Amid tens of thousands of cheering women, Altaf rattles off topics lost in political rallies

Published: February 19, 2012

KARACHI: In a country where women continue to be marginalised politically, the Muttahida Qaumi Movement put its best foot forward on Sunday by organising a mammoth all-women public rally themed ‘Empowered Women, Strong Pakistan’.

MQM chief Altaf Hussain, in his hour-long address to women and children who had flocked to the Mazar-i-Quaid grounds for the rally, paid a verbose tribute to the women in attendance. “Through this historical public gathering, we have sent out a message to our political opponents that only our women are strong enough to compete with them,” he said.

Altaf claimed that no other political party had managed to organise such a huge event even when men and women were in attendance. “Over one million women of Pakistan are in attendance in this rally.”

The MQM, he said, has the honour of being the first party to include women in its political movement. “We organised a similar rally on July 16, 1988. When, in 1987, I was in jail and most party leaders were forced into hiding, it was the party’s women who stepped up and brought MQM victory in the general elections that year.”

In 1992-93, he said, the women were left to take over the party’s affairs when thousands of male workers were arrested and taken into state torture cells. “They [the women] opened Nine Zero, they buried the bodies of their kin,” he said, also paying tribute to the mothers who had given birth to sons who sacrificed their lives for the MQM’s cause.

Moving on to address women who were campaigning for Baloch missing persons, Altaf claimed that 28 MQM members were still missing from the 1992-93 army operation against the party. “We empathise with you. We feel your pain,” he told them.

Altaf also thanked women from the Bengali community who he said were present in huge numbers at the rally.

Violence against women

Altaf’s speech touched all the right notes. He mentioned honour killing, Karo Kari, acid crimes and domestic violence and even brought up topics like dowry and gender discrimination which are considered the social norm.

“The perpetrators of Karo Kari and acid crime should be hanged,” Hussain said passionately to women who listened with rapt attention. “Women in Pakistan are subjected to treatment meted out to second- or third-class citizens. Worse yet, they are treated like animals. Crimes like honour killing, wani and marriage to the Quran are rampant under the veil of tradition.”

The MQM, he said, wanted to create a Pakistan which was free from discrimination against women and where women had the freedom to make their own decisions. “We support not only strong legislation [for women’s rights] but also proper implementation of it. The MQM has raised its voice on every parliamentary forum like no other political party has. We want women to have the status in society that they truly deserve.”

As evidence of MQM’s commitment to protecting women from violence, he mentioned the cases of Shaista Almani, whose family was hunting to kill her for marrying of her own will, and Dr Shazia, who survived rape at the hands of doctors at Karachi’s Jinnah Hospital. “MQM protected Shaista Almani and Dr Shazia and ensured that they and their husbands are safely sent abroad.”

Balochistan issue

Dedicating a portion of his speech to the burning Balochistan issue, Altaf said that due to wrong policies and use of force to stifle voices for Baloch rights, the province is now standing at the point of secession from Pakistan. “We are still not willing to accept that robbing people of their rights intensifies feelings of depravation in people which can then not be solved through mere assurances.”

He said he had continuously raised his voice against the situation in Balochistan, the operation in the province and the enforced disappearances.

“Baloch people have lost confidence in Pakistani leaders. We will now have to take brave decisions and give them all their justified rights,” Altaf said, adding that a roundtable conference will have little impact on solving the problem.

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Reader Comments (117)

  • Ahsan Mlk
    Feb 19, 2012 - 4:26PM

    Free food.
    Free Mehndi.
    A circus too (Ive seen a joker on site)

    Pink chairs? colourblind? You must be kidding me…

    A good fair for women.

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  • SAJ
    Feb 19, 2012 - 4:31PM

    All those girls who don’t have matching dopattas for their clothes will attend. And ofcourse free Henna as well.. so why not!!

    But always remember, listening to Altaf Hussain needs extra skills..which atleast i dont have!!

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  • Feb 19, 2012 - 4:34PM

    Part of election campaign

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  • MUNIB
    Feb 19, 2012 - 4:38PM

    Anything is possible under GUN in KHI , the land of lawlessness

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  • shakil khan
    Feb 19, 2012 - 4:59PM

    why aren’t there more women MNA’s from MQM? for women empowerment to be there the mqm leadership should ensure that they give tickets on 50% of their constituencies in elections to women.

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  • Mumtaz Ali
    Feb 19, 2012 - 5:02PM

    Another Ghaibana Jalsa, my sympathies to all government school teachers and poor factory women.Recommend

  • yousuf
    Feb 19, 2012 - 5:07PM

    lugta ha comment kernay walay saray hi rotoo hain……..lol

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  • kilo
    Feb 19, 2012 - 5:12PM

    Diffa e pakistan molvis should also arrange rally of their own women wing to show comrade-ship with MQM girls

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  • khan
    Feb 19, 2012 - 5:14PM

    and if as MQM claims too be a national party and not an ethnic party why are majority of their MPA and MNA and rabta committee all muhajirs?

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  • Feb 19, 2012 - 5:32PM

    Good MQM, please give them family sized meal boxes as well, because presumably their hungry children need food. There is no doubt MQM is best anti terror party in lawless Pakistan.Recommend

  • Soomro
    Feb 19, 2012 - 5:46PM

    @khan:
    well said Mr. khan, your point is very true, because I in my career have seen that many Positions are given to those who belong to MQM.
    Second They May Have changed their party name but the are always ethnic party (MUHAJIR QAUMI MOVEMENT) INSIDE.

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  • AnisAqeel
    Feb 19, 2012 - 5:58PM

    Really impressive that shows unity of families. all the fake leaders who depend on money, coercion, tribalism, social and economic slaves should know where the real strength lies. no doubt a record women political gathering in the world that can be a Guinness world record.

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  • Atif Nawaz
    Feb 19, 2012 - 6:05PM

    Oh…PTI’ is present on Sunday as well….. Say whatever you say Guys, MQM is a party of Grass root people. they have done miracles in the past and they’ll keep on doing in future as well. Jiya Pakistan

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  • Syed Owais
    Feb 19, 2012 - 6:21PM

    MQM is the only party which brings in women in the election process, look at the people who are jealous and they are not convinced by the work done by party to the people of Karachi and Hyderabad, without discrimination of ethnicity.
    Who brought water to Lyari (MQM), who give Rs 50 Billion Plus order to Road and Construction contractors (BTW, majority is from KP our brothers) and they did a great deal in building Karachi.
    People who are commenting negatively, they do not have any good deed to show and they are full of negative comments
    Guys, I am not a MQM voter, but fact is fact.
    Be tolerant and support, at least the good deeds by MQM.

    Pakistan Zinda Baad.Recommend

  • Agha
    Feb 19, 2012 - 6:23PM

    Everyone is burning inside LOL :DRecommend

  • Feb 19, 2012 - 6:24PM

    Muttahida sets another record. Encouraging women to contribute in the society.

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  • shahnawaz
    Feb 19, 2012 - 6:42PM

    The battle lines are drawn for next election.
    Its not PPP vs MQM vs PMLssss vs PTI

    its about whether the left wing continue to tolerate the hijacking of this country founded on secular principles by extremists whose elders opposed the creation and now want to be the supreme authority of this country’s affairs.
    Will people of Pakistan allow legacy of Zulfuqar or Zia to survive and flourish.
    Will they condone murders of minorities and non-muslims or stand up against it.

    PS: those who call khi unstable,
    I can tell you this, in khi you wont see people beating under aged brothers to death.Recommend

  • Ayy
    Feb 19, 2012 - 6:46PM

    I think they took Imran Khan’s joke on “Keeping women in the kitchen. lol JK” (Address to LUMINITES – 5th Feb 2012) expression to the heart..
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  • Ayy
    Feb 19, 2012 - 6:51PM

    @Shahnawaz.. yeah you will only see mobile phones being snatched on every single street..
    a best friend kidnapping his best friend and then strangling him to death for “ransom”..
    the political party collecting “charity” on gunpoint..
    bomblasts, target killings…

    Since this is a “norm” in Karachi, I suppose the people living there have a different definition of “unstable”…Recommend

  • Mohammad Ali Siddiqui
    Feb 19, 2012 - 6:53PM

    I congratulate MQM for organising such a big rally for women in Karachi.

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  • syed baqar ahsan
    Feb 19, 2012 - 6:54PM

    It better for Imran Khan, should go for an alliance with MQM for bigger political gain and service to people of Pakistan in future because MQM has a lot in build discipline which all other parties lacking very badly.

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  • Mustafa Kamal
    Feb 19, 2012 - 6:54PM

    “A city which belongs to just one man is no true city”
    ― Sophocles, Antigone

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  • Mustafa Kamal
    Feb 19, 2012 - 6:59PM

    @Agha:
    Actually it seems so contrived.
    It is sad to see people who are supposed to be educated behave like lemmings . . . but I guess fear is all pervasive . . . and I know . . . I have seen it from up close.

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  • Mustafa Kamal
    Feb 19, 2012 - 7:00PM

    @Ayy:
    Truly well said Ayy.

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  • shahnawaz
    Feb 19, 2012 - 7:08PM

    @AYY
    ya right, mobile snatching and kidnapping is only in khi.

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  • Asad Khan
    Feb 19, 2012 - 7:16PM

    Some people just can’t appreciate anything positive in this country. Just because of their biasness towards MQM they are trying to make a mockery of this historic women rally. MQM and Altaf Hussain has proved time and again that no matter what you do to malign MQM people still love them and still support them. Todays rally is a prime example which only had women, just imagine if men were there as well. I salute MQM for organizing such a mammoth rally in favor of womwn of Pakistan! All Jageerdars, Waderas must be rolling on hot coals seeing this as they are the ones who treat women like animals. High time for all Pakistanis to give freedom to women and stop all nonesense against them!

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  • Talha
    Feb 19, 2012 - 7:19PM

    This is very commendable, holding a woman’s rally.

    I congratulate Altaf bhai for such open minded thinking.

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  • riz
    Feb 19, 2012 - 7:19PM

    Everyone dancing off to Sindhi folk singer is a great sight.

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  • Faiz Ahmed
    Feb 19, 2012 - 7:21PM

    A fantastic show of sympathy towards women I feel sad when I hear that women being killed in honour. The case of mukhtaran mai and that zehri who buried poor innocent 5 women alive;
    Anyways congrats MQM on holding something for women and may Allah guide people of Pakistan to success Recommend

  • Vasanth Pai
    Feb 19, 2012 - 7:21PM

    I thought regionalism was rampant in India only. The comments above show a clear bias towards Mohajirs in Pakistan. Which is sad

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  • Pakistani
    Feb 19, 2012 - 7:29PM

    Sub set hai bhai, relax. Its great and people are happy. Don’t be cry babies everytime. Human being can never be satisfied.

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  • Mj
    Feb 19, 2012 - 7:34PM

    A good message but coming from the wrong quarters. It is a start, at the very least.

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  • Anjum Khan
    Feb 19, 2012 - 7:46PM

    This is another shameful thing as pakistani that our political parties got woman out from their homes, ad they dance togethre on indian songs, shame, shame, shame

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  • major-ji
    Feb 19, 2012 - 7:54PM

    Well said Mr Altaf. “Baloch people have lost confidence in Pakistani leaders. We will now have to take brave decisions and give them all their justified rights,” adding that a roundtable conference will have little impact on solving the problem. If you could have defined what did you mean by bold decisions it would have made you real brave man. Those blamed behind the sepeation movement demand that talk is possible only if military and agencies go back to barracks. Do you consider yourself bold enough to push forward this demand?

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  • Syed
    Feb 19, 2012 - 8:03PM

    I congratulate MQM for organising such a big rally for women in Karachi.

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  • Syed
    Feb 19, 2012 - 8:06PM

    Such a big rally for women in Karachi by MQM Congrats

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  • ZKhan
    Feb 19, 2012 - 8:12PM

    @Syed Owais:
    Facts remain facts and one should always acknowledge them. What ever you said it is just a small thing. In fact this is an urban political party which exists really at gross root level. Power sharing with all segments of the society has also been ensured only by this party. Religious, ethnic toleration is also very high with this party. Its leader has the courage also to speak truth. Black sheep’s exist every where. May be few are in this party also. Allegations of using torture tactics for the opponents is always levied against the party. With the passage of time it also seems to be evaporating. Might be cooperation with PTI can bring a very positive change provided people of Pakistan understand it.

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  • Navaid
    Feb 19, 2012 - 8:32PM

    WOW, congratulations to MQM and Altaf Hussain for organizing such a gargantuan women’s rally. I have never seen a mass mobilization of WOMEN in my entire life. Looks like the MQM is setting the stage for the formation of the next government of Pakistan….possibly Mustafa Kamal as the next Prime Minister?

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  • Ammad Hafeez
    Feb 19, 2012 - 8:37PM

    MQM’s women, enough to make massive crowd than PTI’s general crowd :D
    Unbelievable..

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  • Sachal Sarmast
    Feb 19, 2012 - 8:40PM

    Introspection and catharsis are must. How much percentage of girls and boys got education in 1988 and how much now?
    Does every Mohalla or block of flats enjoys facility of free clinic? What of real employment?
    Flyovers etc do not ensure health, do not educate and do not guarantee employment?
    Please wake up. I do not say you are worse but not better than others.

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  • usmanx
    Feb 19, 2012 - 8:43PM

    THIS IS GOOD, THIS IS HEALTHY.

    You can disagree with the politics of MQM, PPP, PML, PTI, JI
    But you have to agree that political discourse without violence is a GOOD thing.

    Now, it is up to us — the ordinary citizen, to learn about each candidate… their qualifications, not ethnicity, religion, gender, dynasty etc., or even political affiliation. Sure there are bad politicians but they are in every party. There are also a LOT of good people (in every party).

    Study each candidate and vote.

    Pakistan is at stake.

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  • s.Anwar Saeed
    Feb 19, 2012 - 8:58PM

    Great start. MQM Zindabad

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  • Noran danish
    Feb 19, 2012 - 9:01PM

    Congratulations for taking ladies in mainstream its any way an aroma of fresh air in a suffocated state. Thanks altaf bahi

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  • Unknown
    Feb 19, 2012 - 9:04PM

    I dont know, who gave this type of baseless Ideas to MQM for holding a rally for women and then asking Shazia Khushk to sing folk songs. It truly look like that they are holding a concert rather than Jalsa, also I have been hearing their so called patriotic songs (Copied on Indian songs and PPP songs) with loud music from last three days, which has disturbed my life and right now they are firing heavily in air without thinking the fact, that someone can lose his / her life and they call themselves Democratic Party.

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  • Saqib
    Feb 19, 2012 - 9:07PM

    A very good move by MQM .. i dont know why? people always think negative about MQM

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  • Zalim singh
    Feb 19, 2012 - 9:13PM

    good

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  • Feb 19, 2012 - 9:43PM

    Altaf plays the right cards , whatever u say .. this was good …Recommend

  • Aftab kenneth Wilson
    Feb 19, 2012 - 10:15PM

    Yes, women should be empowered. They are almost 50% of our population. A very good show by MQM and a strong message to our men dominated and narrow minded society. Our country can only move forward if these ladies are given equal rights in jobs and secure them from the twisting eyes of our indoctrinated people.

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  • Gul Bhojani
    Feb 19, 2012 - 10:45PM

    I am NOT disappointed by the Jalso, the speeches, the festivity and all that. What I am disappointed is complete lack of balance in most of the responses. Such gatherings dont occur as a result of FEAR or FORCE. Karachi which is full of bad news on all channels and papers, this was a pleasant breeze bringing hope and smile. My full compliment to the organizers for such an orderly gathering with not even ONE chair was stolen

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  • Omer Farooqui
    Feb 19, 2012 - 10:57PM

    why people can not admit this fact that MQM is the biggest political party in Karachi.
    and as people are talking over here about mobile snatching and other things in Karachi, well in Pakistan these things are happening every where and in Karachi its more because people are coming from different parts of Pakistan and when they couldnt find a suitable job they are doing all these things here.
    anyways congrats MQM for holding such a great gathering..Recommend

  • Hasan
    Feb 19, 2012 - 11:02PM

    Why every one is so jealous…accept it guys come on. No one come to my house and showed gun to my family members so that they can participate. You can’t bring million people with guns. Their jalsas are always well organized, their workers control everything, from traffic to ground. Just imagine if these guys can manage such huge crowd, can’t they manage whole pakistan? Of course they can. No awami leader is so down to earth that they go to masses and start dancing with them. They have changed the assembly culture by bringing middle class into assembly. They earned their name by struggling for the last 20 years. They didn’t inherit it from their fore-fathers like other feudal.

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  • Hamid
    Feb 19, 2012 - 11:13PM

    Is Altaf Hussain is such a patriotic man why doesnt he come back to Pakistan. My son is 20 and going to University, Altaf hussain left before he was born.

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  • sameer
    Feb 19, 2012 - 11:22PM

    whos saying that anything is possible by guns and weapons . . even i didnt see in my area that mqm workers are forcing women to go in jalsa . . u guys just cant appreciate any1 simple. . MQM did an awesome job ACCEPT it. . Recommend

  • arfan
    Feb 19, 2012 - 11:26PM

    hamid..saab wht have u done in these 20 years just supported ur son,QET Altaf is there for every one of us…..Inshaa ALLAH he will come then u people will still cry…..becuz……….QET ALTAF Hussain bhai laid the foundation for us to follow wht have u done..nothing:)Recommend

  • Ali Rashid
    Feb 19, 2012 - 11:32PM

    MQM stole the show, accept it! Learn when to critisize & when to compliment. That’s what separates winners from losers! Cheers!Recommend

  • Sameer
    Feb 19, 2012 - 11:37PM

    @Gul Bhojani:
    Very rightly said. All the negative talk in the responses is just another example of the level of prejudice that Muttahida has had to face during its existence. Yet, its has survived and is continuing to grow. The organization, unity, and discipline in the rally was highly commendable, with all credit to the party, organizers and audience. Excellent work and Congratulations MQM!

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  • Joe Black
    Feb 19, 2012 - 11:39PM

    Haters will be haters. Be patient haters. MQM will give you a lot more to be mad about. More jalsas & success to come. Recommend

  • Joe Black
    Feb 19, 2012 - 11:48PM

    Almas Jiwani from the United Nations the head of Women’s Committee covered the event & said it was the biggest women’s jalsa ever held. She tweeted about it too. MQM deserves credit for it. Congratulations. Haters, deal with it!

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  • Feb 19, 2012 - 11:50PM

    At least, women enjoyed there, no matter what the intention behind the jalsa was. It must have been for election campaign. However, I am happy to see woman outta four walls and enjoying in such a large number. A positive sign!

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  • Achilles
    Feb 19, 2012 - 11:55PM

    What’s the matter with you folks? MQM did something positive and the leader identified some core issues like domestic violence, dowry, & women being unable to vote. Great job MQM! I feel sorry for the negative people with their cynical comments.

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  • Nadeem
    Feb 20, 2012 - 12:02AM

    An estimated amount of Rs.400 million or 40 crore was spent on the preparation of this gathering. It would have been better of this amount was utilised for the benefit of women, instead of wasting it on a gathering to show off the international world how liberal MQM is.

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  • bhai
    Feb 20, 2012 - 12:05AM

    wish they had done a jalsa for Baluchistan or against corruption etc etc etc

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  • Limitless
    Feb 20, 2012 - 12:06AM

    I thought Imran Khan had a female following. But MQM brought a tsunami of women! I was astonished and fascinated by the number of women on my television screen.

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  • Edward Morra
    Feb 20, 2012 - 12:15AM

    Kuch tho log kahain gay. Logoon ka kaam hai kehna. Seriously? You guys are actually estimating how much was spent on it? Count the number of women that showed up not how much was spent. Pakistan is not progressing because of people like u who never raise a voice against injustice but when some healthy activity is carried out u start critisizing.

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  • Chulbul Pandey
    Feb 20, 2012 - 12:20AM

    Congratulations to MQM for having the biggest women’s jalsa! We really needed something positive to get our minds off all the negativity in our country. I am going to vote for MQM. They can make the impossible possible. Its a Dabangg Party! Salute!

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  • the patriot
    Feb 20, 2012 - 12:30AM

    i am not mqm supporter nor i belong to karachi even then i appreciate altaf hussain’s political moves.one should admit the great support for MQM among the common people.

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  • Feb 20, 2012 - 12:39AM

    Anyways , Who was the sponsor of the event ? This all stuff need Finance where did that come from ? :S

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  • Hasan
    Feb 20, 2012 - 12:40AM

    this is kinda of jalsa is a gr8 success for all .. neva saw so many families taking part this way

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  • Feb 20, 2012 - 12:41AM

    @bhai:
    agree with you

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  • Frank Observer
    Feb 20, 2012 - 12:47AM

    God help this country and all the ignorants who turned up to listen to him from london. Altaf believes that the existence of Pakistan was the biggest blunder in the history of sub-continent. If he’s so sincere why doesn’t he give up his lavish life in london and return to his home country. Oops, I forgot his home country is UK and not Pakistan because he has British citizenship, and yet all the fools still turn up to listen to him even though he’s not pakistani. May Allah protect this country and educate its people.Recommend

  • S.Anwar Saeed
    Feb 20, 2012 - 12:51AM

    It was a great show. Mutahida is the only party having gross rout following. They are really leading the nation in a right direction. Zindabad MQM.

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  • Rahil
    Feb 20, 2012 - 12:56AM

    A million muslim women leaving there homes with children to listen to a person like Altaf “BHAI” (on telephone) in a place like Karachi, is a real sign of intellectual bankruptcy of a nation. If it is fear or force, that is even worse. We can only pray for Pakistan.

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  • Karachibahi
    Feb 20, 2012 - 12:57AM

    Well done MQM, salute to all the women workers and sathi’s for bringing such a nice massive rally in current political situation.

    MQM and its workers and above all Altaf hussain has made it clear that they think out of the box , their policies and their politics are not traditional politics they are aware of the problems and challenges and they hold the key of success and way to guide the people of Pakistan towards a better , secure and successful future

    GA MQM GA ALTAF GA Pakistan & People

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  • H
    Feb 20, 2012 - 1:10AM

    Finally someone stands up for the issues and power of women. Great to see this positive approach. Much better than the rally we had last week

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  • Khawaja Izhar
    Feb 20, 2012 - 1:12AM

    Simply MQM is trend setter and Challenge for all political parties

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  • Parvez
    Feb 20, 2012 - 1:14AM

    Smart move by MQM – thinking outside the box.

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  • Feb 20, 2012 - 1:19AM

    Even women are stronger than a leader,they came to attend the rally despite so much danger but the leader,can’t even get out of his room and micro phone to come and live among people,he so called cares for. No ones can save them,they just chose to continue in that bhatta,target killing,torture & insecurity culture with their small ethnic narrow minds,in a city which could be newyork.Recommend

  • Syed FaiZan Jawaid
    Feb 20, 2012 - 1:40AM

    What a Fabulous Rally !! awesome show of strength .. !!Well Done MQM !

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  • Karachibahi
    Feb 20, 2012 - 2:13AM

    Haters dont hate , wait what MQM will bring more in future to burn your ignorenet and biased bloood in future.

    Today’s women rally was to give message to across the country that women in urban sindh are powerful and righteous to think for their selves and their future. Change the hate culture against women of Pakistan, stop blowing up their schools, stop throwing acids on their faces, stop burrying them alive, stop raping them, stop marching them naked in your villages and towns

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  • suhail
    Feb 20, 2012 - 2:21AM

    Mqm proved that still not only in karachi even in pakistan they can gather thousand and thousand mens or womens or both of them any time because peoples love to their QUAID Altaf Hussain

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  • Maria
    Feb 20, 2012 - 2:24AM

    Good job Pakistani women!! :)

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  • Rahim
    Feb 20, 2012 - 2:40AM

    I think it is quite positive from MQM and we all should appreciate this effort …and good see all is having a good time which is needed after all these problems going around.

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  • Abdul Hafeez
    Feb 20, 2012 - 4:39AM

    Dear All
    MQM is the best party in Pakistan. What ever they say they do. MQM done the remarkable event in the history of the politics. I and my family like them support them all the way no matter what. Love you all

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  • Ramanujan
    Feb 20, 2012 - 9:01AM

    Rallies are good. Now translate it into pro-women politics as well.

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  • Feb 20, 2012 - 9:02AM

    The women really Needed a BREAK .
    Thanks you MQM

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  • Indian
    Feb 20, 2012 - 9:31AM

    Altaf hussain is popular in India. He can see the things which other pakistani leaders can not. He consider two nation theory a mistake, which any outsider can clearly see. moreover when others(panjabi politiians) are busy in making money he is giving equal voices and rights to women.

    He is a great and visionary leader. pakistan needs such leaders and he should be the PM of pakistan.

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  • Yasmeen
    Feb 20, 2012 - 9:55AM

    Very good point Omer farooq. Karachi is a vast city and people from all over the country come here for the search of work. We love karachi and pakistan. even an educated and well versed person like from india Vasanth pal had noticed the bias towards a community. Shame on Us for being so prejudiced. i am not MQM or a member of any other party but I see things with open eyes and mind.
    Mind u and ur biased attitude towards a community and a party.
    Thank you

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  • Salman Orangiwala
    Feb 20, 2012 - 11:09AM

    After going through all the biased and “mai na manoon”kinda comments from …errr should i say , the PTIers , there do exist people from different strata of this society who are appreciating the move by MQM.That is real point here !!!
    Some people find it rather difficult to digest the fact that MQM’s grass root level support is extra ordinarily strong . Whether you like it or otherwise .
    Viva la MQM .

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  • Talha
    Feb 20, 2012 - 12:35PM

    @Mumtaz Ali: your sympathies cannot hide the truth….there were far many ladies than your estimate of school teachers and factory workers.Recommend

  • Talha
    Feb 20, 2012 - 12:37PM

    @khan: you need to re assess your judgement.Recommend

  • Talha
    Feb 20, 2012 - 12:40PM

    @Soomro: Not true….MQM has representatives from all relevant ethnicities.Recommend

  • Talha
    Feb 20, 2012 - 12:41PM

    @shakil khan: the seats are based on merit not quota.Recommend

  • Talha
    Feb 20, 2012 - 12:47PM

    @Ayy: KHI was the safest place till this immense economic shift. When unemployed people from all over the country drifted into this peaceful city, street crimes rose and this is normal. The police and concerned authorities in KHI should be from KHI to handle this, you cannot expect people form other places to work for the people of KHI.Recommend

  • Talha
    Feb 20, 2012 - 12:51PM

    @Ahsan Mlk:when its for women, it should look like one….thats how you treat women.. all credit to MQM for understanding women and for conducting the event specially for the women….we females appreciate the efforts put in for us…longlive MQM.Recommend

  • Talha
    Feb 20, 2012 - 12:54PM

    Many congratulations to Muttehida for conducting this mega event for the ladies successfully…and also for not ignoring Quiad-e-Azam….!Recommend

  • hina
    Feb 20, 2012 - 1:45PM

    Can anyone recommend a book on the history of MQM? or any websites that are factual?

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  • Karachite
    Feb 20, 2012 - 3:12PM

    this is hillarius!! MQM had critisized alot at the PTI’s jalsa for filling it with fun and songs, and putting entertainment in it!
    Now they are themselves trying to copy all of the PTI’s theme! =p

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  • Bleh
    Feb 20, 2012 - 4:05PM

    The one thing I hate about people is that they can’t watch Pakistan prospering. It’s all about supporting a leadership. Mustafa Kamal changed Karachi and people come out against him saying that whatever he did wasn’t original but the ideas of the previous mayor. MQM has done a lot for this country. As for all the other accusations being levied against them, look, every party has an extremist group. PML-N does, PPP does, PTI does among others. You can’t just target one party.

    When MQM organises a very successful event, people come out against them saying MQM wasn’t the reason these people went there but because they were ordered to go there, and when PTI or PPP does the same thing, they’re not targeted by these people. Double standards, eh?

    Try to appreciate when something good happens, something beneficiary for Pakistan.

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  • AHSAN RIZVI
    Feb 20, 2012 - 4:18PM

    Not only one of the biggest rally ever held in Pakistan but also most organised and well disciplined and the way women folk has responded to call of MQM clearly shows that the women are more than ready to play their active role in the national politics and now it is upto the mainstream parties to bring them forward and create opportunities for them to contribute more in the development of the country and once again credit goes to MQM for taking this initiative

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  • Syed Hassaan Hashmi
    Feb 20, 2012 - 5:47PM

    Wowwww… what a masive crowd… MQM is only party who against status co… they introduce new faces in politics, no fake degree holder, their MNA’s r 4rm middle class nd educated families….
    Insha ALLAh in next election my whole family vote will b in favor ov MQMRecommend

  • Syed
    Feb 20, 2012 - 8:23PM

    Come on face the Reality ……

    kidnapping,Target killing,street crime….yaha tak ke agar koi GF ke chakar mai murder ho jai to bhi mqm responsible…lol….

    Why not mqm…Educated,Belong to lower middle class n middle class…n plz have a review on their ministries performance….

    har party ka koi na koi fake degree wala zaroor mile ga …but not in MQM…

    We r proud to be Karachiet…n continue to support MQM..

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  • Farooq Malik
    Feb 20, 2012 - 8:43PM

    Women need more rights and empowerment. While I welcome this I do think that action speak louder than words…lets see if Altaf can be brave here. He has not been that brave as he is in London and running a city of over 13 million for so long…he needs to be among the people (and the women he so wants to improve). Recommend

  • Anil Akbar
    Feb 21, 2012 - 12:38AM

    Although a critical opponent of MQM and its dirty street politics, I must recognize the fact that Altaf Hussain and MQM should be applauded for carrying out such a daring move. The Naysayers will keep on criticizing assuming the politicians of their choice are the only Messiahs worthy of acclaiming praise regardless of their inaction. The article above highlights something really important: the issues highlighted in the rally were ones unheard of in other rallies where the usual chest-thumping rhetoric and ‘blame it on the foreigners’ techniques are applied rather than introspection. Without introspection one can not aim to rid our society of the various evils within it. Furthermore, the comments over here have a certain tone of ignorance within them and many seem to be from people who seem to have no idea about the metropolis in general. As one enlightened soul highlighted here that the building of infrastructure isn’t necessary, it seems either people have no idea about fundamental economics of development or they are simply ignorant. Also please check your facts as during the Mustufa Kamal’s reign there were many schools and educational institutions developed or built.

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  • MQM Lover
    Feb 21, 2012 - 12:53AM

    To All the MQM Haters,

    Please hold your cries because you will need it in future to. I know its really hard to digest the success of MQM, you guys are shocked and it will take some days to come out of it my sympathies are with you. Couple of months ago you guys were claiming high that PTI has swept MQM from Karachi but after watching MQMs Convention (only for women) you guys are clueless to what to say therefore you guys are giving rubbish “illogical’ comments here to satisfy your ego. I wish you guys come out of MQM phobia as soon as possible.

    Regards,
    MQM Lover

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  • m.
    Feb 21, 2012 - 6:28AM

    Haters gonna hate but you cant change a thing. Even Karachi’s women can kick your behinds.
    Jeay Mutahidda!

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  • Bilal
    Feb 21, 2012 - 7:57AM

    @hina
    you can use mqm.org

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  • Bilal
    Feb 21, 2012 - 8:14AM

    How can you inject the passion in people, did you really see the passion of crowd? Even BBC and VOA reported about the zeal and cheerfulness of the crowd.

    It was good show by MQM. good work. keep it up!

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  • Acha Bacha
    Feb 21, 2012 - 10:01AM

    @MUNIB:
    Do u live in Karachi?

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  • AK47
    Feb 21, 2012 - 10:15AM

    @MUNIB:
    And u think all the other citizens of Pakistan live in heaven.

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  • Saqib
    Feb 21, 2012 - 10:49AM

    Great job again , never never need to show thier vote power but they always proved to be most vocal on issues that matter, most organized, most dedicated and most daring whenever it takes ( if someone has seen “to the point” and “Frontline with Kamran Shahid”, this was indeed a great Jalsa ist time that much of our Women came out. As usual I know the crying critics of MQM has to drum the beat of 1990′s propaganda. Congratulation to MQMRecommend

  • uH
    Feb 21, 2012 - 11:27AM

    @Frank Observer:
    “May Allah protect this country and educate its people.”
    Actually his followers are amongst the most educated communities this country has to offer, and with most of them being the salaried class, are also amongst the most honest taxpayers, while the tax collected from MQM’s constituencies contribute around 60% to the nation’s revenues. Hence your prayer is better targeted towards followers of ALL other parties (including PPP, PMLs, ANP and PTI) whose ranks are swelled with feudals and/or tax evaders!

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  • Mustafa
    Feb 22, 2012 - 2:59PM

    I watch the full coverage of this public meeting on TV. I think this is unique and very good women gathering and everyone was cheerfull. I agree with this news that this is largest women gathering in the political history of world.

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  • waqarlearner
    Feb 22, 2012 - 5:28PM

    If you dont appreciate the positive activities and achievements of MQM ,you reflect your closed mind and biased thinking.It is true that MQM started as ethnic party but it is now a true national partyRecommend

  • Ajaz
    Feb 22, 2012 - 8:24PM

    We all should applaud this effort by MQM to bring women from all walks of life!!! Despite everyone’s view of positive or negative but as Pakistani I think MQM once again proved to be the best visionary force in Pakistan…

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  • Osama
    Feb 26, 2012 - 4:08AM

    @Ayy:
    Further more cars are snatched in Lahore than in Karachi! The entire Punjab government is involved. There is an entire report available on it. Please do look it up! I lived in khi for 7 years. I never lost my phone. I got mugged on my way back from a wedding here in lahore! That does not mean Lahore is an ugly place, it only means… I was unlucky.

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  • Asad Khan
    Feb 27, 2012 - 8:00AM

    did any one of these cheering ladies think of afiya siddiqui in jail in america

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  • Syed Shah
    Mar 3, 2012 - 8:30PM

    @Ahsan Mlk:
    This comment is imaginary and rubbish. Seems the guy is jealous and most comments are based on hatred and jealousy. This is bad.

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