A province stoked: Mirza’s diatribe against MQM fuels tension in Sindh

Published: July 14, 2011
Zulfiqar Mirza says Altaf Hussain is a '100 times bigger criminal' than MQM-H leader Afaq Ahmed. PHOTO: APP/FILE

Zulfiqar Mirza says Altaf Hussain is a '100 times bigger criminal' than MQM-H leader Afaq Ahmed. PHOTO: APP/FILE


What started off as a legislative dispute on Wednesday, devolved into a full-scale exchange between the ruling Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) and their former coalition allies, the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM). And before the night was over, Karachi was once again caught in the crossfire.

Intense aerial firing, burnt buses and panic once again were the order of the day, with at least on dead. However, this bout, it seems, is not restricted to Karachi.

Reports of violence came in from Hyderabad, Mirpurkhas, Sukkur and even Shikarpur.

Sindh Senior Minister Zulfiqar Mirza’s latest diatribe first stoked the flames by unleashing yet another rant against the MQM leadership – this time taking it up a notch by referring to the leader of a breakaway MQM as “the true leader of muhajirs” and accusing the MQM of trying to divide Sindh.

“If [MQM-Haqiqi leader] Afaq Ahmed is a criminal, then [MQM leader] Altaf Hussain is 100-times a bigger criminal,” bellowed Mirza. “Afaq is the second-biggest political prisoner in Pakistan after President Asif Ali Zardari.”

Mirza’s diatribe called on the people of Karachi and Hyderabad, the MQM’s electoral strongholds, to stop supporting the party. “I call upon the people of Karachi and Hyderabad to get rid of these lowlifes,” said Mirza. “For as long as I am alive, I will continue to work against criminals, target killers, and extortionists.”

“This province was here for centuries before you [Urdu-speaking migrants] came to this city hungry and naked [after Partition in 1947],” said Mirza. “You will divide Sindh over my dead body.”

Mirza made the remarks at a dinner hosted by Awami National Party (ANP) leader Shahi Syed. Interestingly, when Mirza first came forward to speak to the media, Syed attempted to stop him – and, once unable, requested the media ‘to not ask sensitive questions’.

When Mirza was at the zenith of his diatribe, fellow PPP leader and Local Bodies Minister Agha Siraj Durrani came forward and literally dragged him away from the podium. Syed later angrily asked the media if they were “satisfied” that the questions and responses had resulted in a ‘ruined evening’.

Mirza’s rant sparked an almost instant outburst of violent protests throughout Karachi, with aerial gunfire heard in nearly every part of the city. At least one woman was reported killed and six injured as a result of the gunfire. At least six vehicles were set on fire by protestors who also burnt tires in the streets.

Protestors also burnt effigies of Zulfiqar Mirza. Most businesses that were still open around midnight shut down within a few minutes.

Meanwhile, the PPP leadership almost instantly distanced itself from Mirza’s incendiary remarks. President Asif Ali Zardari was reported to have “taken notice” of Mirza’s statements. The party’s spokesperson, Qamar Zaman Kaira, said that Mirza’s remarks were his own personal opinion and not that of the PPP, nor did they reflect PPP policy.

Earlier in the day, the Sindh Assembly passed the three ordinances that had been promulgated by acting Governor Nisar Ahmed Khuhro on July 9.

The first of these was the repeal of the Sindh Local Government Ordinance 2001, which meant that the previous law – the Zia-era law from 1979 – became effective once again. The second was a repeal of the Police Order of 2002, which then reverted the law back to the colonial-era Police Act of 1861. The final was an amendment to the Sindh Land Revenue Act that brought back the commissionerate system.

The MQM members of the Sindh Assembly protested loudly throughout the proceedings, tearing up their copies of the bill and not partaking in the floor debate. The PPP has a majority in the provincial legislature and can single-handedly pass most legislation.

In fact, the MQM legislators were so occupied with their protest that they seemed not to notice when the government brought up a bill to move control of higher secondary education boards from the governor to the chief minister. The bill had passed in 2008 but had been sent back by then-Governor Ishratul Ibad of the MQM. The MQM’s protest drowned out the former governor’s dissenting note, which was read out in the assembly after having been sent there by his successor, the PPP’s Khuhro.

At a press conference after the session, MQM’s deputy parliamentary leader in the Sindh Assembly Faisal Subzwari called July 13 a “black day”, in sharp contrast to the description used by some PPP leaders: “a great and historic day”.

“This is not British rule and we cannot tolerate this kind of dictatorial approach,” said Subzwari.

Subzwari accused the PPP of transferring prisoners affiliated with the MQM to rural parts of Sindh in order to torture them. “This is not 1990s when our people were assassinated in extra judicial killings. We will not bow before government’s undemocratic attitude and continue to speak out for democracy,” he said.

Sindh Education Minister Pir Mazharul Haq, a senior PPP leader, meanwhile said that the MQM harmed their own and their constituents interests by not partaking in the debate in the Sindh Assembly.

Published in The Express Tribune, July 14th, 2011.

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Reader Comments (101)

  • HS
    Jul 14, 2011 - 1:24AM

    This is where we stand today. Our politicians have nothing left than to show this kind of immoral and unprofessional attitude. Shameful indeed..


  • Usman Mustafa Syed
    Jul 14, 2011 - 1:26AM

    In the ’90s PPP had Naseer Ullah Khan Babar & today they have Zulfiqar Mirza. I wonder if someone today even knew where Naseer Ullah Khan Babar was burried. But MQM is still a reality. No political party or movement can be crushed by using state machinery.


  • Mohammad Ali Siddiqui
    Jul 14, 2011 - 1:28AM

    Zulfiqar Mirza has a big mouth.

    He thinks that he has become a champion of politics this is nothing but his superiority complex which has again disturb the law and order situation in Sindh.

    People in different parts of Sindh have resorted to aerial firing just because Zulfiqar Mirza has spoken non-sense that in his opinion, Afaq Ahmed is the true leaders of Mohajirs.


  • Pakistani
    Jul 14, 2011 - 1:31AM

    Few days back MQM was calling for deweaponising Karachi and today its supporters are firing everywhere in Karachi. Middle Class Educated party zindabad.


  • Salman Orangiwala
    Jul 14, 2011 - 1:33AM

    It is explicit Mr.Mirza is blabbering the lingo of Zardari .
    If Mirza and Zardari think their carrot and stick modus operandi will cow-down MQM and its voters , pray ; please think again .

    The more you use the grey matter in this regard the better it would be for this blood drenched province .

    Millions of people of Sindh ( both In Rural and Urabn ) had gone to bed tonight with the nerve-shattering-tension of what would they feed to their kids tomorrow , and here Mirza is with his fire-brand parroting instead of thinking

    If in Democracy a ” SENIOR ” minister can set the town on fire by mere his venomous
    words , the hell with Democracy


  • Jul 14, 2011 - 1:33AM

    Ahhh did he used the word “Criminal” ? :D lol


  • Saad Durrani
    Jul 14, 2011 - 1:43AM

    Mouth Diarrhea at its best. And then PPP lets him off by saying “personal opinion.”


  • Wahas Ahmed
    Jul 14, 2011 - 1:43AM

    Instead of Putting Water on Fire, He is adding Fuel to Fire. I hope His statements do not bring us back to the 92-95 era. By the way why is he meeting a person who is Jailed for inhuman crimes.


  • kala_bacha
    Jul 14, 2011 - 1:45AM

    This idiot, who is already in mental health treatment. He should be in mental ward instead he is awarded prison minister. He is forgetting his own roots, where he is from and what is his back ground. First he should look into himself, then he can talk about others.
    Love Live Pakistan and Karachi!Recommend

  • asad
    Jul 14, 2011 - 1:55AM

    what a nonsense ! what a pity ! ALAS these malefactors even do not know that what could be the repercussions of their non serious statements and approach in the city, on the daily wages earners and over our economy. If you have any disagreements or difference with political party, is that a right way to express those in this manner????. have your senses gone to eat grass ?? are you our minister???? My Allah, Please forgive us and get us ride of these rogue elements of our country, AMEEN


  • Pakistani
    Jul 14, 2011 - 1:56AM

    @Salman Orangiwala:
    Don’t you think that the people who have resorted to firing and fire are equally to be blamed?


  • Leo
    Jul 14, 2011 - 2:04AM

    Mirza and company should look at the mirror every day and don’t think that they are god or very powerful before pointing finger at other people whether wrong or right.

  • Shahid Khan
    Jul 14, 2011 - 2:12AM

    Although what Mirza said is 100% truth, I am still mad at him :)


  • karachiwalla
    Jul 14, 2011 - 2:20AM

    if the youth and educated people want to see better Pakistan .its about time wake up and stand and remove all the bad politicians from country .start a revolution


  • Jul 14, 2011 - 2:22AM

    Actually these sorts of mind which become cause of killing innocent people Mirza Proved that he is the Killer of thousand’s of karachite during this government.Sahamfull for Mr Zardazi as well as for all lovers of Shaheed B B


  • Akhtar Rind
    Jul 14, 2011 - 2:25AM

    I dont why few are angry on Zulifqar Mirza’s statement but no body is saying a word about violence & killing by MQM in reply just in hours?


  • Jul 14, 2011 - 2:26AM

    Was it required??? :-)


  • Mohammed Arif
    Jul 14, 2011 - 2:32AM

    Mirza is son of…….this is reason Altaf Husain pointed out last day that PPP is working to ruin the Pak Army and against the integrity of Pakistan. Mirza is a main tool to force the army to intervene and then PPP become innocent like before and get the public sympathy for the next election. I am sure either he was drunk while giving the statement as one of his colleague (durrani) pushed him to a side. If he was not drunk, then I am sure he was asked by someone to Detroriat the situation. PPP statement that Zulfiqar Mirza was talking in his personal capacity is funny. Then tomorrow any MQM leader may give a statement against Bibi in his personal capacity.
    Mirza is a husband of Natinal Assemby Speaker, should be more careful but not. Zardari or PPP will not take any corrective step, therefore, I urge Pakistan Army to intervene for his own sake.


  • sajjad naqvi
    Jul 14, 2011 - 2:42AM

    mirza is a brave man true person.we agree with him.mqm should not forget which lannage they used against our party chairperson.


  • Fahad Raza
    Jul 14, 2011 - 2:53AM

    The last thing we needed was Mirza’s Useless statement. He wants Karachi burning


  • danial
    Jul 14, 2011 - 3:00AM

    one thing is clear from their standard of addressing that they indeed do not possess any right to rule people ….a shameful opinion as well as cheap mode of registering their protest……….
    by now MQM has made a terrible atmosphere in which lots of damage has been causedRecommend

  • Vortex
    Jul 14, 2011 - 3:02AM

    What ever you say about Mirza, you have to admire his cahunas for calling a very very bad spade a very very bad spade.
    Depressingly, innocent people will suffer.


  • danial
    Jul 14, 2011 - 3:04AM

    bad situation


  • Mirza
    Jul 14, 2011 - 3:09AM

    I think it is time to kill about 1500 people i.e. from PPP+ANP+MQM leadership. This lot has not given this country anything. This government is doing this on purpose so they are kicked out so they can become “shaheed” again.


  • Jul 14, 2011 - 3:24AM

    How unfortunate that a city’s been turned into a slaughterhouse because a certain minister said something nasty.

    Mirza shoulve controlled his tongue considering the sensitivity of the ethnic issues lately but whatever he said about Altaf is not false. He’s no holy cow.

    MQM gets much more dirty while attacking their opponents. Its not been long since they said things like ‘mard ke bachay’ , ‘punjab ke har ghar mein mujray’, ‘mr bean’ ‘ganjay’ etc etc.

    Whatever happens to their ‘education’ when Altaf gets criticised.


  • KolachiMom
    Jul 14, 2011 - 3:35AM

    Apparently just saying something in this country, is enough to trigger violence. They’re out in force, destroying the city due to a verbal offense. Stay safe Karachites!


  • Syed
    Jul 14, 2011 - 3:52AM

    Well said Salman, Mirza is taking towards where people of Karachi start asking for a separate province or country– possible involvement of foriegn hand that can’t be ruled out. There was no trash talk when he was away until he comes back and start the same…Recommend

  • Jul 14, 2011 - 4:03AM

    Bravo Zulfiqar Mirza. A man of guts and courage. Those who say that he is mentally unfit are actually unfit themselves because they cannot even conceive of being so true and himmatwalas!
    One has to have a special gene to be so brave and those who lack this gene comment that that person is mentally unfit,pathetic!
    It is amazing how short the memory of the above commentators is.Recommend

  • Khan
    Jul 14, 2011 - 4:18AM

    6 people were killed tonight…


  • Asghar Ramzan
    Jul 14, 2011 - 4:34AM

    Is this newspaper run by MQM or publishing from Nine Zero??


  • Imran
    Jul 14, 2011 - 4:34AM

    This is a fact, not a news. Is anyone surprised? Not me!!!


  • Nadeem Ahmed
    Jul 14, 2011 - 4:43AM

    Mirza’s statement is bad and irresponsible but MQM’s reaction is also as bad and irresponsible. Punjab’s Rana Sana-ullah utter ten times more uncivilized words about Zardari, but no one takes notice. MQM should also ignore people like Mirza. He is Rana Sana-ullah of Sindh..


  • Typical Pakistani
    Jul 14, 2011 - 4:53AM

    @Usman Mustafa Syed:
    Mr. Usman every movement if it is immoral and if leaders of any ( no matter, if it is political) movement dont know ethics, dont obey law, should be crushed.
    many movements (even political) have been crushed throughout history, even in Pakistan, for e.g. communist movement was crushed by General Zia.
    btw, Partition of India was a blunder of history. These all chaos are after partition. They tried to confine Islam in a geography, which was not possible.


  • Zamir
    Jul 14, 2011 - 6:34AM

    When will the “democratic” bullies stop terrorizing the people of Karachi? Go get a life, cowards!


  • Fahad Khan
    Jul 14, 2011 - 6:44AM

    I never beleived that I have to utter this, but we would have been better off as Indians. Then questioned by some drunkard questioning sacrifices of our elders. He should know and listen once and for all, the person who lead the nation belonged to neither of the provinces.


  • kala_bacha
    Jul 14, 2011 - 6:52AM

    @Natasha Suleman:
    Issue is not only mqm or altaf Hussein this time he directly attack on mohajir’s . He shouldn’t use this kind of tongue. He shouldn’t forget his own root. Everyone knows where he is from and what is his root. PPP, ANP or Nawaz parties are not made up farishta . Now talk about MQM tongue – when you throw stone you expect flowers in return, so wake up and get fresh air!
    Last this guy is sick and only place he belongs to is mental health facility or ship him out again out from Pakistan.


  • Balma
    Jul 14, 2011 - 7:32AM

    Pakistan needs freedom of speech. All trouble makers on roads and gullee mohallas should be put in jail.


  • Xohaib
    Jul 14, 2011 - 7:34AM

    what ever he sey about mqm may be its wrong or rigth but about URDU SPEAKING people he is totely wrong.


  • Mirza
    Jul 14, 2011 - 7:39AM

    This is a sad sad situation and every peace loving person should condemn it. I have been blogging with the name Mirza, and I have nothing to do with your hateful and murderous desires. For me even one political murder is one too many and should be avoided at all costs. These politicians would be sitting together and changing alliances, and your call is uncalled for. It is a part of learning and getting to the power. Sadly enough some people never grow up.
    There is nothing personal, I just wanted to clear it for my friends. Thanks and regards,
    Mirza, USA


  • Husein Ali Khan
    Jul 14, 2011 - 7:52AM

    It is for people to decide if this was political maturity or im-maturity.

    There is Chinese saying that you can catch more flies with honey than vinegar.

    Karachi will get more de-stabilised and economy will hurt.


  • ali
    Jul 14, 2011 - 8:05AM

    if we don’t get emotional and read zulfikar statement with open mind he said nothing wrong


  • ali
    Jul 14, 2011 - 8:15AM

    if zulfikar said something wrong other side must give a counter statement instead of putting in fire cars of innocent people


  • Hafiz Fayaz Ali
    Jul 14, 2011 - 8:33AM

    @Asghar Ramzan:
    good point out dear


  • Ahmed
    Jul 14, 2011 - 8:56AM

    I admire the man for having the courage to speak his mind, what he said is known to almost all Pakistanis, but the truth is most of them are not man enough to say it publically like Mr Mirza.

    it is time we openly make a difference between the decent urdu peopleRecommend

  • Hassaan Zia
    Jul 14, 2011 - 9:04AM

    Jeay Muhajiristan !!!


  • Tariq Niazi
    Jul 14, 2011 - 9:28AM

    MQM should not show any aggression against such statements Killing of innocent people can’t be the remmedy of such issues.Recommend

  • sarah
    Jul 14, 2011 - 9:31AM

    This man has lost it. While he was the Home Minister, he used to do the same and now again on this post he has started to do the same. Recommend

  • Ali
    Jul 14, 2011 - 9:36AM

    Most comments presented by Karachi People and they are part and parcel of MQM, thats why they abuse on Zulfiqar Mirza. I take the view he is a brave man dare to speak. No one else except Zulfiqar or Imran khan dare to give statment .

    Mirzaa live long.Recommend

  • Athar
    Jul 14, 2011 - 9:36AM

    Whatever has been said by Zulfiqar Mirza was not ethical but on other hand MQM should not be blowing up, killing innocent people and creating violence around the city. Just imagine the loss that Karachi would bear with it’s businesses closed today. People can’t go for jobs, students for universities, etc… because no transport is running in the city.

    Will MQM pay for the lives of innocent people that were killed, cars and buses which were burnt yesterday night……?


    Jul 14, 2011 - 9:39AM

    Dr sahib you’re greatRecommend

    Jul 14, 2011 - 9:41AM

    Dr zulfiqar ali is a great politicianRecommend

  • bewildered
    Jul 14, 2011 - 9:42AM

    I have never seen such a democracy. It is democrazy. Instead of solving common man’s problem and that is you elected for you are worsening their woes. Recommend

  • syed Imran
    Jul 14, 2011 - 9:44AM

    SINDH will be better of if all political parties are banned and people are allowed to work peacefully. These politicians/Political Parties, give nothing but “dead bodies, hunger,unemployment and corruption.
    The people of SINDH especially Karachi should say a big NO TO POLITICS in their city.


  • Haider Hussain
    Jul 14, 2011 - 9:49AM

    “You came to this city hungry and naked”

    Is he speaking only against a political party named MQM? No! these words reflect that mirza is a racist, and he’s against every Urdu speaking person whether he/she belongs to MQM, PPP. PML(N) Recommend

  • Jul 14, 2011 - 9:58AM

    i am fully fever the statement of Ali.
    It is common sense that if some pas comments against you so can be repl him with same attitude instead of putting fire on road & hurting or killing innocent people.
    that attitude is not matching to a political party but it is showing…………………………………….???????????????????????????????????????????????


  • Irshad Khan
    Jul 14, 2011 - 10:09AM

    Mr. Zulfiqar Mirza holds a very prestigeous high position in the coutry. He is senior Minister of an important province, he is husband of a capable/sober lady, Fahmida Mirza and also a friend of President. Such a person should be a very cautious person and speak very caculately, as his words can change the policy and scenario of the country. It seems he has some exploiters around him, not his real friends, who are pushing him in difficult and unserious positions. While speaking he has no control of his body, face, tongue and brain. What may be his condition in his office and official meetings. ALLAH, THE ALMIGHTY, has placed him in an exalted posion, therefor, he should show politeness, civilised manners and lovely language for others. He is in a position to spread love and not the hatred.


  • H.A. Khan
    Jul 14, 2011 - 10:13AM

    Reflect on it: what Zulfiqar Mirza said was what knows is true. His choice of words was bit harsh but facts were not off.

    Some iron hand is needed to bring peace to city of Karachi which just cannot be a hostage to any political party or parties.

    ZM rules….


  • Khalid Rahim
    Jul 14, 2011 - 10:15AM

    @Usman Mustafa Syed:
    YOU are a very petty person! Unlike your leader late Maj Gen Naseerullah Babar did not hide behind the English butler’s tailcoat nor under the nanny’s skirt. As much the physical courage he possessed equal was his moral courage. Which your leader lacks in both cases.
    Only persons lacking character attack the dead knowing well that they cannot retaliate.


  • syed Imran
    Jul 14, 2011 - 10:18AM

    The people of Karachi should say a BIG NO to politics in this city and only than they can lead a peaceful life as all these political parties are involved in crimes like “Target Killings, extortion, corruption and nepotism”


  • Ahmed
    Jul 14, 2011 - 10:24AM

    Wah amazing

    This province was here for centuries before you [migrants] came to this city hungry and naked [after Partition in 1947],” “You will divide Sindh over my dead body.


  • Nak
    Jul 14, 2011 - 10:31AM

    @ali: if some one gave the statment to your teacher I will see what did you do.

    “Altaf Bhai is a Great Great teacher”

    for all of us no one bear any sigle word agaist him, I am not sopporting any firing incedent but support the truth.


  • Jul 14, 2011 - 10:33AM

    Just a message to Karachites

    These are politician’s games to gain and lose ground. We need to be calm and have patience, because its innocent people like us who die, no matter which party is responsible for violence.

    We feed our facilities with our strengths and not getting it from any party fund, and in case, we lose our life (or our dear ones) we are the ones going to suffer, they would be least bothered about it.

    Every one living in SINDH is PAKISTANI and a SINDHI.Recommend

  • ishaq
    Jul 14, 2011 - 10:45AM

    At least Zulfiqar Mirza Has The Courage to say THE TRUTH


  • Mohammad
    Jul 14, 2011 - 10:52AM

    The statement of Zulfiqar Mirza clearly reflects the mentality of the leadership of existing PPP Sindh leadership. This was and shall be expected from such leaders who had clearly spoken pblicaly that they were going to separate Sindh province from Pakistan after the murder of Benazir Bhutto.

    Devide and rule may be considered as an art for politicians however, killing of innocent people no matter what language they speak(urdu,Pushto,Sindhi, Punjabi or Balochi) should be condemned by all and at every level.

    if this statement is not pre-planned by the Govt. of Pakistan then they should take immediate and strict action against the one who is the root cause behind this law lessness and also should not spear the persons found involved in murder of people.

    God Bless our Country, Pakistan Zindabad.


  • Goraya
    Jul 14, 2011 - 10:55AM

    I think Solution of this
    Krachi become seprate Province of Pakistan


  • Farhan
    Jul 14, 2011 - 11:04AM

    I don’t want to get snatched my mobiles anymore
    I don’t want to get snatched animal skins this Eid-ul-Azha
    I belong to Urdu-speakers and not support anyone who use arms against innocentsRecommend

  • Salman Orangiwala
    Jul 14, 2011 - 11:09AM

    @Yasir Khokar

    “Everyone living in Sindh is a Sidhi ” ??? Says who ???

    This plethora of yours needs to be buried under Sukkur Bridge once and for all .

    First , Do away with the UNIQUE Urban -Rural Quota system , Appoint an Urdu speaking CM or Home minister in Sindh , appoint at least 3 Urdu Speaking DCs in Karachi ( Currently out of 5 only one is ) ,then preach .


  • Safdar Bukhari
    Jul 14, 2011 - 11:16AM

    It is piety that some irresponsible attitude is being demonstrated by some hocks of the both parties. At least President should play his roll as President of Pakistan not as PPP Head. He should inquire into the circumstance under which flames of hatred and lawlessness are being spread by his followers. I think there is disciplinary problem in PPP or it is being done intentionally. President should control people like Mirza Zulfiqar for the peace and harmony. It Senior Minister is firing is own thoughts then which is not the policy of his party then his party should take action against him. When former foreign minister meets Nawas Sharif with out your consent you want to taught him lesson but a sitting minister is doing against your described policy and your or not taking any action against him. Why different standards within your party?


  • Usman Mustafa Syed
    Jul 14, 2011 - 11:19AM

    @Typical Pakistani:
    Communist movement was not crushed by Zia. It died its own death. Zia tried to sabotage PPP, however it is still alive, whether you like it or not. As a muslim, I second your thoughts that partition of India has not done any good for Islam & muslims in general, except for a few elite muslim families.


  • observer
    Jul 14, 2011 - 11:33AM

    Its the failure of system, & the democratic collation politics is collapsed. Its starkly clear that collations break and happen because of personal interests, & these interests if not fulfilled, pressure groups create political instability for ruling party. We need a system, where because of legislation power right can’t be turned in to wrong & vice versa for ethnic majorities or interests. We need a system that distributes resources & rights irrespective of representation in parliament but treating them as human and that’s Caliphate.


  • Ali Khan
    Jul 14, 2011 - 12:09PM

    ZM please donot stop speaking the truth.


  • Jul 14, 2011 - 12:13PM

    MR, Zulfiqar say truth or not but mqm behaver is not good .every body in karachi is distrab today .who said against mqm take action against him why you action aginst the good people of karachi.why?


  • KolachiMom
    Jul 14, 2011 - 12:16PM

    Oh for heaven’s sake. This is not about ethnicity, or immigrants. This is about our country, and it’s time we behaved like Pakistanis. It is ignorant to blame a person for simply ranting. And, bloodshed is never the correct response. What a barbaric nation we have become, when we lose all control over mere words.


  • Amer Khan
    Jul 14, 2011 - 12:17PM

    Well i must say, that he has the guts to say this, and he is right in saying that Muhajirs came with nothing to Karachi but we should also appreciate that Muhajir’s then made what Karachi is today and Sindhis because of their rural minds were left behind.

    MQM then made a big mistake by trying to conquer Karachi which they should have never done and should have given ample space to Sindhis, Baluchis, Punjabis, Pathans and even Biharis.

    Karachi just like any other city is for all of us, Pakistanis. The problem starts when there is a tug of war for Power and that is the real problem here.

    We should not then blame army when they come and take over the government when our politicians fight amongst each other.


  • Metwatch
    Jul 14, 2011 - 12:35PM

    we condemn statements inciting hatred against mohajirs. Karachi has been built by Mohajirs mainly and we will protect it like our motherland.


  • What?!
    Jul 14, 2011 - 1:00PM

    “hungry and naked”…well well well…. the last time someone was called these terms were the Bengalis, who now live in a separate country and we now acknowledge that we made mistakes in East Pakistan..now what is common between mohajirs here in Pakistan and Bengalis is that both these people lost loved during the riots of 1946 and paritition…the prominient leaders of the Pakistan Movement were those who are called “Mohajirs” today…so Mr Mirza’s philosophy shows a peculiar mindset that says” thank you for the country, now get the hell out!” Marginalisation of communities was the reason for the 1971 split, and it is currently the reason for strife in Balochistan and Urban Sindh. when will the political big wigs learn their lessons from history, especially those of PPP… everyone is Pakistan and Sindh is not the serf working your lands who will oblige your every whim and fancy.

    these are the people who dont support patriots, for example there were 100,000 Biharis in refugee camps in Bangaldesh at the time of partition…they were the people who supported West Pakistan in the 1971 war, and what did Pakistan give them back: the leader of the major political party said “we dont need more hungry and naked people in Pakistan. If being “hungry and naked” is the cost of patriotism, so be it, but Dr. Mirza should remember that this country (which he and his fellows are pillaging) was not beget with their efforts.


  • saleem khan
    Jul 14, 2011 - 1:20PM

    When you ask someone to tell the Truth Then Zulfiqar Mirza tell the truth. And we all know that truth is bitter.


  • peace wanted
    Jul 14, 2011 - 1:22PM

    he is fueling hatred amongst people of pakistan! we are one country and we would have not gained independence had it not been for everyone uniting in to one force. our enemies would be loving every moment of this!..


  • Salman
    Jul 14, 2011 - 1:27PM

    @Sajjad Naqvi: You are right, “Mirza is a brave man.” Another brave man had said that he will break the legs of those legislators who will go to Dacca to attend the National Assembly’s meeting in Dacca, when Awami League had won majority seats in Parliament.

    Also, I saw the picture of yet another brave man, Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah garlanding and feeding sweets with his owns hands to Chaudhry Shujaat Husain of Muslim Leaque Q, who not too long ago was called Qatil League by yet another brave man Asif Zardari, accusing him of killing your “Party Chairperson.”

    Yes, PPP is blessed with the presence of quite a few brave men. Please vote for PPP in the next elections.


  • hid
    Jul 14, 2011 - 1:39PM

    I’m a urdu speaking person but I have never casted my vote for MQM. However, the way PPP and ANP have been waging war on MQM and showing racist behavior, I have decided to cast my vote for MQM in the next election.


  • Fareedi
    Jul 14, 2011 - 1:42PM

    When shall we categorize ourselves as Pakistanis instead of MQM, PPP, PML. Why do our Politicians Thrive on Hate instead of Love. What happened to “Reconciliation”, or is that just a facade?

    Grow out of Party politics and think of Pakistan…. before it is too late!


  • sajjad
    Jul 14, 2011 - 1:48PM

    Karachi was already there before the Mohajirs came to Pakistan naked and hungry..


  • miss-creant
    Jul 14, 2011 - 1:52PM

    @Shahid Khan:
    You’re the best!


  • Iftikhar-ur-Rehman
    Jul 14, 2011 - 2:24PM

    @Saad Durrani:
    Hahahahaha!!! very well said Saad!!!


  • Tanweer
    Jul 14, 2011 - 2:28PM

    What Mirza told about Urdu speaking immigrants is only half true. Sure, they came to Pakistan in a disparate situation. But he does not know what these people brought with them; knowledge, skills and tremendous zeal to stablish Pakistan. Mirza should also remember what the people of Sindh and his elders used to be at that time; shoe polishers of Gora masters.


  • Morbid Isolation
    Jul 14, 2011 - 2:59PM

    Who cares about MQM or PPP or any of these parties? They’re all one in the same but why do the Urdu speaking people have to be dragged in the mud for this? Not all Urdu Speaking people are MQM. How come no one is talking about the racist overtones in Zulfiqar Mirza’s nonsense. THAT is dangerous!


  • Ihk
    Jul 14, 2011 - 3:00PM

    Few years back I realized one fine day that I might be Urdu speaking too since my grandparents migrated from India. That is it…NEVER had I thought that other non Urdu speaking were any less deserving to live in Karachi OR Pakistan…


  • Nowsherwan
    Jul 14, 2011 - 3:20PM

    Dr. Sahib,you are son of the soil!! We are proud of you!!!At least someone has the courage to call a spade a spade!!


  • Asad Baig
    Jul 14, 2011 - 3:24PM

    The Way he Blasted and Humiliated the Urdu Speaking Community is Really Shocking and Very Very Sad. The Urdu Speaking Community Sacrifices With Blood,Toil,Tears and Sweat in Making Pakistan a Reality in 1947, is SECOND TO NONE, Compared to Any Other Community and Can Not be Ignored.It only shows that there are still people who have Not Accepted Reality, even after 64 Years and have Hatred and Prejudiced inside them and are Living in their Own Selfish World.They neither have any Love nor Respect for The Country and its People.Its High Time we STOP this, that Enough is Enough, as Pakistan is Suffering Due to this Mentality and its Very Foundations are being Shaken Left, Right and Center.Pakistan Can Never Rise as a Nation if this Madness is Not Stopped Immediately.


  • Ali Wazir
    Jul 14, 2011 - 3:46PM

    I cant see what the bid deal is. A single politician expressed his opinion. It does not justify burning down buses and trucks and killing people.. MQM should act more responsibly …If you dont like the guys statements call a press conference, dont burn down the city…


  • Usman
    Jul 14, 2011 - 3:54PM

    14 precious lives lost over insulting one man? and MQM talks against feudalism?…


  • Suhial Anjum
    Jul 14, 2011 - 6:53PM

    President Zardari tried his best to pursue politics of reconciliation and even for this very purpose, President requested time and again to MQM and PML-N to join hands for the betterment of the country. However it was unfortunate the both the parties wrongly considered policy of reconciliation as weakness of PPP. MQM has miscalculated the things and have crossed the red lines. MQM though that they would once again blackmail PPP. They put on the table that whether PPP accept their all demands and get out of Karachi or otherwise they would call it quits from the government. But they miscalculated. PPP is strong in Islamabad and in the Karachi and they can easily afford to say goodbye to the MQM. Now MQM has to politically retreat. President Zardari had tried to put sense in Altaf Hussain, but Altaf Hussain even refused to hear the phone call of President of Pakistan. MQM hardliners staged a bloodshed in the city of Karachi and took the silence of PPP as their weakness, but now MQM is very fearful and very much on the back foot. Pakistan People’s Party needs to bring peace in Karachi and restore law and order there. Now without MQM it would be far much easier.


  • Iftikhar-ur-Rehman
    Jul 14, 2011 - 7:30PM

    @Amer Khan:
    I agree with you 100%


  • Rehan
    Jul 14, 2011 - 8:39PM

    What a bigot. This is why Pakistan is in the dump, after 60 years, i.e. 3 generations, he still harbors feelings of divisiveness. This is exactly what Indians were saying at the time of partition.Recommend

  • Fahad Raza
    Jul 14, 2011 - 8:51PM

    @Khalid Rahim:
    What are you talkin about? Altaf Hussien is not the only one is he??? Benazir Bhutto shaheed , Nawaz shareef, Pervez Musharraf and Asif ZARD-Ari escaped or to use the term went under the skirts of their masters. Zulfqar Ali Bhutto was also desperate to escape. He was tried and the duo process followed resulting in his death which was after he was proven guilty. Till the very last day he was hoping and a Libyan plane was in the air to extradite him. In Pakistan every politician is as bad.
    The thing is Zulfiqar Mirza could hold his tounge after some shots at Shahi party.


  • ahmed
    Jul 14, 2011 - 11:46PM

    the response of shahi syed is interesting. it suggest that either zulfikar mirza had too much to drink at the dinner or that even his friends think that he has the mental capacity of a chimp and media should not take him on record opening his mouth


  • danial
    Jul 15, 2011 - 1:59AM

    I dare say that Zulfikar is as brave as beegi-billi, who first incites his victim to face him then takes the path of his hole …in fact, it should be happened like that if he has challenged them(mqm),he should face the music of its results instead of submitting his apology…


  • amjad
    Jul 15, 2011 - 2:54AM

    About fifty years ago Ayub Khan had used threatening language against mohajirs. The generation of mohajirs who had migrated from India, and has given their lives, is probably all gone. The current Urdu speaking people are decendents of those who thought they are migrating to a country for majority of the muslims from sub-continent. They don’t know any other country. If Mirza has problem with these people,then he has to come up with a final solution. He’ll have to wipe out every Urdu speaking person. If he cannot do that, then it is better he keeps his mouthshut.


  • Hamza Ali Khan
    Jul 30, 2011 - 7:22PM

    @Natasha Suleman:
    Ma’am, please shun your discriminatory attitude, and look into the reality of things. Whatever Mirza said was insane, and it was the main reason which led to the post-comment events. Why not treat the cause rather than the manifestations/symptoms when the cause is already known? Be practical and look for once without any bias as to who is responsible. Calling the creators of this country as destitute; he perhaps needs to be reminded of what he was before partition and also of the innumerable contributions which the same community has made for Pakistan. And to remind you, since perhaps in most probability, you are not a Karachite, it wasn’t the MQM workers who took to streets next day. Instead the general Karachi population- without any political affiliations – had turned up to voice their concern regarding the issue. And as far as the ‘education’ point is concerned, I don’t think we need to remind you how the ‘most educated’ of ‘others’ need to act while standing before a television camera.Recommend

  • Hamza Ali Khan
    Jul 30, 2011 - 7:31PM

    @asma [email protected]:
    Asma Riaz sahiba, it is disappointing to look at your memory. you need to be reminded that the one who made nukes for this country is also being labelled as ‘bhooka, nanga’ by Mirza. Imagine AQ Khan not serving in the way he did for Pakistan. India would have fried us already. Muhajir made this land and continues to serve it. Better get your facts straight and look into Wikipedia for AQ Khan if you think I am lying. Recommend

  • Hamza Ali Khan
    Jul 30, 2011 - 7:50PM

    Ya Karachi was there but no it was Kulachee. A wasteland! A place which had nothing to offer except fishermen and again fishermen..


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