AJK election fallout: MQM ministers tender resignations

Published: June 28, 2011
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Provincial ministry assembly members of Pakistan's political party Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) shout slogans as they leave the Sindh provincial assembly building after handing in their resignations in Karachi on June 28, 2011. PHOTO: AFP

Provincial ministry assembly members of Pakistan's political party Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) shout slogans as they leave the Sindh provincial assembly building after handing in their resignations in Karachi on June 28, 2011. PHOTO: AFP

Provincial ministry assembly members of Pakistan's political party Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) shout slogans as they leave the Sindh provincial assembly building after handing in their resignations in Karachi on June 28, 2011. PHOTO: AFP MQM leader Farooq Sattar announces his party’s decision to quit the coalition government during a press conference in Karachi. PHOTO: AFP
KARACHI: 

Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) ministers resigned from the federal and provincial cabinets on Tuesday.

Federal ministers Dr Farooq Sattar, Babar Khan Ghouri and minister of state Dr Nadeem Ihsan sent in their resignations to President Asif Ali Zardari.

MQM ministers of the Sindh cabinet also resigned from their posts. MQM leader Raza Haroon said all ministers had stopped working after yesterday’s announcement and they were formally resigning from the cabinet.

Earlier, Governor Sindh Ishratul Ebad had also resigned from his post.

Offices of the MQM provincial ministers were also found abandoned today. Fourteen ministers of the MQM were serving in the Sindh cabinet. Their portfolios included health, youth affairs, rural development, industry and trade, environment and sports.

Updated from print version (below)

AJK election fallout: MQM quits coalition – again

A day after declaring the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP)-led government ‘autocratic’ and its actions ‘dictatorial’, the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) pulled out of the coalition governments at the centre as well as in Sindh while Sindh Governor Ishratul Ebad Khan, who belongs to the MQM, also resigned in line with his party’s decision.

MQM deputy convener Dr Farooq Sattar made the announcement at a press conference in Karachi on Monday.

“The dictatorial and unconstitutional steps by the PPP government have compelled the MQM to part ways and sit on the opposition benches in the centre and Sindh,” he said.

It is “impossible to continue with a government that has no qualms about taking oppressive and dictatorial actions against its own allied party,” he said, adding  that despite the PPP repeatedly breaking promises, the MQM “kept working with them for the sake of democracy.”

Relinquishing a seat

Differences between the PPP and the MQM emerged after the postponement of Azad Jammu and Kashmir elections for three seats representing the Kashmiri Diaspora in Karachi and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa.

Sattar said the PPP had repeatedly pressured the MQM to give up one seat from Karachi in PPP’s favour.  “We were told in unequivocal terms that if the MQM did not withdraw its candidate, elections in Karachi would be postponed,” he added.

He also alleged that Interior Minister Rehman Malik was constantly in touch with the MQM leadership, and kept pressuring them to relinquish the seat.

The MQM had earlier boycotted the elections, blaming the Sindh government for the postponement, even though the announcement came from the AJK Election Commission, which said that the law and order situation in Karachi was not conducive to holding an election.

The MQM leader also blamed the government for not protecting its workers and leaders, stating that more than 300 MQM workers had been killed under the present government.

Governor’s resignation

Governor Ishratul Ebad Khan has tendered his resignation to President Asif Ali Zardari, confirmed presidential spokesperson Farhatullah Babar.

Ebad has been the youngest and longest-serving governor of the province and while the MQM has already quit the government once earlier this year, this is the first time that the governor has also stepped down.

Babar, in a statement from the presidency, said that the president was in the UK and was informed about Ebad’s resignation. He added that Ebad should review his decision.

Talking to the media at the airport, Ebad said that he was going to London on a private visit and could not say when he would return. “I became governor on the orders of my leadership and have decided to resign on their directives,” he said.

Official sources, however, said that the governor has left for London to meet with his party leadership.

Petition filed in court

The MQM, meanwhile, filed a petition in the Sindh High Court (SHC) on Monday against the alleged government interference in and the postponement of elections for the AJK Legislative Assembly seats in Karachi.

The petition will be heard by a division bench of SHC on Tuesday. It was filed by Muhammad Saleem Butt and Muhammad Tahir Khokhar, incumbent members of the AJK Legislative Assembly belonging to the MQM. Butt and Khokhar are also ticket holders of the party for two general seats LA30 and LA36 from Karachi.

The federal and Sindh government, along with the IG Sindh, have been made parties in the petition and the MQM has requested an urgent hearing of the case.

Published in The Express Tribune, June 28th, 2011.

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  • Asad
    Jun 27, 2011 - 5:58PM

    Well done MQM – this corrupt and dictatorial Parliament should roll up now. This must have come way before but still I think this will teach governemnt a lesson.Recommend

  • D
    Jun 27, 2011 - 6:00PM

    Finally. Stick to it.Recommend

  • f
    Jun 27, 2011 - 6:01PM

    Quit, join, quit, join what is this, Musical chairs………All of these parties are just in it for themselves and dont really give a damn about the country or their constituents. The only 2 who have stood by some form of principals is Sherry and Marvi! They should be the future leaders of what ever is left of our once beloved Pakistan!Recommend

  • Lobster
    Jun 27, 2011 - 6:01PM

    It’s 4 years fun already so its best to quit. This will portray MQM as victim and improve chances to win seat in next elections.

    Btw, awesome politics for having the longest term in Pakistan history. 10 years!! Recommend

  • Billoo Bhaya
    Jun 27, 2011 - 6:03PM

    Is this another one of those tantrum moments??? Now we will now see rapid eye movement among both the parties and in the interest of Mufamat Recommend

  • Jun 27, 2011 - 6:07PM

    Just because MQM is always against Feudal / Landlord thats why noone like MQM.Well done MQM. MQM was treated by PPP, much worse than PML (N) is getting treated by PPP in Punjab.Recommend

  • imran bhat
    Jun 27, 2011 - 6:12PM

    Headline should be like, “MQM quits Government once again”.Recommend

  • First drink, don't think
    Jun 27, 2011 - 6:20PM

    Budget has been approved, you have every right and we have no real need of you, atleast before next budget. Courtesy PPPRecommend

  • Siraj Ahsan
    Jun 27, 2011 - 6:24PM

    There will be blitz in Karachi now. ANP and PPP will do all to create mayhem now and settle scores. With army in the bag they can do anything they wantRecommend

  • Jun 27, 2011 - 6:24PM

    They are power hungry and won’t be able to stay away from it too long, in the next few days the reversal drama will be played again. Please stay away from the government if you can, which i know is very hard for you guys, isn’t it?Recommend

  • Word Life
    Jun 27, 2011 - 6:26PM

    Tell me something new …

    How many times has MQM done this and reverted back soon after wards

    Naani nay Khassam kiya, bura kiya
    Kar kay chor diya, uss say burra kiyaa !Recommend

  • Ali
    Jun 27, 2011 - 6:30PM

    again…its a joke…then RM will fly to London and then MQM will rejoin again…Recommend

  • Jun 27, 2011 - 6:31PM

    Longest serving Governor of the province who worked delicately for the citizens of Karachi :) eing compelled to break natural alliance .no other way left by conspirators .
    Is Moqay Per Zimmay Daari K Sath Huq Bayaaan Kiya Jaye Bcoz Yahe Mulk Or Qooom K Mafaaad May Hy Allha Pak Pakistan Ko Buri Nazer Say Mhefoooz Fermaye AameeeeeeeN !Recommend

  • MA
    Jun 27, 2011 - 6:31PM

    haha. it looks really funny joins and quits everyday. Is talaab mai sb nangay hain.Recommend

  • Rehman
    Jun 27, 2011 - 6:32PM

    MQM ka daily ka drama. Nothing new.Recommend

  • God Father
    Jun 27, 2011 - 6:32PM

    Salmoon Mansoor: Just because MQM loves to play musical chair game doesn’t mean they stand for principles !!!Recommend

  • Jun 27, 2011 - 6:36PM

    @Asad:

    Good long awaited decision from MQM – keep it up.

    MQM is a party of down-trodden / middle class people and has no greed for ministries or Governorship. It tried it best to give support to PPP for democracy sake/ national main-stream, but PPP took its advantage and took inappropriate gains out of it.

    On the one hand PPP was involved in igniting / instigating enimity betweeen MQM-ANP (termed it target killing) and on the other hand cheated MQM on holding of Local bodies Election which never held for months despite 90 days promise.

    I think now the days of PPP in the Government are numbered as MQM strikes in Karachi will surely cripple whole of Pakistan and we will head for a snap-Election pretty soon.

    I see a formidable grand alliance is in offing between MQM+PTI+Musharaff+PML-Q and probably PML-Functional+JUI-F. They wil be set to give a daunting competition to get rid of these these corrupt PPP and PML-N politicians once and for all for a peaceful revolution for which Pakistan is actively waiting.

    Regards

    Dr. Saleem Siddiqi
    Johannesburg – South AfricaRecommend

  • babar
    Jun 27, 2011 - 6:39PM

    well I am sure every one remember the story from childhood ” sher aya, sher aya ”.. so MQM is making noises since long about quitting but then it turn out to be merely a bargain technique to get maximum out of Mr 100%.. who will believe them ? well I don’t certainly. Do they really think we are fool ? their is no principle in MQM politics and they have one point agenda… to be in the Govt. even if it means to be an ally with Mushraff, PPP or any one who is in power.

    I wil not surprise if they turn back to their statements ” badmass hakoomat.. blah blah” but now MQM has chance to gain respect again which they have lost ” out of karachi and Haiderabad ” Recommend

  • syed imran
    Jun 27, 2011 - 6:41PM

    Let’s see how many days MQM can stay away from power corridorsRecommend

  • Syed A. Mateen
    Jun 27, 2011 - 6:47PM

    He was the longest serving Governor of Sindh.

    Now the next Governor will be from PPP.

    Seems to me that mid-term elections are in the offing.Recommend

  • Moon
    Jun 27, 2011 - 6:49PM

    Now once again, MQM decided to quite from the government. Why MQM cannot stand at its decisions? Mr. Zardari is already in UK on a personal visit and Mr. Altaf Hussan already living there. Again Mr.Zardari try to make promise with MQM Leader and again MQM join the government because no one will believe MQM now. I am not against MQM views but they should have some guts to prove this. They should prove this that they can live without power. They can sit in opposition.Recommend

  • Tahir Amjad
    Jun 27, 2011 - 6:53PM

    they will come back and will work on the same salaries in the best national intrestsRecommend

  • White Russian
    Jun 27, 2011 - 6:54PM

    Ah not again!Recommend

  • Sajid Younas
    Jun 27, 2011 - 6:55PM

    after one week of tug-o-war, MQM rejoins the govt.Recommend

  • safir
    Jun 27, 2011 - 7:02PM

    DIL TO BACHA HAY JIRecommend

  • Sone
    Jun 27, 2011 - 7:05PM

    I respect MQM decision. But i think this party was happy working with a dictator.Recommend

  • Hmmm
    Jun 27, 2011 - 7:05PM

    Who has done is more often? Afridi or MQM?Recommend

  • Bangash
    Jun 27, 2011 - 7:25PM

    Too late for MQM to make a move like this, since PML-Q is not part of govt.Recommend

  • Adeel
    Jun 27, 2011 - 7:27PM

    again!!!Recommend

  • Tahir
    Jun 27, 2011 - 7:44PM

    MQM exposed, they left not because of public issues but because they got disrespected from Azad Kashmir elections. After 10 years in government MQM are responsible for many of Pakistans problems.Recommend

  • Raza
    Jun 27, 2011 - 7:52PM

    @Dr. Saleem Siddiqi: You are really far away from Pakistan and what happens in Pakistan….:)Recommend

  • Khan
    Jun 27, 2011 - 7:52PM

    Well its time ANP parts its ways too but they should NOT bring down the government as its just one and half year left now till next election… All political parties should show maturity and tolerance and let others complete their term .. Hopefully people never vote all known culprits .. We all know which of these leaders are corrupt and never work for betterment of people so instead of voting parties we should vote those individuals who we know are going to work or at least wont lie and change their stance all the time on all issues.Recommend

  • Asif Ali
    Jun 27, 2011 - 7:53PM

    new drama of MQM…now stop it please.Recommend

  • Raza
    Jun 27, 2011 - 7:54PM

    @imran bhat: Complete the statement, MQM quits govt once again……..to rejoin….:) Recommend

  • Shamy
    Jun 27, 2011 - 7:54PM

    Good stuff… now dont be a wuss and rejoin later !Recommend

  • Amer
    Jun 27, 2011 - 8:00PM

    TOPI DRAMA!!! Recommend

  • The Truth
    Jun 27, 2011 - 8:04PM

    That sound you hear is me popping Champagne bottles in celebration. Sadly I will not get to enjoy it since they will most likely come running back when they realize….”oh crap, we can’t make money and law enforcement will probably crack down on us now”Recommend

  • Jun 27, 2011 - 8:11PM

    @Dr. Saleem Siddiqi: Well said Dr. Saleem Siddiqi. It was long overdue. Three hundred MQM workers have been killed by target killers and finally their patience for ‘back-stabbing’ has run out. For the sake of democracy, yes, the MQM did exercise patience that exceeded ordinary limits. Please accept my Salams.Recommend

  • Jun 27, 2011 - 8:14PM

    @Siraj Ahsan: Your reading is 100 percent on the ‘bulls-eye. Salams brother.Recommend

  • Jun 27, 2011 - 8:25PM

    @Syed A. Mateen: Syed Sahib! Inshallah our prayers will be answered with mid-term polls. Then we can get rid of PML-N and PPP. But the army will have to keep its snotty nose out and only ensure free and fair polls. Salams to you brother.Recommend

  • Saad
    Jun 27, 2011 - 8:34PM

    lol, how many times are they going to quit before they join the same government again?!Recommend

  • Much amused
    Jun 27, 2011 - 8:51PM

    Well. Now the real blackmail will start. PML-Q will twist PPP for more favours. PPP will look towards MQM. MQM will say not interested and raise the price. PML-Q will get wise to it and further raise their threshold of favours. This will go on till a point where MQM will decide that the maximum is on offer and lo & behold they will jump in and join the government. Simple. PML-Q will go into a sulk. PPP will have once more got the majority by selling whatever is left in the land. The game will go on and on.Recommend

  • Nak
    Jun 27, 2011 - 8:57PM

    GOOD JOB MQM, now we hope people’s voice will sround in Parliment.Recommend

  • Mustafa Kamal
    Jun 27, 2011 - 9:02PM

    High time to do soRecommend

  • Innocent
    Jun 27, 2011 - 9:03PM

    @Dr. Saleem Siddiqi:
    Bhai, they may be have some more demands.Tomorrow you’ll witness again their “jumping in-out” abilities.Recommend

  • Secrecy
    Jun 27, 2011 - 9:47PM

    The only thing I believe they know is that to quit to pressurise the government. Recommend

  • Khalid Rahim
    Jun 27, 2011 - 9:47PM

    Games people play with each other either to extract the much needed nectar from a source
    where their vested interest lies or spin cocoons around themselves, hoping to emerge as the ‘Monarchs’ ! Recommend

  • maafzal
    Jun 27, 2011 - 10:13PM

    mqm has quit the government but sattar sahib is the decision remain same after rehman malik or any other’s visit to london sarkar. I think now mqm is again going to approve any major consignment from ppp. lets seeRecommend

  • Jun 27, 2011 - 10:27PM

    and….the tamasha continues. Nice ‘reconciliation’ acts by both the parties.

    Oh and MQM was sticking to power because they wanted to ‘save democracy’ they say? Is that why they’ve been making calls to ‘muhibb-e-watan gernaaaaals since quite sometime now?

    Time to act as syasi shaheeds once again. Time to play the victimization card after ‘saving democracy’ for more than three years.Recommend

  • Stonge Age
    Jun 27, 2011 - 10:38PM

    This time MQM will not be taken by PPP :) Recommend

  • human Being
    Jun 27, 2011 - 10:44PM

    very good decision because someone to stop corrupt Govt action…
    Rehman Malik will go to offer them a GOOD DEAL……Recommend

  • Sh
    Jun 27, 2011 - 10:44PM

    Shame on u MQMRecommend

  • AA
    Jun 27, 2011 - 10:50PM

    Following are the upcoming events.

    President Zardari will reject the resignation of Governor
    Bhai will speak live to workers and will do some bashing to PPP
    Parliamentary members of MQM meeting with President Zardari to lay out concerns
    President Zardari, PM Gilani meeting with Rehman Malik to discuss MQM issues
    Rehman Malik visit to London or atleast to 90 to put on table the give-and-take options
    Farooq Sattar press conference with key message that we’ll join alliance but wont take ministries
    Statement of f Rehman Malik that MQM will soon join the cabinet
    .
    [Break of 2-3 months]
    .
    MQM will decide to quit the coalition
    Bhai will speak live to workers and will do some bashing to PPP
    Parliamentary members of MQM meeting with President…..
    And the cycle continues…………Recommend

  • Ahmed
    Jun 27, 2011 - 11:16PM

    Some people here suggest that mqm represents common people. My question here are commom people only urdu speaking?Recommend

  • Imran
    Jun 27, 2011 - 11:17PM

    Well done, MQM.

    I was happy when you quit present government some times ago but could not understand why did u join them.

    Now say God bye to PPP for good and try fix electricity problem. For God sake.

    Thanks & Good luckRecommend

  • Wajahat Ali Gilgit
    Jun 27, 2011 - 11:30PM

    I hope MQM would owe their word this time!Recommend

  • Faiz
    Jun 27, 2011 - 11:42PM

    MQM has proved itself the biggest cartoon of the political drama over the past one year.

    Wonder if anyone takes them seriously!Recommend

  • A
    Jun 27, 2011 - 11:52PM

    @Dr. Saleem Siddiqi:
    “Sattar said PPP had repeatedly pressurised the MQM to give up one seat from Karachi”

    It’s all about their personal gains. There is surely and only “greed for ministries or Governorship”.

    Recommend

  • san
    Jun 28, 2011 - 12:39AM

    could anyone differentiate in between Afridi retirement from cricket and MQM quitting from government… ?Recommend

  • A
    Jun 28, 2011 - 1:41AM

    True topi drama! That’s well said by Amer! Another tantrum by MQM. Next we will see our PM sitting cozy with the perdesi leader all chummy. Some more ministries will be offered and MQM will be back. Recommend

  • Ghulam Mustafa Chaniho
    Jun 28, 2011 - 2:32AM

    Storm in a tea cup. No movement will succeed unless supported by the right i.e the muslim leagues and the Mullahs. Imran Khan is too irrational and MQM cannot get over itself and the N league has little incentive to dislodge the government right now. The parties to watch will be the Functional and Nawaz League, along with Mullah Fazool and JI… Lets see how does the Jadugar of Nawabshah handle this.Recommend

  • Hassan
    Jun 28, 2011 - 2:35AM

    This was not a decision taken in haste. For the past couple of days consultations were held with all of MQMs workers on whether or not to leave the government, and this decision was near unanimous.

    This is happening, there is no going back on this because any backing off will create serious rifts among MQMs workers. Now the question is, when the people condemning MQM here are proven wrong have the courage to apologise?Recommend

  • Hassan
    Jun 28, 2011 - 2:43AM

    @ Ahmed

    MQM is trying to come out of its ethnic image, shouldnt you at least try as well?Recommend

  • Maisam
    Jun 28, 2011 - 3:33AM

    BurpRecommend

  • JAMEEL
    Jun 28, 2011 - 4:38AM

    NO WONDER! Now government will use ANP to create violence in Karachi against MQM.Recommend

  • Saddique
    Jun 28, 2011 - 8:57AM

    @Ali:

    RM means relationship managerRecommend

  • Ihk
    Jun 28, 2011 - 9:26AM

    here we go again…Recommend

  • Kazmis
    Jun 28, 2011 - 9:27AM

    Every thing is calculated. It is a way to present demands and deals. The fate of a Government is not in the hands of Pakistani politicians but American brain has to decide, and Americans are ruthless. They may push MQM to join back or perhaps they are starting a new game in Karachi. Karachites are represented by force by some foreign based organizations and this decision also is not a true decision from Karachi.Recommend

  • yawning...
    Jun 28, 2011 - 9:33AM

    yawning…..how smartly they divert ppl attentionRecommend

  • Light
    Jun 28, 2011 - 9:54AM

    to all the people praising MQM for there decision, please let me know one thing..What it has to do with people welfare? They didn’t quit when there own people were dying. They didn’t quit when the whole city gets in load shedding hell. They didn’t quite when thousands of people killed by drone attacks and suicide attacks. They didn’t quit when the inflation is getting record high day by day

    But they did quit when the PPP didn’t allow them 2 seats.

    Do you people not have a bit little brain that these political parties do not give a damn about you insects…. WAKE UPRecommend

  • Engr Mak
    Jun 28, 2011 - 10:18AM

    a good decision but result could be worse for whole karachi…GOD bless karachians….Recommend

  • Hmmm
    Jun 28, 2011 - 10:38AM

    Anyone surprised? I am not. It is only logical to part ways as the elections are nearing. MQM guys are clever politicians – enjoyed the power for over three years and then quit when the elections are approaching!!! Recommend

  • Asad
    Jun 28, 2011 - 10:51AM

    I can almost hear Farooq Satar aka Golam saying ‘My precious’Recommend

  • Taymor
    Jun 28, 2011 - 11:22AM

    Lol how many times zardari has made fool out of nawaz and mqm..! Recommend

  • Arijit Sharma
    Jun 28, 2011 - 11:28AM

    Would it be wrong to say Indian immigrants are king makers in Pakistani politics ?Recommend

  • Nomaan
    Jun 28, 2011 - 11:48AM

    MQM = Multiple Quits MovementRecommend

  • ismail
    Jun 28, 2011 - 12:04PM

    hmmmmmmmmm mqm did well and now musharaff should emidietly come to pakistan and take over the reign (tari yaad ahi tare jane ke baad) all parties are currepted we are watching since last 3.5 year including pml-NRecommend

  • peshawar
    Jun 28, 2011 - 12:28PM

    Elections are approaching so they quit. well its all was drama of 3.6 years. MQM should give name to its party MDM =Mutahida Drama Movement.
    PPP=Pakistan Phuto PartyRecommend

  • Sana
    Jun 28, 2011 - 2:25PM

    Its not a new thing. Hidden agenda can be seen on the other side of coin that its history of MQM to pressurize the Government in order to accomplish London`s task. Main reasons are of course fight over power politics, ministries, land grabbing and other petty non public materialistic demands. MQM feels more comfortable with dictatorial regimes because they fulfill their materialistic demands in the name of so called public interest. MQM should sit in opposition benches in its long history of ruling government party. Recommend

  • Maxi
    Jun 28, 2011 - 2:32PM

    Yet another drama! Filmy very filmy. Recommend

  • AAC
    Jun 28, 2011 - 2:33PM

    @Salman Mansoor:
    MQM has always aligned and made coalitions with feudal lords since its birth. Who says it’s against the feudal system? Just a hollow slogan to attract the poor people.Recommend

  • Ishtiaq Ahmed
    Jun 28, 2011 - 2:50PM

    Good riddance. Quitting over a AJK seat shows futility of the alliance politics in Pakistan. Did anyone ever hear MQM quitting or even threatening to quit from the military led government of Musharraf. MQM seems unable to sit down with political forces but seems comfortable with establishment. No wonder that MQM is pitted against PPP, JI, PML(N), TIP and ANP etc but no problems with PML(Q).Recommend

  • Sameer
    Jun 28, 2011 - 7:27PM

    This is a joke. AJK elections are totally meaningless. The people of AJK have no rights and no real representation. It’s farcical to see such a big deal being made out of them. How about giving the people some actual rights?Recommend

  • Khurram
    Jun 28, 2011 - 7:39PM

    What a politics and what are politicians, hope every body knows the dirty politics of MQM, what a coalition partner, Budget Passed, Patrol prizes increased everything Govt wants they gave and once against “MQM Quits” it should be “MQM Quite” and then again rejoin with any other force or same government after getting some pennies.Recommend

  • Hassan
    Jun 28, 2011 - 10:01PM

    @ Light

    Postponing the AJK elections was really the last straw. MQMs people are still dying. Karachi is still in loadshedding hell. There is still inflation. All these causes were listed during Farooq Sattar’s speech. Kindly read the article before you form opinions.Recommend

  • QK
    Jun 28, 2011 - 10:49PM

    Today is the day of deliverance for people of Sindh. The black clouds hovered over the horizon for almost nine years. Thanks god the tugs are out of power corridors.Recommend

  • kala_bacha
    Jun 28, 2011 - 11:10PM

    All leaders are “Sab ek hi thali kay chatay batay hain” ! They will not do anything for the country until have their own benefits in it.

    Long live Pakistan!Recommend

  • Jun 29, 2011 - 2:57AM

    They never quit for corruption, bad governance, high inflation rates, they only quit when they see there nothing for them now. They will ask for “big deal” now.Recommend

  • kamal
    Jun 29, 2011 - 4:29AM

    they all r bunch of losers (mqm). they think there past will be forgotton by the peoples of pakistan.Recommend

  • Raheela koser
    Jun 29, 2011 - 6:37PM

    MQM supreme sends another salvo of blackmail fires at the government. Ironically he is requesting CJP to take action as if CJP will hand over 2 seats of AJK to the MQM. It was same MQM who was instrumental in confining CJP at the VIP lounge of Karachi airport on 12th May 2007 and then unleashed its goons on the citizens of Karachi who were proceeding to Karachi airport to welcome the same CJP who Altaf Hussain is now requesting to take suo moto action. I think it is high time that CJP should take suo moto action on 12th May carnage. For, how long MQM will continue to keep Karachi hostage? Altaf Hussain must realize now that people of Pakistan are not the same as 20 years ago when he left. They can be scared, coerced but not made to look like fools. Everyone knows he dint stand a chance beyond one seat (that too of a jagirdar and ex- Raja, the lot he pretends to hate all the time). Its time people wake up and see what MQM is upto! MQM is showing its resentment over Kashmir election and once again against with PPP. MQM have forgotten the problem facing Karachites related to extortion and target killing. MQM has lost its credibility. Now there is no more sympathy towards MQM. They are liar and want to remain in power. In coming elections; people must boycott the election campaign of MQM and boycott to cast their vote and show the world, specially MQM that we are not with you. We don’t want your services any more.Recommend

  • Jun 30, 2011 - 12:44AM

    @Raheela koser
    It is everybody’s right to comment good or bad. But how you want to implement your own views on the majority of people. For your information, Karachi and other urban areas of Pakistan have maximum literacy rate. By having Education one knows what is good and what is bad.

    Those days are gone when leaders used to bring mass public into their Julsaas to prove that they have large support of (fake) people supporting them.

    MQM does not believe on such things. Their manifesto is clear and they bring their leadership from poor and middle class people. Therefore people like you dont like this change and always are in opposition for such honest parties. Mere allegations and filth will not work as conciece people love MQM and their work which they have performed especially in Karachi and the relief work for Kashmiri brothers.

    You will see a great number seats shall inshallah be won by MQM because of their frank and sincerety. Above all they have raised their voice for the people for cost of living and other vital issues.

    You will never find such honesty in PPP and PML-N who are just for themselves and seats or making money.

    Regards

    Dr. Saleem Siddiqi

    Johannesburg – South AfricaRecommend

  • Siraj Ahsan
    Jun 30, 2011 - 8:12AM

    @Raheela koser:
    So you think their demand is not right? Hmm…
    1) Call for CJP to intervene… Ok.. asking for elections on two seats is not asking for handover of two seats. You by yourself accepted atleast one seat they would have won so dont you think they are right in demanding. Secondly a point you missed is that the universal right of choice was obviously ignored by our democratic setup with no one shouting foul so if they did you think it is wrong to demand the right of choice?
    2) You think this issue doesnt warrant a suo motto notice? Ok! Does Atiqa Odoho’s two liqour bottles warrant a suo motto notice?
    3) Lets consider MQM guilty party in 12th May massacre others were all innocent in the game? If you call spade a spade then we all know what PPP and ANP activist did on that day. I call for an inquiry but since I am from Karachi lets start looking at all killings either by secuirty forces and others. Also look at root causes which you have conveniently forgotten,
    4) Please tell what is MQM upto I fail to see because my eyes are blinded by the successful 4 years stint by their local government, their vocieforus stand against Talibans, incorrect implementation of blasphemy and hudood law and their utmost to ensure Karachi gets its share in a situation where they know urban Sindh will never get a government representation.
    5) Extortion… I am certain they do it… Killing yup that two but they are not the only one… please open a factory in an industrial area of Karachi and you will be pleasantly surprised how many extortionists you will find outside your door from a labour officer to your innocent brethrens from Afghanistan with a gun and no mercy on killing and yes.. your mullahs too,

    Madam… on boycotting… Now I assure you I will vote for MQM because when you and other educated people suffer from such serious tunnel vision then there obviously has to be some sense.

    You live in a messed up system and the products in the messed up system will be messed up. You have to choose in these messed up system. i am a middle class person since I grew up I have known a middle class person win an election from our locality and they still do so. I will never vote for a mullah, a wadera or jihadi or closet jihadi. My choice will be MQM and 100s may disagree but I will tell you… You will not be able to dislodge MQM because they still have their roots in people.Recommend

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