Why did Mustafa Kamal turn his back on MQM?

Kamal was a hard working person, very motivated towards the task given. But he cannot be a leader.

Farheen Rizvi March 14, 2016
In the first week of March, when Karachi was approaching its colourful tea festival, Mustafa Kamal returned to Karachi from Dubai. Mustafa Kamal is not an unknown name, especially in Karachi, where he was the City Nazim from 2005-2010. He was nominated to this post by the Muttahida Qaumi Movement and was affiliated with the party for almost 28 years. He left the party when he was serving as MQM senator in the Pakistan senate.

During his time as City Nazim, Mustafa Kamal was able to complete many projects with the help of MQM’s supporters and workers. Without their support, the projects may never have reached completion. When these projects were being promoted, there were many who started a campaign against the party, and its leader, as they were fearful of the MQM’s rising popularity.

Before becoming the Mayor of Karachi – Mustafa Kamal was the provincial minister for information technology minister. But after becoming the City Nazim of Karachi, he was made responsible for a fund of Rs300 billion, a huge responsibility that was tasked to him.

According to Mustafa Kamal, who spoke at a press conference after his return to Karachi, neither did he abuse any of these funds nor did, MQM supremo, Altaf Hussain avail them for his personal advantage.

Kamal was made the treasurer of this fund because he was elected as the MQM City Nazim of Karachi. He was amongst the most important members of the MQM and, during his last days in the party, he was also taking care of the funds of Khidmat-e-Khalq Foundation (KKF), the charity wing of MQM.

What, then, went wrong with the man who was once the party’s blue eyed boy? What made him return to the city and blast his party’s leadership, the same leadership that awarded him with all that he can claim are his achievements today?

In his press conference, Mustafa Kamal highlighted the famous incident of May 2013 in which many senior party members were mishandled by workers and the reason was Altaf Hussain’s anger towards them. At the press conference, Kamal expressed his discontent with such treatment. While, I believe his protest was valid, what I don’t understand is, why did he single himself out? We didn’t see other senior members with such outbursts and immature behaviour. This could have been resolved as a family matter.

Unfortunately, what this press conference reminded me of was his behaviour, one that we have all witnessed many a times over social media. An example of this is the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital episode. During their inauguration ceremony, a woman approached Kamal, considering him a public representative, and complained to him about the treatment condition at the hospital. Instead of addressing the poor woman’s concern, he is seen to have yelled at her.

This incident, unfortunately, was not the first of its kind. Many other party workers, and journalists, have witnessed him misbehaving with different people.

Another famous incident was when he abused a fellow guest on a TV talk show.

On the one hand, Mustafa Kamal is seen praising and even kissing the forehead of Altaf Hussain, and then suddenly accusing him of being a RAW agent, completely out of the blue. The exact motives of this type of outcry are obviously not very clear, but the people of Karachi, especially MQM supporters, are still trying to figure out whether he is acting on someone else’s agenda.

Kamal was a hard working person, very motivated towards the task given. His past and present reveal that he cannot be a leader. Good administrators are not born, they are trained. But leaders are born with leadership qualities.

Emanuel James Rohn, an American entrepreneur said,
“The challenge of leadership is to be strong, but not rude; be kind, but not weak; be bold, but not bully; be thoughtful, but not lazy; be humble, but not timid; be proud, but not arrogant; have humour, but without folly.”
Farheen Rizvi The author has a Bachelors in business management from Iowa and a Masters degree in international management from the University of Maryland. She tweets @farririzvi (https://twitter.com/FarriRizvi)
The views expressed by the writer and the reader comments do not necassarily reflect the views and policies of the Express Tribune.


Karachi team | 8 years ago | Reply The only significant difference between this blog on SQM and the last one on AH's telling his ladies audience how a child is born,is that this time it states plain and clear that Farheen Rizvi is a MQM supporter.Pity you are born late otherwise you would have broken the record of being a Hitler or Mussolini supporter,just committed to all die hard Facist leaders! Just evaluate what MQM has given to Karachi or Sindh under this mad man AH during their almost three decades of rule in one way or the other.Yes,Karachi recvd dead bodies of youngsters,strike calls lasting few days sometime,baths or black mail money,Baldia Factory fires; this list is almost endless,all done to please AH a drunkard and vindictive evil monster!MQM was created by Zia ul Haq's to serve his policies of alienating rural and urban Sindhis from each other.Also,to create Karachi a trouble spot so that all investment here are taken by their owners to Punjab.AH most obligingly did this with thousands of his near fanatic followers like Farheen in tow.Then the next military dictator,Musharaf used it for his own power base,again the simpleton Muhajirs waiting to be in Paradise one day.In short the whole MQM episode is a sad part of our history with all kinds of crimes,kidnapping,killing,looting,burning private properties,etc as part of the package.I was born in Karachi and have witnessed all this daily ongoings by MQM in the last three decades.With SMK at least there is some hope that a new beggening may emerge but with writes up like Farheen's it seems it maybe a far fetched dream.
Khawaja Ikram Ul Haq | 8 years ago | Reply he was a good mayor and many Karachi projects were completed even without him...Karachi as every one knows gets huge government resouces and has huge resources of its own...what probably no one notices is that altaf does not allow anyone to get above him even when he is in bad health and should be retiring...there are numerous people associated with the mqm who have suffered his wrath...if u beat up anyone and or have someone killed than u gain the enmity of their entire families...in democracy the quality is that there is always another option and Mustafa wants to be that option in Karachi...upto now altaf has frightened everyone into subjugation...altaf's era is going to end one way or the other and the better leaders always create the future in their own way...there are so many mqm wala's lying around having nothing to do...Mustafa has the reputation and could pick up all the people sidelined by the mqm and create an alternate since the mqm wont allow any opposition from other parties...
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