MQM walks out of National Assembly over Karachi's growing extortion

Published: March 15, 2012

Haider Abbas says if incidents of extortion not curbed, MQM might boycott upcoming joint parliamentary session. PHOTO: PPI/FILE

ISLAMABAD: In a protest against rise in extortion and target killing in Karachi, the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) on Thursday walked out of the National Assembly.

Speaking to the media outside the assembly, MQM leader Haider Abbas Rizvi said that if incidents of extortion and target killing are not curbed, his party might as well boycott the upcoming joint parliamentary session on March 17.

“Although we are a part of the coalition government, but we cannot forget the support that the people of Karachi have extended to us [MQM] by voting for us all these years,” he said. “We will raise our voice for their protection and also call for a peaceful protest.”

“Until and unless the government controls the deteriorating security situation in Karachi, we will stage a walk-out every day.”

He said that businessmen were shifting their businesses abroad from Karachi amid rising tensions in the city. “They are receiving death threats and threats that their children will be abducted.”

“It seems as if it is all by design and planned – as if the police officials in the areas where such incidents are rampant are deployed on the will of the extortionists,” said Rizvi.

“Karachi’s biggest flea market in Sher Shah which has more than 6,000 shops are stripped of Rs600,000 every day,” said the MQM leader. “[Interior Minister] Rehman Malik had announced for the establishment of police check posts in the area. In the check posts, you don’t find a single police official, but the vacant check posts are inhabited by dogs and druggies.”

Rizvi said that Karachi is the economic hub of Pakistan. “If Pakistan has Rs100, then Rs70 are contributed by Karachi. If such a situation prevails, then Karachi’s businesses will not be able to flourish and this will result in the downfall of Pakistan’s economy.”

He said that the extortionists have shaped into an industry. “MQM contacted police, brought it in the notice of President Asif Ali Zardari, Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani, Chief Minister Sindh Qaim Ali Shah. We [MQM] have raised our voice against the growing extortion in Karachi.”

He added that the jewelry, iron, timber, marble and travel industries were the most threatened, while small and medium enterprises were also targeted.

Reader Comments (58)

  • Mar 15, 2012 - 12:52PM

    MQM…Thanks for this drama!

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  • Alam Gul
    Mar 15, 2012 - 12:57PM

    Now the MQM playing another card by doing walkout and deceiving the innocent Pakistani. Recommend

  • Asad Rehman
    Mar 15, 2012 - 12:58PM

    One Kamran Khan show on geo exposing MQMs lack of care for its voters and the next day all of a sudden we have showing that they care. MQM is now part of the status quo.

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  • AZ
    Mar 15, 2012 - 1:01PM

    MQM: “If we cant extort money, no one else should”

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  • KiJ
    Mar 15, 2012 - 1:01PM

    i guess MQM’s cash flow is dwindling due to competition…

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  • daredevil
    Mar 15, 2012 - 1:02PM

    MQM leader Haider Abbas Rizvi said that if incidents of extortion and target killing are not curbed, his party might as well boycott the upcoming joint parliamentary session on March 17.

    THE SAME OLD BLACKMAILING TACTICS

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  • Tharki
    Mar 15, 2012 - 1:07PM

    whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat!!! 1 can go to this limit?

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  • anonymous
    Mar 15, 2012 - 1:16PM

    what a joke! they are probably not getting there share so they are crying about it.

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  • Mar 15, 2012 - 1:41PM

    Please stop this drama and part ways with the government to show your sincerity. You have also become a part of the status quo.

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  • Chill
    Mar 15, 2012 - 1:43PM

    A culture established by MQM is now a success factor for other parties like Sunni Tehrik, PPP and ANP. We know that our Police is not meant for this job as they themselves are main beneficiary of these mafias. Illegally built mosques erected recently on free will in major parts of the city will hijack city very soon as they grab biggest funds from their surroundings by force.

    Can you imagine ignoring a charity call from these organizations???
    Extortion and Forced Charity are two sides of the same coin.

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  • Hassan
    Mar 15, 2012 - 1:48PM

    “MQM walks out due to extortion” – joke of the century!!

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  • Aamir Waqar
    Mar 15, 2012 - 1:50PM

    No use Mr. Rizvi. How can a walk out help the cause if your three walk outs from the government couldn’t help. Please stop being yourself and focus on the job.

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  • sick of this nonsense
    Mar 15, 2012 - 2:02PM

    what a sham. Just because elections are coming he is coming up with these liners and people will fall for them like dominoes.Recommend

  • Acorn Guts
    Mar 15, 2012 - 2:03PM

    Is that how we solve problems? Do we elect our ‘representatives’ so they can just throw a tantrum and walk out when they should be sorting things out?

    Walkouts and protests make sense when matter at hand is of principle .. not when practical steps need taken to tackle a growing menace within society. Stop avoiding the subject and if you really care about extortion in Karachi, sit down and solve it.

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  • Madiha R.
    Mar 15, 2012 - 2:03PM

    Arghh! – yet another MQM drama!!!

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  • Afghan Karachite
    Mar 15, 2012 - 2:04PM

    By the way, good to see that “someone” is concerned about this historical problem of Karachites.Recommend

  • Adnan
    Mar 15, 2012 - 2:09PM

    But MQM is not ready to quit the government or boycott the elections. The people living in Karachi are equally responsible to elect these people.Recommend

  • Oops!
    Mar 15, 2012 - 2:12PM

    MQM protest against Extortion(!) – LOL – Laugh Out Loud buahaha

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  • bhai
    Mar 15, 2012 - 2:12PM

    drama!Recommend

  • Amir
    Mar 15, 2012 - 2:12PM

    What about Fitra and Animal hides snatching?? They also force people to pay them..what do u say about that Sir ….

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  • Oops!
    Mar 15, 2012 - 2:12PM

    MQM protest against Extortion -Recommend

  • Lobster
    Mar 15, 2012 - 2:36PM

    If only MQM can ask its own extortionists to walk out from Karachi 33% would be solved. Rest of 66% we need to negotiate with Peoples Amn Committee and ANP

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  • marzook
    Mar 15, 2012 - 2:43PM

    Simply by boycoting and causing hurdles in parliment they want to run away from the important session that is about to discuss the course of our future ties with USA and our role in war on terror.If they would have been serious about Karachi then one wonders what has been they doing in parliment for last ten years because not only extortion karachi has been bleeding for decades now……..

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  • Qasim
    Mar 15, 2012 - 2:44PM

    Pot calling the kettle black. MQM’s feeling the pinch since others are taking away its share of the bounty.

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  • Imran
    Mar 15, 2012 - 2:45PM

    Might is right.. Always.. yesterday MQM was in power to taking Extortion, today another party in power so they taking extortion, tomorrow some other will be in power so they will be taking extortion. it goes on…. until people make courage to stop it!

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  • Nabeel
    Mar 15, 2012 - 2:50PM

    Now this is extremely ridiculous…! Stop this so-called innocence and drama! Hello karachiites…! Plz wake up now!

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  • Heraan
    Mar 15, 2012 - 2:56PM

    I am surprised over we do we cry policy

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  • shuweikh
    Mar 15, 2012 - 3:10PM

    why do people mince words here? Everyone in Karachi knows MQM is responsible for the extortion. Add to that; terrorism. End of story.

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  • Ali
    Mar 15, 2012 - 3:18PM

    haha funny! Will fwd this joke to friends! :p

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  • Pakistani
    Mar 15, 2012 - 3:21PM

    MQM, please stop this drama.

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  • Mar 15, 2012 - 3:33PM

    Hypocrites

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  • Noman Anwar Ali Khan
    Mar 15, 2012 - 3:39PM

    Good going MQM….we are with u…..

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  • Rubbish
    Mar 15, 2012 - 4:02PM

    hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahah… enuff said

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  • common pakistani
    Mar 15, 2012 - 4:27PM

    I am not a MQM supporter. But i lived in karachi for the last 30 years almost. This is the only political party in Pakistan which has done enormous work for karachi. People can forgive Imran Khan to take all-time corrupts and feudals on board. Why not forget a party which has done sone real work?

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  • Bilal
    Mar 15, 2012 - 4:51PM

    why so much hate against MQM, we must change our thinking towards Karachities, we have already lost half of country by playing this hate play now what else we want, we must listen MQM demands carefully.

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  • Hassan
    Mar 15, 2012 - 4:57PM

    Where are the rest of the hypocritical parties you all support? Your JI, PTI, PML? If they are so perfect why dont they raise their voice for Karachi?

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  • Hairaan
    Mar 15, 2012 - 4:59PM

    If you do not want the people of Karachi to be extorted, do not extort them. Very simple. Isn’t it…………….

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  • Uza Syed
    Mar 15, 2012 - 5:42PM

    @Hassan: Yes, where are they all those JIs, PTIs, PMLs and their so called leaders? Those laugh about the sufferings of people in Karachi and their demand for law and order here are nothing but typical stooges of feudal mndset——Hypocricy at its worst.

    @Bilal: It’s not just MQM’s demand but it what we want, the people of Karachi. This lawlessness has got to stop and now.

    @Bilal: By hating MQM’s just demand these people actually disown Karachi and us the Karach Walas and it’s good you remind them of their wrongdoings and what it brought to Pakistan.

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  • SM
    Mar 15, 2012 - 5:58PM

    Its like the pot calling the kettle black.Recommend

  • Karachiite
    Mar 15, 2012 - 6:09PM

    @MQM supporters:
    Any criticism against MQM should not be taken against Karachiites OR karachi OR muhajirs!
    Stop using the Muhajir card for God’s sake OR you will never manage to expand out of Karachi AND at the same time Haqiqi will eat all your Muhajir vote leaving
    you with nothing!

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  • Uza Syed
    Mar 15, 2012 - 6:21PM

    @Karachiite: Strange that you can see this sitting as far away as you are—tell you what your this desire about Haqiqi is like saying Imran will eat away all PML-N and PPP votes and leave them with, like you say, nothing.

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  • Anemones creature
    Mar 15, 2012 - 6:27PM

    Lolz to all MQM Hate commentary above… You made MQM like some unrecognized species. Hate Hate and Hate this is what we Karachities have seen for last 65 years. i was born in Karachi and lived most of my life there and I thanks to all the hater’s because of them atleast true karachi walay are united under the flag of MQM. my vote is for MQM no matter what anyone say. SOOOOOOO WHTEVARecommend

  • Butt
    Mar 15, 2012 - 6:43PM

    Wouldn’t sitting in parliament help them to pass legislation and/or find a solution with the other members of the ruling coalition? This is democracy – Pakistan style.Recommend

  • wahab afridi
    Mar 15, 2012 - 7:09PM

    haha what the heck is rizvi talking about ? has pppp got majority in parliment from karachi and mqm is involved in thug politics , ANP has got some infulence only in fewer areas the whole karachi and hyderabad is under control on mqm which is unfortunate thing i mean tell me one good thing why wud businesses not go out of pakistan, business need environment and honestly there shud be equality of power and resources ,, dont forget hindus what they do with muslim in india in state like gujrat ,, if mqm wants a freedom frm pakistan and wants to be with india lol i wud say that they are immature in international politics,, indians will get inside out of u Recommend

  • Mazhar
    Mar 15, 2012 - 7:10PM

    I appreciate MQM on bring Karachi’s extortion incidences on assemblies and media. Boycotting a session of assembly means a lot in civilized educated and democratic societies and a true public representative have got right to boycott a session and call a press conference outside assemblies on any serious issue affecting common people. MQM has always raised voice against target killing and extortion incidences which indirectly hurting MQM itself. Killers of Shair Shah market are still active in their activities and taking advantageRecommend

  • Muhammad Ali
    Mar 15, 2012 - 7:37PM

    Pakistani Politicians are the worst kind of people in the world !!! They are soo blinded by the power and wealth they get out of politics that they would sink to any depths to fool you !!! They don’t have any faith in anything cz if they did we wouldn’t be in a state we’re in right now !!!

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  • Uza Syed
    Mar 15, 2012 - 8:08PM

    MQM is doing a good job, they are there to represent us the people of Karachi and they must do everything to reflect our sentiments. We are fed up with this terrible situation of extortion and kidnapping—-it has got to stop before people decide to settle this law and order situation themselves. Thank you Haider Abbas and thank you MQM.

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  • Asad
    Mar 15, 2012 - 8:44PM

    MQM has become addicted to power and PPP knows it very well that no matter how many times they walk out they will be right back…

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  • Tanzeel
    Mar 15, 2012 - 9:26PM

    I don’t get it really. So people here are suggesting that MQM is furious because they are not getting their shares? OK, lets suppose that is true for the sake of argument, so taking that into account, MQM should shutup and ignore the issue? In which case, these non karachiites friends of mine will blame MQM for not protecting rights of Karachiites.

    The Gold Traders Association, the Marble Association, and the Karachi business man association, they never blamed or boycotted before? They are blaming the Police here, not MQM – get your facts straight.

    lol, and someone said, MQM should boycott the elections, then what? live the life of Imran Khan’s Djavu?

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  • Peer
    Mar 16, 2012 - 1:33AM

    I am amazed at the capacity to hate. All these haters probably are not from Karachi sure. They have no stake in Karachi yet want to express their hatred. Mind you this is just too bad. There is one more place some pkpolitics where again the same hatred rules. That is a typical Pendu Lahori site. I can understand. Wonder if all these comments are from Punjab or PK? I hate this hatred and one track mind displayed. Shame on you all.

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  • smj
    Mar 16, 2012 - 2:08AM

    Some can get Altaf Bhai to give a statement like “Kal say karachi may koi extortion and phone snatching nahi ho gee” and then see the results.. if his “appeal” can stop all rioting, the walk out is just a little too much work to do to protest against extortion :-)

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  • Mansoor
    Mar 16, 2012 - 2:24AM

    The awkward moment when MQM walks out against Bhattakhori!Recommend

  • "KARACHI WALA"
    Mar 16, 2012 - 3:15AM

    @UZA SYED, it seems like u only is a karachiite and u r v sure that all the persons posted above are not karachiites :).
    yep we are faded away with extortion , kidnapping and all that and yes so called leaders of JI , PTI or ala bla have to do nothing with the situation of karachi but that not in any way means that we starts to thank MQM for their DRAMA…
    yep ANP and Peoples’s aman commitee involved in this law and order situation but that not prove mqm’s innocency we all knows what is MQM’s Reality,,,,
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  • Bilal
    Mar 16, 2012 - 7:53AM

    @All Non-karachities
    Why there is no extortion in Lahore? Karachi main issue is that Police is not Local. I am also from Karachi btw

    @to All MQM haters
    Go and visit Karachi business chamber of commerce and ask them about MQM reputation.

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  • Humayun
    Mar 16, 2012 - 9:17AM

    Sense of security, actual security, law & order, decent infrastructure, – these are some of the basic prerequisites for the business & ecnomic acitivity and development in the towns / cities / country.

    What about regular snatching from drivers at Malir point during rush hours at around Maghrib!!!

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  • Slamna Orangiwala
    Mar 16, 2012 - 11:17AM

    All Commentors from outside Karachi .Pray check the the crime records and FIRS of Karachi’s police stations and talk to the Business Communities
    90% of the crimes are committed in Karachi ( especially Extortion ) by thugs from Interior Sindh and Upcountry . 90% of the SHOs of Karachi are from Interior Sindh and upcountry .

    And poor me …..always wondering how come so many people in Punjab and Interior Sindh could “afford” a notebook to wrtite silly comments against Karachi .Gotcha …… : )

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  • Saad
    Mar 17, 2012 - 3:20AM

    @Bilal:

    I am from Karachi and my father is in KCCI with plenty of relatives in KSE.

    Who are you kidding?! Yes we never threatened a boycott before because it was only MQM doing it but now everyone with a gun is copying them. That doesn’t mean MQM is better than Lyari walas, PML-F or ANP it just means we can afford one bhatta per month but not four.

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  • Sahibzada Shabir
    Mar 17, 2012 - 10:58AM

    Can we call it drama of the year??

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