Sharif accuses MQM of killing hundreds in Karachi

Published: December 27, 2010
PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif during a rally in Muzaffarabad. PHOTO: ROSHAN MUGHAL

PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif during a rally in Muzaffarabad. PHOTO: ROSHAN MUGHAL

MUZAFFARABAD: Chief of his own faction of the Pakistan Muslim League, Nawaz Sharif, on Sunday accused the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) of killing innocent people in Karachi.

“MQM killed hundreds of innocent people to avenge the killing of one worker,” he said, while addressing a large gathering of PML-N supporters here at University Ground.

Why were 50 people killed on May 12, 2007 and Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry not allowed to leave the Karachi airport?” the former prime minister asked.

Sharif said that he would bring about a revolution to pull the country out of its present state of instability. He claimed that the Muslim League is the name of a revolution and “I myself am a revolutionary.”

“There should be a law, which binds the government to not beg for aid. There will be no need of foreign aid if we eradicate corruption, nepotism and mismanagement from the country,” he said, adding that he believed that the PPP government has inducted the most corrupt people in top positions.

He added that elimination of poverty, provision of employment and construction of motorways is called a revolution. He warned that if corruption and poverty are not eliminated, he will take action like he did for the restoration of the judiciary.

“It is said that I am government friendly. But I am not government friendly, I am Pakistan friendly. My heart weeps when I see Pakistan in trouble,” he said.

At the rally, he announced the expansion of the PML-N in Azad Jammu and Kashmir, without naming its office-bearers. He called the move “a step towards change” and hoped that it will bring a revolution in the region because we (PML- N) have decided to change the fate of the masses, he said.

Addressing the convention, former prime minister AJK Raja Farooq Haider Khan said the government had shifted funds of Rs50 billion for earthquake-stricken areas to the Benazir Income Support Programme. Former chief justice of AJK also disclosed his decision to join the PML-N.

Published in The Express Tribune, December 27th, 2010.

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Reader Comments (16)

  • Nadeem Ahmed
    Dec 27, 2010 - 9:29AM

    Whatever he said about MQM is true and about himself is false.Recommend

  • NaK
    Dec 27, 2010 - 9:30AM

    “MQM in Punjab” That’s a Nawaz league real fear. Recommend

  • Rizwan
    Dec 27, 2010 - 9:31AM

    hmm you r right,,,,,,how Mian Sahab is innocent ? every one knows :)Recommend

  • Malik Imran
    Dec 27, 2010 - 9:48AM

    Wadera party have really fear with MQM, because they try to impose TAX on them.Recommend

  • Ehtisham+Rizvi
    Dec 27, 2010 - 10:20AM

    ah the hypocracyRecommend

  • Dec 27, 2010 - 10:22AM

    Isn’t it interesting that the whole Pakistani political establishment is forced to use the political language that is strategically coined by the MQM’s founder and leader Altaf Hussain?

    Sharif is forced to ‘claimed that the Muslim League is the name of a revolution and “I myself am a revolutionary.”’

    Historically amazing (sad for Sharif) indeed!

    Right now the MQM has only 25 seats in the National Assembly. What will happen when it has 50, 75 or 100?Recommend

  • Danish
    Dec 27, 2010 - 10:46AM

    Looks like everyone has hired the same speech writer …… repeat telecast!!! Recommend

  • MAD
    Dec 27, 2010 - 11:42AM

    Not sure why Nawaz Sharif made this statement. MQM wont be a major threat in Punjab anytime soon although historically they have been a major contender in votes for the PML(N) in Karachi. Both have similar roots and ties to the same dictator so they literally are birds of the same flock. I think there is some genuine hatred between the two parties though. an alternative view would be that behind the scenes both the PPP and PML(N) are still partners and this is Nawaz Sharif putting pressure on MQM to stay with the government in order to keep it in power. Recommend

  • Ali
    Dec 27, 2010 - 12:27PM

    Success speaks itself for MQM in Punjab as it really shows the level of frustration in PML-N as they hit directly at MQM…………………. Landlords are in trouble now for sureRecommend

  • Farhan
    Dec 27, 2010 - 12:32PM

    @Liaquat Ali
    I would completely agree with you its true they are copying the language of Altaf Hussain but not only that even they are trying to copy the stance like the RGST which at first only MQM opposed and had the silent support of all other parties but when they saw the open opposition of MQM they also started raising voice still which is quite less but is there.Recommend

  • S.Karim
    Dec 27, 2010 - 12:40PM

    Have you noticed the strange timing of this hit against MQM by Nawaz Sharif ………….

    It comes when MQM is creating consensus with all parties of Pakistan and may be getting rid of the government by withdrawing the support from National Assembly. This is hidden but clear message by Nawaz Sharif that he supports Zardari and will not side for getting rid of the government.

    Another is quite obvious that he is irritated by the entry of MQM in Punjab which he fears as they gets the support of the poor farmers oppressed by the landlords.Recommend

  • S.Karim
    Dec 27, 2010 - 12:50PM

    “It is said that I am government friendly. But I am not government friendly, I am Pakistan friendly. My heart weeps when I see Pakistan in trouble.”

    If he is pakistan friendly andzardari is so bad according to him then why does he not bring a in house change by creating a consensus with all other parties in assembly and bring his government.

    And leave everything aside what he and his brother doing in Punjab?????????????????//Recommend

  • Dec 27, 2010 - 3:49PM

    Now we are talking, Mr. Sharif is getting scared of MQM’s popularity in Punjab and showing his frustration through un-connectible pointers. Sharif sahab try to have good relations with MQM, if you really want to become third time Prime Minister, get over your obsession with Musharraf, it’s ruining your political career :)Recommend

  • Mulla Toofhan
    Dec 28, 2010 - 6:58AM

    MQM’s support and popularity is growing throughout Pakistan which has alarmed few Old guards like Nawaz Shariff and other dead wood politician. He is on a mission to discredit MQM and try to block their on- ward march. Nawaz’s policies, Principle and what he stands for are totally opposite to MQM’s “Fair ownership of Pakistan” message. Nawaz can try but I think its too late. The Train has already left the station.Recommend

  • eric hasan
    Dec 29, 2010 - 8:02PM

    A recent speech of Nawaz Sharif about Altaf Hussain and MQM is certainly to accept himself that he’s
    a failure prime minister, and afraid of MQM’s program. people of Pakistan are not that short sighted that they don’t acknowledge the dedication and work of Mustafa kamal, who has become the pride for Pakistan and a renowned figure through the world. When 50 or 75 like kamal will be in assembly , they will certainly uplift Pakistan. and Pakistan will enter into an era of modern society, as we are still living in middle ages.
    Eric Hasan

  • M Ali
    Jan 8, 2011 - 4:53AM

    Recently visited Karachi and the work MQM has carried out for Karachi is unparallel.
    I am a simple Pakistani and will vote for the party which is doing something constructive for Pakistan which is also visible.
    Nawaz Sharif and Party have done nothing for Lahore or Punjab. Yes they have added a Palace in Raiwund for Mr Sharifs Family. There are no Land lords or Sirdars in MQM.
    Also there is no Bhutta Culture as was claimed by Scarred Mr Ssharif,
    My Vote for MQM in next General ElectionRecommend

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