup working in Karachi are some how involved in “crimes” (extortion, killings, land grabbing etc).
    Karachi need peace, all powers should be remained with Government, along with the responsibilities.

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  • abc@london
    Oct 6, 2011 - 10:10PM

    A disappointment. All the time the courts are criticising the government but when their turn came to come out with the truth in the interest of the nation, peace and to give a meaning to wrongful killings carried out by that ONE PARTY that the court has pointed out, they retreated. They did not fulfill their responsibility. In fact they have opened up a pandora box and made space for more fiery talk shows. Ver very sad day for Pakistan.

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  • Miqs
    Oct 6, 2011 - 11:07PM

    Justice has Been Denied To all The Dead Bodies that laid bare in the streets of Karachi .. SC has given Go Ahead to All the Barbarians and i smell blood back on the streets of Karachi..

    Mr CJ Sir ! You Have Disappointed me

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  • Tanoli
    Oct 6, 2011 - 11:17PM

    Mirza has not been called by the court and his allegation still needs to be investigated. Court decision has shown that political parties including MQM are involved in the killings of innocent people.

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  • Imran Hussain
    Oct 7, 2011 - 12:24AM

    We all should respect the verdict of Supreme Court and all the parties must agree on atleast one point agenda that they will play their role in ensuring peace and security in the commercial and financial hub of Pakistan.
    Imran Hussain
    USA

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  • waseem altaf khawaja
    Oct 7, 2011 - 3:40AM

    It is a very disappointed verdict given by Supreme Court the hon cheif justice started his hearings by quoting verses of HOLY QURAN and ended by referinf very low note of european judge
    The Supreme court has played a roll of dirty only identifying parties involved every pakistani knew about it. Not calling Dr.Zulfiqar Mirza is failiar of CHIFE JUSTICE IFTIKHAR MOHAMMED CHOUDHRY he could have announced a summary court to deal with AJMAL PAHARI and others

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  • Adnan Siddiqui
    Oct 7, 2011 - 10:31PM

    I don’t understand why Jamat-e-Islami, Zulfiquar Mirza and ANP are not accepting this decision. If the decision is in their favor then the courts are fine and respectable if it is not then they create doubts on the judicial system. It seems that they just want the decision to go their way.

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  • Navaid
    Oct 8, 2011 - 2:57AM

    Congratulations to the MQM, Haq Parasts, APMSO, Khidmat-e-Khalq Committee, SUN Charity, and all other organizations associated with the MQM. This victory belongs to all of you, and I especially congratulate the people of Karachi, Hyderabad, and Mirpurkhas, for standing side by side with the MQM, and showing the entire world, that MQM’s backbone is not limited to the streets of Azizabad, but it stretches from Karachi to Kashmir. MQM Zindabad, Pakistan Military Zindabad, PAKISTAN ZINDABAD !!!

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  • Adnan Siddiqui
    Oct 10, 2011 - 11:02AM

    It is good that the Supreme Court’s decision is respected by some parties but I see that there are a few parties like ANP and Jamat-e-Islami who are not respecting the Supreme Court decision.
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  • Naveed
    Oct 12, 2011 - 9:11PM

    No one has tried to read deeper into the Supreme Court’s verdict on Karachi’s law and order problem. It seems politically correct to shower praise on the verdict praise it. The verdict, however, fails to address the real causes of intense violence the residents of Karachi have been subjected to for years. The Supreme Court held a suo motu hearing on the Karachi violence because the judges had been worried over the matter. They should be praised for it. This writer believes that any constructive criticism of the Karachi verdict will be taken in good faith by the judges. The verdict says that the violence in Karachi is not ethnic but a result of conflict between groups over economic, social and political interests. This is a tricky observation. In Karachi, there are no economic or social no-go areas. There are, for instance, Pathan or Mohajir no-go areas, i.e. ethnic no-go areas. Ethnicity and political economy in Karachi are so deeply intertwined that they cannot be isolated. The Supreme Court verdict has referred to economic, social, and political interests. However, it did not put the right perspective i.e. the ethnic perspective on it. A glaring omission from the verdict is the Court’s failure to mention the purely religious-sectarian factor in Karachi violence. One is puzzled to note that the verdict makes no significant mention of Sipah-e-Sahaba Pakistan (SSP), Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ) and the Taliban that are playing havoc with the lives of innocent people in Karachi.

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