Imran Khan on Karachi violence: ‘Political parties must abolish militant wings’

Published: September 12, 2011
PTI chief says major parties in Karachi part of the problem, not solution. PHOTO: Haseeb Siddiqui

PTI chief says major parties in Karachi part of the problem, not solution. PHOTO: Haseeb Siddiqui


Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaaf Chairman Imran Khan has said that political parties cannot control anarchy in Karachi because their own militant wings are the root cause of the unabated violence.

“Name any political party in Karachi that gets votes but doesn’t have a militant wing,” Khan challenged, while addressing a press conference on Sunday at Palwal House, PTI vice-president Najeeb Haroon’s residence in Karachi.

“Militant wings have become a trend now. Our party has made a huge effort to curb internal pressure to establish such a wing,” Khan said.

He reiterated his party’s position that only a neutral governor rule under a powerful administration can stabilise Karachi. Ruling out military intervention as a permanent solution to the violence in Karachi, he said that an unbiased police force could control the situation.

He continued his criticism of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), calling the party ‘the pioneer of belligerence in Karachi politics by instituting a political wing’ and ‘the forerunner in organising and funding land and extortion mafias’.

When asked about allegations made by former Sindh home minister Zulfiqar Mirza, Khan said that he had levelled some serious allegations and urged the Supreme Court to ensure a transparent probe into Mirza’s revelations against Interior Minister Rehman Malik and MQM chief Altaf Hussain. “Politics of allegation will ultimately divide Karachi along ethnic lines,” he said.

Published in The Express Tribune, September 12th,  2011.

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Reader Comments (154)

  • aslam
    Sep 11, 2011 - 7:48PM

    can’t wait to have PTI in power…and the rest of the gang (PPP, PML, MQM, ANP) behind bars…


  • Rsingh
    Sep 11, 2011 - 7:57PM

    Hope Indian Muslim are seeing how Muslim who left India for Pakistan are being treated like second class citizen and they are being blamed for violence in Karachi.It was mojahirs who made Karachi, a city on which over 60% of Pakistan GDP depends.
    How can Muhazirs be blamed for destroying a city which they themselves built. What has this good for nothing playboy done for Pakistan.
    Imran Khan was nothing 5 years back, his steep rise in such short span show he being propped by the army.


  • Tanvir Ali
    Sep 11, 2011 - 7:58PM

    I hope Imran comes out of the confusion and announce PTI’s policy on dealing with extremism in Pakistan and secondly how he wants to reset the relationship with west.


  • sabawoon
    Sep 11, 2011 - 8:03PM

    Khan and his team is the best.

    PTI TEAM (Bird’s eye view)
    Dr. Shahid Zia PhD Oklahoma state university
    Dr Farid Malik MS University of Arizona & PhD UIC Ohio
    Dr Shireen Mazari London School of Economics & Columbia University
    Dr. Hamayun Mohmand Member International Society of Hair Restorative Surgery USA
    Firduous Naqvi Masters in Highway Design and Materials, University of Michigan
    Akbar Sher Babar MSCE, Purdue University, USA
    Muhammad Najeeb Haroon Masters in Civil Engineering Oregon State University


  • Ali S
    Sep 11, 2011 - 8:07PM

    I think I speak for many young Pakistanis when I say that Imran Khan deserves to be given a chance at running this country. Realistically speaking, I agree that it’s kind of a gamble given that he somewhat lacks the grit required in the dirty game known as Pakistani politics and he might be a bit too idealistic, but since our current and past leaders have so much to answer for, I think it’s a chance worth taking.


  • Imran Mohammad
    Sep 11, 2011 - 8:10PM

    I fully endorse IK’s views on Karachi.


  • Tahir
    Sep 11, 2011 - 8:34PM

    PTI can become a major political force in Karachi since it has support from all ethnics.


  • wahab
    Sep 11, 2011 - 8:45PM

    Imran Khan is right~ we support him… Altaf Hussain and MQM does not represent Muhajirs anymore!


  • Born Again Pakistani
    Sep 11, 2011 - 8:46PM

    you will have to be patient it will take a very long time.


  • Sep 11, 2011 - 9:01PM

    The other day he was blaming Zardari for the violence. The man cannot make up his mind. Its amazing how can people even think of appointing this guy to helm of affairs in this country when he is completely clueless


  • ik
    Sep 11, 2011 - 9:16PM

    Imran is right – MQM should shoulder responsibility for the situation in Karachi being the party with the largest voter base & in governance. What have they done to keep the peace since they are in power since Musharraf’s time. Its time for Karachites to unite & vote for Imran in the coming elections to save themselves from ethnic leaders who are bent on destroying their futures.Recommend

  • Rahil
    Sep 11, 2011 - 9:20PM

    @Rsingh…. I dont understand what the hell u r doing here?? Why dont you confine yourself to your filthy nation. I am a muhajir and I say with full confidence that MQM is responsible for all this mess. Yes, we muhajirs made Karachi but MQM does not represent us. Long live Pakistan. Recommend

  • Toti873
    Sep 11, 2011 - 9:25PM

    @Rsingh: You are wrong. Many in India say Muslims should move to pakistan. Looking at the situation, they will stay in India. Disheartening for those nationalists in India. Right?


  • Irshad Khan
    Sep 11, 2011 - 9:27PM

    Who is there not blamed by Imran Khan on one or other pretext. He is champion of blame game and never talk sense. Why his GS did not attend this press conference in Karachi?


  • anees
    Sep 11, 2011 - 9:38PM

    @ rsingh – yes mohajirs built karachi – but MQM are not all representative of us. Imran khan has many mohajirs on his team. But mqm are using ‘our’ name for their mafia-like antics. I, for one, see this. The sooner more mohajirs like myself see this – the better. Many of the ‘good’ mqm members are slowly joining PTI. Wake up.Recommend

  • Sajid I. Barcha
    Sep 11, 2011 - 9:40PM

    Not that he is evil or something. Imran Khan is naive.


  • Sep 11, 2011 - 9:40PM

    What the hell! First IK said he will file cases against AH in the UK. Nothing happened….Then AH and IK sorted their problems out and were all good…now MQM has again become the whipping boy! Can he ever remain consistent?!


  • umair
    Sep 11, 2011 - 9:55PM

    @ rsingh.. he didnt say muhajirs.. he said mqm.. i dont know why muhajirs and mqm are synonymous


  • Nadeem Ahmed
    Sep 11, 2011 - 9:56PM

    @ sabawoon, no doubt the people you enlisted are educated, but leaders and politicians are a different breed. The people in your list cannot win union council seats. Talking about Imran and his team is a waste of time. PTI cannot win more than one federal seat in any future elections. The blame of PTI’s poor popularity goes to one person and that person is Imran Khan. He failed miserabley to build a strong and acceptable party despite the fact that whole media was behind him. He is a failed politician and biggest disappointment of our political history. The only way he can attain power is through a coup and those who are capable of coup have their own lists.


  • Pakistani
    Sep 11, 2011 - 9:56PM

    Mr. Rsingh please mind your own business. I am a ‘Muhajir’ living in Karachi and believe me I would rather die than live in India. Put your own house in order first before commenting on Pakistan.


  • Imran Mohammad
    Sep 11, 2011 - 10:02PM

    @Rsingh, Why don’t you go and comment on issues being faced by India? What pleasure do you and other Indians get in commenting on Pakistan’s internal matters. On the issue of Karachi, it belongs to everyone. The problem occurs when one party with fascist leanings and through the use of violence and militancy wants total and absolute control. No one is second class citizens. No one is untouchable like in some other countries. So, worry about your problems. Comment on Amar Singh videos on youtube. Leave Pakistan’s problems to Pakistanis.


  • Ali Rahmatullah
    Sep 11, 2011 - 10:06PM

    Irshad Khan you are just trying to find flaws for no reason. Imran Khan blames people who DESERVE the blame and you know it and I know it and everyone knows it.

    His GS is currently in Mexico and the US for a medical conference. He is one of Pakistan’s leading Dental surgeons and on the board of the world’s Dental Assembly. Just last week he conducted a PTI meeting at Harvard University. Tell me one party that has reached that status. Tell me one party that has these educated responsible successful citizens doing their part to GENUINELY make Pakistan better.


  • Sean
    Sep 11, 2011 - 10:07PM

    Although, I like Imran Khan because he has done positive deeds beyond just talk
    (1) Cancer Hospital to help the poor and give good quality of care in a developing nation
    (2) Helped the flood victims with hopefully little or no corruption.
    (3) He has described the corrupt leaders out and appears to have some positive vision
    (4) He has differentiated hiself from the field as an uncorrupted leader
    The things that concern me are:
    (1) He has aligned himself far too much with religious philosophy (from his speeches)
    (2) He has taken on a confrontational attitude with Urdu speaking minorities (in Karachi …the city that pays upward of 70% of the taxes for the country (may not be the central theme…but appears that way from his speeches as well)
    (3) He speaks in generalties on the economy and development which lacks substance and true understanding of the market economics…becoming far too much a politician (far too socialist fiscal leaning)
    (4) His lack of advanced education or experience in Finance, Strategy and Global Economics
    (Yes I know he went to Oxford…been there…done that…He took a bachelors level (second class grad) program there)…
    I support having an educated team that treats all of the people with respect and allows people to progress on merit not ethnic affiliation. There should be no Quota program…prevents the country from progressing.
    It is great to have professionals in the political stream … having a MD, DDS, PhD Or Engineering degree is great…having titles after your name is admirable but it would be better to have proven leaders of industry and organizations …proven track record in business —(there is quite a difference between pure academics ,including medical professionals, and the entrepreneurs and corporate leaders i.e. see plenty of studies from Academy of Management, Strategic Management Society etc.) ….you need people who have advance education as well as job experience in Development, Finance, Strategy, Entrepreneurship…
    Regardless…Wish him the best…


  • Copper
    Sep 11, 2011 - 10:08PM

    Your limited knowledge is obvious from your comments, but may be I can correct one misperception, MQM is not equal to Muhajir . MQM even didn’t exist til 1980s.
    Oh and one more thing, Imran built the famous cancer hospital a lot earlier than 5 years ago (the period which you say he was nothing).
    Try to know the facts first!


  • Khansab
    Sep 11, 2011 - 10:13PM

    Surprised to hear such a comment from Imran Khan. . .it seems a little one sided. He should have blamed ANP equally and condemned ANP’s racist comments too . . . .
    Nevertheless Imran Khan has a good chance of winning votes from Karachiites (both Urdu Pushto and others) if he handles his cards right.


  • Salman
    Sep 11, 2011 - 10:34PM


    -> why they left for Pakistan they left for pakistan to save their lives
    -> currently more muslims lives in india rather than pakistan
    -> Real mohajir were those people who were living along the border in punjab and in bangal
    -> My grandfather was killed in Amartasar District he lived near border 3 more family member
    got killed


  • Exposed
    Sep 11, 2011 - 10:38PM

    Only Imran Khan is the solution we have for all the problems in the country. He is sincere brave and honest man with courage to face internal and external threats.

    We can’t hope businessmen leaders collecting taxes while paying no taxes.

    People of Pakistan must realise that this is the time to stand for Pakistan and vote for Imran Khan.Recommend

  • Khan
    Sep 11, 2011 - 11:04PM

    I am not IK’s supporter but there are very few rare breed of people in this world who work selflessly for the humanity and Imran Khan is one of them along with Mr Sattar Edhi and Ansar Burni.
    Imran Khan’s state-of-the-art Shaukat Khanum Memorial Hospital, one of the best in the country, has been serving cancer patients without charging them for more than 16 years now along with working in Education sector as well. You really need to google his philanthropic activities to know him better.
    “how Muslim who left India for Pakistan are being treated like second class citizen and they are being blamed for violence in Karachi.”
    MQM has not been targeted because of ethnicity but purely because they support torture cells etc in Karachi and during 1990s even their had split group and both used to kill each other.. Why do you think the L&O situation is bad only in Karachi only? while majority of Muslims who left India are living in Punjab province not in Sindh.


  • Moz
    Sep 11, 2011 - 11:04PM

    He just made the case to not vote for him even stronger. This coward never speaks against the taliban.


  • anees razzak
    Sep 11, 2011 - 11:06PM

    @arshad khan. Your standards of english speak volumes for the level of credibility your opinion exterts (or lack of it). Imran is the best thing pakistan has had since zulfiqar and jinnah.


  • amjad
    Sep 11, 2011 - 11:13PM

    MQM may be guilty of the politics, Imran Khan is talking about, unfortunatley you have to go back to the seeds of divisions planted by Ayub and his son Gohar Ayub, politics of Z. A. .Bhutto, Benazir Bhutto and Nawaz Sharif. It is important for any nation and its people to revisit the history to reconcile. Just the way, British Empire planted the seeds of current turmoil in the world, roots of problems of Pakistan has their root in the first martial law, and the period of so called “stability and progress” of Ayub regime. Instead of the blame game, it is the need of the hour to have a open dialogue among all the stake-holders, and solve these problems, once and for all. No part of Pakistan should be a no go area for any Pakistani Every inch of Pakistan belongs all Pakistanis, wetehr they may be Pathans, Punjabis, Baluchis, Sindhis and Muhajirs. It also belongs to Hindus, Sikhs, Christians Shia and Sunni. Let Allah Almighty, decide on the day of judgement. Otherwise, ther would be no end of hatred and killings.


  • A pakistani hindu
    Sep 11, 2011 - 11:16PM

    @Rsingh: so there was no karachi before 47??. All the muslims played equal part in creation not only those that migrated.


  • taha
    Sep 11, 2011 - 11:19PM

    This is not true that mohajirs built the city, karachi was built by pushtons and mohajirs were its brains, but you have to have lived in karachi to know the whole truth.Even now the bhatta khors of MQM work like a mafia around the city, only the people of karachi are aware of it.MQM has actually nothing to do with the welfare of urdu speaking people, it has actually managed to destroy two generations of urdu speaking people, who know nothing but guns now.


  • hammad
    Sep 11, 2011 - 11:23PM

    And if you ask HIM whos responsible for violence in Pakistan, he would never blame or name Tehrik-e-talibanRecommend

  • AD
    Sep 11, 2011 - 11:24PM

    parday mein rehnay do.. parda na uthaoo… burqa jo uth gaya tha… lolzzz. hes so funny…pitty on those who follow Altaf bhai with blind eyes… but i like the his hilarious press conferences… parday mein…lolzz


  • Bilal
    Sep 11, 2011 - 11:27PM


    you are right, I second your statement.


  • Rock
    Sep 11, 2011 - 11:35PM

    @Toti873: Do you know today Indian muslims have become much more nationalist than other communities? Now they started actively participating welfare of society. No wonder they call pakistanis as separatists.


  • Shaan
    Sep 11, 2011 - 11:43PM


    He didnt blame Muhajirs but MQM, MQM is mutahida qomi movement not mahajir qomi movement. So I dont see as poisoned as you tried to picture.


  • Asad Baig
    Sep 12, 2011 - 12:01AM

    I was a big fan of Imran for more or less 30 years from 1977-78 to 2007.I saw him playing and still admire him as a cricketer though at times he was very biased towards players form Karachi.Let me correct Imran as he tends to forget facts that before the said wing of MQM there was Jamat Islami wing also in Karachi,as he is good friends with them he deliberately forgets them.Those who are old enough to remember the last 30 years will agree with this.There is a Very Strong Feeling in Karachi that Imran has a especial biased view for those whose mother tongue is Urdu Or those whose parents migrated from India. Prime examples are Javed Miandad and Pervez Musharaff beside others.He did the same when he was captain and now wants to repeat the same to become the PM.Everyone does mistakes he was the biggest playboy of his time and now that’s why he is targeting people those under 30 years who don’t know his past and is trying cashing this opportunity.As a person born and raised in Karachi I will object to his very narrow view of the Karachi situation and targeting only MQM for all the ills facing Karachi today.First it was Pervez Musharaff and now it is MQM.It seems old habits die hard for people like Imran who don’t know much what they are talking about and have not learnt anything from the past.I will advise Imran to look at the Karachi situation with an open heart and mind and not just from one side which is unfair, before making any sweeping statements which will cause more harm than good.


  • Sep 12, 2011 - 12:02AM

    Imran Khan is the only hope for Pakistan. It is a shameful act of media that they broadcasted the Bakwas Conference of Altaf Bhai for 3 hours but no coverage is given to Imran Khan…..


  • sannia
    Sep 12, 2011 - 12:02AM

    @Rsingh There are some black sheep happened to be MOHAJIRS,it is not migrants who are responsible for crime;instead its people getting paid by enemies who are committing crime in the name of discrimination.We will wipe them sooner or later.I hope its not too late.Meanwhile u might wanna keep an eye on crime in your own country.


  • Azeem
    Sep 12, 2011 - 12:10AM

    Mister criminal is criminal, it doesn’t matter which community he belongs to, and btw all pakistanis made karachi, and has equal contributions and mohajir is a person who does migration, not son of mohajir.
    Every Pakistani has equal rights in Pakistan, itz india where muslims treated like 3rd class citizens, when involved in Gujrat ruits, kashmir crurelty, Babri masjid and so and so.
    Plz stop trying diving pakistani on ethinic classes.


  • Adeel
    Sep 12, 2011 - 12:12AM

    @Rsingh: mqm is NOT muhajirs. Stop trying to give this a sick twist. Muslims leaving India was the best decision ever made… Genocide of Muslims in India proves that.

    Now about mqm. It’s a political party who is supported by very illiterate (mostly) public which the mqm deliberately wants to keep that way… They want them to have guns instead of books, and becomes robbers, thieves and murderes instead of earning a decent living.
    Mqm gets votes on the basis of fear, extortion, threats and totally by force.

    I would rather have u worry about the 300million hungry people of India, mostly Muslims and other minorities, before you comment on Pakistan.

    Imran Khan was bigger than any political leader even before he joined politics, are u daft? Do u not know who he is? He has gained popularity as a politician because people of Pakistan has seen everyone else fail, they are all tried and tested, IK isn’t. Simple. And even if he is being supported by the army, even better. We need a leader who is trusted by all institutions, including army, supreme court, etc. IK is that leader.


  • Ali TaNolI.
    Sep 12, 2011 - 12:12AM

    R singh
    Dont forget sikhs also was a big problem for india not too long ago if that is solved thus this gonna be solve be happy Hakoona matata ok.


  • Amir Siddiqui
    Sep 12, 2011 - 12:38AM

    Don’t try to play the ethnic card in disguise of a sympathizer of Indian Muslims. Sachar Committee’s report portrays well how much privileged Indian Muslims have been since the partition. As for those who migrated, their condition in much better in Pakistan and Imran Khan’s criticism was meant for MQM, which isn’t synonymous with muhajirs.


  • Nadeem Ahmed
    Sep 12, 2011 - 12:47AM

    Imran has nothing in his Pitari except blames. Those who could counter blame him have grown up kids. Therefore he is safe for the time being. He talks about justice and thats why he has named his party on justice, but can he justify that when he has not one elected representative in federal and provincial assemblies, with what majic he gets this much attention. If there was any fair play, justice or true democracy in the country, he would not have so much projection. He is a Ralph Nader of our politics.


  • Muhammad Rohaan Sadiq
    Sep 12, 2011 - 12:52AM

    @Rsingh: Dont comment if you dont know anything about Pakistan! Mind your own business and sort your country’s own problem.


  • zia ur rehman
    Sep 12, 2011 - 1:01AM

    @Nadir El-Edroos:
    dude he filed his case against altaf, but the scotland yard needed witnesses from to prosecute. Unfortunately both zardari and musharraf govts did not allows witnesses to go to UK!!!


  • Amir Siddiqui
    Sep 12, 2011 - 1:39AM

    Nothing to surprise about as IK just told the history that MQM initiated the politics of militancy in Karachi and later all the parties including ANP followed its footsteps. He didn’t spare other political parties but the trend-setter should be given it’s due share either in the form of criticism or praise. I think, IK did justice in doing so.


  • shahzeb
    Sep 12, 2011 - 1:39AM

    I am a MUHAJIR and I COMPLETELY agree with rsingh..
    we muhajirs are not considered citizens of Pakistan,
    we cant get Army jobs,
    we cant get government jobs(due to quota systems)
    We raised voice against FUEDAL LORDS…thats why we r always under attack.


  • Imran Hussain
    Sep 12, 2011 - 1:56AM

    People of Pakistan are not idiots. Look who is blaming others for the violence in Karachi.
    The so called leader who doesn’t have the mandate from common Pakistanis, Imran Khan who has been supporting Taliban and their agenda of killing innocent Pakistanis. Taliban and Al-Qaida who are the biggest terror machines and killers in Pakistan and Imran Khan is their proud spokesman in the country.
    People should decide that they will not accept leaders like Imran Khan who are supporting organizations which are anti-Islam & anti-Pakistan.


  • Saba Khan
    Sep 12, 2011 - 2:10AM

    great man with great vision


  • Saleem
    Sep 12, 2011 - 3:01AM

    I am sorry but let truth be told. It was NOT Muhajors or any other community that built Karachi – it is the “Port”. Karachi being the only port of Pakistan created jobs in the city and that brought migrantat from India as well as from all over Pakistan. Muhajors or any other community can’t steal that thunder, or take away distinction that Karachi has in Pakistan. If someone thinks that they created Karachi then why can’t they go and try making another city like Karachi?


  • Sep 12, 2011 - 3:02AM

    Well ! Being the biggest political party in the disturbed city of Karachi, I believe a big share is owned by MQM to bring peace in the city. MQM, please get up and do all to save innocent lives and for the sake of the country !


  • Powal
    Sep 12, 2011 - 3:09AM

    To all the indian nations please keep your comments to your self. Lets see how much you implement the bill that Ana Hazarae wants to implement. Mark my words indian its soo corrupt they would totally ignore his request.


  • Sep 12, 2011 - 4:40AM

    @Zia: When was this? No case was filled. And why would Scotland Yard require witnesses? That is for a court to decide. AH being a UK national, his prosecution would not rest on a third party providing witnesses. Stop propagating halve truths.


  • Farheen Rizvi
    Sep 12, 2011 - 5:43AM

    It is easy to put blame on each other but an acumen or vision or ideology is tested once you come up with solutions instead of blame game. The country is surrounded with issues and for those issues how many times did Mr. Khan came up with any soltuion. He named his party under the slogan of “JUSTICE”, I remeber the incident of killing two brothers on the roads of Sialkot; I want to ask Mr. Khan did he ever try to hold any protest for those two brothers or did any sit-in for them?
    It is easy to blame once you are not te resident or stakeholder of that place.


  • Adnan Mujib
    Sep 12, 2011 - 6:07AM

    Imran Khan thinks politics is cricket and can win next election.


  • Rock
    Sep 12, 2011 - 6:34AM

    @Amir Siddiqui: Do you know Indian muslim reject the concept of pak? They call you guys as separatist? Do you have any Sachar committe report on pak muslims and non muslims? Which world you are living in? anyway nonmuslims are just 4%. So we will talk about pak muslims. 30000 people died and can you think of the condition of their familes? Sorry, you guys are great, live in denials.


  • Rock
    Sep 12, 2011 - 6:36AM

    @Rsingh: Brother it’s their internal matter.


  • Maulana Diesel
    Sep 12, 2011 - 6:47AM

    I am a pushtun and i just want to say that I love my Urdu speaking brothers and sisters. Just because there is a war between the ANP and the MQM does not mean that there should be any animosity between Pushtuns and Mohajirs.

    Keep in mind that United we stand and divided we fall.

    Pakistan Zindabad!


  • M. Khan
    Sep 12, 2011 - 6:56AM

    Shocker! — NOT….when will IK wake up and realize this isn’t a game? He seriously lacks the capacity to understand complex socio-political issues and tries too hard to simplify things. God help us from naive celebrities with a never ending thirst for fame and power. IK is being used by higher authorities and everyone knows it…or at least everyone except his handful of supporters and of course the man himself.


  • Born Again Pakistani
    Sep 12, 2011 - 7:11AM

    I have sent a few questions three weeks ago through your website to which I have not received an answer can you please help me get it from IK or his team;

    1) Opinion about grass root democracy. Does he support a representative local bodies system or not? Do you believe MQM was wrong in forcing PPP in restoring a representative system? If so why. He doesnt have a policy on this.
    2) Pakistan is utter mess economically. You are averse to US support. China will not give any unconditional aid and that aid wont be financial we know it. What do you intend to do to revive the economy, reduce national debt without causing a slow down and curtail inflation without causing another massive slow down. If you do intend to default how will you manage to control the run on currency and ensure we are still afloat. (Doesnt have a clear policy)
    3) If US kills indiscriminately in WANA and other places through drone it is condemnable (agreed). Why dont you condemn indiscriminate killing by TTP in suicide attacks and in abductions. (Not a single statement of condemnation)
    4) Your allies Jamaat-i-Islami considers OBL as shaheed… do you also? Or will you not share this in a government you will most probably get by being allies to extreme right wing parties. We also know JI workers are normally in consort with Al Qaeda across Pakistan.

    One more I asked before which he never answered.

    Humans are moral. Who will lead in case if you are not there. Do you believe people can save a country or a system? If system will save then why dont you have one in your own party.

    When I put this to your party worker on twitter I got a big time bashing which is very common in Pakistani democratic system. Can you help me.


  • Born Again Pakistani
    Sep 12, 2011 - 7:13AM

    He leads a party that has 25 MNA what does PTI have? He has the right you dont.


  • Sep 12, 2011 - 7:18AM

    So now that everyone else has already made the accusations and secured the heat caused by it, he is now brave enough to say what has already been said with such a delay, most of those receiving the criticism have already made their excuses and have moved on to more of whatever it is they actually do.


  • Sep 12, 2011 - 7:43AM

    @sabawoon: All are American ‘Pankies.’ So dont expect local policies to benefit the populace. Only expect pro-American policies and the romping around of this playboy.

    It is time you people realized the necessity of the value of your own people and not US backed lackeys who will take you into immoralty.

    Be Pakistani for a change and not some extra-terrestrial who speaks with a slang and contempt. Salams to the local people of Pakistan


  • PS
    Sep 12, 2011 - 7:59AM

    Sorry Imran Khan. Either you are naive or biased by joining hands with others in blaming MQM. I do not belong to any political party but I do quest for truth. I have great respect for you as a future Presidential candidate, but I am quite surprised you have not pointed your finger at the ANP and PPP gangsters that caused mayhem, destruction and target killings on May 12 in Karachi. It is fact that the whole world knows.
    I am not a mohajir either, but I can see that there is still descrimination against the urdu speaking Karachiites even in their own city which they built for all humanity. They are still descriminated in jobs even in Karachi which they so proudly built it as nation’s pride. They are also still descriminated in Government jobs as I have known through friends. This is very unfortunate as we cannot see any open minded patriotic leadership that is unbiased towards the mohajirs and that is why MQM,s leadership is important and holds so much weight and there are many non urdu speaking and many pathans and punjabis with MQM as they stand for justice. Just read about MQM’s background how torture chambers were erected against them around 1995 which then was reported to Human Rights commision with proof in Geneva. So, there is a big history behind MQM which is quite enlightning.
    Pakistan can only progress when political parties grow up ending ethnic rivalry and violence. Pakistan Zindabad!


  • Born Again Pakistani
    Sep 12, 2011 - 8:20AM

    @Saba Khan:
    Care to explain to me his vision?


  • Kia Kahoon
    Sep 12, 2011 - 8:24AM

    I was your fan but now I am confused. You are being biased towards karachiites by not blaming ANP for its killing adventures in Karachi and sparking ethnic rivalry. MQM has been known to be kind towards Pashtuns in establishing them by providing them jobs and livelihood. So, what is this biasness about?


  • Born Again Pakistani
    Sep 12, 2011 - 8:32AM

    @A pakistani hindu:
    I beg to disagree. Baloch didnt want to be part of Pakistan so they were duped in it. NWFP barely voted for Pakistan…. Punjab till 1946 was in firm grip of unionist. Only sindh and bengal worked along with other provinces for Pakistan. Sindh was also skeptical later on Pakistan. I must say they were right.


  • Jabeen
    Sep 12, 2011 - 8:33AM

    @Saleem – Why would they build another city! Why could you not build another city yourself and create your own thunder. . . . you are most welcome in Karachi provided you have no ethnic rivalry against the Mohajirs who have been kind to all and welcome all sane and unbiased human beings to come join them and march with them peacefully in its progress for the common good of Pakistan.


  • Ikramuddin Akbar
    Sep 12, 2011 - 8:44AM

    @Maulana Diesel:
    Well thanks! at least “dair ayed durust ayed” we appreciate your feelings.Karachi desperately needs people like you Maulana!


  • Naeem Siddiqui
    Sep 12, 2011 - 8:46AM


    I was born, brought up and get educated in Karachi, Pakistan. And what I am today is all given by this great city Karachi and this great country Pakistan. And for your information yes my Father was a Muhajir from UP, India and he migrated to Lahore, Pakistan in line of duty to help and facilitate incoming refugees from Indian Punjab, Delhi and North UP.

    Having said that! I fully reject your observation that Muuhajirs or their descendants are treated as second class citizens in Pakistan. Urdu-Speakers have their presence in every sector of Pakistani life (Business, Politics, Religion, Armed Forces, Beaurocracy and Judiciary). I also reject your claim that Karachi was solely built by Muhajirs. Karachi was built by All Pakistanis and major share and contribution were from Urdu-Speaking and Pushto speaking people.

    MQM is not a sole representation of Urdu-Speaking community in Pakistan. Urdu Speaking people are actively and prominently present in all major political parties of Pakistan.

    And lastly I would suggest you to mind your own business because I know their are lots communities and ethnic groups in India who are still living in stone age and deprived of all those 8% or 9% GDP growth India is proud of.


  • aysha majeed
    Sep 12, 2011 - 8:55AM

    I am not sure if MQM was responsible for the outbreak of riots when Motarrama Fatima Jinnah was contesting elections when Karachi was under fire under the modus operndi of people of tribal mind set, 1962 was it? Then when ethnic violence broke out in 1974 in Interior Sindh, all MQM’s doing?
    Now MQM may be over, for reasons best known to people in the power play, no issues with that, but I have a problem as an ordinary voter. I am used to voting for the party which has:

    • no MPA/MNA with a fake degree
    • whose parliamentarians live in ordinary houses (thanks to AIK din GEO kay Sath, not palatial set ups)
    • parliamentarians not related to one another
    • no cronyism
    • no wealth accumulated overnight
    • whose leader not busy with self-preservation, never been a candidate for the top slot
    • produced leaders out of ordinary middle class folks
    • managed to organize shia and sunni namaz- janazah on the same turf (Raza Haider’s funeral prayers)
    • not plundered govt. coffers
    • delivered when given power (Mustafa Kamal’s tenure as nazim)
    • gone against GRST, firm stand on Swat and the list goes on

    I would first like those who will decide to give ‘truth & reconciliation’ a chance with MQM, if that is not appropriate, ok, they may be over as a party. But I would really appreciate if another party of the above mentioned distinctions can be named. Please don’t say Tehreek-insaaf, they are already encouraging corrupt people to join party for the sake of them being electables. Also, the party has shown no promise in the past nearly two decades of its inception. With due apologies, I have not seen Imran Khan as well wisher of Karachites. So who do I vote for?


  • Naeem Siddiqui
    Sep 12, 2011 - 8:59AM


    Mate! Its time to grow up!

    Ok let me try to open your eyes. There are 40% Skih/Punjabis in Indian armed forces and Sikh/Punjabis hardly contribute 5% Indian population. And there are lots of prominent Indian ethnic communities who don’t have their presence in Indian armed forces at all.

    This is the time of free market and open economy, Pakistani Government and armed forces cannot provide jobs to all 70m workforce of Pakistani population. Get educated and get skills and excel in private sector, small business, finance, science and technology.

    Stop going after government jobs!


  • aysha majeed
    Sep 12, 2011 - 9:06AM

    You are so right, my mother who has been a witness to partition in her early teens was mortified by the comments made by Zulfiqar Mirza. She quotes Maulana Abul Kalam azad who said, siyasee bhgadar ko mohajarrat ka muqaddas nam na do, . . . woh din door nahee jab tumahree halat uchoot aur shudroan jaisee ho ja aye gee.

    Do not call politcal upheavel hijrat (migration), soon you will be treated as untouchables.

    Mohajirs were denied rights to education in the form of quota system, jobs in civilian and military sectors denied and it goes on. all my relations are better off in India, even made it to top official slots. Also when they are killed in ethnic violence (Gujraat), it is not there muslim brethern killing them. These four provinces would not have gained independence had it bot been for the educated muslims of norther India supporting the Muslim League movement


  • farhat
    Sep 12, 2011 - 9:18AM

    i was never against or for MQM, but toatally disoppinted watching 3 and 1/2 hour long address towards his own party at the cost of media so called, end result beating about the bush>>>ruined image. very sad situation with bad taste ,i think.
    It was not a conference BUT an Address to the particular party…unfair.
    sincerely,in the best interest of my country
    farhat nadeem


  • Scheraz
    Sep 12, 2011 - 9:26AM

    @ expresstribune
    even tribune has disabled recommending comments on this news, shame on them


  • farhat
    Sep 12, 2011 - 9:39AM

    9 hours ago
    Reply Imran Khan is the only hope for Pakistan. It is a shameful act of media that they broadcasted theConference of Altaf Bhai for 3 hours but no coverage is given to Imran Khan…..
    media was befooled in the name of press conference.Imran Khan get good coverage,be optimist.otherwise you are very much right. I agree with your poit of view …it was meaningless talk (in my humble openion)
    these days youth is very smart educated and highly educated media anchors on all the CHLSSSSSSSSSS.only PTV days is the the THING OF THE PAST. no more meaningless talks will be acceptable in future. thanks with due respect.
    farhat nadeem
    Vancouver Recommend

  • Kashif akhtar
    Sep 12, 2011 - 9:47AM

    Imran did it again. His biased against Mqm will never go away. He is playing along with the forces who can’t stand MQM’s popularity in Khi. MQM is not a pure, clean party. But They take Khi as their own and work for it. What has amp and ppp done for Khi ever? Or ppp done in interior sindh. How Come illiteracy rate in interior sindh so low? These wadaira’s don’t want their peasants to be educated coz then who will they slave around. Have u ever heard from mqm leaders bashing punjabis or Pashto speakers? Ppp and Anp leaders have spoken against Urdu speakers openly and from time to time. Anp used masjid loudspeakers and called for jihad against Urdu speakers coz they are from yahoodi zaat? What the he’ll that even means. ANP uses their naive pashtoon and brain wash them with such rhetoric. Every one living in Khi know who the real bhatta Khors are. Imran khan knowingly forgot to mention that jamaat Islaami is the one who brought the guns in Khi … All the guns they brought back from aghan war. How can people forget that.? Mqm didn’t even exist till mid 80,s. Ask the people who went to college in 80,s. Ppp, Anp,ji and apmso all were loaded with guns. Pointing out just mqm is misleading and has malicious intent. Recommend

  • UrduSpeaker
    Sep 12, 2011 - 9:51AM

    Mohajirs, Leave MQM, Join PTI or APML. It is time to wake up Urdu speaking people.


  • sheerazuddin
    Sep 12, 2011 - 10:06AM

    @Rsingh: what has indian muslims got to do with whatever going on in karachi? the tone and tenor of your statement is deeply insulting as well as disturbing. you should explain what you want to say, in clear words, when you mean indian muslims should take a look at those in karachi. i am afraid, this just shows your ignorance and a new found arrogance.


  • bilal
    Sep 12, 2011 - 10:10AM

    Imran khan never supported Mohajirs and his baised behaviour is evident from his attitude toward javiad miandad and other urdu speaker players during his period.


  • Amadeus
    Sep 12, 2011 - 10:27AM

    Why is everyone after RSingh – give the guy a break. Calling other nations filthy and resorting to hate reflects our ugly persona as a society.


  • syed Imran
    Sep 12, 2011 - 10:27AM

    @ Shahzeb

    We are also muhajirs and have never faced any discrimination. If only MQM is calling itself muhajirs than you are even discriminating against muhajirs by branding all as part of MQM. I would ever hate to be a part of MQM which has entered violence in politics and is blamed for hundreds and thousands of killings.
    Tell me why is there no problem of insecurity in other parts of Sindh where muhajirs are in minority but living in peace, and why is it only Karachi where even in majority the MQM walas call it indiscrimination.
    Mind you I hate PPP, ANP,JI and all parties in Karachi but I still I feel MQM is the biggest culprit.Recommend

  • paki peepa
    Sep 12, 2011 - 10:40AM

    you said we cant get army jobs.

    answer is who was mirza aslam baig and musharaf and moin ud din haider former army chiefs

    dont lie khuda kay wastay yahi batain to altaf hussain nay poor muhajirs kay dilon main dal kar unko bewakoof banya tha.

    be pakistani and remove the sticker of Muhajirs and MQM’s stickers from your soul.
    If you are a Pakistani then no need to be punjabi, sindhi, baloch and etc….
    today all pakistani should insist on called a pakistani instead of ethnic names.
    God Bless all Pakistani’sRecommend

  • luke warm on situation
    Sep 12, 2011 - 10:42AM

    mohajir mohajir mohajir , ok but i know many mohajir ran from military training becouse of strict rules and discipline they want “halwa” jobs and it is not possible in army no2 u r saying mohajirs are not given the right in geverment quotas so leave the karachi and haydraabab and settle in interior sindh and let poor sindhis enjoy the enormous opportunities available in karachi and haydraabad then mohajir will be given the chance in gov job. what is this. plz only do study work and progress no mohajir mohajir mohajir Recommend

  • Cynic
    Sep 12, 2011 - 10:47AM

    R u serious? Cant get Government jobs?? Mr., I am a Government employee, and half my acquaintances are Urdu-speaking and very decent ppl, who absolutely disown MQM. And what about Musharraf? U cant get higher than a President surely, so what is this tirade about??


  • roundabout
    Sep 12, 2011 - 10:51AM

    Imran’s staement speaks volumes about him being not in touch with reality. Everybody knows it was the Jamaat-e-Islami militant wing that trued to supress the nascent MQM in the late 1980’s. MQM retaliated by forming its own militant wing and the rest is history. I have no sympathies for the current MQM leadership as they have failed to act in civilty and have transformed thmselves into feudals.


  • Saad ullah
    Sep 12, 2011 - 10:56AM

    Im sick and tired of all the dirty politics in our country!! Dnt think things can change with the existing leaderships!

    Imran khan and PTI (despite of some weaknesses) are the only hope for Pakistan, which needs something altogether new and revolutionized!! An educated, sensible and non-corrupt govt is needed, and PTI is the only1 which fits in this criteria!
    also Imran khan has always prooved his leadership and administrative skills!!

    What is the nation waiting for now!!!!


  • Saad ullah
    Sep 12, 2011 - 10:59AM

    and every party in its initial phase is more of a 1 man show (even MQM was as well)!
    PTI not having enough seats does not mean it can never be sucessful or doesnt have the right to speak in pak politics!!
    We should suport the right one, not the popular or powerful one!Recommend

  • khan of quetta
    Sep 12, 2011 - 11:35AM

    nawaz sharif and musharaf are also muhajirs faisal raza abdi is also muhajir zia was also muhajir


  • Rsingh
    Sep 12, 2011 - 11:42AM

    Hindus who came to India after partition did not have to form parties like MQM to defend their interest nor here in India there is a Hindi word equivalent for Mojahirs. Which proves my point Indian Muslims who came to Pakistan were not welcome even though they were better trained and educated than the natives.


  • Wasim Zaidi
    Sep 12, 2011 - 11:47AM

    In my opinion there are two lessons that Imran Khan could have learnt from his cricketing and philanthropic adventures. The first is that people matter, and therefore, change can only come about when the people stand up and make it happen. The second is that no matter how good a leader, a winning team is made up of multiple points of talent and skill. Only teams can win team sports. The gamesmanship and politics would be understandable if it was directed towards a formidable political foe, but Imran Khan represents, by the calculations of “liberal” voices themselves, nothing more than an irritant in the public discourse. The most serious charge against Imran Khan, that he is a Taliban apologist, deserves scrutiny, because if there is one thing Pakistan cannot afford, it is equivocal stances on terrorism that claims innocent lives in Pakistan, or anywhere else.

    He has ‘Me’ attitude rather than ‘you’ or ‘Us’. He need to learn that one can’t do anything without the support of others. Think about his party. None of you ever heard from his party leaders/members about PTI other than him; no leader except him? I don’t think so, he is deliberately doing so. Apart from all this, I find him as another politician. A horse without power is nothing, horse is ready to take power so it can beat others in every walk of life – I wish not corruption. His party’s flawed position on the problem of terrorism and extremism, I fear that even if the party somehow overcame its political challenges and got elected into power, it would end up doing a fair amount of harm albeit unintentionally. A bit similar to the way many naive and young people were attracted to the PPP’s slogan of social justice in the 1960s and ended up seriously harming the economy by nationalizing major industries and educational institutes. Sometimes the road to hell is paved with good intentions.


  • Atif Aslam
    Sep 12, 2011 - 11:59AM

    Are you right is your claim? did you migrated from anywhere in the world? or are you claiming because your ancestors did migration and were mohajir.
    you said “we muhajirs are not considered citizens of Pakistan” Did you not get National ID card? did you not have rights of votes? then how MQM (when it was mohajir qaumi movement) won seats from karachi and hyderabad?
    you said “we cant get Army jobs”, do you know what ethnic class mr. musharaf and mr. zia belongs to?
    you said “we cant get government jobs(due to quota systems)”, it is in whole Pakistan and you get job in other provinces due to this system, do you know, in “Mustfa Kamal” era only in KWSB ( Karachi Water and Sewerage Board ), nearly 7500 people got employment and 98% were urdu speaks, and belongs to MQM.
    You said “We raised voice against FUEDAL LORDS…thats why we r always under attack.”… BTW who attacked you? what is going on in the city since 1980s? who says “Karachi hamara hai tumhara nahi” ? who voted a feudal in presidential election?


  • Atif Aslam
    Sep 12, 2011 - 12:17PM

    Please get some research before commenting. Mohajir is a term to describe only the Muslim immigrants who chose to settle in another place to practice Islam.


  • meena aziz
    Sep 12, 2011 - 12:23PM

    While the learned and ( somewhat prejudiced) writers keep on writing articles discussing Karachi, and the same goes on in talk shows on tv channels, has anyone ever wondered at getting a mass opinion of the common Karachittes about the situation and the remedies they actually want?
    certainly people and politicians from outside Karachi cannot understand , assess or analyze, that which is happening in Karachi, correctly THAN THE PEOPLE WHO LIVE HERE CAN. the solution lies only with people from Karachi.
    the higher institutions can initiate a referendum on the situation in Karachi with possible choices as options to select from(army taking control, governor rule, etc) and conclude at best what to do to solve the problem, rather than all the idol talk.


  • Rsingh
    Sep 12, 2011 - 1:09PM

    In North India there are two major regional parties BSP and SP ,first one supported by Dalits and other one being by Yadavs and Muslim. SP vote base has been eroding rapidly because yadav don’t feel discriminated any more and owing to rapid economic development their conditions have improved rapidly which hasn’t been with Dalits and Dalits in India still cling to BSP. For them Mayawati is like Goddess even when in the latest wikileaks her own minster told Americans that she is one of most corrupt politician in India

    MQM vote bank hasn’t shrank,till there is discrimination parties like MQM will thrive. In India if Hindu are outdoing Muslim then it owing to the fact that in Hindu homes a lot of stress is laid to education and average Hindu has less kids compared to Muslim counterparts.Recommend

  • syed Imran
    Sep 12, 2011 - 1:48PM

    @ Born Again Pakistan

    Better check your credentials. You write against the very concept of pakistan and still call your self a Pakistani. Pakistan would be better off without such people who live and eat from its resources but speak against it very existance just because a small ethnic cult doesnt want to share the city with other pakistanis.Recommend

  • saifullah
    Sep 12, 2011 - 2:06PM

    East or West IMRAN is the Best


  • Sep 12, 2011 - 2:11PM

    @Imran Mohammad:
    If Pakistanis don’t go loud mouthed on International Media they might just stay away too. Have a look at our Twitter feeds, almost every Javed, Jameel, Jansher is rambling about 50 killed, 10 killed, 100 killed, Sad blast, etc, etc on Twitter. Now that’ going global and very much asking us to be commented upon by others.

    If you wash your dirty linen in the open, anyone is bound to comment and pass a word. Don’t blame him totally, irrespective if its his right or not, or if he is blinded to what wrong happens in India or not.



  • TQ
    Sep 12, 2011 - 2:33PM

    Regardless of who is who and what is what, i hope the next line of leadership is:

    Pervez Musharraf – President
    Imran Khan – Prime Minister

    Imran Khans should seriously consider joining hands with Musharraf. PTI lacks a team of strong members. Both Imran Khan and Musharraf can steer the country to a better future if they sincerely work together.


  • syed Imran
    Sep 12, 2011 - 2:58PM

    For all those who are writing against Pakistan read this Survey Report published in ET

    ISLAMABAD: An overwhelming majority of Pakistanis believe that separation from India was justified in 1947, revealed a recently released Gilani Poll conducted by Gallup Pakistan.

    In a survey, a nationally representative sample of men and women from across the country were asked the following question:

    Suppose you were an adult voter in 1947, would you have voted in favour or against the establishment of Pakistan?

    The results of the poll revealed that 92% Pakistanis believed the separation from India was justified and they would have voted for Pakistan, while only 8% said they would have voted against it, according to the results of the Gilani Research Foundation survey carried out by Gallup Pakistan on Monday.

    The poll reflects a minor but noticeable change of views on the issue, as the figure has gone up from 3% to 8% only in five years.


  • Rsingh
    Sep 12, 2011 - 3:17PM

    Today is my birthday,56 recommendation, I must say this is best birthday gift I ever got and such high recommendation clearly indicate that there is high degree of authenticity in what I said. Moreover if MQM is so much evil then just don’t vote for them in next election. This democracy is all about.Recommend

  • adeel
    Sep 12, 2011 - 3:21PM

    only Imran Khan is the solution we have for all the problems in the country. He is sincere brave and honest man with courage to face internal and external threats.


  • Sep 12, 2011 - 3:36PM

    @syed Imran:
    That poll disregards the progressively one sided, exaggerated, biased and outright false things being taught to Pakistani youth. Though I’m not directly defending India by saying that as, well, they can speak for themselves. I only mention it because that also applies to nearly every country there are negative sentiments about in Pakistan, regardless of severity.


  • syed Imran
    Sep 12, 2011 - 3:49PM

    @ Mark H

    Whatever, overwhelming majority of Pakistanis whether Punjabis,Sindhis, Baluchis Pathans Kashmiris, Baltis and Mohajirs will die for for Pakistan when needed. I you think you are sincere to your country than donot doubt the sinserity of others


  • Bila
    Sep 12, 2011 - 3:51PM

    @Nadir El-Edroos: He never changed his was altaf Hussein who called him and the call was issue based regarding drones and Raymond Davis!it was never about closing the bridge and never will be!!


  • Faisel Hafeez
    Sep 12, 2011 - 4:09PM

    Any Political Party that has a “Militant Wing” should be banned for Lifetime. And their leaders should be tried in Anti terrorist Courts, with a clear declaration that involvement in Militancy by a ‘Political Party’ is a Crime against Humanity, and awarded speedy sentences, which should be nothing less than a whole lifetime behind bars.Their Citizenship should be revoked. Recommend

  • ehsanali
    Sep 12, 2011 - 5:37PM

    @paki peepa:
    All those you mentioned in your list joined army in sixties before Bhuto era who introduced quta system in 70s.


  • Siraj Ahsan
    Sep 12, 2011 - 5:42PM

    i really hope he comes to power so this myth can be broken.


  • Siraj Ahsan
    Sep 12, 2011 - 5:44PM

    @syed Imran:
    I would like to know the sample and also would be interesting to see if this poll is done in Balochistan and Sindh what is the result.


  • sam
    Sep 12, 2011 - 5:55PM

    Leme guess was ET pressurized to change the title of this news ? ? ?


  • Mj
    Sep 12, 2011 - 6:04PM

    I really like Imran Khan and PTI but there are two issues holding me back from offering full support

    a) IK refuses to condemn militancy and terrorism which has so far claimed 30,000+ lives yet keeps on harping about drone attacks.
    b) His is far too close for my comfort to Jamat-e-Islami and idealizes quasi-religious ‘democracy’ under conservative brand of Islam, instead of secular liberal democracy which I think is more suitable for this country.Recommend

  • Atif Aslam
    Sep 12, 2011 - 6:08PM

    India has to free Kashmir to get positive sentiment about it.
    @Siraj Ahsan:
    I belongs to Karachi, Sindh and all people i met, know and have relationship says “PAKISTAN ZINDABAD INSHAALLAH”. Allah will save Pakistan InshaAllah…


  • Atif Aslam
    Sep 12, 2011 - 6:09PM
  • Atif Aslam
    Sep 12, 2011 - 6:18PM

    @syed Imran:
    Thumbs up, if get a chance to participate in this poll, I also voted in favour of the establishment of Pakistan. Also I am 100% sure same for the thousands of people whom i know, I have relationships to, my family members, my colleagues, my classmates, old classmates, inspite of what political party they like, which ethnic class, which religion, which cast they belong to
    All are unit on one point and that is PAKISTAN ZINDABAD.


  • Atif Aslam
    Sep 12, 2011 - 6:19PM

    @Siraj Ahsan:
    and it would be more interesting if a poll to be done in Indian Occupied Kashmir


  • roomi
    Sep 12, 2011 - 7:32PM

    @Asad Baig! As for Imran against people from Karachi! Its a bias perpetuated by cetain sections of press. Throughout his career he made strong decisions. Droppped his cousin and mentor from the Test team Majid Khan when he became captain. Although people always said he preferred Qadir over Iqbal Qasim ( from Karachi) . Qadir was cosidered a bowling genius. He played Mansoor Akhter ( from Karachi) again and again but he continued to fail despite his brilliant first class record. Imran brought back Iqbal Qasim when the pitch was suitable and he helped Pakistan win its only Series win in India. And ofcourse Javed Miandad was always his worthy Lieutenant till the end. Imran was the greatest Captain Pakistan produced as Pakistan became the only side to beat all the major Test Nations under his captaincy. He made tough decsions and sometimes bypassed the selectors and board which made him unpopular.


  • Siraj Ahsan
    Sep 12, 2011 - 7:33PM

    @syed Imran:
    True! I will change my name to Ex-Pakistani. By the way I am not using any of the resource. Reality has to be accepted then only you can mend. You blame the political parties for violence…. East Pakistan, Balochistan, Sindh, Karachi… the genocide in East Pakistan was only held back because of cold war.. if it had happened now all of your generals would have stood trial. Pakistan has never accepted guilt in the murder of innocent people… and you say I feed on Pakistan’s resource….. Ethnic cult I didnt create.. It was created because of some reasons and you cant deny it… if so many people vote for MQM there must be a reason. People who close their eyes to reality and want to fix the problem can never.
    If you want to fix the problem be respectful of the mandate and then pamper the place and you will see the end of MQM.
    It was not just MQM which got branded… Bengalis were also…. it is the way things work in Pakistan…. Recommend

  • Sep 12, 2011 - 7:45PM

    @Irshad Isn’t it obvious who’s doing what? Talking about blaming people, don’t you think the ones being blamed aren’t guilty of crimes being committed? Talk sense man.


  • Karachites
    Sep 12, 2011 - 8:16PM

    Pakistanis living outside Karachi are in state of dementia and have very short memories. Jamat –e- Islami, nationalist and other extremist militant wings who participated in Afghan war had introduced violence and fire arms in politics and educational institutes in Karachi. ANP current chairman Asfandyar Wali was nominated as a prime suspect for the murder of Hayat Mohammad Khan Sherpao former Governor of KPK. ANP was involved in separatist violence and terrorist activities and was charged for treason and acting against the ideology of Pakistan in 1975

    Imran Khan animosity for Karachites is not new, we still remember how he destroyed careers for Karachi cricketers like Azim Hafiz, Qasim Umer, Saleem Yousif, Wasim Raja, Rameez Raja, Zaheer Abas and many more, he never promoted merit in cricket. He was the one who introduced dirty politics in cricket and since then Pakistan cricket is on the down side.


  • Siraj Ahsan
    Sep 12, 2011 - 8:40PM

    @Atif Aslam:
    No problems at all bro. I dont care what they decide. I dont think it is an issue for me at all. Its an issue for army to keep 65% of the budget on their side.
    The issue is not if you want to be in Pakistan issue is was it right. To me it wasnt.. If after kiling thousands of bengalis no one was held accountable then how come you justify te country? Pakstan ended when Eastern half was torn apart. It is not Jinnah’s Pakistan it is Army and Bhuttos.


  • Freeman
    Sep 12, 2011 - 8:47PM

    @TightChuddi: You need to make yourself updated. Imran blame all 3 main parties ppp, MQM AND ANP clearly. His mind is very clear about it. Here he is just replying to a journlists question regarding MQM. You need to read his other interviews as well as his tv interviews etc.

    Imran Khan is not clueless. Imran khan is the only Leader who we can trust. Off course he is also a human being but he the only leader for hope and better future of Pakistan.

    If we want our children get good education and have a fantastic future instead of invlove in war and get guns then we must support Imran Khan.


  • Freeman
    Sep 12, 2011 - 8:59PM

    @shahzeb: I do not agree with you. Imran never spoken against Muhajirs. He never said Muhajirs are doing this. He is only criticising Leader of all 3 main Parties in Karachi MQM, PP AND ANP. PTI is the only party who have got support from people from every background.

    Also there are no Muhajirs in Pakistan anymore except Afghans who are living here becasue of AFghan war. Poeple who came from india in 1947 were only Muhajirs. Now its 3rd and 4th generation of Urdu speakers. This 3rd and 4th Generation are not Muhajir.
    They are no less than the other people of Pakistan. They have equal rights to live their life. Please stop calling them Muhajirins.

    Urdu speakers do not live only in Karachi. They also in other part of the country. They are living very peacefully and integrated with the locals. They have made relationships with other backgrounds people.


  • MAK009x
    Sep 12, 2011 - 9:08PM

    All people claiming that IK is anti urdu speaking: IK himself is urdu speaking, his mother from a muhajir family.


  • Freeman
    Sep 12, 2011 - 9:09PM

    @Rsingh: Look again an Indian flocked here and started to mindset comments against Pakistan. According to indian own govenment report. Muslims in india are bottom 2% and poorest poeple compare to other Hindus. They do not have businesses as Hindu does not want them to have good business.

    It is very very hard for a muslim to get a house or flat in Bombay as Hindu Extremist doe not let them buy as some top bollywood actors says clearly.

    Indian Kashmir where Muslims are in Majority. over 80,000 muslim women have been raped in last 20 years and more than 100,000 yound muslims have been killed by indian brutal army. 1000 of Mass graves have been found in Indian occupied Kashmir.

    There are 8 eight stats in india where insurgencies is on the rise. Those people do not want to live with india and want to seperate from india.

    I think indians should take care their own country isntead of comenting on Pakistan’s Situation.


  • Ikramuddin Akbar
    Sep 12, 2011 - 9:33PM

    No party is a saint party, every party has some flaws within it’s policies. So instead of criticizing particular parties let us discuss what is the main cause of miseries a particular community of Pakistani people are facing. and i dont need anyone’s approval to say that people who opted for Pakistan on 1947 are being discriminated from the very beginning by every way, say it quota system, son of the soil, and never allowing to join army and most menacing the barbaric feudal system that dont easily allow them to sit in the assemblies,harrassing and bullying them, etc.That’s why they have to go to India to see their relatives through Wagha border.not through sind border as majority live in sind.can anyone deny this.They haven’t been accepted as true compatriots by the people who had been residing here permanently before partition and are still being called , bhukey nangey, makkar, hindusthoriye. Mohna ( Mohan Singh) from “Gah” a village in Chakwal could be the prime minister of India and Advani from Sind can hold a position there , both “SHARNARTHI” of 1947 from Pakistan, but not any Mohajir who left everything for this country and still sacrificing and fighting on several fronts to keep Pakistan united. The fact is that hatred against these people was the main cause of the birth of MQM, All is not well here but i concentrate on policy not any individuals flaws ,that’s human nature.It is the policy of MQM that would fight to the last blood to eradicate cruel feudal system from the soil of Pakistan , no feudal based party and lord minded politician would ever dare to think about. Recommend

  • grain2315
    Sep 12, 2011 - 11:47PM

    interesting debate, the thing I don’t understand, why does a political party, which is a part of civil society need and i emphasize need a militant wing? this question is addressed to one and all not just one political party, seems to me this is not politics but mafia, gangsterism….Recommend

  • Rehmat
    Sep 13, 2011 - 12:17AM

    Imran Khan is the most popular and the only trusted politician in Pakistan today, it’s a pity that the coverage he and his party gets is disproportionately lower relative to their popularity and massive support in urban heartlands of Pakistan, that is now rapidly spreading to the rural areas.


  • Salman Orangiwala
    Sep 13, 2011 - 1:56AM


    The fact of the pure matter is that , what you could gauge from sitting a thousand miles away, the bewildered net warrior brigade ( strom on the notebook type with much much hype ) of Imran are explicitly lacking the very sense of understanding the simplest fact .

    Imran is and has been biased to a ceratinn community of Karachi and some knuckle heads belonging to that community are going so overboard to defend Imran the opportunist Khan , that they donot have the slightest idea that all his life Imran has done is CRITICISING all and anybody who is somebody

    Let them wait and wake up when Imran and his tonga party falls on its face in Karachi .Till then …..adios !


  • Doctor
    Sep 13, 2011 - 2:38AM

    I am not a Muhajir but the amount of fake Muhajir commenters and the PTI’s internet brigade is out in full force on this article. The number of comments that reek of (a) blatant dislike for Muhajirs and (b) blind faith in Imran Khan bother me.

    First, the issue of the Muhajirs. Let’s be honest with ourselves. We Pakistanis have mistreated them greatly. We always hate when an Indian points out one of our flaws and use that guise to then just pretend there is no problem. Muhajirs were the most educated people at the time of Partition. They sacrificed greatly for the creation of Pakistan and many of them still have family in India. Many Muhajirs have immigrated abroad due to their significant levels of education and hard-working nature. They are doing well abroad. They are generally not super religious and not hateful towards others.

    Regardless, they are discriminated against in government job hiring and Armed Forces recruitment. Karachi is left to the dogs as far as the GOP cares. The last time the Armed Forces went down there they killed thousands of Muhajirs. MQM would not have even come to existence if Muhajirs were properly represented and treated.

    Second, Imran Khan and the PTI loonies forget Imran Khan is a terrorist sympathizer. He is a fantastic cricketer and a man with a big heart but he is misguided. A man who sends Pakistan further down the path of destruction its already own will let Pakistan become Afghanistan. We should not allow that to happen. Do not vote for this misguided man Imran Khan.


  • Ikramuddin Akbar
    Sep 13, 2011 - 3:07AM

    No doubt Imran khan is a foreign educated gentle man and a former son in law of an upper – class Bitish family but that hard earnings do not merely qualify him to enter in Pakistan’s feudaly inherited politics . Imran Khan is politically alone. How can people of Pakistan trust Imran bequeathing him the reign of a nuclear power. He is a fledgling bird yet to fly independently in the sky. It’s not game ,he has never been tested in politics before as he has never shown any political vision at any occasion just blaming alleging deft politician and promising to give moon and delivering it later will not pay off. Uptill now his political tools have been the so called “Dharna” ” bringing Altaf Hussain through Interpol” and the second hand political scolding of other leaders that he steals from here and there. Had there been no some strong hands in the back he would have been running his cricket club somewhere in England .Imran needs to join some political party where after some training he might be able to start his own business .It would not be ethical to know about him whether he had ever been to a jail or not because those who go to jail for their party emerge as a matured and experienced politicians .God bless Imran Khan.


  • Punjabi Troll
    Sep 13, 2011 - 4:01AM

    @Rsingh : Congrats dude, you single handedly teased the whole Pakistan. Just look at the list of responses. You really shook them well. Even non muhajir started claiming themselves Muhajirs. I am always fascinated by the way we Pakistani easily get provoked. As for Imran, well he is better of all bad choices we have. Anybody is better than Gillani and Bhutto at power. Imran bhai good luck.


  • QB
    Sep 13, 2011 - 4:18AM

    @Shahzeb — You sound like an MQM worker and not a real Pakistani Muhajir. We love all muhajireen and credit them with making so much sacrifices. They are as much Pakistani as any one else.

    But what is people like you still doing in Pakistan if you are considered 2nd class citizenzs — will India take you back?

    IK said the right things. It is so alarmingly surprising when people think he is confused. What part of “all parties who get votes have militant wings” is confusing. Is that not true?

    We want free and fare elections. We don’t want people of Karachi or Pakistan elsewhere to fear for their lives if they vote for right people — MQM and all other parties with militant wings have to face justice — Allah key pas dair hai andheer nahin.


  • Imran
    Sep 13, 2011 - 6:18AM

    I fully endorsed for Imran Khan for the next president or prime minister, all others we have seen Zardari and his team are number one Corrupt, they cannot grow Pakistan, should avoid forever.


  • isloo boy
    Sep 13, 2011 - 9:13AM

    my grandfather moved from delhi to lahore i have no issues i dont think quotta will be finished in sind,balochistan,kpk but its almost absent in punjab except for some seats for fana,fata there are a lot of established muhajirs in lahore faisalabad rawalpindi multan there are muhajirs in every punjabi city there are pathan muhajirs in quetta as well


  • Irshad Khan
    Sep 13, 2011 - 11:13AM

    Imran Khan is a person who has no proper team and neither any plans to run the country. His politics revolves around abusing and blaming others including Nawaz Shareef who went all out to help him to build his hospital, a family property. He is stubborn and proud person and can`t make nor work in a team. He has always been an enemy of Karachites/Muhajirs since his captain-ship of cricket team. He approached Scotland yard against MQM without any reason and came back extremely depressed. Muhajirs are most educated, talented, civilized, hard working and most loyal citizens of this country. People remember development work in the era of Liaquat Ali Khan who changed a barren land to indusrialized country within a short period of four years, without loan and aid but with the help of Money from Indian Nawabs, Muhajir Indusrialists and Bankers; But he was murdered in order to loot the country. Lateron, the President of the country Mr. Ayub Khan openly abused and harassed Karachites and shifted capital to eliminate them from services; this biased attitude continues till date. Recently two cities, Karachi and Hyder-Abad elected Nazims from MQM, who changed these cities to most Modern cities within a short period of four years. They have large teams of Planners, Town planners, Engineers, Writers, Educators, Doctors, IT experts, Administrators, economists, communication experts, media experts and what not. They deserve to rule the country. Mr. Rahmatullah(abo should know that beside English I know several other languages and above it, I have a proper awareness and can not be exploited by empty minded persons by their meaning-less slogans.


  • Nayab Hayat
    Sep 13, 2011 - 1:05PM

    Lol @ Khan sahib. Last night on CNBC he said Governer should be appointed by Cheif justice. I wonder when he will understand constitutions of Pakistan and when he will stop dreaming that Army will put him a puppet prime minister. Somebody above put up a list of face of PTI with all Doctors. I wonder theres any politician in them. just like a cricketer can lead a cricket team u need a politician to run a country that is why world over there r technocrate seats jst for advisory….there is not a single work able policy Imran khan has put infront of nation.. no wonder he did not win single seat in 1996, 1 seat in 2002 and boycott in 2008.. its a 15 year old party but seem 15 year teenagers are only its members!


  • Omair Shahid
    Sep 13, 2011 - 1:36PM

    doctor sb so you are saying that we should vote for the same useless parties like MQM, ANP, PPP, PML-N & Q you want to give them another chance to destroy Pakistan.
    These parties have destroyed Pakistan and they had there chance not one time but two or three times at least we can do is give imran a chance i know he is not a saint but we should at least give him a chance to prove himself.


  • Omair Shahid
    Sep 13, 2011 - 1:48PM

    @Nayab Hayat:
    Mr Nayab so it mean you want to give your vote to the same old parties like PML-N,Q, ANP, MQM, PPP who have destroyed Pakistan just like in the past without even giving a chance to Imran, sure he is not a saint he is a human being just like us and he makes mistake just like other now i’m not a supporter of PTI or Imran but I want to give him a chance because i have lost faith in every other party sure we might not win but i will be glad that i voted for a right person.


  • Kamran Farooqui
    Sep 13, 2011 - 4:31PM

    First of all no one in youth is Muhajir.. Yes my parents were. But mind it please that MQM does not represent us. We Muslims youth are against our divide on the basis of ethnic and lingual basis. I think Therik e Insaf is the Idea whose time has come. I guess we all should support Imran Khan as he has recently announced all his policies regarding every issue of Pakistan.

    Imran Khan may have weaknesses. But in current situation he is only politician who is among the people and have solutions to Pakistan’s problem.Recommend

  • SK
    Sep 13, 2011 - 8:15PM

    @rsingh: “Today is my birthday,56 recommendation, I must say this is best birthday gift I ever got and such high recommendation clearly indicate that there is high degree of authenticity in what I said”

    99% of the “56 recommdendations” you got come from Indian readers on this site. Thus, that automatically disables your claim on the “high degree of authenticity” on what you said since comments ridiculing Pakistan usually get the most thumbs up on this site. This site has more Indian viewers than Pakistanis. Enjoy your “birthday gift.” Lol


  • Someone
    Sep 13, 2011 - 8:16PM

    @rsingh: People like you are living in la la land 24 hours, 7 days a week. Wonder what they teach you in India about Pakistan :)


  • Lady Gaga
    Sep 13, 2011 - 8:24PM

    @shahzeb: i feel bad for you but agree you have a valid point


  • Asad
    Sep 13, 2011 - 9:23PM

    You must have heard this but it is true that Imran’s party’s name is tehreek-e-insaaf but he never carried out justice when he was Pak cricket captain. There is a long list of players who deserved more chances (e.g. Shoaib Mohmmad, Qasim Omer, Asif Mujtaba, Moin-ul-Atiq, Ghulam Ali) yet Imran’s relatives/favourites (e.g. Mansoor Akhtar, Ijaz Ahmed, Zahid Fazal) were always in the side at the expense of merit and this attitude/culture has prevailed in the team ever since. Personally I think that he is sincere but he is bound by his own prejudices and as a leader he will never be fair. His pro-taliban and anti-MQM stance is an example of that.

    As far as Pak politics is concerned Imran Khan is immaterial for the past 15 yrs; he is hardly a politician with no representation/votebank, just a TV personality with a loud mouth these days. he should really quit and build more charity hospitals.


  • Asad
    Sep 13, 2011 - 9:40PM

    @Amir Siddiqui, MQM did not initiate the politics of militancy; in fact Jamaat-e-Islami and PPP had long had active militant student wings in the 1970s. MQM came into being in the early-mid 1980s as a reaction against the injustices committed by Zia and before him Bhutto and Ayub Khan, all mohajir-haters just like Imran and Zulfiqar Mirza. MQM was also called the Haq-Parast movement, i.e. they wanted equal rights for mohajirs.

    For a more in-depth analysis of Imran Khan’s political credentials try reading Nadeem F. Paracha’ articles “The Froth of Khan” and “Propping up a messiah”


  • No BS
    Sep 13, 2011 - 11:33PM

    Love it, bloggers have attacked Imran Khan the man, his party and his prescription. But no one has disagreed with his spot on analysis of what the hell is going on in Karachi. And we are the educated class of this drowning country!!!!!!


  • Ikramuddin Akbar
    Sep 13, 2011 - 11:39PM

    You are right, MQM came into being due to the prejudices, and injustices by some bigoted to the core leaders creating son of the soil, and other issues to snatch from them their national rights and still some narrow minded people are trying to divide Mohajirs in categories.They will not succeed in their sordid plan.Fake id’s have been created to distort the image of Mohajirs.some are submitting they are not Mohajirs their parents were, let me ask them when was the period their parents abandoned the word Mohajir?. Son of a Mohajir is a Mohajir that’s all. Ask them go to passport office there the authorities will ask them ” aap key walid kahan ke they?” “is sey pichey aap log kahan key hain” here comes the Mohajir factor not the Up favtor, Lucknow factor, or Bihari factor.


  • Shayan
    Sep 14, 2011 - 3:11AM

    i just could not read through all the comments but how does someone associate themselves with fat singing sociopath


  • Omair Shahid
    Sep 14, 2011 - 12:43PM

    Asad sb please note we was the best captain in the Pakistan cricket history we have never produce a captain like him & no one is perfect every one makes mistake & you have already make up your mind that he is a unfair leader where as you are willing to give your vote to the same parties how have destroyed pakistan but not willing to give imran a chance.


    Sep 16, 2011 - 2:42AM

    i don’t understand the people who don’t realize it is the MQM causing this problem. They are the problem. no one segregates… lol they themselves are lableling themselves. It is a psycological trick. Pti will win and will rid of them. all of them should hang. they all have murdered 10 people each probably.. lol thats how you rise ranks.


  • Muhammad Waqas Luqman
    Sep 25, 2011 - 8:25PM

    well, its not about being Muhajir that u don’t get job or you are being attacked… Its because of the system prevailed here. I am form Peshawar, and I am not a Muhajir, but i m battered by all this, again and again. We cant get a job, we are attacked by People, we are cant raise our voices and we have been threatened. Our lives are all in in danger. People Raised voice against Feudalism and we finished Feudalism in our Area. in but there is no right to people to call me not a Pakistani. It depends on me that i have to Prove myself to be a Pakistani. No have any right to judge me.


  • grain2315
    Oct 2, 2011 - 6:35AM

    again a question for you all. Surely politics is a civil function why do the political parties in Pakistan need militant wings???

    once the Pakistanis can answer this question then the Pkistani’s will know who is truly out to represent the Pakistani electorate.


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