Destructive words

Something needs to be done to keep such destructive words from being said, ensure party discipline.

Editorial July 14, 2011

Karachi, which had shown some signs of calming down as the skirmish legislation between the PPP and MQM on local government faded somewhat into the distance, has been set aflame once more following the unwise diatribe by Senior Minister of the Sindh government Dr Zulfiqar Mirza against MQM chief Altaf Hussain. The PPP, including the president and the interior minister, have already made attempts to distance themselves from Dr Mirza’s quite extraordinary remarks. But the damage has been done. Words cannot be taken back. We can only wonder what compels Dr Mirza to provoke trouble in this fashion, speaking this time at a dinner hosted by the ANP and resisting efforts to prevent him from speaking to the media.

Following Dr Mirza’s assertion that Altaf Hussain was a ‘bigger criminal’ than the leader of rival group MQM-Haqiqi, Afaq Ahmed, there has been sporadic violence not only in Karachi but also in Hyderabad, Sukkur and even Shiqarpur. This must be condemned but is, of course, not unexpected. Given the volatile situation and the rise in temperatures which has come with Dr Mirza’s astonishing attack on the MQM, there is now a very real risk that things could, in fact, grow worse over the coming days.

Far too many people have died in Karachi over the last few days as a result of tensions between political parties. We cannot afford any more deaths. Whatever the rights and wrongs of individuals or political groups, some measure of diplomacy is essential to stop the bloodshed we have seen far too often. The MQM should not let its supporters react in a manner which puts innocent lives in danger and something needs to be done to prevent the kind of uncontrolled outbursts we have witnessed again and again from Dr Mirza. They serve no useful purpose at all and we can only wonder what motivates them. Something needs to be done to keep such destructive words from being said, and to ensure that everyone follows party discipline. The repeated failure by him on this count has created repeated chaos, while the direct attack on Altaf Hussain means that things could be even worse this time round, as tensions continue to mount.

Published in The Express Tribune, July 15th, 2011.

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Azmul Hussain | 9 years ago | Reply | Recommend

I do not understand why people just want to abuse Mirza on his audacious speech. Nobody has yet tried to find the root cause of such remarks by a very senior politician. Let me tell you why he spoke against urdu community. 1. Pakistan wasn't created with the sacrifices of any community. If anyone disagrees, i would like him to have a glance at true pages of history. What we learn in our text books or what is reiterated by our politicians is, albeit patriotic, not the truth. 2. People coming from india were to be settled in Punjab also but all of them were shown the direction of Sindh. This caused massive chaos in Sindh and all those people who had nothing in India, were given acres of lands here (an injustice which is seldom accepted). 3. All the jobs were distributed among new comers and the original dwellers were left with nothing. 4. Sindhi language was kicked off from educational institutes and doors of Karachi universities were closed for them. Despite all this and many other reasons, people of Sindh remained silent. Since the establishment of Pakistan, if any language has suffered the most, it is Sindhi. Yet, nobody is ready to accept this but if any person tries to take his anger out he is targeted by everyone. Specially media has played a very negative roll in this. Sindhis are treated unfairly but nobody wants to take this issue and try to address their legitimate claims.

samandar | 9 years ago | Reply | Recommend

in a six hundred word writeup you use five hundred and fifty to condemn the mad ravings of an unfortunate representative of his party. you then in fifteen frightened words make an attempt to disapprove? the killing of seventeen innocent poor people. talk of fair reporting. you sir should be in the propaganda business.not in journalism

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