MQM hits back at Mirza

Published: August 29, 2011
According to the MQM,
elements who oppose the
party have been stooping
to such tactics to defame
the party.

According to the MQM, elements who oppose the party have been stooping to such tactics to defame the party.

KARACHI: The Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) on Sunday refuted the accusations levelled by former senior provincial minister Zulfiqar Mirza and said that it was part of a conspiracy to create a rift among various nationalities settled in Sindh.

Accusing Mirza of “personally patronising terrorists, target killers (and) kidnappers”, members of MQM’s central coordination committee said that Mirza had been making such statements in a bid to create disharmony.

Saying that Mirza was fuelling ethnic tensions in Sindh, members of the committee said that in so far as Mirza’s allegations against MQM were concerned, they were not new. “Elements who oppose the MQM have been stooping to such tactics to defame the party”.

The committees said that the people were “well aware of these tactics and fake allegations”, adding that none of the allegations against the MQM had ever been proved to be true.

The committees said that in the past, the MQM had even been accused of conspiring against the country to create a ‘Jinnahpur’.

Ironically, the committee said, people who had levelled these allegations had themselves refuted them later on.

It urged Mirza to explain why traders were increasingly targeted for extortion and incidents of kidnapping for ransom increased sharply “soon after he was sworn in as Sindh home minister?”

(Read: Mirza returns, reshuffle in cabinet expected)

The committee also asked Dr Mirza to identify extortionists and kidnappers and their backers, besides naming the criminal elements in the “Peoples Amn Committee who killed innocent traders in Sher Shah scrap market why they surrendered to the police, and how many of them were from Dr Mirza’s office.”

The committee also asked Dr Mirza to “tell who had (compelled) eyewitnesses not to recognise the killers” of Sher Shah Market traders and “at whose behest had terrorists of the Peoples Amn Committee kidnapped innocent citizens, took them to torture cells and decapitated them. He should also tell from where the hostages were recovered.”

The committees asked Dr Mirza to tell who was responsible for the “riots in the city with the assistance of drug, land and ammunition mafias”.

The committees said: “In fact, it is Dr Mirza who has personally been patronising terrorists, target killers, kidnappers…and other (criminals)…This is why Dr Mirza could not keep quiet after the law-enforcement agencies launched operation in Lyari against the criminal elements.”

The committees said that Dr Mirza was so inflamed by the operation in Lyari that he even blamed federal Interior Minister Rehman Malik for patronising terrorists.

“However, the fact is that Dr Mirza is directly involved in the bloodshed in the city,” the MQM forum said.

The committees said that MQM has clearly been supporting the ongoing operation against criminal elements.

The committees demanded of President Asif Ali Zardari and the top PPP leadership to take immediate notice of Dr Mirza’s provocative allegations and clarify their positions. Urging the people not to react to Dr Mirza’s “baseless and shameful allegations”, members of the coordination committee urged people to remain peaceful.

Published in The Express Tribune, August 29th,  2011.


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Reader Comments (51)

  • Aug 29, 2011 - 7:26AM

    Karachi will surely Burn while Zardari played one of his best political moves .. Seriously What a genius Zardari is . Securing Sindh for the next elections to be proper opposition to PML N


  • Faiz
    Aug 29, 2011 - 7:49AM

    Sorry, the people of karachi never believed you and never will. We are just afraid of you, very afraid!


  • pardesi
    Aug 29, 2011 - 8:34AM

    bound to happen.


  • syed Imran
    Aug 29, 2011 - 9:04AM

    Sorry MQM you can not hide the facts, these are very well known as to which party has the character for violence.
    I appeal to Karachites -who are as good as we think we are, to come out of the fold of MQMRecommend

  • Aftab Kenneth Wilson
    Aug 29, 2011 - 9:18AM

    It is now important for MQM also to come out with Holy Quran the way Dr. Mirza did so that people may know the truth. He said it openly under the oath. This type of press conference has never been witnessed in the history of our country.


  • Born Again Pakistani
    Aug 29, 2011 - 9:19AM

    I am not… I dont think there is an absolute truth. Everyone has good and bad points.


  • Ali
    Aug 29, 2011 - 9:44AM

    What is MQM? It is an open secret, a lay man know what it is doing in Karachi so there is no news. Recommend

  • Born Again Pakistani
    Aug 29, 2011 - 9:52AM

    Karachi get ready ZM has fired the first salvo… he hasnt done it just for the sake of it. Hell will soon be let loose on you.


  • Shah Zalmay Khan
    Aug 29, 2011 - 9:54AM

    We heard in our childhood that…
    1) “Liars are Very Confident and can go to Any Length in lying in their defense”,
    2) “When confronted, they never answer the Questions Put, they just ask Counter-Questions (in a bid to Justify their own actions pointed out)”…..
    However, what I failed to understand is why this “Childhood Lesson” came to my mind after reading the MQM Counter-allegations in this article.
    Anybody! Please help me with this one… ^-^


  • Aug 29, 2011 - 9:55AM

    People like Mirza can never leave any impact on MQM’s vote bank perhaps this is the reason why Mirza is not taken seriously people of Urban Sindh. Infact Mirza has left lots of questions regarding his vague accusation on MQM, America, Rehman Malik etc. People like Mirza has keeping the MQM alive in media. Recommend

  • Ahmer Ali
    Aug 29, 2011 - 10:11AM

    Assalam-o-Allaikum Warahmatullah.There is some one in the country who could see the real face of MQM to the nation and Zulfiqar Mirza has proven that he is that person who has done so.Well done Zulfiqar Mirza.


  • Parvez
    Aug 29, 2011 - 10:52AM

    There is only one loser in this ‘natak’ being played out and that’s the people of Karachi.


  • Dr Dee
    Aug 29, 2011 - 11:07AM

    When you see “Sardar Shaheed Abdul Rehman Baloch shaheed” (Rehman Dacoit) banner with PPP flags and then a picture of Zulfiqar Mirza on main shahrahe faisal (near lal koti) right after his shootout, you sometimes wonder why the ZM would fume and lash out when the operation started in Lyari after 4 days of ZM’s opposition. The ringleader won’t get his extortion and ransom money if his “jyalas” are locked up aye!?


  • Shahryar Ahmed
    Aug 29, 2011 - 11:26AM

    Please do remember that during 2001 to 2007 Karachi saw the most prosperous time & development real in its history.

    Could you please remind me who were in power during this time?


  • ABC
    Aug 29, 2011 - 11:31AM

    Was Quran upon their heads?


  • Aug 29, 2011 - 11:36AM

    The author must recognize the difference between “refuting” and “denying”.

    MQM merely denied the allegations…didn’t refute them.


  • Ricky
    Aug 29, 2011 - 11:42AM

    We are Sindhis and Infact we Support MQM in past today and will tomorrow and not will be tricked by these dirty propaganda.


  • Alex
    Aug 29, 2011 - 11:42AM

    What about the evidence MQM, i saw the letter sent to tony blair. Recommend

  • Bilal
    Aug 29, 2011 - 12:00PM

    what Mirza/Zardari really wants?


  • Ali S
    Aug 29, 2011 - 12:35PM

    @Aftab Kenneth Wilson:
    “It is now important for MQM to come out with Holy Quran the way Dr. Mirza did”

    I wonder what does the Holy Quran mean to people who kill and torture fellow Muslims without remorse in the last 10 days of Ramadan. (And I’m not referring to any one of these two in particular.)


  • Syed
    Aug 29, 2011 - 12:38PM

    Here are some facts to ponder upon.

    1)- When Mr Mirza was Home Minister Police killed the leader of “people Amans Commitee” , Rehman Dakait in an operation , and it was termed as a huge success of Law enforcement agency by Mr Mirza himself.

    2)- from that point onward, anyone living in Karachi can testify, that Billboard pictures of PPP, started carrying a picture of yet another “Shaheed”, Sardar Rehman Baloch (aka Rehman Dakait), along with picture of Zulfiqar Mirza and PPP flag on the same banners.

    3)- Mr Mirza declared Aman Commitee as part of PPP.

    4)- Mr Mirza said that till he is Home Minister there will be no operation in Liyari, (Although, extortionist from Liyari were responsible for Shershah killings, and demanding extortions from shops and bussinesses at LightHouse, Burns Road, II Chundriger Road and surrounding. — This was investigated by me personally)

    5)- Mr Mirza Lambasted MQM, when he was requested by traders to stop extortion by People Amans Commitee.

    6)-since last two weeks, there have been Massive rise in killings in Liyari.

    7)- Liyari operation starts, Zulfiqar Mirza opposes,

    8)- Rangers uncover Torture cells in Liyari, and Mr Mirza Lambasts MQM, yet again to divert the attention from Torture cells.(nothing new)


  • Naseer
    Aug 29, 2011 - 12:51PM

    MQM never had the history of facing the truth and satisfying its voters rather than meagerly understandable “Telephonic Address” from London!


  • Shayan
    Aug 29, 2011 - 1:02PM

    @Shahryar Ahmed:
    We also saw 12 May


  • Salman Orangiwala
    Aug 29, 2011 - 1:03PM

    So ………..? What is next ? People who are devoid of common sense are trying to make merry out of nothing , thinking of MQM is cornered .

    Tsk Tsk , MQM has its root deeper in its voters mindset with a particular patttern beyond Mirza and his biased supporters’ comprehension .

    These kind of childish press conferences and chest beating , yelling with fumes will alienate the Muhajirs and this is going to inflate MQMs vote bank , just wait and see . Recommend

  • Yasser Khan
    Aug 29, 2011 - 1:06PM

    I only want to address the people of Karachi, my brothers from this kind and gentle city that gives refuge to poor Pakistanis from all over the country. Its a turf war and mafia war. Make no mistake people A total of 5 billion rupees bhatta is collected from various markets/businesses of Karachi every month. Karachi has belonged to MQM ever since it came into existence. The enemies of Karachi have tried all the dirty tricks in the book. Karachiites couldn’t be cowed by Naseerullah Babar and General Asif Nawaz Janjua. Zulfikar Mirza is just a juvenile. I say hold elections today under Army or under NATO, MQM will once again sweep the polls like it always does. Because the people of Karachi have seen what all these other parties have done for Karachi. Zilch! Absolutely Nothing~! Recommend

  • Sohail Anwer
    Aug 29, 2011 - 1:54PM

    MQM has been vindicated from the Jinnahpur conspiracy and all allegations against, MQM have been dis proven and their is no direct evidence of MQM’s involvement in any kind of criminal enterprise. Please be objective in this context and quote some facts while you all are it!!!!!!


  • Zahid
    Aug 29, 2011 - 2:22PM

    Where is the letter of Altaf Hussain to Tony Blair about ISI thing.


  • Sohail Anwer
    Aug 29, 2011 - 2:34PM

    @Zahid, please check ur links before posting them, second Ummat is something below a 3rd rate tabloid. Third, MQM has always stood for Pakistan and the 98% oppressed class and we are the only true democratic party in Pakistan to date!!!!!


  • yasin ahmed
    Aug 29, 2011 - 3:15PM

    all The political parties are they not be able to generate a Good Effect in Pakistani.
    They have no surveillance And Equality .
    They r like a Target Killing and Other Mafias Issue .etc

  • Ayesha
    Aug 29, 2011 - 3:37PM

    International community should take notice and ban MQM until it comes clean. Its time to act


  • Hairaan
    Aug 29, 2011 - 3:38PM

    @Sohail Anwer:
    When were the last interal MQM elections held?
    You like it or not. ZM has put all MQM supporters on defensive.


  • Discostu
    Aug 29, 2011 - 3:41PM

    I hope this is the beginning of the end for bad politics. Karachi is a city for everyone, if any group thinks it belongs to them, they need to get out. Goes for both sides of this idiocy. There is no space for them in the city that is a melting pot of Pakistan.

    We love Karachi, long live Pakistan (albeit one without fanatics, religious and ethnic)Recommend

  • Hairaan
    Aug 29, 2011 - 3:44PM

    @Shahryar Ahmed:
    The progress you are referring to is of local bodies level. Please come up with some national level examples as MQM claims to be a national level political party.


  • atif anjum
    Aug 29, 2011 - 3:55PM

    check the link to see the letter to the tony blair

    Must see point number “e” in the last.


  • KolachiMom
    Aug 29, 2011 - 4:10PM

    They all sound like a bunch of bullies in a school yard fight.


  • Salman Orangiwala
    Aug 29, 2011 - 4:31PM

    MQM needs to use the same lingo , used by this racist Zulfiqar Mirza

    It was Lyari Operation and the discovery of two torture cells randomly used as slaughter houses of innocent bus passengers ,that made Mirza furious .

    And the press didnot bother to ask Mirza , who had been on the killing spree of innocent Urdu Spaeking people for the last many months .

  • Mohammad Foaz
    Aug 29, 2011 - 5:28PM

    I’m the one MQM represents and they actually lost my support but What actually was Zulfiqar Mirza trying to prove, He was Holding the Holy Qur’an and Cracking a Joke (about the Haleem thing). Ok i agree Altaf Hussain is not the most righteous person around.
    Q.1: what is Zulfiqar Mirza’s Credibility, As i never heard his name before 2008?
    Q.2: Since Rehman Daccait was the Actual Leader to Lyari, doesn’t this all propaganda gives signs that who murdered him?
    Q.3: These sort of Allegations will actually bring Peace in Karachi?
    Answer it and i will be a Citizen of your version to Peaceful Karachi.


  • Ali
    Aug 29, 2011 - 5:57PM

    Even a very liberal person or a non practicing Muslim will never take a false oath under our HOLY QURAAN. I don’t think any Muslim can ever do that. If Dr. Mirza did it, same reaction must come from MQM also. Hold the HOLY QURAAN and take oath if they can…….. i wont comment if Mirza is right or wrong, but i know one thing, Any Muslim will prefer to die in Dignity of our Holy Book and Prophet Mohammed (P.B.U.M) than taking false oaths……..


  • Hairaan
    Aug 29, 2011 - 6:23PM

    @Shahryar Ahmed:
    The progress you are referring to was of only Local Bodies level whereas MQM claims and aspires to be a National level party. Voters didn’t send you to provincial and national assembly just to build a few roads and flyovers and that too in the areas of your choice.


  • Reality
    Aug 29, 2011 - 7:12PM

    There are great Rats hollowing the foundations of Pakistan…and unfortunately they are in every party…some go to India for Trainings, and some to Afghanistan and who knows some where……The reason, these all have a mentality of slave life…..never know the value of free independent country…..History is full of Mir Jaffars….it will be not something new…God Help Pakistan and innocent Pakistanis….


  • pakistani
    Aug 29, 2011 - 7:39PM

    ppp can only dream of a having ppl like mustafa kamal..agreed not every one is innocent and every party has done wrong… even if mqm has been corrupt.. they have given back to society and showed khi that they are more than capable of delivering as they developed khi under musharraf…what amazing times those were!..


  • Syed
    Aug 29, 2011 - 7:55PM

    What ZM has done is basically asked for a genocide of Urdu Speaking as he clearly believes killing 10,000 people is alright to bring ‘peace’ to the city? Well, trouble is, why didn’t he talk about a massive operation against every criminal activity that goes on in the financial capital? why all the arguments started and ended on MQM. He clearly said that ISI, Army, President, Chief Minister all know about this since he has personally told them all this. Then how come no one is taking any action?

    About 5 days ago everyone was shocked on the issue of OBL being killed in the raid and everyone demanded answers from ISI, where are the answers now? how come nobody is asking anymore? MQM is a much sassy subject isnt it?

    This short-term memory effect has to go. Ive never been involved in politics or anything but the way this mess is turning out to be, I will make sure my vote doesn’t go to waste, and goes to those who will ensure my head remains attached to my body, and the garbage gets collected on time, and the streetlights remain lit, and the PMT continues working even after supporters of political parties come out from dark corners and fire several rounds on it.

    Everyone should be answerable, not only those who you dont like, but also those who you hold dear! Recommend

  • Waseem Baloch
    Aug 29, 2011 - 8:17PM

    @ Hairaan: Are you kidding me?! So you do accept that the MQM did contribute positively to Karachi, but you’re upset that they didn’t do the same in other parts of the country? What is wrong with you? When MQM has the power in other parts of the country, it will do the same and even better things. MQM says it is a national party because it represents the interest of the majority of the people in Pakistan. However, because of the existence of a feudal society in Pakistan, MQM has to work really hard to gain the mandate of the people. And please tell me what good PPP, PML-Q, PML-N have done in the country with all the power they have. They have done absolutely nothing. We Pakistanis can’t stand it when someone does something good. I am not a Muhajir or Urdu-speaking person and I wasn’t a life long supporter of MQM. But when I saw all the great work MQM did in Karachi, I knew that this party is the real deal.Recommend

  • Waseem Baloch
    Aug 29, 2011 - 8:19PM

    Holding a Quran on your head doesn’t mean anything these days. If you people seriously believe him only because he’s holding the Quran, you need help! I can’t believe people can be so naive. Grow up.


  • dr sabk
    Aug 29, 2011 - 8:41PM

    if history bro mustafa just completed the projectes which were started by the previous nazim of kaachi from jammiat not mustafa kamal………………some credit goes to him yes mustafa finished them with a good speed …….but he is not the planner……….


  • ik
    Aug 29, 2011 - 9:51PM

    Mirza & Lyari are synonymous – That is the whole story – Mirza was not able to convince Rahman Malik who insisted on the Lyari operation. So Mirza wanted to take down the MQM & Rahman Malik along with him.Recommend

  • Hairaan
    Aug 29, 2011 - 11:47PM

    @Waseem Baloch:
    Which feudal system are you talking about? The same which MQM has always supported by making coalitions since its inception be it with PML-Q or PPP? This slogan is for the consumption of the so called literate middle class only. There is no substance in it. Has MQM ever made any attempt to kill the much talked feudal system by bringing any legislation in the provincial and national assemblies. The truth is how could it do the same while sitting on the treasury benches with the feudal lords.
    My reply is still the same. Building roads and bridges is not what is expected from a national party. Please grow up from local bodies / KMC / KDA level.
    MQM can never become a national party unless it stop talking of Muhajirism. It should talk of principles and policies not of linguistics and ethnics.Recommend

  • Hassan
    Aug 30, 2011 - 12:11AM

    @ Faiz

    Kindly stop issuing sweeping statements on behalf of all people of Karachi. I am not afraid of MQM, never have been.


  • Salman Oranigwala
    Aug 30, 2011 - 1:51AM

    Watch the real truth of Zulfiqar Mirza as to how he became the owner of several sugar mills from scratch . Eat your heart out Dell Carnegie !


  • Mirza
    Aug 30, 2011 - 10:24AM

    As you have asked for the opinion, this letter is fake. Peter G, has never been a US senator. The writers did not even know who he was, is proof enought to expose the fake letter.
    I have already seen this letter sent by a cousin of mine a couple of years ago, and I had researched it.


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