Flip flop: MQM will not participate in Qadri's long march, says Farooq Sattar

Published: January 11, 2013

File photo of Farooq Sattar. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

KARACHI: The Muttahida Qaumi (MQM) Movement on Friday announced that it will not participate in Minhajul Quran International’s (MQI) million-man march, scheduled for January 14.

MQI leader Raheeq Abbasi said that the long march will be held despite MQM’s absence.

Interestingly, the MQM had stated yesterday that it would continue to support and participate in Dr Tahirul Qadri’s “million-man” march at any cost.

The announcement was made by Deputy Convener Farooq Sattar in Karachi. Speaking to the media, he said that keeping in mind the situation, MQM decided to not participate in the march.

“We [MQM] contacted MQI chief Dr Tahirul Qadri and informed him about the decision and told him that we will be with him in any given condition.”

Sattar said that MQM chief Altaf Hussain has the same vision as Qadri and that it will continue to give political support to Qadri.

“Altaf Hussain’s 35-year-long struggle is not for attaining power, but for brining a revolution in Pakistan.”

MQM, at the “Safar-e-Inqilab-e-Pakistan” held at Jinnah Ground, had said that “thousands of its workers” will show up at Dr Qadri’s long march.

Interior Minister Rehman Malik had met with Altaf in London and requested him to reconsider the party’s decision to participate in the march.

The government – failing to persuade Qadri to withdraw his plans for a long march on the capital – has finally launched a crackdown against MQI activists as a last-ditch effort to force Qadri to put it off.

Reader Comments (79)

  • Maher
    Jan 11, 2013 - 12:22PM

    Another U TURN from MQM.. For sure they have faced criticism for supporting the LONG MARCH…

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  • Fuzz
    Jan 11, 2013 - 12:25PM

    Didn’t Altaf Bhai said MQM would support the long march ‘at all costs’? I guess this was as anti-climactic as his ‘political drone strike’. What a joke!

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  • gp65.
    Jan 11, 2013 - 12:25PM

    Najam Sethi had predicted this more than a week back

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  • ahmed Ibrahim
    Jan 11, 2013 - 12:26PM

    ahahahaha… one day after Altaf bhai said “Nothing will stop us from joining in on Qadri’s long march”

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  • xyz
    Jan 11, 2013 - 12:27PM

    massive U-Turn

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  • True picture
    Jan 11, 2013 - 12:27PM

    “drone” – I’m sure they tabled few demands to PPP & it worked! way to go MQM, you guys are master at blackmailing every Government, thanks for working so hard for the welfare of MQM since rest of the people in Karachi were never really your concern :)

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  • Roti, kapra aur..
    Jan 11, 2013 - 12:27PM

    Drone on Qadri

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  • Hamoon Fan
    Jan 11, 2013 - 12:27PM

    Hahahahahaha Hahahahahahaha Hahahahahaha. Wait for another 48 hours before there is an unconditional apology over is remarks on Quaid – e- Azam.

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  • Asif
    Jan 11, 2013 - 12:28PM

    Hahahhahhahaha

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  • Ahsan Mlk
    Jan 11, 2013 - 12:29PM

    Just one expression is enough here:

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA…!!

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  • Ali T.
    Jan 11, 2013 - 12:29PM

    ROFL. The delayed drone!

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  • ali khan
    Jan 11, 2013 - 12:30PM

    This is BS!! .. I have never ever seen a party which changes its stance within hours

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  • Humble Pie
    Jan 11, 2013 - 12:32PM

    I wonder what was the amount of that any cost ? Maybe we have a solution for the real value of an infinite number :D

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  • XYZ
    Jan 11, 2013 - 12:33PM

    ultimate shame for the people of Karachi who voted MQM in last election!!!
    last five year MQM had consistently only one policy take decision & then U TURN, U TURN & U TURN!!!

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  • Paindoo
    Jan 11, 2013 - 12:33PM

    Thank God that sanity has prevailed!

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  • Uqaab
    Jan 11, 2013 - 12:35PM

    So we should not believe a word MQM chief says (not that we do anyways) as a U-turn could be just a day away

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  • Zab
    Jan 11, 2013 - 12:37PM

    Dear Dr. Qadri, people were expecting this from MQM, anyways, keep up your spirits, apparently no one can find your demands to be unconstitutional, you have valid reasoning and sound logic. People facing, load shedding, gas shortage, CNG crisis, mind boggling inflation might come along with you, otherwise they will keep on suffering at the hands of these DEMOCRATIC Political Parties for next so many years. Good luck. .

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  • Shahbaz Younis
    Jan 11, 2013 - 12:38PM

    I dont understand when you don’t fulfill any commitment then why you participate in that.

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  • Tabish Bilgrami
    Jan 11, 2013 - 12:39PM

    Hahahahahahahahahaha! Talking about revolution and afraid after blasts in Quetta
    ROFL…….

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  • FN
    Jan 11, 2013 - 12:41PM

    Haha Confused lot. Probably saw it failing and decided to quit.

    What will happen to the containers with warm clothes? and the money collected ?
    Guess it will be distributed among members.

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  • Karachiets
    Jan 11, 2013 - 12:48PM

    As was expected. “Cost” means some cost. hahahaha

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  • arr
    Jan 11, 2013 - 12:48PM

    Why MQM does this again and again? and we every time believe therm? What a waste of time!!

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  • Rehan
    Jan 11, 2013 - 12:56PM

    it seems that public is fool and all stunt is scripted to achinve something.
    every institution is know what is going on,

    Thay all are united against general public. (Two party System 1. Ruler class , 2. General Public)

    including media (as they are also get benefit of all these masala news items)

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  • salman k
    Jan 11, 2013 - 12:58PM

    My respect for imran khan has increased 10 times…

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  • Jan 11, 2013 - 1:01PM

    Appreciated:
    After Quetta bombings, it wasn’t safe to be a part of LM. A very realistic approach by MQM.

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  • Muhammad Bilal
    Jan 11, 2013 - 1:02PM

    hhahahah very nice. MQM is master in changing decisions.
    Pul main tola pul main masha

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  • Jan 11, 2013 - 1:04PM

    If MQM was wrong yesterday for riding two boats then they must be right after saying NO to longMarch

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  • Khan
    Jan 11, 2013 - 1:10PM

    Political JOKE indeed!!

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  • Mustafa Kamal
    Jan 11, 2013 - 1:11PM

    Hahahaha. Altaf Bhai’s Real Drone is off at-last!!

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  • Ali
    Jan 11, 2013 - 1:16PM

    What will happen to those warm clothes and blankets that mqm asked innocent people of Karachi to donate for this million march?

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  • Sana hakeem
    Jan 11, 2013 - 1:22PM

    you have no credibility…

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  • Voice of D.I.Khan
    Jan 11, 2013 - 1:24PM

    Thusssssssssssssssssssssssss Drone……….

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  • sana abdul
    Jan 11, 2013 - 1:29PM

    I think its just aploy they will join the rally anyways on 14th or 15th.

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  • Abdul
    Jan 11, 2013 - 1:29PM

    Worse democracy .Nothing for people of Pakistan. All of us must think beside ourselves…..

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  • Reader
    Jan 11, 2013 - 1:59PM

    U turn after Allied meeting
    Did Some body said ” Zulfiqhar Mirza is coming back”

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  • pk
    Jan 11, 2013 - 2:02PM

    Problem is fellas this time threat from terrorists is really great! I think this is a decision of maturity not of flip flop. Look being brave is one and being fool is entirely different. So cool heads and rationality should prevail. Govt should succumb to Qadris demand and make EC as powerful as its in India following example of what Mr Gill former Chief Election Commissioner of India mentioned in an interview with a Pakistani journalist. I think cool heads should have prevail as look what these zombies did in quetta yesterday. May Allah SWT rest all dearly departed souls in heaven, amen! First mindset should be to defeat this zombie mentality. The party of Karachi’s votebank is rock solid and they should concentrate in getting local govt soon as it facilitates indirectly curbing/controlling terrorism in this city also.

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  • Jibran
    Jan 11, 2013 - 2:07PM

    Sharjeel Memon or Fawad Chaudhry predicted exactly the same about MQM and PML-Q.

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  • Enlightened
    Jan 11, 2013 - 2:22PM

    A wise decision keeping in view of grave situation prevailing in Pakistan.

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  • Adnan
    Jan 11, 2013 - 2:23PM

    Another classic example of our politic, which is also reflective of our society, both are full of deception and blackmailing. Where words mean nothing and principals does not exist. Our politicians are mirror of ourselves, we as a society sell conscience for little gains, break trust if see better opportunity, lie openly and on top of that justify our act. The real revolution will only come the day someone will stand and will say to us that we are wrong, we are corrupt we are dishonest, first of change your self than the system will change automatically.

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  • Feedom Seeker
    Jan 11, 2013 - 2:24PM

    Its cold in Islamabad and MQM workers cant take that cold.

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  • omair shahid
    Jan 11, 2013 - 2:28PM

    @pk:
    r u kidding me first they made a very bad decision going for long march & still being in government yesterday mr Altaf said we will be in the long march at any cost and now they have decide not to go. they are also responsible for the condition Pakistan is in today
    it’s time we think before voting for these corrupted parties who have destroyed pakistan. Think about it.

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  • Liaqat Yousufzai
    Jan 11, 2013 - 2:34PM

    Karachities would be regretting over their decisions of voting this party…

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  • Rana
    Jan 11, 2013 - 2:47PM

    Earlier they encouraged him to climb the ladder and they pulled it according to plan!!

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  • Faisal
    Jan 11, 2013 - 2:57PM

    Lots of Haa Haa Haa’s in comments including mine as well aa Haa Haa Haa Haa Haa Haa Haa Haa Haa Haa !!!

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  • ZZQ
    Jan 11, 2013 - 3:03PM

    if only the subjects of Altaf Hussain can use their own mind in some decision making, they wont have to give explanations in talk shows on such gaffes

    But then they r subjects and might not be able to…

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  • Bookie
    Jan 11, 2013 - 3:06PM

    PTI forever… one manly stance!

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  • Raza Khan
    Jan 11, 2013 - 3:18PM

    Its not a U Turn in fact more like like a Round About. Story of Pakistan!

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  • H. Khan
    Jan 11, 2013 - 3:23PM

    So let me understand this better: Yesterday Mr Altaf Hussain said the party will participate in rally at all cost and all the leadership present nodded yes.Today Mr Farooq Sattar announced that party will not participate so he is going against Mr Altaf Hussain’s yesterday’s decision…..
    MQM should act like a responsible political party which has credibility

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  • Mahmood
    Jan 11, 2013 - 3:26PM

    hahahahahahahahahahahahahaha
    what else to say

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  • Z.Khan
    Jan 11, 2013 - 3:27PM

    After defection of MQM from this march, better option for TQ. Chief of MQI is to cancel the long march idea and start campaign to educate the masses for higher moral and ethical values. He has good and effective oratory and shall be a good contribution to nation, can also earn him paradise as well.

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  • pk
    Jan 11, 2013 - 3:34PM

    @omar shahid: Bro it happens — its politics. hoping for a change is good but the problem is the massive votebank of this country is illiterate and sorry brother change cant happen as voter’s inclinations lie on ethnic, linguistic, biradari and other lines. It took more then 200 years for USA and 600 years for India to be democracies. Dont expect this change quickly. First spread education so that people can evaluate themselves based on their intellectual competence of what is right and what is wrong. I don’t support anyone or have inclination towards anyone but i know apart from few hiccups bro i see the work this party does. My advice see Karachi Institute of Heart Diseases as example and see its working. They have given something back to their voters. I have never voted all my life but given the option for change I wont vote for a tsunami who never condemns zombies. I so wish Musharraf well at-least he led this country well!

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  • ab
    Jan 11, 2013 - 3:34PM

    what will be done with the chanda money now!!.

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  • ss
    Jan 11, 2013 - 4:04PM

    @Liaqat Yousufzai:
    i did not vote for them :-/

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  • John the Baptist
    Jan 11, 2013 - 4:20PM

    Repulsive!

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  • Sheraz
    Jan 11, 2013 - 4:27PM

    Altaf trying to defame educated people of Karachi

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  • Wow Man
    Jan 11, 2013 - 4:32PM

    Thats Hillarious….. At least now send the warm cloths & chanda taken in name of long march to Earthquake & Flood victims still without shelter…

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  • Hairaan
    Jan 11, 2013 - 4:37PM

    You must understand that a U-turn is a Half Revolution (simple geometry). So be patient and just wait for another U-turn to witness the revolution he is talking (read only talking) about since last more than 2 decades.

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  • Pakistani
    Jan 11, 2013 - 4:57PM

    Qadri sb Instead of going to Islamabad you should go back to Canada yahaan daaal nahee glay ge

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  • Ahmad
    Jan 11, 2013 - 5:05PM

    @Adnan!

    I think, we need to learn difference between a political Party and Pressure groups.
    I am 100 percent agree with you ” Politicians are mirror of ourselves”.

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  • Aijaz Haider
    Jan 11, 2013 - 5:16PM

    MQM was supposed to participate in the march at “all costs”. Now the decision has been reversed at “no cost”. Beats me.

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  • Jaago akistan
    Jan 11, 2013 - 5:42PM

    @sana abdul:
    Ii think you are right.

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  • Jan 11, 2013 - 5:49PM

    As expected, this was meant at approving some demands from Govt.

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  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Jan 11, 2013 - 6:05PM

    Much awaited U turn. Better late than never.

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  • Goodcall
    Jan 11, 2013 - 6:06PM

    Flip flop: worn to protect feet… In Warner weather.

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  • Aysha
    Jan 11, 2013 - 6:32PM

    @Liaqat Yousufzai:
    NOT AT ALL, for the following reason

    1.party leader never contested elections or aspired to hold a public office, so truly a genuine leader (needless to say leads a humble ordinary man’s life, can often be seen in TESCO T shirts instead of Versace suits, adorned by some e.g former PM Gilani)

    no dynastic politics

    no relatives given party tickets (instead brother and nephew martyred)

    no attempt made to fill personal coffers

    MNAs and MPAs, educated and intelligent people none of them with fake degrees

    6.MNAs and MPAs do not become rich over night, some even live in rented houses

    zero tolerance for corruption or nepotism in MQM

    MNAs and MPAs stay in touch with people of their constituency and constituents

    MQM promotes ethnic and religious harmony (e.g. MPA Reza’s and his bodyguards funeral prayers led by sunni and shia clerics and all followed in their immat, unprecedented event in tainted history of religious discord between shia and sunni in Karachi)

    Raising voice for the oppressed (e.g. openly condemning persecution of shias and Ahmedis)

    Produced shadow budget for the first time ever in the legislative history of Pakistan

    Land reforms bill and de-weaponization bill

    Mustafa Kamal phenomenon/model, Pakistan had never seen such enthusiasm and dynamism in a public representative ever before

    Distribution of support in disaster area in the length and breadth of Pakistan regardless of ethnicity and religious belonging

    and above everything presenting a model to Pakistani politics that middle and lower middle class people can make it to parliament houses, which were largely meant for fuedals, wadras and industrialists

    MQM, only hope for Pakistan

    Pakistan zindabad

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  • Farooq
    Jan 11, 2013 - 6:44PM

    That seem to be a water kit drone.

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  • Hairaan
    Jan 11, 2013 - 7:11PM

    Was it only to collect the donations?

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  • DevilHunterX
    Jan 11, 2013 - 7:59PM

    Who is more foolish? The Fool or the one who follows the fool.

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  • Standartenführer
    Jan 11, 2013 - 8:17PM

    “MNAs and MPAs do not become rich over night, some even live in rented houses”

    @Aysha: Are they still middle class?? kindly correct your information local town administrator’s house garage containing 2 1600 CC, 1 Prado & a 1300 CC car.(All Personal cars, not official)

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  • liberal fascist
    Jan 11, 2013 - 9:21PM

    the drone turned out to be a boomerang!

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  • omair shahid
    Jan 11, 2013 - 11:09PM

    @pk:
    bro first if they wanted to go for long march they should have separated them self from the government because it didn’t make any sense because they were going against the government which they are a part of i mean r they joking with us as for the change i agree we need to educated people but first we need to change our self and need to realize as for there development in Karachi they have done a lot for Karachi but development was done when they were in government with Musharraf but 5 years have passed of ppp’s government which they are a part of what have they done for Pakistan or Karachi except support the worse government in Pakistan history every day 10 to 15 people died in Karachi what have they done regarding this issue as for you not giving vote to PTI this is your choice but you like others are just pointing fingers for almost 7 to 8 years we are fighting this war we have gone nowhere Pakistan is in the worse position in it’s 65 years American who has the most advance weapons & army are having talk with these zombies after fighting with them for almost 10 years why cant we. think about it

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  • Ali Buksh
    Jan 11, 2013 - 11:25PM

    Sell outs!

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  • Tariq
    Jan 11, 2013 - 11:28PM

    Was this the real drone they were going to launch. What a joke !!!!!!

    They have no values !

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  • Roool
    Jan 12, 2013 - 12:26AM

    MQM .. Still an immature party after 25 years

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  • pk
    Jan 12, 2013 - 2:29AM

    @Omair Shahid: Bro I appreciate healthy talk! Firstly i thank you for accepting some of my points while secondly the only thing stopping them from coming out is fear. Fear of ethnic divide in this province which can be dangerous. Already too many innocents have died and this anarchy plus this govt should go Im in no favor of this incompetent govt but concerning the Karachi based party they dont like them for a single bit but its purely a marriage of inconvenience. Their interest to be as part is to preserve the interest of their voter as frankly in order to get their demands met and ensuring basic needs like education, health and other reforms are looked after they prefer to remain in govt so that they can satisfy their voter while on your second part bro if someone kills an innocent he cant be talked with he should be finished while 13-14 agreements occurred and the other side violated it and they became stronger always. So no sympathies. These zombies want to dictate their way of life which cant be allowed. People had high hopes in tsunami which he frankly dashed the day he turned out to be like old lot.

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  • Goodcall
    Jan 12, 2013 - 2:59AM

    Flip flop: drone

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  • IsA
    Jan 12, 2013 - 3:46AM

    MQM workers got cold feet hahaha…..Recommend

  • Murad Khan
    Jan 12, 2013 - 2:20PM

    It was a bit surprising as I was expecting that MQM will depart from Qadri on 14th or afterwards ensuring that the planned long march is ensured to fail. It looks either MQM is too compromised or has reaped the requisite benefits and cannot risk these.

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  • fedi
    Jan 13, 2013 - 10:29AM

    What a shame!!!! MQM, hopeless

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