Mirza dares traders to name the extortionists

Published: April 8, 2011
Says he applied for  leave earlier and will go meet his daughter.

Says he applied for leave earlier and will go meet his daughter.


Before leaving the country on sick leave, former home minister Dr Zulfiqar Mirza addressed the people of Lyari on Thursday and vowed to “cut his throat, before he lowered his neck to anyone”.

Extortion is not a new menace in Karachi and they “have been hearing the term ‘bhatta’ for the past 20 years”, he said. “I challenge shopkeepers, the chamber of commerce and all those complaining about extortionists to set up a stage in Nishtar Park, place their hands on the Holy Quran and name the person who has been taking bhatta for the past 20 years.”

A large crowd, led by Pakistan Peoples Party local leaders Habib Jan, Uzair Jan Baloch and Zafar Baloch, received the home minister, amid shouts of “Sher-e-Karachi” and “Sher-e-Sindh Zulfiqar Mirza”. Mirza was accompanied by MNA Abdul Qadir Patel.

The residents of Lyari gathered at a football ground and listened to Mirza vowing to carry forward the legacy of Benazir Bhutto and Zulfikar Ali Bhutto. “The coming or going of someone [in office] does not make a difference,” he said. “If Shaheed Benazir Bhutto and Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto preferred to put their necks on the line instead of bowing to someone then why can’t we?”

The people of Lyari have been making sacrifices for the country since its creation. They are not begging, the beggars are someone else, he said. “I am thankful to the people of Lyari for giving me so much support and love. I have given them my support and will be helping them in the future.”

Explaining his sudden sick leave, Mirza said that he had been working continuously for a long time and had not taken a single day’s leave. “I submitted my leave application three months ago and it has been accepted now. I am going to visit my daughter,” he said.

Uzair Jan Baloch appreciated Mirza’s support for the people of Lyari. “We salute the lion of Pakistan, the lion of Sindh and the lion of Karachi.” Earlier, Mirza handed over two motorcycles to the police. They were presented by the shopkeepers of Mehmood Shah Road, Timber Market and Old Haji Camp.

Published in The Express Tribune, April 8th,  2011.

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Reader Comments (7)

  • Dr.Habibullah Chaudhry
    Apr 8, 2011 - 7:37AM

    Two three more dare devils like Mr Mirza are badly needed to bring peace to Karachi. Keep it up.Recommend

  • Dr.Habibullah Chaudhry
    Apr 8, 2011 - 7:42AM

    @Dr.Habibullah Chaudhry:
    please send my comment for moderation.but remember freedom of expression you demand all the time.Recommend

  • Amin
    Apr 8, 2011 - 6:49PM

    @Dr.Habibullah Chaudhry:
    I agree.Recommend

  • Apr 8, 2011 - 10:15PM

    we are all know truth is not easy to say!! all ANP, PPP and MQM are involved in money collection in karachi!!! no party should be inocent…Recommend

  • Salman Orangiwala
    Apr 8, 2011 - 11:45PM

    @ Dr Chowdhry

    Dont know where on earth ou are from , but I could bet not from Karachi .

    Doctor Mirza is needed to restore peace ? What a joke .

    Look how Karachi and the enter Interior Sindh is burning to smitherins .

    This is because of Dr Mirza and and his comrades . Recommend

  • karachite
    Apr 9, 2011 - 11:01AM

    is this really an unbiased newspaper? This article is absolutely pravda-esque!
    It is nothing but propaganda.Recommend

  • Ali Khan
    Apr 9, 2011 - 11:53AM

    @chowdhry sahab
    how about you look after your own pure land aka punjab where cannibals(reference to Bhakkar) hunt freely??does that strike anything or u still have a thick leathery sheet around u?as far as khi is concerned-in mushi’s time,there were none of these complaints.as far as mirza sahab is concerned,barking dogs seldom bite.they only rage like thunder outside the arena,inside they are likes foxes..u can bring another three of those!Recommend

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