The buzz begins: Altaf’s ‘political drone’ sets guessing game in motion

Published: January 7, 2013

MQM Senator Tahir Mashhadi says ‘political drone strike’ wont be against judiciary. PHOTO: MQM/FILE

ISLAMABAD: While a mystery shrouds Altaf Husain’s planned “political drone attack”, the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) has made it clear that it would not take any step which may undermine or hurt independence of the judiciary.

The MQM chief announced late Saturday that he would “carry out a political drone strike” within 72 hours, asking the nation to be mentally prepared for it — leaving many political observers guessing.

“It is unlikely the MQM will take any step which may hurt the superior judiciary,” said MQM Senator Col (Retd) Tahir Hussain Mashhadi. Asked if this “political drone attack” could go against the Supreme Court, he said, “It’ll be a political drone. I’m sure, it will not hurt the independent judiciary.”

Political observers, however, take the timing of Altaf’s announcement seriously as it comes at a time when the MQM chief is bound to appear before the apex court today (Monday) in a contempt case.

Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Senator Pervez Rashid termed Altaf’s announcement “a wakeup call for the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP)”. He believes MQM may pull out of the ruling coalition at the centre, but not in Sindh.

PPP Senator Saeed Ghani called it a “mysterious statement” and said he could not understand what exactly Altaf  wanted to achieve through such calls at a time when the general elections are around the corner. He, however, made it clear that it would be a “political drone attack” rather than a “drone on the superior judiciary”.

Awami National Party (ANP) MNA Bushra Gohar, meanwhile, asked the government to take action against such statements by a “foreign national”.

“When you [Altaf], being a dual national, announce to launch a drone strike in Pakistan, you are interfering in the state’s internal affairs. We should not let him [Altaf] add fuel to the fire in the state.”

Published in The Express Tribune, January 7th, 2013.

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Reader Comments (16)

  • AA
    Jan 7, 2013 - 10:06AM

    I am skeptical that this hype of political drone would end up in a 5-hour-whole-nation-sitting-in-front-of-television-for-nothing except some light dance and songs

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  • Asad
    Jan 7, 2013 - 10:09AM

    hahah.. The darama begins.

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  • MAD
    Jan 7, 2013 - 10:32AM

    Lets hope the drone finds a correct target, usually they tend to hit schools

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  • khalid
    Jan 7, 2013 - 10:41AM

    he knows how to remain in headlines!

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  • Royale
    Jan 7, 2013 - 11:14AM

    Then come to Pakistan and face justice.

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  • Maher
    Jan 7, 2013 - 11:15AM

    Drone ?? I guess drones are danger to our SOVEREIGNTY !! Anyways there will be no drones just some comic dance and drama..

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  • Mr. Honest
    Jan 7, 2013 - 12:23PM

    I hope it brings some positive change… maybe it will BREAK the corrupt status-quo, in reality. I hope its not only a drama, and will bring some good to people.

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  • AS
    Jan 7, 2013 - 1:40PM

    Drone by MQM , tsunami by PTI, and long march by PAT what a prties these are.
    we need no enemy

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  • NAZIM
    Jan 7, 2013 - 2:40PM

    @AA: very nature of our nation is to look for sensation. if it meets our standard, then we like it. If not then its a drama. Who is making us watch 5 hours drama. We have to redress ourselves.

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  • hussain altaf
    Jan 7, 2013 - 4:43PM

    He will bycot the next elections

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  • Munaza Fatima Ali
    Jan 7, 2013 - 5:19PM

    Hahaha, do we hate him? May be but at least we all love to discuss him and his statements…
    That’s how we can distinguish leaders from common man.
    He is not a MPA nor a MNA or Senator neither he is a Minister but one thing is certain he rules hundreds of thousands and knew to rule minds of millions :)

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  • Ansari !!!
    Jan 7, 2013 - 5:39PM

    Altaf Hussain is, as Same Patriot Pakistani as we are, & There is Only Altaf Hussain whoz been constantly raising strong Voice against Feudals, Those who have captured Pakistan, & about Political Drone Strike !!!! It’ll be in the favor of Pakistan, I Can Definitely say it Won’t Hurt Judiciary and Democracy !!!. Inshaa Allah.

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  • Pakistani
    Jan 7, 2013 - 5:44PM

    Seriously! after reading above comments its quite clear how Altaf Hussain is perceived in Pakistan. What people think about him and what’s expected of him.But still we have a group who are adamant and think him as a “leader”…..

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  • Dr.A. K.Tewari
    Jan 7, 2013 - 9:19PM

    @Altaf bhai , yes, few parts are missing . Be careful ,as you are . Ouadir and we are there to find out the missing part . The said missile will be triggered in time as soon as we got the solution to your worry .

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  • Dr.A. K.Tewari
    Jan 7, 2013 - 9:25PM

    @Pakistani , He is a leader of people’s like Ansari migrated from India . And the legacy is in their DNA ?

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  • SQAM
    Jan 7, 2013 - 9:29PM

    let the time come … every one will see what will going to happen on 14 Jan and regarding drone so get ready for the drone in favor of Pakistan

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