Supporting the Pakhtun: MQM to hold rally on Sunday

Published: June 22, 2012
The announcement was made at a press conference at the party’s secretariat in Karachi, Gulfaraz Khan Khattak spoke at the event. PHOTO: MQM

The announcement was made at a press conference at the party’s secretariat in Karachi, Gulfaraz Khan Khattak spoke at the event. PHOTO: MQM

KARACHI: The Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) will be holding a rally targeted at the Pakhtun community in the city on Sunday.

According to the Altaf Hussain-led party, the rally is for the “proud, honourable and knowledgeable (bashaoor) people of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in Karachi” which would prevent those “elements that are sowing the seeds of hatred” and “spilling the blood of innocent people.”

The announcement was made at a press conference at the party’s secretariat in Karachi, with members of the party’s various organising committees in attendance. MQM Coordination Committee member Gulfaraz Khan Khattak spoke at the event.

He said the MQM had held a rally last year for all the ethnic groups in the city based on the theme of national solidarity, which was a success. Despite attempts by ‘certain forces’ to stoke ethnic strife, he said the MQM is ‘facing these elements like an iron wall.’ He also said that “the impression that the MQM seeks to represent Urdu-speaking people only is false and misleading” since people of all ethnic origins are part of the party. He said it was necessary to unite people to stop prejudices on the basis of race and language.

The MQM’s Wasay Jalil said that the party is working towards improving the law and order situation in the city.

Khattak believes that the Pakhtun community will attend and appealed to them to make the event a “historic success.”

Published in The Express Tribune, June 22nd, 2012.

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Reader Comments (19)

  • Karachiite
    Jun 22, 2012 - 3:44AM

    Lol lol lol.


  • Syed Faisal
    Jun 22, 2012 - 7:49AM

    What a joke


  • Faisal Siddiqui
    Jun 22, 2012 - 2:01PM

    MQM has taken a right step for increasing cohesion between various ethnicities living in Karachi. Law and order situation in Karachi is worsening each day because of the widening gap between the nationalities who look upon each other with suspicion.

    Such programmes must be held on regular basis in order to increase people to people contact and demolishing the linguistic prejudices. We are all Pakistanis and we must learn to live peacefully. We must accept each other and show tolerance towards others.


  • jock
    Jun 22, 2012 - 3:07PM

    @Faisal Siddiqui:
    One must agree here. Anything, and I mean anything that can possibly bring peace to the city must be tried. Intentions are of course important, but Karachi is in a desperate need of reassurance gestures from all quarters.


  • Muhammad Rizwan A
    Jun 22, 2012 - 8:09PM

    Very good move by MQM,


  • raja khosa
    Jun 22, 2012 - 8:16PM


    kidding step takeb by MQM well i confurm that a intelegent men knox wat mqm think they r not a democratic part so the step the took it’x also a drama just


  • Iron
    Jun 22, 2012 - 8:16PM

    Good move by MQM, it should be welcomed by all communities in Karachi. If you are against this then you don’t understand the demographics of KHI.


  • Qasim K
    Jun 22, 2012 - 10:48PM

    I think this is a very big step in the democratic process and shall be a harmonius effort by the MQM.


  • Nuzrah Jamal
    Jun 22, 2012 - 10:49PM

    Karachi has been taken hostage by criminals and gangsters. It is unfortunate that certain political parties are sponsoring these criminals in order to carve out a political space for themselves. They are supporting the criminals in order to weaken the political grip of the MQM from Karachi. Hostilities have been created among people living peacefully in Karachi ever since independence.

    It is a well established fact that the MQM is the largest political party in Karachi and it enjoys this because of massive popular support. There is disturbance in Karachi because efforts are being made and conspiracies are being hatched to cut MQM to size

    The MQM on its part has taken a very wise decision to hold a Pashtun Jalsa in the Jinnah Ground near Nine Zero. I think that the MQM should increase its outreach towards other nationalities and try to get their effective support. This would be a challenging task but this is the only way out of the present chaos.


  • Shoaib jafri
    Jun 23, 2012 - 12:28AM

    Well Done MQM…another good step taken by MQM for the solidarity and peace…InshahAllah soon under MQM’s leadership all Pakistanis will be united and work for betterment of Pakistan.


  • Kamran
    Jun 23, 2012 - 12:36AM

    MQM is the only liberal, moderate and progressive political party in Pakistan. Wise decision taken by MQM leadership.


  • Iqbal Malik
    Jun 23, 2012 - 12:38AM

    As the negative forces including Lyari Gang War are spreading terror among the innocent people of Karachi. It is prudent to work to create bond among all the law abiding and peace loving forces of Karachi. MQM is trying hard to outreach all sects & nationalities to stablish Law & Order in Karachi.


  • Iqbal Malik
    Jun 23, 2012 - 12:42AM

    Bridge Building Activites among all the segments of a society is the key to peace and stability. Let’s work together Karchites. Hats off to MQM.


  • Iqbal Malik
    Jun 23, 2012 - 12:46AM

    Proud, honourable and knowledgeable (bashaoor) people of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in Karachi are looking forward to June 24 Jalsa. Way to go MQM.


  • Usman Toronto
    Jun 23, 2012 - 1:57AM

    Diamond move by MQM, Ethnic harmony is the glue that often bonds communities and cultures around the world,yet too often it is used as an excuse to emphasize difference and deepen division,Initiative taken by MQM in Karachi to restore harmony is the “Diamond” move ,it also shows the sincerity and honest intention of Altaf husein for peaceful Karachi.
    This move will surely be the slap on faces of hidden forces in their dirty missions to divide brothers.


  • Fahad Alam
    Jun 23, 2012 - 2:23AM

    City of Karachi harbors a variety of demographics and this fine balance of peace among ethnographic groups are being toyed with alarming a potential civil war. MQM’s active attempts to sew together the torn fabrics of peace and solidarity is an act worthy of highest praise. Keep up the good work!


  • PakPunjabi
    Jun 23, 2012 - 2:55AM

    That is like slapping some one on the face and then saying “Sorry.” I hope common sense prevails. MQM, ANP, PPP and PML are nothing but political dynasties and mafias.
    PTI is the first party that thinks beyond ethnic and linguistic divisions. Vote for PTI! Save Pakistan!


  • Nadeem
    Jun 23, 2012 - 6:28AM

    MQM is the only party who can work for people of Pakistan. Altaf hussain is the only leader who can do impossible to possible. 24 th june is going to be historic event in Pakistani Politics.


  • Jun 24, 2012 - 2:19AM

    Best of Luck MQM =)


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