At the Iftar The Express Tribune caught up with Karachi’s former city nazim, Mustafa Kamal.
Who, we asked him, is going to be the next city nazim? “If anyone claims to know who the MQM will nominate for this slot, then they don’t know the MQM at all,” he said. There are plenty of bright young people who are unknown in the party, just like I was a few years ago. “Did you know me, when I became nazim,” he asked. “I was also an unknown amidst a list of very prominent people.” Then one day, he just got a telephone call and Altaf Hussain asked him to file his papers. This is the principle that is likely to apply with any new nomination that will go through the Rabita Committee. The MQM has had a reputation for giving raw talent a run. If indeed this is the case for next time, any inexperienced young person will have the benefit of Kamal’s five years of experience.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 18th, 2011.
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