Pushed to a corner? MQM launches ‘movement for separate province’

Published: August 23, 2015
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The MQM will not hold any negotiations with the government and will not return to the assemblies. PHOTO: AFP

The MQM will not hold any negotiations with the government and will not return to the assemblies. PHOTO: AFP

KARACHI: 

Along with the decision to break talks with the government and not withdraw resignations, the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) has officially announced the launch of its movement for a separate province.

Senior leader Dr Farooq Sattar told The Express Tribune that they have publicly announced a movement for a separate province in lower Sindh early on Saturday. “We are now focusing on getting a separate province and we will start mobilising people.”

The MQM will not hold any negotiations with the government and will not return to the assemblies, a press release stated on Saturday.

Last week, the MQM quit the Senate and the National and Sindh assemblies, citing their reservations over the ongoing targeted operation in Karachi. They had claimed that they were being victimised.

However, a few days later, the party agreed to talks with the government-appointed mediator, Maulana Fazlur Rehman, who came to Nine Zero on Tuesday. On Rehman’s invitation, the party agreed to hold further talks with the government in Islamabad. However, the premier’s visit to Karachi on Thursday and the cold shoulder he extended to the MQM made its leaders rethink their decision. “We have refused any talks. There will be no talks. The prime minister did not utter a single word regarding the MQM’s issues and reservations, and we feel the government is not serious.”

The MQM is now focusing on a separate province but,  Sattar admitted, the party has yet to think of a demarcation. It will consist of lower Sindh and constitute urban parts of the province, he added.

MQM Rabita Committee member Aminul Haque said that they will hold consultations with the people of Karachi, Hyderabad, Mirpurkhas and Nawabashah. “The party supports formation of other provinces also, such as the Hazara province,” he said. The party also held a press conference on Saturday where former senator Farogh Naseem that the Constitution has space for formation of a new province.

Published in The Express Tribune, August 23rd, 2015.

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  • YK
    Aug 23, 2015 - 3:30AM

    When MQM runs short of options. They always talk about “separate province ” coz they r sure that this slogan will sail through the educated illiterates of Sindh.

    Grow up MQM, ppl have changed their thought about you. Allow us to live as one nation. No more ethinical warsRecommend

  • Naeem Khan
    Aug 23, 2015 - 5:12AM

    There is nothing strange about creating another province but creating a province because of their ethnicity is questionable. Today they are asking for new province and tomorrow they will start a movement to separate the province from Pakistan with the help of India. We have witnessed the flagrant violations of international laws by India which has gone to war with Pakistan to surgically remove East Pakistan. But it is not 1971, Indians should know that when it comes to the territorial integrity of Pakistan, people from Khyber to Karachi will stand united and inflict damage on India that their future generations will remember. Now is the time for this so called Urdu speaking community to tell the nation where their loyalty lies. I never thought that I will ever doubt the loyalties of this community to Pakistan but it is getting clearer now and it is a prelude for bifurcation of Pakistan. Little they understand that this kind of talk will alienate them even further, Pakistanis already getting fed up with theirs daily shenanigans and showing determination by supporting Rangers to cleanse Karachi and the rest of Sindh from their criminal activities . It is apparent that by corralling the MQM mafia, there is already some relief from target killings and extortion. They are upset because that thug sitting in London sees his lavish living to come to an end soon because Rangers are determined to clean the city from this scum for good. Recommend

  • Naeem Khan
    Aug 23, 2015 - 5:17AM

    There is nothing strange about creating another province but creating a province because of their ethnicity is questionable. Today they are asking for new province and tomorrow they will start a movement to separate the province from Pakistan with the help of India. We have witnessed the flagrant violation of international laws by India which has gone to war with Pakistan to surgically remove East Pakistan. But it is not 1971, Indians should know that when it comes to the territorial integrity of Pakistan, people from Khyber to Karachi will stand united and inflict damage on India that their future generations will remember. Now is the time for this so called Urdu speaking community to tell the nation where their loyalty lies. I never thought that I will ever doubt the loyalties of this community to Pakistan but it is getting clearer now and it is a prelude for bifurcation of Pakistan. Little they understand that this kind of talk will alienate them even further, Pakistanis already getting fed up with theirs daily shenanigans and showing determination by supporting Rangers to cleanse Karachi and the rest of Sindh from their criminal activities . It is apparent that by corralling the MQM mafia, there is already some relief from target killings and extortion. They are upset because that thug sitting in London sees his lavish living to come to an end soon because Rangers are determined to clean the city from this scum for good. Recommend

  • ABC
    Aug 23, 2015 - 6:18AM

    @Naeem Khan: Sir don’t you think, Two Nation Theory (TNT) is applicable here, they don’t get their rights under your majority and they should get an Independent Country, same logic you applied for the creation of Pakistan and now are applying it to Muslims of Kashmir.Recommend

  • maulana diesel
    Aug 23, 2015 - 7:58AM

    @ABC. If they are a nation tell them to go back to India and find the best definition of two nation theory. Hope you have not read anything about Indian Gujrat.Recommend

  • Lol
    Aug 23, 2015 - 9:47AM

    savarkar was the first to talk about two nation theory,

    Indians. Ur country is merely 60 yrs old, forget about comparing yourselves with Persian or chineseRecommend

  • Karachiite
    Aug 23, 2015 - 9:50AM

    Muhajirs need a separate, independent nation.Recommend

  • Muneer
    Aug 23, 2015 - 10:33AM

    MQM is asking for a province on the basis of ethnicity,like them there are other ethnicities in lower Sindh/ Karachi who are now permanently settled in these areas after creation of the country.Why not a Province for each of them?,why only for MQM ?.Either it should be for all or none of them.Recommend

  • polaroid_paranoid
    Aug 23, 2015 - 10:36AM

    the objective is to keep Karachi unstable. whatever lies need to spread in order to maintain that agenda – are fair game.
    one by one…they will fall.
    and fall they will of their own devices.Recommend

  • khan
    Aug 23, 2015 - 10:40AM

    Atlast cat out of the box, concept and planning of a seperate province was n is in MQM design, talking or complaining this or that was just creating mess. City of Karachi cannot be part of any new future province, if they want a urdu speaking provice move them in interior sind.Recommend

  • Ali Khan
    Aug 23, 2015 - 10:52AM

    The people MQM refer to as Urdu speaking are Pakistanis. They are not an ethnic community. Please stop trying to create divisions in Pakistan.

    This is a very dangerous step towards creating violence in Karachi. The MQM leadership should be more responsible then this. Recommend

  • Syed
    Aug 23, 2015 - 11:04AM

    Provinces are needed for better government.
    Karachi is not getting its due share from Provincial or Federal unit, although they are taking all the money to fund their own projects outside Karachi.

    Look at the situation in Karachi now after golden period of Mustafa Kamal. It is rotten, nothing is functional, transport, sanitation, water, law and order.

    Btw, MQM thinks that even if they make it as a separate province they will control it… I think not. People of Karachi are more smarter and courages then they think, they will vote them out soon.

    Look at Punjab, it looks like one Lahore is Punjab…southern Punjab is suffering as well.

    We need provinces not only in Sind, but everywhere in Pakistan for effective governance.Recommend

  • Sindhi Sufi
    Aug 23, 2015 - 11:06AM

    Pakistani nation needs unity not division and hate. Enemies of Pakistan want destability, civil war and anarchy in Pakistan. With such nefarious plans of Sindh’s division, they want to create anarchy between permanent residents of Sindh- Sindhis and Mohajirs. They want to weaken Pakistan and MQM’s policy of Mohajir Soba is a conspiracy against people of Sindh and Pakistan. Mohajirs are no more ‘Mohajirs’, they are now integral part of Sindh and Pakistan, they are sons of Sindh and patriot Pakistanis and it is their responsibility to condemn MQM’s agenda of Sindh’s division. And they integrate with Sindhis and work for prosperous Sindh and strong Pakistan. With unity of Pakistani nation, we will foil this anti-Sindh and anti-Pakistan plan inshAllah. Long Live Pakistan!Recommend

  • Salim Khan
    Aug 23, 2015 - 11:24AM

    There is nothing wrong in demanding a separate province for Mohajir, as long as its within Pakistan. If we don’t give it then MQM will demand separate country. And then its Bangladesh yet again. So don’t drive MQM to a corner that Pakistan will be split again..Recommend

  • Imran Qadri
    Aug 23, 2015 - 11:52AM

    So that mafia can have it a very own province to rule on. Its own figurehead CM who is controlled by boss sitting in London, just like it’s current remote controlled party leaders who are resigning for the sake of some criminals being busted by Rangers in operation against terrorists. Recommend

  • karachi3
    Aug 23, 2015 - 12:03PM

    OK resigned from assemblies.Call press conference every day.Have funRecommend

  • Umair Pakistani
    Aug 23, 2015 - 12:03PM

    In first step struggle for a new province on ethnicity base, may this slogan attract Urdu speaking people who believe in racism then start a move to separate the province from Pakistan with the help of India.Recommend

  • Urdu Speaker
    Aug 23, 2015 - 12:15PM

    @Salim Khan:
    Dear Friend. Do you really think mqm is that powerful that it can detach Karachi from Pakistan? I am a Karachiite and believe me, we Karachiites will finish them off if they take any such step to create Jinnahpur. All of Karachi supports the Rangers. My friends in FB area are happy, their shops are booming because there is no fear now, no bhatta and Rangers have guaranteed security. Everyone is out on the roads even at 1am. If Karachi elections are held again. You will surely know that mqm will be no more than Nine Zero!Recommend

  • Raisani
    Aug 23, 2015 - 12:15PM

    @Salim Khan
    Dear Salim Khan one should everyone should keep in mind before threatening us of Karachi becoming another Bangladesh that Bangladesh had different dynamics different geographical territory and that time Pakistan was very young and unstable now Alhamdulillah we are a nuclear nation, we have latest missile and defense technology and no power on this earth can separate Karachi from Pakistan and Sindh.
    And we can never give a separate province on demands of few Indian RAW agents sitting in London and demanding. They should better demand from their own governments i. E.of U. K. and India. And these few terrorists in the fold of political party do not represent the Urdu speaking community and it’s demand of the people.
    This is just a political gimmick to stay alive in media as the London based leader has been already banned in our Land of Pure. Recommend

  • ZAK
    Aug 23, 2015 - 12:17PM

    When MQM is in parliament they do not raise the issue of seperate Province.

    As soon as they come out of assemblies it reminds them of seperate province.

    The constituion of Pakistan does not allow to demand for seperate province on ethnic basis.

    It is a political slogan to gain sympathies of people. It is also a technique to pressurise Govt against Khi Operation.

    Govt can best reply to fake slogan of seperate province by launching Mega development projects as well as the local govt level project in Mteropolitan City of Karachi.

    Govt should immediately make arrangement for conducting local govt election.
    Justice at doorsteps of people can address their grievances not seperate province.Recommend

  • Eddie
    Aug 23, 2015 - 12:26PM

    MQM have everything NA seats PA seats power money everything..but the thing they don’t have is positivity in doing something (killing your own brother and mourning on his death is not gonna make your wishes come true) Recommend

  • gemini
    Aug 23, 2015 - 12:28PM

    @ABC: Abay bhai konsay rights nahi mil rahay. aadha Karachi baich k kha gaye hain china cutting kar kar k. Motorcycle lay k unit incharge banta tha banda aur 2 saal main land cruiser main ata hai. Civic Center, K-Electric, PTCL aur kaafi Govt institutes main in ki parchi chalti thi itnay time tak. Abhi bhi ro rahay hain k rights nahi mil rahay. Chahtay kya ho bhai?Recommend

  • Karachite
    Aug 23, 2015 - 12:38PM

    Everything should be done in a peaceful manner.

    Not all Urdu speakers support the mqm, they consider it a mafia like enterprise,

    I hope with security, there is investment in karachi and ordinary peoples lives are improvedRecommend

  • Patriotic Pakistani
    Aug 23, 2015 - 1:09PM

    All the four provinces are based on ethnicity.The need of the country at this time is for more province. Lets get rid of these ethnicity based names of provinces and have 12 to 15 provinces whose names have nothing to do with ethnicity. Give thevpeople of Karachi equal rights and equal share. Recommend

  • irfan
    Aug 23, 2015 - 1:32PM

    A Separate provine for bhata khori and target killing .
    we r one nation MQM . Better go to IndiaRecommend

  • zulfiqar ali mirani
    Aug 23, 2015 - 1:33PM

    @khan:
    may i ask you who gave you the right to say that a new province should be created anywhere in sindh?sindh belongs to the sons of sindh and with due respect you have no right to demand a separate province anywhere and for anyone in sindhRecommend

  • zulfiqar ali mirani
    Aug 23, 2015 - 1:50PM

    mqm is just trying to flame ethnic hatred again.it is there oldest tactic to use the mohajir card and gain sympathies from that community.this should stop.not just here in sindh but all over the country.they have felt the heat and are just plain desperate to cling on to somethings.the other important point here is for the urdu speaking people to come forward and openly condemn these thugs and mafios and show there disgust for this mafia style political party because believe it or not these people use their name to get votes and they also get votes for this false propaganda.urdu speaking must come forward and play their role to eliminate this menace once and for all. and FYI the early policy makers and leaders of this country were urdu speaking people and even today there is no discrimination against urdu speaking in sindh and karachi city specially.even the current president is urdu speaking and gen musharraf our countrys leader for nine years belonged to that community.so this false propaganda must stop.Recommend

  • Pakistani
    Aug 23, 2015 - 1:56PM

    وَاعْتَصِمُوا بِحَبْلِ اللَّـهِ جَمِيعًا وَلَا تَفَرَّقُوا
    And hold firmly to the rope of Allah all together and do not become divided.
    AlQuran chapter3 verse 103.Recommend

  • bash gul
    Aug 23, 2015 - 1:58PM

    The same old wolf in a sheep skin. So they are actually reviving their old dream of Jinnapur. The wall to which they were pushed to should be brought down and open up the Arabian Sea for them. Even the tanks are getting rusted and need some adventure so they can have a target practice at nine zero. How can beggars become choosers?Recommend

  • Ali S
    Aug 23, 2015 - 2:01PM

    I’m not a fan of MQM at all, but if PPP’s disastrous misrule in Karachi is not kept in check soon people will start rallying behind their cause for a new province – Rangers operation or not. New provinces shouldn’t be on ethnic lines, but they’re good for administrative reasons.Recommend

  • Atheist_Pakistan
    Aug 23, 2015 - 2:32PM

    What we need is to break up Punjab province. The province is easily exploited by parties to gain seats. Like they can go the rural places in Punjab to amass massive number of votes for the city of lahore. The entire system is broken. Punjab needs to be broken down to fix the election system and betterment of Pakistan. The region’s population is way too big to be be considered a single province. Recommend

  • abhi
    Aug 23, 2015 - 2:48PM

    I am surprised to see such a strong reaction to a very sensible demand. Whats wrong in having a separate province? It will lead to better governance and management of resources.Recommend

  • Rambo Raja
    Aug 23, 2015 - 2:52PM

    AI can visualize an MQM run province like the MAD MAX FURY movie!!!Recommend

  • shahid
    Aug 23, 2015 - 3:16PM

    In August 2009, Major (R) Nadeem Dar, then an ISI officer, claimed to have recovered maps of Jinnahpur and related documents personally after raiding MQM headquarter and sent them to Major Haroon and Major Nadeem.. It was refuted strongly by MQM then and even till last week. NOW, you know the real story.. The Cobra snake is out of the pandora box; This is real and shows the true face of this so called political party called MQM. Recommend

  • Jalal
    Aug 23, 2015 - 4:27PM

    Nothing wrong in new provinces; that is what India did to make new ones on the basis of language etc. However Punjabi establishment treats everyone else as slaves and will never accept it. If they could not accept Bengalis who were in majority then how come Urdu Speakers would be tolerated as equals?Recommend

  • Funny politician
    Aug 23, 2015 - 4:47PM

    Right demand from wrong people with wrong intention. Sorry London, your time is over.Recommend

  • Aug 23, 2015 - 4:47PM

    Thumbs up, whole Karachi stands with you. Sir Altaf hussain Recommend

  • bingo
    Aug 23, 2015 - 5:07PM

    We want a separate province. period .Recommend

  • Jalal
    Aug 23, 2015 - 5:13PM

    @abhi:

    I am surprised to see such a strong reaction to a very sensible demand. Whats wrong in having a separate province?

    One word: Punjabi!

    They never want to give anyone their rights. Instead they declare traitors anyone who does so. Bengalis, Baluchis, Sindhis, and now Urdu Speakers. Recommend

  • Jalal
    Aug 23, 2015 - 5:29PM

    @Ali S:

    New provinces shouldn’t be on ethnic lines, but they’re good for administrative reasons.

    Karachi is a perfect administrative unit. However ethnicities and linguistics are perfectly valid reasons for a new Province as they have done in India for example. This propaganda against ethnicities is done by Punjabis to block any move to make any new province so non Punjabis can never get any freedom from Punjabi rule.Recommend

  • Muneer
    Aug 23, 2015 - 6:11PM

    @Salim Khan:
    MQM under Altaf Hussain has not shown responsibility.Their track record is extremely poor.The areas which are now being regarded as their strongholds were till 1980s mixed ethnic mohajir areas where all lived in a peaceful brotherly manner.MQM changed all that and forced majority of them out by threats,coercion and ‘bori bund lashen ‘(dead bodies in sacks).They( MQM) cannot be trusted with a province,they will force other ethnicities either to become a second rate citizen or throw them out. Latest example of their irresponsible ruthlessness was the Baldia Factory incident where they burnt the entire factory along with the male/ female workers for not getting required ‘Bhatta’,from the owners of the factory. People of Karachi and Pakistan will not allow them to play their dirty game in the name of getting a separate province.They know them well.Recommend

  • Jalal
    Aug 23, 2015 - 6:55PM

    @Pakistani (Punjabi):

    And hold firmly to the rope of Allah all together and do not become divided.

    You mean everyone should hold the hands of Punjabis and not get their own rights and resources. This verse is out of context here.Recommend

  • saeed
    Aug 23, 2015 - 7:05PM

    @YK:

    Its funny when people from other parts of pakistan talks of one nation and take all the advantages of being punjabi and sindhi while exploiting resources of other people.Recommend

  • Napier Mole
    Aug 23, 2015 - 7:18PM

    Kennedy once said, those who make peaceful revolutions impossible make violent revolutions inevitable. Mqm would have never arisen had there not been genuine causes which made people of urban Sindh rally around it with such vehemence. Had Karachi and other urban areas be provided fully empowered local governments, a key component of good governance, again mqm may have died a natural death. Had rangers and by extension the army not been seen as fighting for Karachi’s gold rather than Karachi’s soul, mqm may have become irrelevant. It is this continuing saga of injustice and partiality that is radicalising the urban population: a separate province is still avoidable but may very soon become an inevitability.Recommend

  • Logitech
    Aug 23, 2015 - 7:43PM

    What is no one focusing on the most important fact here:

    Mohajirs only represent 40% or less of Karachi’s population.

    Karachi:

    40% Mohajir
    15-20% Pashtun
    10-15% Punjabi
    10-15% Sindhi
    5-10% Baloch
    10% Seraikis, Kashmiris, others

    How can you have a separate province in Karachi when only less than 40% of the people here want it?Recommend

  • Atif
    Aug 23, 2015 - 7:47PM

    It is not unreasonable to have more provinces in Pakistan. I support more provinces. Ethnicity is a part and parcel of how the country is. It is of people of various color, ethnicity, religious sub-groups. Respect them. The Punjab has always considered itself to be the righteous eater of all the resources just because it has more people in numbers than the rest.

    Pakistan is a federation that needs to acknowledge that there are other places than Lahore that need investments. Balochistan has fed sui gas to the country for decades and it still is deprived of the basic human rights. Karachi feeds the financial exchequer and still gets less infrastructure funding than Lahore (per capita). The parasite mindset needs to change if the country has to progress.

    Make more provinces and generate healthy competition amongst them to move the country forward instead of keeping all ministries in one family like kingdoms too. Recommend

  • Jalal
    Aug 23, 2015 - 7:51PM

    @Pakistani (Punjabi):

    And hold firmly to the rope of Allah all together and do not become divided.

    All Muslim countries have provinces. Why don’t you tell them that?Recommend

  • Bewildered
    Aug 23, 2015 - 8:03PM

    @Jalal:

    Ask any Sindhi if they are willing to divide their province and you will know that Punjab has nothing to do with opposing the MQM’s demand. It seems from your comments that some Punjabi has done something terribly wrong with you in your childhood and now anything happening around looks to you as is done by some Punjabi. Recommend

  • Ibrar
    Aug 23, 2015 - 9:09PM

    What Pakistan needs is zero tolerance to corruption, an efficient tax collection system and LB elections. We will become a respectable and prosperous nation. Let the political and military leadership work in tendam with the current cleaning up task continuing indefinitely. God bless Pakistan.

    MQM stop being evil and misleading Mohajirs. Otherwise, given your destructive thoughts, you would be eliminated before you succeed harming Pakistan. Remember India is not now strong enough to be tempted with another BD type adventure.Recommend

  • HZR
    Aug 23, 2015 - 10:00PM

    @Karachiite:
    Yes they need another antion and mohajirs from India also can join themRecommend

  • Arijit Sharma
    Aug 23, 2015 - 10:00PM

    There will be meeting in London between RAW officials and MQM soon, I hear from reliable sources.Recommend

  • Raja
    Aug 23, 2015 - 11:50PM

    @Logitech:

    Where did you get this dream statistics?? Anyway how could you say 60% non-muhajirs do not want separate province??Recommend

  • Jalal
    Aug 24, 2015 - 12:32AM

    @Bewildered:

    Ask any Sindhi if they are willing to divide their province

    How many Hindus wanted the partition when Pakistan was created?

    If a country can be created then why not another province even when people oppose it, which is pretty common in India Recommend

  • Jalal
    Aug 24, 2015 - 12:35AM

    @Logitech:

    How can you have a separate province in Karachi when only less than 40% of the people here want it?

    These others that you have mentioned are economic migrants who came to Karachi because their own provinces cannot provide for them. They are not permanent residents and have no say. Only Sindhis are permanent residents who are not that many in Karachi.Recommend

  • urdu speaker
    Aug 24, 2015 - 12:48AM

    I am a karchiete and my parentsigrated from India and I live in F B Area near Azizabad. After this short intro, I would like to say that a vast majority of Urdu speaking community does not subscribe to MQM and infact are the victims of the bhatta, ransom, target killings and political alienation. For decades the residents of Karachi – from all ethnic and lingual backgrounds have been persecuted by this mafia. I request all Pakistanis not to see and categorize all karachieres as mqm sympathizers. Recommend

  • Ali
    Aug 24, 2015 - 1:15AM

    It is an absolutely constitutional demand of MQM to seek new province for the mahajir community,all other province sin Pakistan are made along the ethnic lines then why mahajirs are being singled out for demanding a province along th etnnic lines? Why there is so much injustice against the mahajir community why punjabi establishment is not giving due to rights to other ethnicities?Recommend

  • junglee
    Aug 24, 2015 - 1:40AM

    @Jalal:
    ‘….out of context here’.

    After hearing this phrase a million times from Altaf apologists after his live TV outbursts, please keep it to yourself. We see the cat, we see the bag.Recommend

  • Xuz
    Aug 24, 2015 - 3:30AM

    The way they ran Karachi can you imagine what they would do with a whole province. The first thing would be to name it Boristan or Buttaland. They just want power and before anyone defends them look at the state of Karachi and the state it is in.Recommend

  • observer
    Aug 24, 2015 - 3:48AM

    @Logitech:

    “What is no one focusing on the most important fact here:

    “Mohajirs only represent 40% or less of Karachi’s population.
    How can you have a separate province in Karachi when only less than 40% of the people here want it?”

    Karachi had 51% Hindu population before the partition. So, if it could become part of Pakistan, why couldn’t Karachi with a majority Mohajir population become a separate province within Pakistan?Recommend

  • Sarfaraz Abbasi
    Aug 24, 2015 - 4:05AM

    @Karachiite:
    Muhajir does not belong to any province of Pakistan – neither do you belong to Karachi to call yourself “Karachiite”. Go demand a separate province in your great great forefather’s lands in Bihar and UP etc. Recommend

  • Sarfaraz Abbasi
    Aug 24, 2015 - 4:08AM

    @Karachiite:
    Muhajir does not belong to any province of Pakistan – neither do you belong to Karachi to call yourself “Karachiite”. Go demand a separate province in your great great forefather’s lands in Bihar and UP etc. Recommend

  • Sarfaraz Abbasi
    Aug 24, 2015 - 4:10AM

    @Karachiite:
    You should demand a separate province in a land where your ancient forefathers are buried. Sindh is not your forefather’s land. And you do not belong to Karachi at all Recommend

  • Sarfaraz Abbasi
    Aug 24, 2015 - 4:15AM

    @Syed:
    Non-Sindhis, Non-Punjabis, non-Balochis, non-Pashtoons will not be allowed to have provinces in either of four provinces of Pakistan. They have historical links and roots with their provinces; their lands are named after their languages and culture. Muhajir is neither culture, nor a nation. They should rather demand India to get them a province in lands from where they migrated, because that’s their forefathers’ lands. They have no historical roots with current provinces of Pakistan, if they cannot behave to be called locally as Sindhis, Punjabis, Balochs or Pashtoons. Recommend

  • Sarfaraz Abbasi
    Aug 24, 2015 - 4:19AM

    @Salim Khan:
    Muhajir is not an ethnicity, culture or language and neither of provinces of Pakistan has any historical roots or affiliation with words called Muhajir. Let’s see how they can make another Bangladesh and let’s see who has the courage to split Pakistan.Recommend

  • Sarfaraz Abbasi
    Aug 24, 2015 - 4:23AM

    @Patriotic Pakistani:
    Are you for real? Then why do you call yourself Pakistani; it is made of letters from names of all those provinces. And then why do you support more provinces (just as this one, which is also based on racial hatred). Stop smoking too much it has gotten to your head! Recommend

  • Sarfaraz Abbasi
    Aug 24, 2015 - 4:25AM

    @Ali S:
    Isn’t PPP the same party with which MQM romanced for more than seven years in power and still throngs to Bilawal House? Recommend

  • Sarfaraz Abbasi
    Aug 24, 2015 - 4:27AM

    @bingo:
    Demand it in UP your forefather’s lands of historical roots. Recommend

  • Sarfaraz Abbasi
    Aug 24, 2015 - 4:35AM

    MQM has yet again proven that it is racial party and does not represent civilized part of the country of Pakistan. It has dark track record of engaging in violent acts, not only that but also treacherous activities and now this.

    Muhajir is not an ethnicity at all – those who never call themselves Pakistanis, they have no right to even live in the country to say the least. Many of people who migrated from India after partition have settled down and accepted themselves as Sindhis and Punjabis respectively – these racial parties come and go (similar to many other parties around the world). Parties based on racism do not belong to civilization.

    Sindh has been independent country for thousands of years – it has never accepted slavery or occupation at all. These bunch of foreign-sponsored people cannot even take an inch of land anywhere in Pakistan. If you cannot call yourself Pakistani and then as a Sindhi, Punjabi, Balochi or Pashtoon then you have no right to even be here. Recommend

  • Sarfaraz Abbasi
    Aug 24, 2015 - 4:38AM

    So we the people and sons of soil will stand like fools and let these outsiders have our Karachi, Hyderabad, Mirpurkhas and Nawabshah (historically significant sites of Sindhi culture and history).Recommend

  • Sarfaraz Abbasi
    Aug 24, 2015 - 4:39AM

    @Arijit Sharma:
    Your reliable source must be true since you are an Indian yourself. :-) Also keep an ear on what is going on in north eastern side of IndiaRecommend

  • Kashif A
    Aug 24, 2015 - 5:11AM

    It’s about time we create many more provinces and not just in lower Sindh. Iran’s Pop is 8cr and they have 31 provinces. Turkey is also 8cr and they have 81 provinces. Malaysia is 3cr and they have 24 provinces and Japan’s POp is 13cr and they have 47 provinces. This 4 province system hasn’t been working at all since the inception. It’s time to spread out. Why would sharif brothers be willing to split Punjab now when they rule 60% of the population. Recommend

  • Indialover
    Aug 24, 2015 - 6:46AM

    Why a Province ? Go for a free nation from the Punjabi rulers..Recommend

  • kksr
    Aug 24, 2015 - 9:11AM

    When Malaya was split into Malaysia and Singapore, both of them prospered. Likewise when Karachi becomes an independent country it would turn into Dubai.

    Altaf Hussain is one of the most efficient administrators in Pakistan: If he can command his party from 5000 miles away, he can very well administer in Independent Karachi.Recommend

  • Hamid
    Aug 24, 2015 - 10:45AM

    @Rambo Raja:
    hahaha…..Thats a bit extreme. But I liked the modified cars.Recommend

  • Hamid
    Aug 24, 2015 - 10:50AM

    @Jalal:
    its better to think and comment on such a statement. Divided means don’t let the divide of race, colour and creed come in between Muslims. The divide of rich and poor, the divide of equal rights.

    It does not mean not to divide province. Provinces can be divided to better monitor each area and provide adequate facilities. Hope you understand the difference.Recommend

  • ajay gupta
    Aug 24, 2015 - 2:44PM

    @Logitech:
    how did u get pakistan when muslims formed only 30% OF THE POPULATION OF British India and were concentrated in non contiguous ends of the subcontinent? northwest and east? the hens have finally come home to roost, havent they? bangladesh is always explained by Indian interference. what about mohajirs? who were at the forefront of the pakistan movement? the dream has long curdled, eh???Recommend

  • Nero
    Aug 24, 2015 - 7:34PM

    The most ironic thing about the comments is how many commentators are arguing why “urdu speaking” population does not form a nation. If “religion” can be the basis for a “nation”, the supposed bed rock of Pakistani nation, then language is an even stronger basis. Language is fundamental vehicle of culture and, in most cases, ethnicity. You can change religion every hour, but not your mother tongue. Recommend

  • myth buster
    Aug 24, 2015 - 10:29PM

    @maulana diesel:
    whats wrong with new province in fact it becomes stronger bridge b/t country and people. People feel empowered, which is most important factor to run a democracy, where even a common man thinks he has a say in decision making of country. I want to give example of India (I know these are not good times) , at time of Independence, there were only 14 states and 6 UTs but now we have 29 states and 7 UT. Recent one was Telangana which broke away from Andhra Pradesh in 2014 , because Telangana Guys did like Beaches. if you want know why its Gud to Have many states watch this video from EIC
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zdstYkuQrgwRecommend

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