Farooq Sattar, Amir Liaquat ride into Karachi University in style

Published: August 3, 2016
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The two MQM leaders hitched a ride into KU after being denied entrance in their own vehicles. PHOTO: EXPRESS

The two MQM leaders hitched a ride into KU after being denied entrance in their own vehicles. PHOTO: EXPRESS

KARACHI: Pillion-riding behind members of the All Pakistan Muttahida Student Organisation (APMSO) on motorcycles, Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) leaders Dr Farooq Sattar and Dr Amir Liaquat made an entry into Karachi University’s (KU) arts lobby on Tuesday, after they were stopped by the Rangers from entering in their own cars.

They were coming to attend the second day of the Muhajir Culture Festival organized by APMSO in the arts lobby.

“Firstly, the university administration gave permission to hold the festival but later asked the students not to conduct any activity, ” claimed Sattar. Appreciating the festival’s organisation, he said that a new era has begun today.

“This is a start for a new image of Muhajirs, ” he said, adding that the government has to seriously think about saving the country by taking MQM along at every step. “They have to bring us together to let this country work and grow, while nothing can be done by making us stay away from our people, ” he added.

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Talking to the media, Liaquat said that his standing alongside the MQM leader is enough and there is no need to announce whether he has formally joined the MQM or not. By not allowing the students to celebrate their cultural festival, these influential people have announced that they do not accept us, he said. “We have proved that we are strong, same as our forefathers; they never sought permission to make Pakistan and we also do not need any permission to enter our university, ” said Liaquat, adding that Altaf Hussain is the only leader of Muhajirs and others who even claim to be are ‘cheaters and liars’.

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“MQM’s founder also used to roam around the campus on his Honda 70CC bike and we have also done the same today, ” he said. Sattar termed the permission issue a ‘violation of extracurricular activities’. “These decisions are against the students and are enemies of growth, ” he said. “What was the reason to stop us at the gates and how were we stopped from entering our own alma mater?”

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Sattar said that there should be a separate package for Karachi and issues of water, sewerage and cleanliness should be the first priority of the new chief minister. “The transport system should also be managed wisely so that students can easily travel to their institutions, ” he added. He termed the Karachi operation and Rangers’ special powers in Karachi a political agenda to crush and divide the MQM, which cannot be done. “We have seen how much people love us in byelections of NA-246 and local bodies’ elections, ” he said, adding that the party will continue to protest against the operations all over the province. After talking to the students and media, Liaquat and Sattar, accompanied by APMSO members, took a round of the university on a motorcycle.

Published in The Express Tribune, August 3rd, 2016.

 

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  • FAZ
    Aug 3, 2016 - 9:48AM

    Thank God I graduated before I had to see thisRecommend

  • Rumormonger
    Aug 3, 2016 - 10:16AM

    AH had a Honda 50cc bike. I saw him put up a show like this in his hey days. BTW in the TV footages Doctored Liaqat looked very scared and wary of his surroundings.Recommend

  • Student
    Aug 3, 2016 - 10:43AM

    This is what’s happening in KU these days, political activities more than educational activities. Irregular teachers create more space for such activities. Students get involve in political activities when they have very few classes to attend.Recommend

  • eagle
    Aug 3, 2016 - 10:57AM

    This is what’s happening in KU these days, political activities more than educational activities. Irregular teachers make more room for such activities. Students get involve in political activities when they have very few classes to attend.Recommend

  • pashtoon of pak
    Aug 3, 2016 - 11:00AM

    My forefathers also voted for PML and pak during partition and didnt seek permission to make pak,so i also do not need permission to enter which university? plz name my university,which one is my university?Recommend

  • PakPower
    Aug 3, 2016 - 4:47PM

    This is a start for a new image of Muhajirs
    I am afraid the term Muhajir died after the first immigrants had their children. You cannot be an immigrant in a place you are born in, for crying out loud. I am tired of the pathetic politics of MQM.Recommend

  • FAZ
    Aug 3, 2016 - 5:04PM

    @PakPower:
    Do you live in Karachi? Have you ever visited any government or public offices in Karachi? I am not an MQM supporter but the way Urdu speaking minority is being side lined in government jobs, army, police and civil services gives fuel to this “muhajir” mentality. Hate breads hate and this is the simple reason as why MQM is still living on in Karachi.Recommend

  • Shameless
    Aug 3, 2016 - 8:29PM

    @FAZ:
    I am a Muhajir too by this definition but trust me, nothing comes above Pakistan. if MQM thinks they can get away with this by promoting muhajir sooba & sindhudesh just because of Kashmir atm then they are living in denial. A lot of killings will happen because of this.Recommend

  • FAZ
    Aug 4, 2016 - 9:36AM

    @Shameless:
    Agreed. But if the “true” sons of soil want to limit MQM then like many other things, merit has to prevail across the board. Things like quota system that was the very cause of uprising of MQM has to be reconsidered.
    By the way I recently had the traumatising experience of renewal of my mothers CNIC. It was as if we were applying for immigration to Pakistan once again. It was understandable due to recent events of global significance but then, I was surprised to see that all in the “inquiry” lines were “Mohajirs”. No Sindhi, no Punjabi, Paktoon etc had to go through inquiry checks so that they may be granted citizenship of this country! I wonder why just Mohajirs had to be scrutinized?Recommend

  • FS
    Aug 5, 2016 - 1:48AM

    What the heck is Muhajir Culture Festival?! I thought Muhajir meant ‘immigrants’ – I didn’t know it’s a culture.. Is it??

    Amir Liaquat is probably the most disrespectful tactless guy I have ever seen! Recommend

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