Reporting or Campaigning?

Dec 26th, 2010 | By | Category: The News

Shaheen SehbaiIt is being reported that consensus mode is working well in the National Assembly, Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain has agreed that PML-Q will support the government, and even Mian Nawaz Sharif has pledged PML-N support for the government. If politicians can mature beyond petty bickering and backstabbing, why can’t our media?

Consider the column by Shaheen Sehbai featured on the front page of The News today which basically amounts to an anti-Zardari campaign sheet rather than an actual news report. While the editors clearly labeled the piece “Commentary”, one is left to wonder why this could not be placed on the Opinion page and whether the commentary is honest analysis or simply Sehabi continuing his predictions of a failed government now going into three years after elections.

For example, this is Shaheen Sehbai’s ‘Commentary’ on the Altaf Hussain-Zardari relationship:

The levels of playing fields for both these leaders, sitting as part of a coalition which is sinking, or doomed to sink no matter how long it is artificially stretched, are noteworthy. Altaf Bhai appears to have acquired a much higher moral ground because Zulfiqar Mirza and company have pulled Zardari and the PPP down to below ground level.

But the level Zardari has set for sticking to some morals in politics is pathetically sub-surface and almost non-existent. An important columnist and writer recently remarked that he had never heard the word “corruption” in any of Zardari’s speeches and addresses. Anti-corruption and accountability for the present rulers means how to escape and kill both these dragons.

Despite the defection of Maulana Fazl-ur-Rahman, there is little evidence to support the claim that the coalition government is ‘doomed’. To the contrary, recent reports linked to in the first paragraph of this post demonstrate quite the opposite – coalition and opposition parties dedicated to seeing the democratically elected government complete its full term.

But Shaheen Sehbai takes the political rhetoric of some opposition leaders and makes a warning against Nawaz that he should “stop the Zardari train”.

The opposition, led by Nawaz Sharif, is the most confused lot as they share power and fear the Army but by ignoring the rapid collapse of every institution, they are proving that the political system is unable to correct itself. If the politicians cannot stop the rot, someone will have to do so. By not doing anything, Nawaz Sharif is inviting others to intervene. This is what he fears but this he probably does not understand.

Again, this is not commentary or analysis of the day’s news, it is the campaigning rhetoric one expects to hear from a rally loudspeaker. Shaheen Sehbai has started with his conclusion – that Zardari is doomed – and has built his commentary around this rather than looking at the facts and determining a conclusion based on those.

Obviously, Sehbai is entitled to his own opinion. But as consumers of news, we are also entitled to ask whether it is useful for our understanding of events. Cafe Pyala reports today that Jang Group is making some interestng personnell changes that appear to be a sincere effort to temper the over-the-top anti-Western rhetoric that has crept into its organization’s reporting on foreign policy and provide a more balanced, reasoned reporting and analysis. Perhaps it would be worth considering to do something similar related to domestic politics as well.

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  3. Political programming has become a national obsession. The media endlessly covers inane issues and petty gossip related to politicians. Politicians have a penchant for drama to divert attention from real issues. The media works hand in glove with politicians in this Endeavour, with monstrous consequences. In addition, the unending tirade against the military and the sitting government is nauseating. It is quite a facile conclusion that certain mouthpieces of India operating in the Pakistani media are at the forefront of this effort to demoralize and disillusion the Pakistani nation. National unity and a can-do spirit have systematically been damaged through deliberate efforts. The entire media seems to have played right into the hands of individuals with nefarious agendas. Hatred for the democratic government is a priority for the subversives in Pakistan. This hatred has reached such epic proportions that even at this crucial juncture in Pakistani history when our country is passing through critical juncture of the history.

  4. Jang Group plays with fire:
    Monday, December 27, 2010, Muharram 20, 1432 A.H

  5. One wonders if Brigadier (Retd) Imtiaz was involved in a Conspiracy with Asif Ali Zardari as per the “Canard” file by the Group Editor, Mr. Shaheen Sehbai and his minions Mazhar Tufail and Ahmed Noorani then why Brigadier Imtiaz was “Introduced” to the media by the another set of minions of Mr. Shaheen Sehbai i.e. Rauf Klasra, Ansar Abbasi, Salim Safi and Mr. Sohail Waraich took a Giant Step to make a celebrity out of a Thief like Brigadier (R) Imtiaz:) General (R) Mirza Aslam Beg, MQM, MMA & Secret Cell of Jang Group!

  6. KARACHI: Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N) Tuesday accepted the debate challenge put up by Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain.- PML-N accepts MQM debate challenge Updated at: 1404 PST, Tuesday, December 28, 2010

    PML-N accepts MQM debate challenge KARACHI: Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N) Tuesday accepted the debate challenge put up by Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain. Talking to Geo News, PML-N spokesman Pervaiz Rasheed said his party accepts the argument challenge from Altaf Hussain, saying, they are ‘fully geared’ up for the purpose, urging MQM to specify whereabouts of the same to happen. ‘MQM speaks jargon of injections and bullets. We avoid speaking on personal issues,’ Rasheed stressed adding his party chief Nawaz Sharif did not criticize any party in Muzaffarabad’s public meeting; instead, he only cited Karachi occurrences.

    The PML-N mouthpiece remarked Karachi was tainted red with blood on May 12, querying whether MQM can deny sack-wrapped bodies. ‘Why Altaf Hussain gets angry over mention of bodies wrapped in sacks,’ Rasheed asked adding Altaf should tell when he is coming back home.
    ‘We will give him reception,’ he added. Altaf Hussain took three years to understand a thing which PML-N comprehended three years ago, he said. Responding a query, he said he does not believe even now that MQM will sever ties with the coalition government.

  7. General (R) Mirza Aslam Beg on MQM, MMA, & Dirty Role of Jang Group

  8. MQM in BBC HARDtalk Part 1

  9. MQM in BBC HARDtalk Part 2

  10. George Galloway Blasts MQM
    George Galloway Blasts MQM -PART 2/3

  11. Imran Farooq murder linked to rows within MQM Vikram Dodd, crime correspondent Sunday 26 September 2010 20.28 BST

  12. The Karachi king After a bloody conflict in Karachi, much-feared political boss Altaf Hussain fled to London, but he is no less powerful in Pakistan Mustafa Qadri, Monday 6 July 2009 18.00 BST

  13. Pakistan: Information on Mohajir/Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Altaf (MQM-A),USCIS,,,414fe5aa4,0.html

  14. Running Karachi – from London By Isambard Wilkinson in Karachi and Damien McElroy Published: 12:01AM BST 14 May 2007

  15. Running Pakistan’s biggest city – from London By Alastair Lawson BBC News, London Last Updated: Wednesday, 16 May 2007, 11:33 GMT 12:33 UK

  16. The Karachi ruling party ‘run like the mafia’ from an office block in London · MQM accused of planning carnage which left 42 dead · Khan calls for leader in UK to face anti-terror charges Declan Walsh in Karachi and Matthew Taylor The Guardian, Saturday 2 June 2007

  17. MQM only party headed by a foreigner: PML-N Updated at 1831 PST Tuesday, December 28, 2010

    LAHORE: Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Khawaja Asif said that Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) was the only Pakistani political party whose chief was a foreigner, Geo News reported.He also offered MQM chief Altaf Hussain for arranging Pakistani visa. The PML-N leader was addressing the media in Lahore in tit for tat political statements between the two political parties started after Nawaz Sharif blamed MQM for Karachi’s violence.

    Nawaz Sharif said: “100 people were targeted in revenge after the killing of Dr Imran Farooq in London. He also asked why 50 persons were killed in Karachi when Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry had gone there and was held at the airport building and not allowed to go to the city.”

  18. Pakistan was a Blunder says MQM & Altaf Hussain.

  19. Imran Khan blasts MQM on off the record 12/04/08 (1/4)
    Imran Khan Blasts MQM on off the record 12/04/08 (2/4)
    Imran Khan blasts MQM on off the record 12/04/08 (3/4)
    Imran Khan blasts MQM on off the record 12/04/08 (4/4)

  20. Capital Talk with Imran Khan : Part 1
    Capital Talk with Imran Khan : Part 2
    Capital Talk with Imran Khan : Part 3
    Capital Talk with Imran Khan : Part 4
    Capital Talk with Imran Khan : Part 5

  21. Major Nadeem Dar Exposes MQM & Altaf Hussain.

  22. Exclusive: Jinnah Pur & MQM: Major Nadeem Dar also Reveals Stunning Facts Thursday, August 27, 2009 By Major (Rtd.) Nadeem Ahmad Dar August 26, 2009

    After listening interview of Lt Gen (rtd) Naseer Akhter and Brig (rtd) Imtiaz on ARY, I got so disturb, which forced me to open my mouth, which I kept shut for many years, as I never felt safe for the life of my family, especially kids. A big lie of General Naseer Akhter and Brig Imtiaz regarding map of Jinnahpur, as they also had no knowledge! In 1989, as a Captain I was posted to B Company 50 Wing Bhittai Rangers district center Karachi in aid of civil administration.

    At that time MQM terrorist activities were on the top. I was local area force commander located in KDA office Liaqutabad and was responsible for almost entire district centre, where MQM leader was living (90) and had headquarter (89) in Al-kerm squire adjacent to my company location. I was the most active and well known officer at that time, because of my actions against all sorts of criminals. I had so much knowledge of the area, upon which general officer commanding major General Saleem Malik was assisted by me for the recce of the area. None of the IB person came forward or had the knowledge of the area, as they did not dare to enter the area being controlled by MQM. Whereas IB personal have been making their reports after getting the information from us, while sitting their offices. MQM never spared any intelligence agencies personal, if ever entered to their area, thus they had very little knowledge about offices and torture cells of MQM on ground and a very little knowledge about MQM activities. Thus how it was possible for Brig Imtiaz to investigate the map of Jinnahpur? How he confirm that it was not the actual? What were his resources, where as I was never contacted, since I recovered this map along with many other documents from Al-kerm squire.

    I did not have any enmity with MQM or with any other political parties or criminals, but was doing best by performing my duties. I never saw that General Naseer Akhter or Brig Imtiaz ever visited our area. During this operation clean up our 50 Wing Bhittai ranger was placed under command of Brig Usmani, who later became corps commander the same corps, which was commanded by Lt Gen Naseer Akhter. Lt Gen (rtd) Muzaffar Hussain Usmani knows all about our raid to al-kerm squire (89) and Azizabad (90). He also knows about all the torture cells we found and were shown on PTV. We recovered lot of arms and ammunition from different offices of MQM. I also served as General Staff Officer-II (IS) with General Saleem Hayder, who became GOC after General Saleem Malik. He also has been appreciating my knowledge and experience.

    On 28 May I arrested APMSO leader Shahood Hashmi from Karachi Poly Technical College, on which MQM boycotted Nation assembly budget session in protest. FIR was launched against him in SITE police station. But I was forced to leave this criminal. My action was appreciated by General Officer Commanding Saleem Malik. Yes, that was the time once Major Naeem from IB contacted me and passed me a threat of General Naseer Akhter and President Ghulam Ishaq Khan, that if I will not leave Shahood Hashmi then I could be in civil cloth next day. Is it justice that a criminal, who was responsible for killing many innocents, especially students of JI in the same college from where he was arrested? Is it justice that a criminal, who scuffled with me and torn my military uniform, which belongs to the people of Pakistan?

    In May I received credible reports about Karachi Sarafa Market, that there is lot of smuggling gold and Indian currency and then a plan was made, which later was discussed with Lt gen (rtd) Naseer Akhter by my commanding officer Lt Col Farooq Sultan and I was also sitting in that meeting. Lt Gen (rtd) Naseer Akhter permitted us and finally whole 50 Wing Bhittai Rangers along with police and magistrate executed a successful raid and seized a huge amount of Indian currency and Gold. Immediately after that the Sarafa union went on strike, where as the currency and the gold was deposited with custom after registration of the case under custom acts against Haji Ilyas. We were offered a bribe for not registering the case, but we refused. On the other hand these union people met Gen Naseer Akhter, who ordered us to hand over all seized items and release Haji Ilyas. Lt Gen (rtd) Naseer ordered an enquiry against the whole raiding party, including the magistrate also. I was the only officer among the whole raiding party who made a statement against Gen Naseer Akhter. At later many time I was asked to change the statement, but I did not. This enquiry can be found from the official documents. I got the information that Sarafa Union gifted him one land cruiser and to this effect I made the same statement at that time. Now the question comes that if my statement could have been wrong then why he did not ordered for my court martial. But true is that he got that, so that is why he preferred to keep quite.

    Such corrupt people are the bad name to our institution, where as our army is the best in the world and I am proud of it. I will end my article with these questions:-


    Will you believe those, who never were present on ground for the operation?

    Will you believe those, who have the history of being corrupt?

    Lt gen (rtd) Naseer must be asked, that under which power or law can order a case to withdraw, once FIR is registered, so why a court should not be allowed to make the justice?

    From where and from which sources Brig (rtd) Imtiaz confirmed that Jinnahpur map was not correct?

    Will you believe that Altaf Hussain is not the Indian RAW agent, as he visited Indian and made the statement that “idea of Pakistan was dead at its inception”?

    He also said that “The division of the subcontinent was the biggest blunder…it was not the division of land, it was the division of blood. Still you think he is loyal to Pakistan?

    He wants India to open its doors to every Mohajir, the Muslim refugees who went to Pakistan after the partition. “I appeal to the politicians here to forgive the people who left and let them return, ” said Hussain. What this shows that it was mistake to migrate to Pakistan!

    Still you believe Altaf Hussain and his helper has spoken truth by nullify his heinous plan to divide Pakistan and make new country as Jinnahpur?

    I swear upon God that what so ever I have written is correct and I stand on my words. Till today I am the victim of MQM. I have very long history and story, on which people can weep, how I and my family have gone through a painful torture after this operation against MQM and other criminals.

  23. Is the Army sincere with Altaf Bhai’s MQM? by Abdul
    Sattar Issue No 19, Nov 25-Dec 1, 2002 | ISSN:1684-2075 |

    KARACHI: What is going on in Karachi’s No-Go Areas is a mystery known only to the secret agencies of General Pervez Musharraf. Apparently the Army is trying to appease Altaf Hussain’s MQM by hitting out at the MQM Haqiqi Group but in reality the agencies do not want to hurt their own creation.

    This has led to a stand off between the new Government of Mir Zafrullah Khan Jamali and Altaf Bhai who withdrew his candidate for a cabinet seat at the last minute. Attacks on Dr. Farooq Sattar while taking over an office in the No Go Area of Landhi further compounded the situation for the administration.

    What has been going on is like a scene of a suspense thriller. After the vociferous demands of MQM Chief Altaf Hussain regarding elimination of these NGAs, President Musharraf gave a statement in favor of MQM and reportedly ordered abolition of all these areas.

    But subsequent statements of his Interior Minister Moinuddin Haider and Information Minister Nisar Memon indicated that Pakistani agencies were still divided over the issue. Both these ministers said there were no NGAs in Karachi and it was a dispute between the two groups of MQM. Their statements gave the first clue that the most powerful agencies of the government were not in favour of abolishing the NGAs.

    On November 18 Altaf Bhai decided to support the PML(Q) on the assurance that the government would abolish the NGAs. Next day government started the crackdown on the Haqiqi group. Its sector and unit offices were sealed and its leaders including Afaq Ahmed and Amir Khan were besieged in the party head office Baitul Humza.

    But Altaf Bhai got alerted when both Afaq, Amir and other leaders managed to escape, despite the heavy presence of the Rangers and police. They even held a telephonic press conference. On Nov 20 the activists of Mutahida reached Landhi along with Dr. Farooq Sattar, Nasreen Jalil, Abdul Qadir Lakhani and other leaders of the party and tried to take over the head office of the Haqiqi. They were attacked and the female activists of Haqiqi manhandled Nasreen Jalil. Altaf Bhai’s men managed to occupy only three units of Landhi and six others stayed under the control of Haqiqi who were heavily armed despite the presence of police and law enforcement agencies.

    If one compares this operation with that launched against the Altaf Group on June19, 1992, it was clear that the agencies did not want to eliminate the Haqiqi Group. In 1992 when the operation against the Altaf Group started, activists of Haqiqi came along with Pakistan Army and the troops not only allowed Haqiqi activists to torture activists of Altaf Group but some of them were killed right in front of these troops.

    Those killed included the brother of Haroon Siddiqi, a former Altaf Group MPA who was shot in Unit 83. The army arrested every one. But in the current operation the attitude of the police and Rangers was totally different.

    When the Rangers besieged Baitul Hamza, Afaq Ahmed and other leaders of the party were inside it. The Rangers did not allow police to get near the Head office of the Haqiqi, thus deliberately delaying the arrest of Afaq.

    Haqiqi leaders claimed that 300 of its workers had been arrested but not a single prominent leader was named. Most of those arrested were youngsters and students of Matric or 9th class. The Haqiqi Group had close relations with the agencies and an army picket had been established near their head office for a long time, manned by the Rangers. That is why the Rangers were reluctant to arrest leaders of the Group.

    Most of the activists of Haqiqi were armed and present at Landhi No 6, 5,3,4 and 5.5 locations but the police did not try to disarm them. The activists of the Mutahida were also armed but not as heavily as that of Haqiqi. They were present at Babar markets and two other units in Landhi. In Malir, Shah Faisal, Lines Area and Liaqautabad the Haqiqi workers were heavily armed and Mutahida was to face a stiff resistance if they tried to penetrate. Police and Rangers were simply watching as silent spectators and doing nothing to disarm the group.

    Basically the agencies wanted to convey a message to the government that if these areas were opened to Mutahida there would be serious bloodshed and on this pretext they might discontinue the operation against the NGAs.

    On Nov 22 an activist of the Haqiqi was fired upon in 2 B Sector of Landhi. He died on the same day. Following his death tension gripped Landhi and the office of Mutahida at Korangi No1 was attacked leaving four people injured. This happened in the heavy presence of the Rangers and police.

    On Nov 22 female activists of the Haqiqi demonstrated in front of the Governor House in Karachi. They were armed with sticks and injured some police officials and tried to capture an armored carrier vehicle of the police. They remained there for over 100 minutes shouting slogans against the government. Interestingly the police did not turn violent giving yet another signal that the operation against Haqiqi was not going to be severe.

    On Nov 21 an evening Urdu newspaper in Karachi published a report quoting the agencies in which they feared that a bloodbath may occur as both groups of the MQM were amassing weapons and trying to prepare for pitched battles against each other. The same newspaper published a report about the formation of Mohajir National Front, to be led by ousted Secretary General Dr. Imran Farooq. This was interpreted as a psychological tactic of the agencies. It seems that they want to divide the Altaf Group into as many groups as possible, like the Jeay Sindh.

    There are also conflicting views about the crackdown. Some people think that the government wanted the support of Altaf Group for Mr. Jamali and now that he has got through the new regime may not honor the secret deal reached between the establishment and Altaf Bhai.
    Haqiqi chief Afaq Ahmed’s statement also bolstered this view as he said after the election of the PM, the situation would change. Another view is that the agencies would keep both the groups in the NGAs so that the presence of Rangers and interference of the federal government agencies could be justified.

    Analysts believe if the government would use the Haqiqi against the Mutahida, Altaf Bhai will not completely cooperate with the PML(Q), thus threatening to bring down Mr. Jamali. Others believe the MQM wants the chief ministership of the Sindh and it seems firm in doing so.

  24. What is going on inside Altaf Bhai’s MQM Are the ‘No Go Areas’ a Recipe for Disaster in Sindh by Abdus Sattar Agha Issue No 17, Nov 11-17, 2002 | ISSN:1684-2075 |

    LONDON: MQM Leader Altaf Hussain’s announcement to wage a war against the establishment has surprised many political observers but the real secret deal under way between the MQM and the Musharraf Government is to accommodate Interior Minister Moinuddin Haider in the Senate on an MQM ticket.

    Mr Haider recently praised Altaf Hussain as a “very responsible leader” and the sudden attention being paid to the “No Go Areas” (NGAs) in Karachi has given rise to serious speculation that MQM was asking for its pound of flesh before it could consider any concession to the Musharraf regime.

    Analysts understand why General Musharraf did not say any thing about the NGAs earlier during the three years of his rule. He was in the army when his fellow generals decided to form the rival group of the MQM and fully supported them. Late COAS General Asif Nawaz had even publicly stated that if there could be 11 Muslim Leagues, why could not there be two MQMs.

    On 19 June 1992 the army brought the Haqiqi group to the urban areas of Karachi. Many MPAs and MNAs of the Altaf group were forced to change their loyalty and all this happened at a time when the army was present in the city and a crackdown against Altaf group was going on. It means that Musharraf must have been aware of the fact that there were certain NGAs but he did nothing about them.

    Even during the recent elections these areas were not abolished and Mutahida was denied entry into these areas. So, what has prompted Gen. Musharraf to give a statement in favor of MQM now. Some believe a secret deal has been struck.

    Analysts also believe that the MQM may again be used against the PPP if it comes into power. As the influence of the party has been reduced in many parts of Karachi, it is essential that Altaf Hussain’s group is provided a launching base for any powerful agitation against the government. According to another view point, MQM might be inducted into the new Sindh administration and for that it would have demanded entry into these NGAs.

    Others say the former members of the MQM Coordination Committee did not effectively raise the issue of NGAs which made Mr Altaf Hussain very angry. They mainly focused on ministries and privileges which annoyed Mr Hussain who dissolved the Committee.

    Yet another view is that Mr Hussain was exasperated over the defeat of the MQM in some areas and thought that he was not given accurate reports regarding the party position of those areas. MQM also no longer raises any popular slogan. It has already used the slogan of a separate province and provincial autonomy which became quite unpopular.

    Thus the NGAs are being used as a new slogan, according to this school of thought. Activists of the party were dejected when the party lost seats of national and provincial assemblies from Landhi and it is said that many workers of the party were now sure that Haqiqi could never be expelled from these NGAs so this issue had to be raised to enhance their morale and keep them involved.

    It is thought the workers of the NGAs are more active in the party than those of other areas and that is why it was important to demand MQM’s entry.

    Another analysis suggests that the threat to the establishment regarding the abolition of NGAs has been given to divert the attention of the party workers from the internal contradictions and differences of the party because on this issue the workers are more emotional than on any other issue. It is interesting to note that in past MQM has been a part of the government but it did not raise the issue of NGAs as vehemently as it is doing now.

    If after Ramadan the NGAs were not abolished then it would be clear that the slogan of its abolishment was raised to divert the attention of the people from the internal contradictions of the party. Mr Hussain has said that his party would abolish the NGAs itself if the establishment did not do so. This indicates that there could be bloodshed in the city and taking this as an excuse the establishment might resort to impose Governor’s Rule in the province where PPP would be in power.

    It may be mentioned that the first government of Benazir was destabilized by MQM following the operation of the Pakka Qila in Hyderabad. When the second Benazir government dissolved, she was blamed for extra judicial killings, though Nasirullah Babar, the incharge of the crackdown on MQM, had admitted that MI and other agencies helped him conduct the operation. So it is clear that with whose consent the extra judicial killings were carried out. But these killings were cited as one of the reasons for the dissolution of her government.

    If the MQM really tries to get the NGAs vacated, it may be a difficult task because most of the die-hard MQM activists had either been killed in fake police encounters or jailed. In the last five years the party has also expelled many militants like Kala Shafiq of New Karachi and many others besides suspending workers like Javed Shahpuri of the Liaquatabad.

    This, however does not mean that the MQM has no die hard activists. There are still many who are ready to obey Altaf Bhai. If the party tries to enter those areas, there will be great bloodshed which might pave the way for the army government to impose extra constitutional rule on the province or even the country on the one hand and start a crackdown against the party on the other.

    Altaf Hussain‘s warning to those who were trying to create the forward block in the MQM indicates that there are severe differences within the party and the decision to dissolve the coordination committee has been delayed to see that how many people go with Dr. Imran Farooq. This is also an attempt to stop them from doing so.

    The dilemma is how to abolish the NGAs as they are protected by the agencies themselves. In the past all attempts to do so have failed. During Liaquat Jatoi’s government the activists of the MQM tried to enter these areas but they were resisted by the rival group while Police and Rangers remained either neutral or supported the rival Haqiqi group.

    The agencies do not want to abolish the NGAs because they are afraid that if the city is given back to MQM, they will go beyond the control of the agencies. These agencies may also try to play games with the MQM. They may ask Mutahida to let Haqiqi work in other parts of Karachi which would be impossible for MQM to accept. It is believed that during the recent elections this offer was made by the Haqiqi and the government which was turned down by Mutahida

    Altaf Hussain has also asked the members of the Coordination Committee to sit at the Khurshid Memorial Hall (named after Mr Hussain’s mother) during his speech. It is thought that this announcement was made so that the loyal workers of Mr Hussain could keep an eye on the activities of his members.

    The hall has big rooms and is dominated by the APMSO and Labour division of the party who are very loyal to party chief. Altaf’s control on the party is still very firm and sources said that party activists were of the opinion that no body could take the place of the party chief.

    Earlier Dr Imran Farooq was in direct contact with the sector in charges but now they are all in direct contact with the party chief or his loyalists.

  25. Altaf to expose plot against MQM Correspondent 01 January 2000

    LONDON, Dec 29: Muttahida Qaumi Movement chief Altaf Hussain has said that he will soon inform the nation about the plans of the intelligence agencies to annihilate Mohajirs.In a press statement issued here on Wednesday, the MQM chief claimed that his party has collected hard evidence and facts about the intelligence agencies’ plans. The statement came a day after Altaf Hussain announced that he would reveal his future strategy to the people very soon. The MQM chief said that the details of the plans would enable the people to understand his new strategy. He said on the one hand the government and its officials were claiming that action would be taken against all those police officials involved in extra-judicial killings in the past while on the other hand, according to MQM information, government officials were conferring awards on those police officials who are involved in extra-judicial killings.

    Mr Altaf Hussain said that according to MQM Intelligence Bureau Report, last week Corp Commander Karachi, General Muzaffar Usmani invited all those Station House Officers (SHOs) who were involved in extra-judicial killings and not only praised their “efforts” but also gave them costly wrist watches. “Mohajir people should not expect any good from any senior government official,” he said.

    The MQM chief said according to another MQM Intelligence Bureau Report, on December 4, 1999, the head of Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) in Sindh, met the head of the “Haqqiqi activist” at Barrack No 73 of Malir Garrison. He claimed a telephonic meeting was also arranged between the “Haqqiqi activists” and the Director General of ISI in Islamabad. He called upon General Pervez Musharraf and other army officials in GHQ to investigate these incidents. Mr Altaf Hussain also asked the MQM workers not only to seriously read his statements but also keep the cutting of the newspapers in which these are published for future reference.

    NON-VIOLENCE: Meanwhile, MQM Convenor Dr Imran Farooq in separate statement issued here on Wednesday said that MQM will continue to pursue a policy of non-violence in future. He said that some confusion has arisen because of the statement of Mr Altaf Hussain in which he had told workers that he would announce the MQM policy
    soon. Dr Imran Farooq said that Mr Altaf Hussain after the publication of these reports has told him in clear terms that MQM will continue to pursue a policy of non-violence. The MQM Convenor said that MQM’s “new strategy” would also be based on “non-violence” and pursuing the objectives through peaceful means. The MQM Convenor also severely criticized the government for failing to produce Dr Farooq Sattar before the Sindh High Court despite a court order. He said on 26th November, 1999, Dr Sattar voluntarily courted his arrest from Karachi Press Club Karachi and since then is being kept in unlawful detention by the government.

  26. Saleem Shahzad expelled from MQM Rabita Committee Saturday, February 14, 2009 [The News and Jang]

    KARACHI: The Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) has expelled Saleem Shahzad from its Rabita Committee on account of his personal and secret activities and contacts. Besides, MQM activists have been asked not to contact another Rabita Committee member, Muhammad Anwar, on any issue. According to a press release issued by the MQM on Friday, anyone found contacting Saleem Shahzad would be expelled from the party. Similarly, the MQM activists have been directed instead of contacting Muhammad Anwar they may contact the Rabita Committee in Karachi or the party’s international secretariat. The party took the decision on the basis of Anwar’s suspicious activities and his disinterest in the affairs of the party, the statement said. Meanwhile, MQM’s senior member and in-charge of its Labour Division Anees Ahmed Khan, advocate, has voluntarily resigned from the basic membership of the MQM, the statement said. Another MQM statement said on the grounds of serious violation of organisational discipline and involvement in activities outside the organisation, the Rabita Committee had suspended the following activists of the All Pakistan Muttahida Students Organisation (APMSO) for an indefinite period: Ejaz Qureshi and Mohsin Shahab (University of Karachi unit); and Mohsin Ahsanul Haq (NED unit). When contacted, MQM spokesman Faisal Sabazwari offered no comments, saying: “Whatever the MQM has to say in this regard, it has stated in the press release.”

  27. Saleem Shahzad expelled from MQM By Our Staff Reporter
    February 14, 2009

    KARACHI, Feb 13: The Muttahida Qaumi Movement expelled on Friday its senior leader Syed Saleem Shahzad from the party for his alleged ‘mysterious’ activities. The decision was taken at an emergency meeting of the party’s coordination committee. A statement issued from the MQM’s London secretariat said any party member found in contact with Mr Shahzad would lose his membership.

    A former MNA and London-based MQM leader, Anis Ahmed Advocate, resigned from the party and stated that in future he would have nothing to do with the views and actions of the MQM, the statement said. Meanwhile, the MQM directed its workers not to contact Mohammad Anwar, another senior London-based member of the coordination committee.

  28. Altaf takes control of party affairs: Imran Farooq suspended By Our Reporter November 8, 2002FridayRamazan 2,1423

    KARACHI, Nov 7: A split appeared in the Muttahida Qaumi Movement when its London-based chief, Altaf Hussain, on Thursday “suspended” Dr Imran Farooq, convener of the coordination committee, took direct control of party affairs and announced elections of coordination and organizational committees after a month. Addressing workers’ meeting at Khurshid Memorial Hall here, Mr Altaf gave two months to the coordination committee members to “either mend their ways or be prepared to be relegated”.

    The courtyard of Khurshid Memorial Hall and alleys were jampacked with highly charged workers who came to listen to their leader from various parts of the province. His public announcement came amid unconfirmed reports that Dr Imran Farooq has also decided to go public within the next 36 hours which could plunge the party in a spin of uncertainty like the one after the June 19, 1992 operation that led to the creation of Haqiqi group. The situation has also left the MPAs and MNAs-elect of Muttahida in a lurch.

    Although Altaf Hussain did not say specifically that the coordination and organizational committee had been dissolved, his statement of taking everything in his control, implied that the two organizations were no more functional. Mr Altaf said he had declared Imran Farooq a hero but he allegedly failed to mend his ways despite repeated counselling. The Muttahida chief said he had sent six emissaries to Dr Imran for convincing him and they returned with indications that he was inclined to repent. But, later Dr Imran rang up one of the those six and misbehaved with him. Mr Altaf said he was not sure at whose behest Dr Imran had allegedly adopted such an attitude.

    He announced that he had suspended Dr Imran Farooq as convener of the coordination committee and said he was prepared to face all the consequences. He said if Dr Imran publicly apologized before the workers, he would forgive him. He said the same course was open for the members of the coordination and organisational committees.

    He declared that after Eid he would observe a week of internal “cleansing”, which hinted at purge on a large scale. Mr Altaf made no reference to the ongoing scramble for power after Oct 10 elections and the outcome of the negotiations his party had held for lending support to major contenders to form government. Now that he has declared to take things in his direct control, most probably he wants the parties to negotiate with him directly the conditions on which he may lend support to either of the contenders for the top slot.

    The internal crisis of the MQM would also be a problem for the newly-installed government both at the centre and in Sindh as Mr Altaf also hinted to resist the so-called no-go areas. This was clear as he vowed to restore the movement’s original spirit by detaching it from intense politicking and directed party workers to be prepared to make supreme sacrifice to liberate the no-go areas after Eid. He declared that if the establishment brought out forces in support of those who were controlling the no-go areas, the Muttahida also had “other options”.

    He warned the establishment that if the ISI allegedly continued with its policies, it should be prepared to face the consequences. “If we are harmed, everything will be harmed. We are prepared for an all-out war with the establishment,” he said. Mr Altaf declared that after Eid there would be “damadam must qalandar in Sindh,” which indicated bad days for the people of the province. He regretted that over the years some opportunists had misused the MQM platform because those responsible for running the affairs showed slackness. He directed the cadre to do soul-searching before raising finger at others and said those who had indulged in collecting funds through coercive means had betrayed the spirit of the movement.

    He gave the party cadre, including members of the coordination committee, organisational (tanzeemi) committee, sector and zonal in charges two months to reform and completely mould themselves according to the ideology of the party. He declared that after Eid, elections of Rabita Committee members would be held and it would also include people who were loyal workers of the movement. He also declared that except for unavoidable meetings the coordination committee and organisational committee members should not sit at Nine-Zero and instead spend their time at Khurshid Memorial Hall and sort out problems being faced by the party cadre and supporters.

    This was seen as a mode of punishment when he said those who were not willing to “reform” themselves were free to “go, go, go.” Mr Altaf said the situation had become unbearable for him and said if the coordination and organizational committee members were not ready to reform themselves, they were free to leave to their homes and join any other party.

  29. Imran Farooq in London: seeks asylum By Nasir Malick Week Ending:11 September 1999 Issue : 05/37

    LONDON, Sept 9: Muttahida Qaumi Movement Secretary General Dr Imran Farooq surfaced in London after remaining in hiding for more than seven years in Pakistan and has sought political asylum. “I arrived in London yesterday (Wednesday) evening and have sought political asylum in the United Kingdom,” he said. Sporting a beard, the MQM secretary general who had been declared a terrorist and an absconder by the Sindh government, appeared fresh and in good health as he sat next to MQM chief Altaf Hussain who kissed him before introducing him to the reporters. The Sindh government had initially announced head-money of Rs700,000 for the “capture of Dr Imran, dead or alive”. On Jan 2, 1995 it raised the head money to Rs3 million through an official notification. The MQM Secretary General said he made several attempts in the past to leave the country but did not succeed. He refused to divulge, however, details of how he reached London but expressed his gratitude to all those in Karachi who provided him refuge in their homes without fear of state persecution.

  30. Oct24Tabish I don’t think MQM is a terrorist oroisinatagn I have a friend who works for MQM I have never seen anything fishy in his activities in fact i hardly see him these days becuz he has been given a task to work for flood victims in interior sindh! I am originally from Lahore I moved to Karachi just a year ago and before that i used to think that MQM is a terrorist oroisinatagn however after seeing the work they have done in Karachi and still working hard for their city I have actually decided to vote for them in the next election! I have never been asked for bhatta nor i have seen any weapons around! I think people from outside sindh have a wrong perception about MQM. Therefore my answer is MQM is not a Terrorist Organisation!!!!! AND BEFORE YOU ALL JUMP INTO CONCLUSIONS I HAVE NEVER SUPPORTED OR WORKED FOR MQM WHAT SO EVER NOR I AM AFFILIATED TO ANY OTHER PARTY!!!

  31. Imran Farooq’s fate hangs in balance By Shamim-ur-Rahman 06 July 2004Tuesday17 Jamadi-ul-Awwal 1425

    KARACHI, July 5: The Muttahida Qaumi Movement is in a fix over the fate of Dr Imran Farooq who was ‘removed’ from the position of convener of coordination committee, amid reports of differences with party chief Altaf Hussain. The Muttahida’s parliamentary leader in the National Assembly, Dr Farooq Sattar, told Dawn on Monday that there was a “status quo and decisions were in abeyance” with regard to reports about the London-based party leadership. “The other matters have almost been resolved but no decision has been taken yet on matters concerning Dr Imran Farooq against whom there were repeated complaints of breach of discipline,” said Dr Farooq Sattar. His remarks confirmed the serious power struggle going on within the party.

    The party was trying to resolve all the outstanding issues but success was not likely soon, he added. There were reports also that a split was imminent and that there were “some problems” at the party’s international secretariat in London. Mr Hussain had assigned the convenership of the coordination committee to Dr Imran Farooq on Aug 15 last year in a major shakeup within the party. That move was the biggest one by Mr Hussain since his direct control of the party affairs after the suspension of Dr Imran Farooq, who was subsequently reinstated. In the meantime, at a recent meeting of the cadres the founding chief of the party was critical of both the governor of Sindh and Dr Imran Farooq. And there were deliberate leakages indicating that some action against him was again being contemplated.

    Mr Hussain, according to some sources, was also unhappy over Governor Ibad’s remarks that no operation against the MQM was being contemplated by the government. But in London, according to sources, he was shown various “evidence” contrary to his claim. His matter has been sorted out, said the sources. Asked whether the party’s international secretariat in London was functional, he replied in the affirmative. Dr Sattar said the coordination committee had been dissolved but it had to be revived, but only for policy decisions.

    The rest of the issues were looked after by the coordination committee here in Pakistan. Wherever guidance of Mr Altaf Hussain was required, those matters were dealt with by those members of the committee who were in London. The party leadership was playing down its internal power struggle because that could affect its bargaining power, both at the federal and provincial levels.

  32. MQM shifts blame for 1992 operation from military to Nawaz Wednesday, September 02, 2009 News Analysis By Amir Mir

    LAHORE: The much trumpeted 1992 operation clean-up in Sindh had actually been launched against the backdrop of the infamous ‘Major Kaleem kidnapping case’, when a serving Army major was abducted and tortured, allegedly by a group of activists belonging to the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (which was then known as the Muhajir Qaumi Movement).

    While the MQM leadership has recently blamed former prime minister Nawaz Sharif for the 1992 operation and asked him to apologise for the atrocities committed during his tenure, it remains a fact that the MQM high command had held at that time the military leadership responsible for the action, saying it actually wanted to avenge the honour of Major Kaleemuddin.

    As a matter of fact, Major Kaleemuddin of the Field Investigation Unit (FIU) of the Army had been tasked to restore peace in the trouble-stricken Landhi area of Karachi. He was abducted on June 20, 1991, along with a few subordinates, while in civvies ñ the night when the MQM-Haqiqi led by Afaq Ahmed made an abortive attempt to take over Landhi offices of the Altaf-led MQM, called Muhajir Khel. This led to a bloody gun battle between the two MQM factions, killing many from both sides.

    However, the Haqiqi group was forced to flee after the Altaf group unleashed all its fire power in the gun battle. A few hours after the abortive attempt by the Haqiqi group, Major Kaleemuddin was abducted from the Landhi area by armed activists of the MQM, who allegedly took him to a torture cell and subjected him to ‘mistreatment’. The Major Kaleemuddin kidnapping case is still described by many in the establishment as the bedrock of the subsequent military operations carried out against the MQM under the Sharif and the Bhutto governments. Altaf Hussain and several other MQM leaders and workers were subsequently accused of being involved in the kidnapping episode and named in the FIR registered on June 24, 1991. Altaf left Pakistan in December 1992.

    But there are different versions of what exactly happened to Major Kaleemuddin. Some of the MQM leaders had claimed after the incident that the abductors were under the impression that MQM-Haqiqi leaders ñ Afaq Ahmed and Amir Khan – had returned to the port city at the behest of the agencies and that the major was present in Landhi to supervise the establishment-sponsored operation against them. During the court trial, many of the accused had claimed that since the major was in plain clothes, he was mistaken by them for a Haqiqi activist and subsequently roughed up. But as soon he had revealed his identity, the major was allowed to go.

    However, according to the prosecution, Major Kaleemuddin, along with three other Army officers, was patrolling the Landhi area in an Army jeep when 20 armed youths took them hostage after seizing their weapons. The Army men were taken to a place called Muhajir Khel in Landhi where they were allegedly tortured and kept for seven hours and rescued when the police reached the place. The accused charged with kidnapping the Army officers and torturing them included Altaf Hussain, Saleem Shahzad, Dr Imran Farooq, Safdar Baqri, Nadeem Ayubi, Ayub Shah, Aftab Ahmed, Ismail alias Sitara, Ashraf Zaidi, Sajid Azad, Ashfaq Chief, Javed Kazmi, Haji Jalal Asghar Chacha, Rehan Zaidi and Mohammad Yousuf.

    Whatever the truth might be, the then-Army high command’s keen interest in the prosecution of the accused gave an impression as if the traditional martial pride of the Khakis – that nobody gets away with bashing up an Army officer ñ was at work. Gen Asif Nawaz had been the Corps Commander Karachi at that time who got promoted as the Army Chief in August 1991, right before the start of the military operation.

    A special court for suppression of terrorist activities (STA), led by Justice Rafiq Awan, began hearing of the Kaleemuddin kidnapping case in March 1993 and delivered judgment on June 9, 1994. The court had convicted Ashfaq Chief, Javed Kazmi and Haji Jalal and sentenced them to 30 years of rigorous imprisonment, besides imposing a fine of Rs 20,000 each under the Pakistan Penal Code, the Hudood Ordinance. All other accused, including Altaf Hussain, were declared absconders and sentenced to 27 years jail and a fine of Rs 30,000 each in absentia.

    Almost three years later, following the 1997 general elections and the subsequent decision by Altaf Hussain to join hands with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, all the convicted MQM leaders and activists challenged afresh their conviction and sentences before the Sindh High Court. Their appeal was heard by a division bench, which found the case as one ‘of almost no legal evidence’. Relying on the provisions of the Suppression of Terrorist Activities Act, 1976, the bench upheld on trial in absentia as well as the right of the absentee accused to file an appeal. Dealing with evidence, the bench observed that the eyewitnesses’ account did not inspire confidence and the evidence of the complainant was, in particular, full of contradictions.

    The bench, comprising Justice Nizam Hussain Siddiqui and Justice Abdul Hameed, noted that it is difficult to believe, a group of 15 or 20 boys could disarm four trained soldiers. Therefore, all the accused were acquitted and three convicts serving their term were ordered to be released immediately. But it is interesting to point out that after AQ Halepota, one of the counsels for the MQM leaders, concluded his arguments before the court, the then-advocate-general Sindh Shaukat Zuberi submitted that numerous omissions and contradictions had been made during the trial of Major Kaleemuddin’s kidnapping and torture case and that he would not support the convictions of the accused by the STA court. The verdict came hardly a week after the then-prime minister Nawaz Sharif had travelled to London to meet Altaf Hussain.

    To recall, the MQM and the PML-N had been coalition partners at that time, before finally falling apart following the assassination of Hakim Mohammad Saeed in Karachi. Major Kaleemuddin had subsequently challenged the acquittal of the MQM leaders and activists by the Sindh High Court. But the petition was dismissed as withdrawn by the apex court on August 13, 2007, mainly due to non-prosecution, as neither the petitioner nor his counsel had turned up.

  33. The real cause of MQM-PML hostility Thursday, September 03, 2009
    By Amir Mir

    LAHORE: The present animosity between the Altaf-led MQM and the Sharif-led PML has more to do with the October 1998 murder of former Sindh governor Hakim Mohammad Said and the subsequent imposition of the Governorís Rule in the province by the then prime minister Nawaz Sharif, rather than the 1992 operation clean-up, following which the two parties had mended fences and joined hands to form coalition governments in Sindh and at the federal level.

    The MQM is swinging between the PML and the PPP since the restoration of democracy in Pakistan in 1988, by joining almost every ruling coalition in Sindh. Having joined hands with then prime minister Benazir Bhutto after the 1988 elections, the MQM walked out of the PPP-led coalition in Sindh and at the centre in 1989. After the 1990 elections, the MQM teamed up with the Sharif-led PML, but left the coalition in 1992. After the dismissal of the second Benazir government in November 1996 and the subsequent holding of the 1997 general elections, Nawaz Sharif and Altaf Hussain had again joined forces against their common rival PPP.

    On February 21, 1997, the MQM leadership signed a power sharing accord with new prime minister Nawaz Sharif and joined the coalition government at the federal level and in Sindh. As per the accord, Nawaz Sharif had agreed to hold a judicial probe into the deaths of ìhundreds of MQM workers in police custody or fake encounters besides granting compensation to the families of the deceasedî. Interestingly, the PML-MQM did not mention the 1992 military operation, for which the MQM now blames the PML.

    The first major development that followed the PML-MQM reunion was the Sindh High Courtís February 1997 decision to acquit Altaf Hussain and his 18 co-accused in the kidnapping and torture case of Major Kaleemuddin of the Field Intelligence Unit (FIU) of the Pakistan Army. The acquittal only became possible after Advocate General Sindh Shaukat Zuberi had submitted before the court that numerous omissions and contradictions had been made during the trial and that he would not support the convictions of the accused by a special court for suppression of terrorist activities.

    On April 1, 1997, the PML-MQM coalition government in Sindh announced the formation of a compensation committee to pay compensation to the members of the affected families and their legal heirs ìwho had suffered during the period October 1993 to November 1997î. Once again, there was no mention of the year 1992 when the infamous operation clean up was launched by the Pakistan Army in Sindh. This was despite the fact that the operation clean-up had started in the rural areas of Sindh on May 23, 1992 and in the urban areas of the province on June 19, 1992. The operation had cost the government over Rs 4 billion since 45,000 military and para-military troops of the Corps V were deployed in Sindh to assist the civil administration in restoring peace.

    As a follow up to the PML-MQM power sharing accord of February 21, 1997, the Sharif government subsequently paid a hefty amount of Rs 500 million from the federal kitty as compensation to the families of 711 MQM activists who had either been killed or left disabled. However, the London-based MQM leadership now claims that around 15,000 MQM workers and supporters had lost their lives in the aftermath of the 1992 operation clean up. Interestingly, the MQM workers were not the only ones to have been compensated by the then Sharif government.

    A sum of Rs 200 million was also distributed as compensation money amongst 634 bereaved families of the Army, Rangers and the Police Jawans who had lost their lives between May 1992 and April 1998 in ìanti-terrorist operationsî carried out in Sindh.

    To the amazement of many, the families of those killed (MQM-A workers) and those who had been blamed for their deaths (law enforcement agencies) were paid an equal compensation amount of Rs 300,000 each by the Sharif government. While the widows and other dependents of the army, rangers and police Jawans were given compensation money because they had lost their lives ìfighting terrorismî, the family members of the MQM-A workers were compensated for their ìextra-judicial killings by the law enforcement agencies.î But the most astonishing aspect of the whole episode was that the army had claimed a head money reward of Rs 5 million from the Sindh government for killing 368 desperados during the 1992 operation clean-up, including several MQM-A activists whose families had to be paid compensation money eventually.

    The PML-MQM coalition went smooth afterwards for almost a year, before some serious differences erupted between the two partners, making the MQM to quit the federal and Sindh governments in August 1998. Yet on September 20, 1998, the MQM resumed support to the PML government at federal level and in Sindh, but without joining the cabinets.

    However, their alliance came to an abrupt end following the October 17, 1998 murder of the former Sindh governor Hakim Mohammad Said, who was allegedly assassinated by MQM activists in Karachi. The main accused in the murder case was Zulfiqar Haider, a serving MPA of the MQM from the Sindh Assembly.

    On October 28, 1998, ten days after the murder and having received the initial inquiry report from the authorities, Nawaz Sharif accused the MQM legislator and seven other party activists of involvement in the Hakim Said murder and set a three-day deadline for Altaf Hussain to handover the killers, including the MPA, failing which he threatened to call-off the PML-MQM alliance.

    On October 31, 1998, following the MQM leadershipís refusal to meet the deadline, the then prime minister Nawaz Sharif imposed federal rule in Sindh, which was followed by a massive crackdown by the security agencies against the MQM, which led to a fresh round of hostilities between the two political parties whose leadership is at daggers drawn against each other even today.

    Brig Asif says he never saw ‘Jinnahpur’ map Wednesday, September 02, 2009 Talks to Dr Shahid Masood in Geo programme ‘Mere Mutabiq’; Mustafa Azizabadi of MQM surprised at heinous allegations against third largest political party

    News Desk

    RAWALPINDI: Operation clean-up that began in the interior Sindh on May 20, 1992 was originally targeted against dacoits but the scope was widened to the urban areas including Karachi to do away with the impression that it was against Sindhis. The operation in the urban Sindh was launched on June 19, 1992 and on the same day army raided MQM central offices at Al-Karam Squire and ‘90’ in Karachi. Responding to Dr Shahid Masood’s questions in the Geo News programme ‘Mere Mutabiq’ Brig (retd) Asif Haroon recalled that the operation in the interior Sindh was inevitable as the area was paralysed because of the law and order situation. The MQM was hesitant over the action but Nawaz Sharif was adamant and insisted that it had to be carried out. Brig Asif Haroon admitted that the 1992 briefing with regard to Jinnahpur was given without the map of Jinnahpur. The situation in Karachi had also deteriorated because of the ongoing operation in the interior Sindh. It had also tarnished army’s image because of certain actions and to do away with this situation it was taken to Karachi.

    Taking part in the programme, Mustafa Azizabadi of the MQM refused to accept what was stated by Brig Asif and said to carry forward some opinion without verifying its authenticity is enough to believe that he is wrong. He said the utterances of Brig Asif Haroon are contradictory also. He was surprised as how such heinous allegations were levelled against the third largest political party of the country without any basis. He recalled that at that time the MQM Quaid Altaf Hussain had challenged to produce the said anti-state documents in the Supreme Court of Pakistan along with proof. He had also announced that if the charges were proved against him, he might be hanged at the Minar-e-Pakistan in Lahore. He recalled that ISPR had also refused to support the claims and declared that army had not found any conspiracy concerning Jinnah Pure.

    Dr Shahid Masood asked Asif Haroon as to where from he had received the Jinnah Pure maps that he had produced at that time. He reminded him that now his seniors are maintaining that such maps had never existed. Asif denied the statement and said that he had never presented such maps neither he had seen them. He said it began on July 17, 1992 when a briefing was held at Malir Cantonment in view of the operation clean up in Sindh. Some of the generals from Rawalpindi present there were keen to secure first hand knowledge about the happenings in the interior Sindh. Asif admitted that MQM was assured that the operation was against dacoits in the interior of the province. When asked as to ever he saw the Jinnah Pure map or it was in his knowledge, Brig Asif said he never saw them but revealed that in one of the briefings at Hyderabad the GOC had informed that posters and documents pertaining to Jinnah Pure were recovered during a raid at the MQM Unit office at Kotri. Setting aside claims from Brig Asif, Mustafa Azizabadi maintained that on June 19, 1992, army and rangers raided offices at Al-Karam Squire and ‘90’ in Karachi and the action continued for almost 15 days. The offices were burnt down and army and rangers pickets were set up there. But no one claimed to have found any thing pertaining to Jinnah Pure between June 19 and October 11. He ridiculed the statement of DG Rangers Gen Safdar that came the other day claiming that such documents were recovered in large number, rather in thousands. He referred to the conflicting claims from Gen Safdar and that of Gen Asad Durrani, former ISI director general who say that no such recoveries were made. Mustafa asked Asif to reveal as to who had misused and exploited him.

    When Dr Shahid Masood asked Brig Asif to elaborate the situation, he said when he met Gen Naseer Akhtar the other day he found him annoyed over the emanating of several disclosures. He asked me to handle the situation carefully. The other day I contacted Brig Mumtaz in Hyderabad who could not confirm the availability of such documents despite initial confirmation. The corps headquarters and the ISI desk also denied possession of any such literature. Mustafa Azizabadi maintained that the conflicting and baseless arguments confirm Brig Imtiaz’s version that the Jinnah Pure issue was simply a drama. It was also a sheer joke with a large section of the society. To a question from Dr Shahid Masood, Br Asif Haroon said he might agree that everything might be a fabricated story. Over this confession, Mustafa Azizabadi said now he leaves everything to the people of the country to ponder as to how things were fabricated to get declared MQM an anti state entity. He said like Jinnah Pure drama and torture cell cases were also visualised and publicised under a planned programme. However about the torture cells, Brig Asif Haroon said he was responsible to press briefings only and taking the media to places where the concerned officials claimed to have recovered them. He recalled finding of three torture cells, one of them being in the Lines Area.

  34. Former Mayor Karachi Mustafa Kamal shows Mirror to the TV Anchors & Political Parties.

  35. Threats of Murder by MQM and use of words like “Dogs” and “Pimps” & Ullo Kay Patthay: Tonight With Jasmeen 29/12/10 – P2 – 1 / 2 Tonight With Jasmeen 29/12/10 – P2 – 2 / 2

  36. Haider Abbas Rizvi (MQM) Exposes Nawaz Sharif & PML – Nawaz.
    Wasim Akhtar (MQM) Exposes Nawaz Sharif & PML – Nawaz.
    Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan on Altaf Hussain & MQM.

  37. MQM Leader and Minister IT and his use of word “Bayghairat” in front of a woman: Islamabad Tonight 29th December 2010 – 1 Islamabad Tonight 29th December 2010 – 2 Islamabad Tonight 29th December 2010 – 3
    Islamabad Tonight 29th December 2010part 4, PML-N vs MQM

  38. MQM says that there are Prostitutes, Mujrahs and Brothel in every House of Punjab: Dunya TV-Dunya Today-29-12-2010-1! Dunya TV-Dunya Today-29-12-2010-2 Dunya TV-Dunya Today-29-12-2010-3 Dunya TV-Dunya Today-29-12-2010-4

  39. Bhit Shah address: Altaf warns govt against sending ISI chief to US court December 26, 2010

    Same Altaf back in 2001 against Our Beloved Pakistani Armed Forces:

    Speech by Mr. Anwar MQM at Seminar on Positioning Pakistan in
    “War Against Terrorism”

    Chairperson Sindhi-Baloch Forum

    Conway Hall, London WC1

    Mr. Chairperson

    I am extremely delighted to have been invited to speak to the distinguished guests and the members of the public from your Forum. The subject of the discussion of this Seminar “Positioning Pakistan in “War Against Terrorism” is an extremely complex one. The word “Positioning” signifies choice whereas in case of Pakistan, Pakistan had no choice of positioning herself. In the governance of Pakistan or in its foreign policy, the ruling oligarchy of Punjab does not consider political or public consensus. It was imposed by a single telephonic conversation between the senior members of the U S Administration and the President General Parvez Musharraf, which according to the news reports was as follows? U.S. “What did we just say? The Taliban are your guys. Osama-bin-Laden has their protection. We have just lost 6000 people. We are in no mood for games. You join us, or face our wrath too”. That in fact, decided the “Positioning” of the Government of Pakistan in “War Against Terrorism”.

    Before the tragic terrorists attacks on the Twin Towers in New York and Washington on 11th. September 2001, the “Positioning” of Pakistan was crystal clear. I am quoting two excerpts from the statements of the President of Pakistan General Parvez Musharraf; the first one was made on 5th. February 2000 that stated: “Jihad is not terrorism, Mujahideen organisations are not terrorist organisations. Jihad had been revived during Afghan war and now it is Jihad in Kashmir. Muslims from different parts of the world are coming together to support their oppressed brothers and sisters”. On 14th. August 2001, he said: “The Taliban are the dominant reality in Afghanistan, and the international community should engage rather than isolate them”. Those statements should be clear enough to establish the position of Pakistan pre- and post 11th. September 2001 tragedy.

    The Military and the ISI had created the Taliban and hundreds other terrorists groups, trained them, fed them, nourished them and then armed them in the name of “Jihad”. It then, connected them with Osama-bin-Laden and his Al-Qaeda to conquer the entire Afghanistan in search of strategic-depth in case of an Indian attack. Expecting Pakistan to fight terrorism is like asking Frank stein to destroy his own monster.

    While supporting the United States, Great Britain and the International Community in dismantling the Taliban and Al-Qaeda network, the ISI continually played the double game. It continued its logistic support to the Taliban, formulated their war strategy including supply of arms and men. The MQM continuously kept informing President George W Bush and the Prime Minister Rt.Hon. Tony Blair about the double game and duplicity of the ISI. The intelligence information gathering of the MQM was validated by the voluminous International Press reports about the double game of the ISI, later on.

    I, on behalf of the MQM and the permanent citizens of Sindh offered fullest and unconditional support to the United States and Great Britain in combating and eradicating terrorism from face of the earth including Afghanistan. I offered them humint resources for intelligence gathering and monitoring of “Madrassas” in Sindh province and Punjab. I organised “Rally Against Terrorism” in Karachi in which, over 300,000 men, women and children participated to show their solidarity with the International Community on 26th. September 2001. This was the first demonstration of its kind in favour of the United States and Great Britain, in any part of the world. The “Rally against Terrorism” was followed by the province-wide vigil on 27th. September 2001. Terrorism and violence, in any shape or form, cannot and will not be tolerated, whether committed by the Governments’, groups or individuals, in any part of the world. We must endeavour to make the world free of violence, terrorism, hatred and vengeance.

    However, my heart throbs for Pakistan. Blood within my veins gushes for Sindh. Annexation of 17 villages of Sindh to the province of Punjab by the colonialists and expansionists Establishment will not be tolerated. If, expansionism of Punjab to the detriment of Sindh continues, I swear, Mohajirs and Sindhis will have no alternative but to seek the right to self-determination. Kalabagh Dam will never be built. Due shares of Sindh under the NFC and in other spheres of life including employment must be attained.

    The President of Pakistan General Parvez Musharraf, on his trip to the United States and Turkey, repeatedly said that Afghanistan is a multi-ethnic country. All ethno-linguistic and cultural groups shall be included in the broad-based government. He repeatedly cited the “Pashtun” segment. Similarly, the religious parties and Jihadi groups claimed that they would not accept the Government of the Northern Alliance or any one nation. They persist that a broad-based government in Afghanistan should be formulated in which all ethno-linguistic groups should be represented including the “Pashtun”. There is a “Hadith” in which the prophet Mohammad (PBUH) said, “You should only preach what you practice”. Parvez Musharraf should form a broad-based government in Pakistan, first, before preaching for a broad-based government in Afghanistan. All the ethno-linguistic groups of Pakistan should be equitably represented not only in the governance of the state but also in all walks of life including the Army and other institutions. He should also make public announcement in regards to giving equal rights to all the ethno-linguistic cultural minorities of Pakistan including the religious minorities. The religious minorities should be incorporated into the “Joint Electoral System” instead of voting rights under “Separate Electoral System”.

    The present and past ruling oligarchies, Punjabi Establishment and the political and religious leaders claimed that those seeking rights on the basis of ethnicity are the agents of Jews, Christians and the Hindus and also anti-Islam. They also claim that in Islam, there is no ethnicity and having recited the “Kalama” (verse) the ethno-linguistic and cultural identity transcends into one identity that is Islam. The same religious and political parties that proclaimed nationhood on the basis of Islam are now advocating the formation of a broad-based government in Afghanistan and the inclusion of “Pashtun” alongside of the other ethnicities. I had been all along telling that religion does not supersede ethno-linguistic and cultural affinities and religions do not form nations. I challenge the religious and political leaders to have a public debate with me over this subject.

    Nations are born in accordance with the teachings and maxims of the revered and blessed saint of Sindh, Shah Abdul Latif Bhitai RH that the land of Sindh belongs to people who live on it whether he is a Hindu, Christian or Muslim or non-Muslim. This land is the land of those who live on permanent basis and it provides sanctuary to people belonging to all faith under her wings. The ideology of religion is not dependent on the geographical boundaries and those confine it into geographical boundaries, commit wrong. I ask the Jihadi and religious groups who claim of the renaissance of Islam and hoisting of Pakistani flag on the Red Fort of Delhi shall not make Sindh, a centre of their fanaticism and go to Punjab to carryout their terrorism and patronisation of the terrorists. They claim Lahore as the heart of Pakistan but demonstrate in Karachi.

    I re-iterate that the permanent citizens of Sindh are united on the issues of the Kalabagh Dam and NFC Award and on the injustice practised against them in other sectors including employment and recruitment in the Army and other national institutions. I call upon the Establishment of Punjab that if a single village of Gothki were annexed to Punjab then the people of Sindh would not like to live with Pakistan. I do not care if another case of treason is registered against me on this account. If those villages are annexed to Punjab then we will struggle in unison and snatch those villages back to form the part of Sindh, again.

    The MQM is brining political awareness amongst the permanent citizens of Sindh and building bridges to narrow the gap between Sindhis and Mohajirs. The understanding and harmony between both the communities is being harnessed and an understanding of this is developing amongst Mohajirs and Sindhis. “Divide and Rule” policy of the rulers and feudal oligarchy will not work any more and nor would the process of colonisation of Sindh. The grass roots Sindhis are joining the MQM and a realisation is dawning upon both that a unified struggle is now inevitable against the common enemy. The Mohajirs have accepted Sindhis as a ground reality in Sindh and Sindhi brethren should also accept Mohajirs as a ground reality, we both have to live and die for Sindh. We must choose the way of compromise over conflict. We must remember that united we stand and divided we fall. If we remain divided, both Mohajirs and Sindhis would never get their rights and the Establishment of Punjab will continually rule over us and we will continually remain as its salves. We have to choose freedom over slavery.

    Thank you, Ladies and Gentlemen.

    Speech given by Mr. Anwar on behalf of Mr. Altaf Hussain who could not attend the function because of his brother- in-law’s serious health condition.

    Organisers: World Sindhi Congress & Baloch Voice (Sindhi Baloch forum) 2.12.01

  40. Mr. Bean meeting with Pir Sahab


    Latest News: 18:50 GMT
    Sindh Chief Minister Liaquat Ali Jatoi is leaving for London tomorrow morning to join the talks

    18:47 GMT
    During the meeting Mr. Altaf Hussain and Ch. Nisar Ali Khan talked to the Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif over the phone

    18:45 GMT
    Talks are still continuing

    16:00 GMT
    Ch. Nisar Ali Khan, Pakistan’s Federal Minister for Petroleum & Provincial Co-ordination, holding talks with Mr. Altaf Hussain, Founder & Leader of Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM), at the MQM International Secretariat in London on Wednesday evening.

    Ganja, Sexual Pervert and what not as declared by Mr. Wasim Akhtar with Pir Sahab


    Mr. Bean with Pir Sahab



    12th March, 1998.

    MQM demands arrest of Benazir, Babar.

    ISLAMABAD: Leaders of the Mutahidda Qaumi Movement (MQM) have demanded of thegovernment to register criminal cases against the Leader of the OppositionBenazir Bhutto and former interior minister Naseerullah Khan Babar on the charge of killing scores of MQM workers.

    Senator Aftab Sheikh during a news conference here on Thursday at the Parliamentcafeteria toldjournalists that the MQM was reiterating its demand on the basis of a recentstatement of Interior Minister Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain in which he had alleged that around30 MQM workers were brutally murdered in the mountainous region of Islamabad on the orders offormer interior minister Naseerullah Babar.

    “This is not an assertion of a common man. Interior Minister Shujaat Hussain hasstated these facts before Senate Standing Committee on Law and Order,” the MQM senator saidand added: “The real facts are placed before the government and it is now upto them to arrestthe murderers of MQM workers.”

    Flanked by Dr Farooq Sattar, Kanwar Khalid Younas and others MQM leaders,Senator AftabSheikh said that since 1987 over 15,000 MQM workers were either missing orkilled under thepatronage of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto.

    “We are demanding from the government to arrest Benazir Bhutto, Naseerullah KhanBabar and theother accused involved in extra-judicial killing of innocent MQM workers,” thesenator said and added: “Cases should be registered against them and they all should be tried ina court of law for killing innocent citizens.”

    “The worst kind of state-sponsored terrorism was witnessed during the previoustenure of PPP,” Aftab Sheikh said, adding: “One of the major charges emphasised by formerpresident Farooq Leghari while dismissing the Bhutto government was the extra-judicial killing ofMQM workers and the ouster of that regime was even endorsed by the apex court of the country.”

    As far as the last meeting with the prime minister is concerned, Aftab Sheikhsaid, we demandedabolition of “no-go areas”, besides the arrest of those nominated in differentFIRs for killing 108 MQM workers during the past one year.

    When asked whether they approached the interior minister for registration ofcases and recovery of bodies of MQM workers, Aftab Sheikh said their repeated attempts to contactShujaat Hussain bore no fruit as he was not available on telephone.

  42. 14 JANUARY 1999


    Mirpurkhas – 24 February 2001

    Mr Altaf Hussain, Founder and Leader of Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM), has stated that in Pakistan it is always the Army Generals and not the people who have dislodged the elected governments and abrogated the Constitution. Therefore, those who are raising the slogan of democracy today should first start a movement against those Army Generals who are responsible for dismissing the elected governments and should announce that in future any army general who abrogates the Constitution would be hanged in public. He was addressing a gathering of journalists, intellectuals, lawyers, writers, poets and general public at Mirpurkhas in Sindh, Pakistan.

    Mr Hussain said that the people of Sindh are deprived of their rights. They are even deprived of clean drinking water and forced to commit suicide due to unemployment. He said that we should ponder whether it is only the Establishment that is responsible for the deteriorating condition of Sindh province or we are also responsible for this? He said that a few people in the subcontinent, to gain favours and titles, aided the British Army in occupying the entire province. He said that the majority of the so-called nationalist leaders of Sindh by raising the slogan of the rights of Sindh have attained nothing for the people of Sindh but instead have made enormous personal gains. Pakistan Peoples Party came into power three times at the Federal as well as the Provincial level but what it achieve for Sindh? Similarly, what did Pakistan Muslim League achieve for Sindh? Mr Z A Bhutto drafted the 1973 Constitution, however, this Constitution could not even protect him or the Governments of Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) and Pakistan Muslim League (PML). Today once again, slogans for democracy are being raised. Now the people of Sindh must ponder what is meant by such democracy? When in the democratically elected National Assembly the question for the rights of Sindh is raised then the standpoint of the Members belonging to Sindh province is opposed by the Members belonging to the Punjab province who are in majority regardless of their affiliation, either with the PPP or the PML. Similarly, before the creation of Pakistan, Hindus were in majority and the Muslims were in minority, therefore, the leaders of the Muslim League feared that after the independence of the Undivided India the Hindus would rule, being in majority, therefore, this lead to the concept of two-nation. After the creation of Pakistan, Bengalis were in majority and according to the democratic norms they had the right to govern, however, despite enjoying majority in the General Elections of 1970, the slogan of Idhar Hum – Udhar Tum (We Rule Here and You Rule There) was raised and the Army, in violation to all the democratic norms, despite transferring power carried out a military operation against the Bengali people, which resulted in the disintegration of the country. In the 1956 Constitution, the Bengalis despite being in majority accepted the rule of parity in the larger interest of the country, however, today the Establishment of Punjab does not accept the demand of applying parity for the smaller provinces.

    Mr Hussain said that today one must ponder on the slogans being raised for democracy. Is it that once again the same game of power politics is being played to grab power for oneself and one’s family so that the national exchequer could be looted to increase one’s personal wealth within and outside the country? Such a democracy would not achieve anything either for the oppressed people of Sindh or Pakistan and the feudal system would continue to flourish. He demanded that it is essential that a new constituent assembly is formed with equal representation of all provinces, to constitute a new Constitution according to the spirit of the 1940 Resolution on the basis of equality of all the provinces. The Army should be reconstituted in such a manner that from the Army General to an ordinary soldier, every province must have equal representation. Mr Hussain said that Zulfiquar Ali Bhutto being a Prime Minister belonging to Sindh was hanged over an allegation of issuing instruction for a murder, whereas Nawaz Sharif and Shahbaz Sharif being from the Punjab province are allowed to honourably leave the country despite being convicted by the courts. Leaders from Sindh and Balochistan including Dr Farooq Sattar are being incarcerated on false and fabricated charges engineered by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB), whereas, the plunderers of national wealth and billionaire sons of Army Generals belonging to Punjab are roaming freely.

    Mr Hussain said that the patriotism of the people of Sindh is under suspicion because majority of Hindus live here who are considered as “security risk” by the Establishment, however, in Punjab the Sikhs are invited and welcomed, the Jamaat-e-Islami openly declares that they and the Sikhs have the same God. If Hindus are non-Muslims then so are the Sikhs, but inviting Sikhs in Punjab is not considered as “security risk” because both of them speak the same language. To meet their relatives, the people of Sindh have to go to Lahore where while crossing the Wahga Border, they have to pay heavy bribes. But the Khokhrapar Border in Sindh is not opened as it is considered to be a “security risk”. Mr Hussain invited the people of Sindh to jointly struggle for the rights of Sindh and if force would be used to crush our peaceful struggle then nobody should object if the people of Sindh would demand for the right to self determination according to the United Nations Charter.

    Mr Hussain said that now he has been awarded the British citizenship, he would like to assure the people of Sindh that to present the Sindh Case he would visit Geneva, other democratic countries and the human rights organisations throughout the world. Mr Hussain emphasised that the Urdu Speaking Sindhis and the Sindhi Speaking Sindhis have to live and die together, therefore, both should get united and struggle for the rights of Sindh. Similarly, those Punjabis and Pakhtoons who are permanent settlers in Sindh should also struggle alongside their Sindhi brothers for the rights of Sindh province. Mr Hussain demanded that the Khokhrapar Border should be opened, the victims of earthquake in Sindh must be compensated and provided aid, aid should be provided to the victims of drought in Thar and Sindh province should be provided its due share of water and in the NFC Award.


    The Coordination Committee of Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM) has asked from the Chief Executive General Parvez Musharraf to answer the following questions, so that the people of Pakistan could come to know who is the real traitor and working against the interest of the country.

    Question No 1: Was Pakistan disintegrated by the Army Generals or Altaf Hussain?

    Question No 2: Who committed the act of dishonouring the Pakistani Flag and the surrender of 93000 personnel of Pakistan Army in front of the Indian Army, the Army Generals or Altaf Hussain?

    Question No 3: Who signed the documents of surrender in front of the Indian Generals, the Army Generals or Altaf Hussain?

    Question No 4: Who handed over a large area of Siachen to India, the Army Generals or Altaf Hussain?

    Question No 5: Who retreated from Kargil, the Army Generals or Altaf Hussain?

    Question No 6: Who is accountable for not liberating Kashmir till today, the privileged Army Generals or Altaf Hussain?

    Question No 7: Who grabbed the lands of Sindh Province, the Army Generals or Altaf Hussain?

    Question No 8: Who owns the thousands of acres of valuable properties in the country, including that in Defence, Clifton etc. of Karachi, the retired and serving Army Generals or Altaf Hussain?

    Question No 9: Who made billions of rupees by taking commissions and kickbacks in Defence Deals, the Army Generals or Altaf Hussain?

    Question No 10: Specify whether the Army Generals amassed billions of rupees on the basis of their salaries or through other means? How much wealth Altaf Hussain has accumulated within and outside the country?

    Question No 11: Who was involved in the Mehran Bank Scandal, the Army Generals or Altaf Hussain?

    Question No 12: Who distributed billions of rupees from the national exchequer amongst the corrupt politicians, the Army Generals or Altaf Hussain?

    Question No 13: Who introduced the culture of Corruption in the country’s politics, the Army Generals or Altaf Hussain?

    Question No 14: Who trampled the country’s Constitution under their boots, the Army Generals or Altaf Hussain?

    Question No 15: Who ridiculed the country’s Constitution, Courts and the Law, by taking fresh oath of allegiance from the Judges of the Supreme Court and the High Court, the Army Generals or Altaf Hussain?

    Question No 16: Who allowed the corrupt politicians involved in looting the national exchequer to leave the country with their ill-gotten wealth, the Army Generals or Altaf Hussain?

    Question No 17: According to General Parvez Musharraf, the convicted Nawaz Sharif was released and sent abroad on the request of a friend country. On the other hand, refusing to accept several requests of the friend countries, who hanged Zulfiquar Ali Bhutto of Sindh– the Army Generals or Altaf Hussain?

    Question No 18: Who is responsible for the Ojhri Camp Incident in Rawalpindi, the Army Generals or Altaf Hussain?

    Question No 19: Who is responsible for the Crash of C-130 Plane, the Army Generals or Altaf Hussain?

    Question No 20: Who conspired for the failure of operations Trojan Horse and Black Cobra, the Army Generals or Altaf Hussain?

    Question No 21: Serving their masters, who opened fire upon the Kaabat-Ullah (The House of Allah Almighty), the Army Generals or Altaf Hussain?

    Question No 22: Who carried out the massacre of Muslims in Palestine and Somalia, the Army Generals or Altaf Hussain?

    Question No 23: Who is responsible for the massacre of Bengali Muslims, the dishonouring and gang rape of Bengali Muslim mothers and sisters, the loot and plunder; and the smuggling of valuable goods from the then East Pakistan – the Army Generals or Altaf Hussain?

    Question No 24: Who is responsible for the bombardment in Balochistan, the Army Generals or Altaf Hussain?

    Question No 25: Who is responsible for the massacre of Sindhis in 1983 and the bombardment upon them, the Army Generals or Altaf Hussain?

    Question No 26: Who massacred more than 15000 innocent Mohajirs, the Army Generals or Altaf Hussain?

    Question No 27: Following the instructions of foreign Masters, who introduced the heroin and kalashinkov culture in Pakistan, the Army Generals or Altaf Hussain?

    Question No 28: Who is involved in the smuggling of arms, the Army Generals or Altaf Hussain?


    Lamenting the Chief Executive of Pakistan General Pervez Musharraf, on his shameful and irresponsible remarks as well as unfounded allegations made against Mr Altaf Hussain, founder and leader of Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM) in an interview to the British newspaper The Guardian, Dr Imran Farooq, Convenor of the MQM said that if national interest is genuinely dear to General Musharraf, he should then try and punish the Army Generals who have plundered and dismembered the country.

    In a statement issued from London, Dr Imran Farooq condemning the outrages allegations made by the Chief Executive said that Mr Altaf Hussain is the undisputed leader of over thirty million Mohajirs and the ninety-eight per cent of the Middle Class and down trodden people of Pakistan. He has never worked against the national interest in the past nor is he working against the national interest now. His only crime is that he has never compromised on his principles or traded his conscience to the Army Generals. He has always worked for the abolishment of the antiquated feudal political system of Pakistan and raised his voice for the rights of the ordinary people.

    Dr Imran Farooq said that the abolishment of the archaic feudal political system is against the vested interests of the Army Generals. Whenever, their interests are hurt, the Army Generals term those actions against the national interests. He said that in accordance with the policies of the Army Establishment, General Parvez Musharraf is also denouncing the peaceful political struggle of Mr Altaf Hussain, against the national interests, which manifests that the national interests are not dear to General Parvez Musharraf but the interests of the Army Establishment are.

    Dr Imran Farooq stated that if national interests are genuinely dear to General Pervez Musharraf and he has the moral courage then he should bring those Generals to book and hang them who were responsible for the dismemberment of Pakistan in the aftermath of the publication of the Humood-ur-Rahman Commission Report. He demanded exemplary punishment to those Generals who committed blood bath of their fellow brethren in the former East Pakistan, were involved in smuggling, trafficking and led a licentious lifestyle damaging the interests of the country instead of protecting the geographical boundaries of Pakistan. He said that those responsible for the surrender of the ninety-three thousand soldiers in the former East Pakistan and belittling Pakistan should be severely punished.

    Dr Imran Farooq lashing out against General Pervez Musharraf said that on the one hand, General Musharraf has levelled shameful and baseless allegations against Mr Altaf Hussain under the rubric of national interest while on the other hand, advised people to forget the tragic dismemberment of Pakistan instead of adhering to the public demand of trying and punishing the Army Generals responsible for the fragmentation of our beloved country.

    Dr Imran Farooq addressing General Parvez Musharraf said that he and other Army Generals instead of dropping a few tears on the tragic break-up of Pakistan in the aftermath of the publication of the Humood-ur-Rahman Commission Report are levelling baseless and unfounded allegations against patriotic people of working against the national interests.

    Dr Imran Farooq declared that General Pervez Musharraf himself and other Army Generals are the biggest traitors who are responsible for repeatedly abrogating the Constitution of the country but they, however, fail to see their own images even after the publication of the Hamood-ur-Rahman Commission Report. He asked, why General Pervez Musharraf does not arrest and punish himself and other Army Generals who repeatedly impose Martial Laws in the country trampled the Constitution under their boots and dismantled democracy causing irreparable losses to the country. He asked, why does General Pervez Musharraf not arrest and punishes those Generals who took billions of dollars in kickbacks and commissions in the arms deals and filled their own coffers damaging the national interests.

    Dr Imran Farooq said that talk of national interests is not befitting to those who impose Military Rule in the country, trample the Constitution under their boots, loot and plunder the country and honourably set free into exile those sentenced by the Courts for heinous crimes. He said that Mr Altaf Hussain is a public leader and he does not need a certificate of working in the national interest from General Parvez Musharraf. He said that Mr Altaf Hussain is a leader of millions of people and went abroad on their insistence. Mr Altaf Hussain is staying in London on the insistence of the party leaders and workers and guiding them from London in accordance with their desire. Dr Imran Farooq condemning the remarks of General Pervez Musharraf that Mr Altaf Hussain has no place in the politics of Pakistan said that Mr Altaf Hussain does not need permission to return to Pakistan from General Pervez Musharraf or any other Army General. He said that the public has accepted Mr Altaf Hussain as their leader and have reposed their confidence in him and his leadership repeatedly then who is General Musharraf to declare that Mr Altaf Hussain has no place in Pakistani politics?

    Dr Imran Farooq demanded a public apology from General Pervez Musharraf for hurting the sentiments of millions of people by making shameless and irresponsible remarks as well as levelling unfounded allegations against Mr Altaf Hussain. He demanded for the withdrawal of his allegations and remarks. Meanwhile, the Co-ordination Committee of the MQM has called for an urgent meeting to discuss the matter.

  46. Recently Lt. Gen. (Retired) Nasir Akhtar on a TV Show declared that MQM and their member are his brothers, now read what Altaf Hussain had said


    London – 12 December 1999

    Mr Altaf Hussain, Founder and Leader of Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM), in a statement said that when his silence is broken, the truth and the whole truth comes out, that is liked by a few people while the majority of those at the helm of affair find it extremely bitter. He said that two months ago, Nawaz Sharif’s oppressive and tyrannical Government was ousted and the nation had a sigh of relief and felt that they would be relieved of the unlawful and unconstitutional machinations of the agencies and its barbarism. The people felt that those political plunderers and pirates arrested would be brought to book and punished while the innocents would be provided justice.

    Mr Altaf Hussain said that one hundred forty (140) million people had a sigh of relief on the ouster of Nawaz Sharif Government and on the announcement of the agenda of the new Government that included the promise of the arrests of the plunderers and pirates. Two months have elapsed and with the exception of two and a half dozen of persons, none of the dinosaurs have been arrested. Mr Altaf Hussain stated that people had been waiting for the reduction in the rising prices, recovery of 21.3 billion rupees of looted national wealth, they felt that if not three square meals a day, at least two square meals would be made available. However, with the elapse of two months, justice and relief has not been made available to the common people and the well known plunderers of the national wealth have not been arrested so far while the announcement to raise the price on petrol, diesel and kerosene oil has been made.

    Mr Altaf Hussain said that kerosene oil is not used by wealthy people but the ninety-eight (98) per cent of the down trodden people and the present Government should not take such steps that would increase the burden of these people while the wealthy people living a luxurious life remain unaffected. He stated that we hear different and fresh news about the accountability, the Government claims that every one will face accountability including politicians, bureaucrats, judiciary and the armed forces. Those prominent figures arrested since 16th. November on the account of accountability included a former Air Marshal and we now hear that a former Naval Admiral would also be arrested for misappropriating funds in the submarine dealings.

    Mr Altaf Hussain appreciated the arrests of these prominent figures but said that it should not only confined to the Air Force and Navy but corrupt Army officers should also be held accountable. He said that in this connection, he would take the name of Lt. Gen. (Retired) Nasir Akhtar, who was the corps commander of Karachi for several years. He said that not only the businessmen and traders are aware of the record of corruption he had set in his tenure but also the civil and military officials are aware.

    Mr Altaf Hussain stated that an investigation should be commissioned to find out the details of his personal properties and possessions and also the numbers of his petrol pumps and landholdings. During his tenure, the army personnel were stationed at his petrol stations for security, which was misuse of his authority, and this act is against the rules and the conduct of the Army. Mr Altaf Hussain said that he would wait for the actions of the Chief Executive, General Parvez Musharraf, Members of the National Security Council and the Cabinet in this regard. He also said that he is astounded that no action has been taken against those Generals concerning their corruption and distribution of secret funds to the political parties.

    Finally, he appealed to General Parvez Musharraf and his associates that if they can not provide relief to the common man by reducing the prices then they should stop price hikes because the ninety-eight per cent down trodden people can not afford the weight of further inflation.

    London – 24 December 1999

    Dr Imran Farooq, Convenor of Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM) in his statement said that certain important officials of the present military government are openly supporting the Haqiqi terrorists. He said that the MQM Investigation Team is investigating the facts regarding the reactivation of Haqiqis in Karachi since 12 October 1999. According to MQM Investigation Team, preparations are being put together to launch a fresh operation against Mohajirs and the MQM. For that purpose, a high-ranking official of the Army and his subordinates are not only guiding the Haqiqi terrorists but are also helping them to infiltrate throughout the city as well as providing them with funds and ammunition. According to the MQM Investigation Team, certain officials of the Army and their agents are bribing the MQM leaders to change the allegiance. The information further revealed that on the eve of 23 December 1999, a Brigadier along with his staff went to Bait-Ul-Hamza (Headquarters of Haqiqi Terrorists) and met its ringleader and handed over a large sum of money. Dr Imran Farooq requested the Chief Executive General Parvez Musharraf to depute one of his trusted officers to verify the findings of the MQM Investigation Team. If General Parvez Musharraf desired then the names and the ranking of the officers involved in reorganising, patronising, arming and funding the Haqiqi Terrorists, can be relayed through newspapers. Dr Imran Farooq demanded of the Chief Executive to have this information thoroughly investigated and intervene to stop the patronisation of Haqiqi terrorists by those Army Officers.

  48. DAWN/The News International, KARACHI 30 December 1999, Thursday, 21 Ramazan 1420

    Policemen involved in extrajudicial killings being rewarded, alleges Altaf

    LONDON: Chief of Muttahida Qaumi Movement Altaf Hussain said on Wednesday that he would keep the nation informed about the secret planning of the law enforcement agencies to commit genocide of Mohajirs.

    According to press release issued from London, Altaf said the MQM Intelligence Bureau had collected information based on solid proofs over a long period of time of the secret hands involved in the planning of carrying out genocide of Mohajirs. He said he would inform the people about these proofs so that the nation could understand the facts regarding the genocide of Mohajirs and in the light of these facts could comprehend the reasons and rationale behind his strategy.

    Altaf Hussain said that on the one hand the present government and its officials were claiming that they would take action against the police personnel involved in the extrajudicial killings, but on the other hand, the information collected by the MQM Intelligence Bureau revealed that personnel involved in the extrajudicial killings of Mohajirs were placed on high offices, they were being rewarded and commendations were bestowed upon them by the higher officials of the present government.

    Altaf Hussain said that according to the MQM Intelligence Bureau, a week ago, Corps. Commander Karachi, General Muzaffar Usmani invited the ‘most notorious’ SHOs (Station House Officers) of Karachi, involved in the extrajudicial killings of Mohajirs in general and the MQM workers in particular. Not only he invited them, he embraced them, praised them for extrajudicial killings of the MQM workers and presented them with expensive Rolex watches, Altaf Hussain said.

    He said that having read this, the MQM workers in general and the Mohajir intellectuals in particular should understand clearly the conspiracy and should not have any hopes from the high ranking Mohajir officials.

    Altaf Hussain, quoting information of the MQM Intelligence Bureau, said that on December 4, 1999, the ISI (Inter-Service Intelligence Agency) Chief for Sindh met the ring leader of ‘Haqiqi terrorists’ in the barrack number 74 of Malir Garrison where he also arranged a telephone conversation between the ring leader of ‘Haqiqi terrorists’ and the D G (Director General) ISI.

    Altaf Hussain demanded of the Chief Executive, General Pervaiz Musharraf and senior officials of the GHQ (General Headquarters) to have the report of the MQM Intelligence Bureau verified. He also appealed to the MQM workers not only to read his statements minutely but also save them as part of their record. He finally stated that he would continue to have the report of the MQM Intelligence Bureau published in the newspapers from time to time.


    London — 31 October 1999

    Negotiations between Dr. Imran Farooq, Convenor of MQM Co-ordination Committee, and the resigned members of the MQM to resolve the differences started today at the International Secretariat in London. Discussion commenced at 10 a.m. GMT and lasted until 4.00 p.m. During the meeting, the resigned members pointed out the reasons of differences with the Co-ordination Committee, which formed the grounds for their resignations. They also discussed the current situation in the country in detail. Dr. Imran Farooq assured the resigned members that their point of view and suggestions falling within the parameters of the of the law of the land and the Constitution will be seriously considered and accommodated by the Co-ordination Committee. Dr Imran Farooq asked the resigned members to withdraw their resignations on the grounds of the assurances given by the Co-ordination Committee, which they duly withdrew at the end of the negotiations.

    Dr. Imran Farooq informed the MQM Co-ordination Committee at Nine Zero in Azizabad, Karachi, about the details of discussions and the results arrived here in London. The Co-ordination Committee ratified the decision of Dr. Imran Farooq and welcomed the members within their fold. They termed this step as a positive in the struggle for the attainment of rights. Members who had withdrawn their resignations included Dr. Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui, Dr. Ishrat Ul Ebad, Nadeem Nusrat, Mohammad Anwar, Saleem Shahzad, Anees Ahmed Advocate, Syed Zulfiquar Haider Advocate, Wasay Jalil and Dr. Sagheer Ansari.



    12th March, 1998.

    MQM demands arrest of Benazir, Babar.

    ISLAMABAD: Leaders of the Mutahidda Qaumi Movement (MQM) have demanded of thegovernment to register criminal cases against the Leader of the OppositionBenazir Bhutto and former interior minister Naseerullah Khan Babar on the charge of killing scores of MQM workers.

    Senator Aftab Sheikh during a news conference here on Thursday at the Parliamentcafeteria toldjournalists that the MQM was reiterating its demand on the basis of a recentstatement of Interior Minister Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain in which he had alleged that around30 MQM workers were brutally murdered in the mountainous region of Islamabad on the orders offormer interior minister Naseerullah Babar.

    “This is not an assertion of a common man. Interior Minister Shujaat Hussain hasstated these facts before Senate Standing Committee on Law and Order,” the MQM senator saidand added: “The real facts are placed before the government and it is now upto them to arrestthe murderers of MQM workers.”

    Flanked by Dr Farooq Sattar, Kanwar Khalid Younas and others MQM leaders,Senator AftabSheikh said that since 1987 over 15,000 MQM workers were either missing orkilled under thepatronage of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto.

    “We are demanding from the government to arrest Benazir Bhutto, Naseerullah KhanBabar and theother accused involved in extra-judicial killing of innocent MQM workers,” thesenator said and added: “Cases should be registered against them and they all should be tried ina court of law for killing innocent citizens.”

    “The worst kind of state-sponsored terrorism was witnessed during the previoustenure of PPP,” Aftab Sheikh said, adding: “One of the major charges emphasised by formerpresident Farooq Leghari while dismissing the Bhutto government was the extra-judicial killing ofMQM workers and the ouster of that regime was even endorsed by the apex court of the country.”

    As far as the last meeting with the prime minister is concerned, Aftab Sheikhsaid, we demandedabolition of “no-go areas”, besides the arrest of those nominated in differentFIRs for killing 108 MQM workers during the past one year.

    When asked whether they approached the interior minister for registration ofcases and recovery of bodies of MQM workers, Aftab Sheikh said their repeated attempts to contactShujaat Hussain bore no fruit as he was not available on telephone.

  51. 26 February 2002

    Mr Kofi Annan
    Secretary General
    The United Nations
    U N Plaza, New York 10017

    Dear Secretary-General


    I hope that you are in good health and spirit. I know that you are one of the busiest person in the world and, therefore, I will try and keep this letter short, as much as possible which is about the subject mentioned above.

    After the horrific terrorist acts against the United States of America on 11th September 2001, the United Nations, United States of America and the entire sovereign nations, peace loving political leaders including Mr Altaf Hussain, Founder and Leader of Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM), the third largest political party in Pakistan and the second largest in the province of Sindh, strongly condemned the cowardly acts of terrorism in the United States of America. MQM held the biggest rally on 26th. September 2001 in Karachi (port city of Pakistan) to demonstrate its solidarity that it stands shoulder to shoulder with the international community against all sorts of terrorists’ acts and terrorism throughout the world. MQM also offered its unconditional support to the international community against all sorts of terrorism.

    As you would know that one of the journalists of the Wall Street Journal, Mr Daniel Pearl was kidnapped on 23rd January 2002 in Karachi. The kidnappers put certain demands for the release of Mr Daniel Pearl. The present Military Government of Pakistan and its high officials were assuring the entire world that the Authorities and police will recover Mr Daniel Pearl alive within two or three days but failed.

    Pakistan’s interior minister on Friday predicted a “major breakthrough” and more arrests within 48 hours in the search for Daniel Pearl. The official rejected a claim from Pearl’s self-confessed kidnapper that the Wall Street Journal reporter is dead.
    Los Angeles Times, Breakthrough Expected in Kidnap Case, Pakistan Says, February 16, 2002

    No one has explained why Sheikh Omar was held in ISI custody for a week before civilian authorities were informed of his arrest. Two former ISI officers have been questioned about Pearl’s murder.
    The Observer, Vicious Web of Intrigue that Trapped Daniel Pearl, February 24, 2002

    Mr Daniel Pearl was decapitated ruthlessly. What plans had been made by the ISI in collusion with Ahmed Omar Sheikh while he was in its custody only God knows! The Interior Minister of Pakistan and even President General Pervez Musharraf were not aware of this plan.

    Not only in Pakistan but also throughout the world, the educated and politically aware people know that the ISI is above all the institutions and even above the law in Pakistan. ISI is a State within a State. ISI is not answerable to the Presidents, Prime Ministers or anyone else.

    ‘They are a state within a state… ‘The ISI is the only institution powerful enough to
    dare to disobey the President.’
    The Guardian, Torture, treachery and spies – cover war in Afghanistan, November 4, 2001

    The ISI is responsible for harbouring the terrorists’ not only in Pakistan but also throughout the world under the pretext of “Jihad”. The ISI is not at all happy with the decisions taken by the present Government for eradicating religious fanatics, as they are its own creation.

    The ISI and only the ISI is behind this barbaric killing of Mr Daniel Pearl because the ISI wanted to give the message to the USA that by supporting the present Government the USA will not be able to achieve its goals and the United States of America must deal with the ISI and not with anybody else; and if the United States of America would continue to support the present Government then they have to face and see many more barbaric acts.

    From early on in the Pearl investigation, ISI involvement was evident.
    The Observer, Vicious Web of Intrigue that Trapped Daniel Pearl, February 24, 2002

    Dear Secretary-General,

    The ISI has become a monster and until and unless the ISI is disbanded or dismantled, my apprehensions are that the ISI will continue to form, fertilise, harbour, train and provide financial support to create more and more religious fanatical groups like Jesh-e-Mohammad and others.

    The intelligence agency’s past actions indicate that its interests – or, at a minimum, those of former agency officials – have often dovetailed with the interests of Mr. Pearl’s kidnappers, as reflected in their original demands. New disclosures of links between Mr. Sheikh and two recently dismissed agency officials only intensify suspicions about its role in this case.
    The New York Times, Death of Reporter Puts Focus on Pakistan’s Intelligence Unit, February 25, 2002

    Dear Secretary-General,

    I request you to convey my apprehensions to the International Community including the United States of America and its allies and to use your good office to ask the Government of Pakistan to dismantle the ISI. I would also request you that for the dismantling of the ISI, full support and active involvement of the United Nations, USA and the International Community would be required otherwise the present Government or any other Government in Pakistan would not be able to dismantle the ISI.

    I also request you that if the United Nations Organisations and international community seriously and sincerely want to see the entire world free from any source of terrorism, they must take serious and practical steps and actions for completely wiping out the ISI otherwise, it would be too late for the world’s sorrow and tears. The killings of innocent people would be the fate of the world.

    Thank you for giving me your precious time.

    Yours truly,

    Dr Imran Farooq

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