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Altaf Hussain apology to Sindhi nationalists and scholars.

KARACHI:  Muttahida Qaumi Movement leader Altaf Hussain asserted on Thursday that his recent appeal to the residents of Karachi to stock up on food rations had been taken ‘out of context’, leading to confusion amongst the general populace.

The statement was given earlier in an impassioned call by the MQM leader, which sought immediate government action to curb the menace of targeted killings within a span of 48 hours.

His appeal triggered panic in the metropolis, as some assumed that it was an indication that violence would further escalate in Karachi, already in the throes of a deadly spate of killings.

Altaf Hussain clarified in the video that he was trying to forewarn people about a possible food shortage because of the worsening law and order situation in the city.

He added that operations carried out in Katti Pahari and Qasba Colony recently had forced residents to remain indoors leading to a severe food crisis in the area.

He also apologised if he had hurt the sentiments of native Sindhis with his remarks on their pre-partition status. He clarified that his speech was only against those who discriminate against Mohajirs on the basis of ethnicity, and were directing insults towards them.

Meanwhile, Sindhi nationalist parties have supported the strike call announced by Awami Tahreek today (Friday) in protest against MQM chief remarks at Lal Qila ground.

Talking to The Express Tribune Awami Tahreek president Ayaz Latif Palijo said that the MQM chief’s statement caused much anger among the people of Sindh.

He added that the demonstration would be peaceful in order to avoid any disturbances in the law and order situation. “Urdu-speaking people are our brothers. But we cannot tolerate such kinds of statements, which can create ethnic violence in the province,” he said.

When asked about Hussain’s apology for the statement, Palijo said “We don’t believe in his dramatic politics and we will campaign against his remarks in order to expose him,” he said.

http://tribune.com.pk/story/224184/food-ration-statement-taken-out-of-context-altaf/

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Posted by on August 5, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

PPP to show flexibility on commissionary system to end violence

People gather at a burnt down hotel in Surjani area of Karachi. Many of Pashutn businesses have been targeted in recent violence.

The start-stop killings of both political workers and innocent people in Karachi have a strong connection with Peoples Party’s attempts to administrate Sindh province along different lines than the former president Musharraf had: restoration of commissionorates and proposed- upgradation of its Liyari stronghold to level of district in Karachi.

The bloodbath began as soon as PPP government restored the old administrative system and, sources say, could continue unless the government bows to Muttahida Qaumi Movement’s demand to reverse the step.

Sources says MQM is systematically using violence to pressurize PPP, which had tried to prop up MQM’s rival Mohajir Qaumi Movement as counter weight in the political scenario but in vain.

The PPP government is now considering ending commissionary system in MQM dominated Karachi and Hyderabad, leaving the rest of provincial administration intact, said the sources. It is also ready to roll-back plan on Liyari and would soon share the idea with MQM, they said.

Meanwhile, law enforcement agencies have informed the government that MQM, ANP and Liyari Gangesters are preparing to attack each other and that MQM was hatching conspiracy for ethnic violence in the city, according to sources.

MQM had instructed it sector level organization to target ethnic Pashtuns in the city and Pashtun businesses are specially being hit, said the sources.

A federal investigative agency, in a letter send on July 24, reported to central government that MQM was stirring ethnic violence in Karachi and had planned to continue bloodbath unless city government system is restored in the city, sources have told Ummat.

A 48-hours ultimatum issued by MQM to government on Karachi was clear indication of its motives to continue the violent-policy, noted the sources.

The party has asked a prominent leader in Sindh to persuade the government in favour of Musharraf era local bodies system and PPP agreed to show some flexibility, sources say

http://ummatenglish.com/exclusive/2011/08/04/mqm-demands-and-bloodbath.html

 
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Posted by on August 4, 2011 in Violence In Karachi

 

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MQM is working at the behest of Britain & appealed Indian leaders to give Asylum

MQM Don(Altaf hussain) sitting in his office in London using his Sofa and a Telephone, asked the local and national leaders of the PPP and the Awami National Party (ANP) to invite Asfandyar Wali and Asif Ali Zardari to Karachi for ameliorating the situation.Chief of Muttahida Qaumi Movement Altaf Hussain on Tuesday appealed Indian leaders to give asylum to Mohajir community of Sindh.
t was Altaf Hussain and MQM who issued a memo to his workers saying,” if there was war between Indian and Pakistan, MQM workers will be remain neutral”. Why Altaf Hussain did issue such treacherous instructions? Whose side is he on? He has already chosen to be a British Citizen

E-mail from an ex MQM member

“MQM is not a political party but a mafia led by Don of Edgeware Road, London. The syndicate is comprised of loafers and criminals and scums of Karachi and Hyderabad .
How do I know?
First let me tell you my background. I am a so-called Mohajir (Urdu speaking, don’t we all speak Urdu in the Land of Pure !). My grandfather in 1947 migrated toKarachi from Bihar , India . My father and I were born inKarachi .
During my college days, against my father’s admonishment, I got associated with MQM. I was young
and foolish. Also, anger played a role. I was angry for I was rejected by Pakistan Air Force despite of my high academic credential and clearing all exams and physicals. Then, I believed I was discriminated
because of my ethnic background. I could be wrong Nevertheless, I joined MQM for I thought that “Mohajir” needed their own constituency to fight for their national rights.
What a disillusionment! After seeing what I saw and experiencing what I experienced, a little over three years later I left Altaf “bhai” and MQM. And yes, I paid a dear price for “deserting” the party and publicly voicing its criminal activities. I was shot at and beaten black and blue. A point came where I had no choice but to leave the town and my family went into hiding. Rest assured, there are many “mohajir” who met the same fate as my family and I did, and then there are those unfortunates who paid the ultimate price for their conscientious awakening.
Briefly, it’s every bit true that extortion (bhatta) is the main mean of raising money for MQM’s activities and Altaf “bhai’s” expenses in London . It takes hundreds of thousands of pounds annually just to maintain the international secretariat and Altaf’s and his family’s living expenses in UK . Ask where the millions came from for Altaf’s wedding and valima in Karachi andLondon ? Prince Charles and Prince Aga Khan’s weddings were sure modest compared to the international extravaganza at the wedding and valima of the whimsical supreme of MQM.
Ask MQM where the money comes to support Altaf’s and his family’s lavish living in London . Altaf once belonged to the lower middle class. He used to ride an old and used motorcycle. And now Altaf and his family in London and Karachi , both places, live a life of luxury.
Surely, all this fund does not come thru voluntarily donations. Every small mohajir businessman inKarachi and Hyderabad , at one time or the other, has faced the MQM bhatta collecting goons. Needless to say what happens if one refuses to oblige.
Ironically, the “mohajir” who MQM claimed to help and rescue are its main victims of terror.
Altaf does not have the personality or character to lead his people and party in a positive way.
Take it from the one who was once somewhat close to the inner circle of the MQM (now remorse and repented), the group, for the greatest part, is a criminal organization. Apart from the euphoria of the initial years, the MQM’s election victory is a result of intimidation and whole scale rigging under the benevolence protection of government agencies.
MQM was General Zia’s brainchild and now General Musharraf’s constituency.
Ask MQM what the slogan, “jo quaid ka ghaddar hain woh maut ka haqdar hain” and “baett jaaoon ya lait jaaoon” (sit down or lie down, meaning, withdraw from election or go to grave) means? How many Quaid kay “ghaddar” became maut kay haqdaar? Were Tariq Azeem and Khalid bin Waleed quaid kay ghaddar?
Who is responsible for the murder of JournalistMohammad Salahuddin, Azim Ahmad Tariq, Salim Malik, KESC Chairman Malik Shahid Hamid, HakimMohammad Saeed and many more innocent men?
No less disturbing is Altaf’s hatred for Pakistan and Quaid-i-Azam. How many times he suggested that the making of Pakistan was a mistake and how often between the lines he said that Pakistan should rejoinIndia . Long live Pakistan,
it will remain on the world map till Qiyamat, Inshallah.
Granted, no political party in Pakistan is wholesome in its character. However, MQM both in its wholeness and in its working, is entirely a terror group and its leader a Mafia Don.
As a “mohajir”, I am ashamed of MQM and Altaf.”

 

Source: www.Pakconnects.blogspot.com
http://pakconnects.blogspot.com/2011/08/mqm-is-working-at-behest-of-britain.html#more

 
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Posted by on August 4, 2011 in Violence In Karachi

 

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Political groups to blame for Karachi unrest: HRCP

KARACHI — Eleven more people including a policeman were killed and more than a dozen others injured on Monday in Karachi after a Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) report blamed powerful political groups for breakdown of law and order in the city.

Orangi Town became the latest battleground on Monday when two armed groups exchanged fire which continued intermittently throughout the day leaving at least three people dead and several injured.

The HRCP in its report after completing a fact-finding mission in Karachi to ascertain the causes of the latest wave of violence in the city said that the city is in the grip of a multi-sided wave of insecurity-driven political, ethnic and sectarian polarisation that has greatly undermined its tradition of tolerance and good-neighbourliness.

“Though the land-grabbers and mafias have tried to exploit the breakdown of law and order, they do not appear to be the main directors of the violence; that distinction belongs to more powerful political groups and it is they who hold the key to peace,” the report said.

The report said that the problems inherent in Karachi’s urban growth and expansion, being an industrial and commercial mega city, have not been tackled properly by the present or the previous governments.

“Problems of unemployment, housing, transport, education, health, supply of water, electricity and gas need to be sorted out with the help of civil society’s pool of talent and knowledge”, the report added.

The report also pointed out that nearly all political parties agree that it was necessary for all to respect each other’s position and desist from attempts of capture political mileage through violence.

While conducting the survey the HRCP received complaints against law enforcement agencies ranging from dereliction of duty, abandonment of posts, long delays in responding to distress calls to downright collusion with criminals.

 

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Posted by on August 2, 2011 in Violence In Karachi

 

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Mayhem in Karachi, bloodbath continues

Thirty four people have lost their lives in the ongoing wave of target killings in Karachi in last 24 hours, including five in overnight shooting incidents. MQM chief Altaf  Hussain has given a 48 hour notice to President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani to stop bloodshed in Karachi.

Unidentified armed men attacked a factory in the Industrial Zone of Ahsanabad with more than 1500 factory workers trapped inside. Armed with sophisticated weapons, the men also torched more than 100 motorbikes in the parking zone of the factory, while firing constantly.

Police and Rangers reached the site almost an hour after the attack began and took another hour to regain control of the area.

Meanwhile, in separate incidents, four people were shot dead in Muhammadi Goth, New Karachi, Safora Goth and SITE area.

20 others have been killed in incidents of violence in Orangi Town, Surjani Town, Pak Colony, Landhi, Gulshan-e-Iqbal, Korangi and other areas.

Miscreants also damaged public property in Surjani, Pak Colony, Orangi and other areas. According to police, more then seven vehicles including a passenger bus were burnt.

Exhausted with continuous violence,  residents of Pak colony took to the streets to protest against target killings. Protesters torched tyres and chanted slogans against the violence.

MQM warns against ‘bid to take over Karachi’

As 28 people were killed in fresh violence in Karachi on Monday, the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) accused some elements backed by the Sindh government of trying to take over its stronghold.

“We won’t let anybody take over Karachi,” MQM lawmaker Wasim Ahmed warned in the National Assembly on Monday, indicating that resurging political violence in the country’s financial hub was far from over.

Wasim said what was happening in Karachi should not be termed a turf war. Rather, it reflected attempts by a particular group who wanted to take the city hostage.

He, however, did not specify who within the Sindh government was backing these elements, although his party had in the past been accusing senior minister Zulfikar Mirza of ‘hatching conspiracies’ against them.

He spoke after MQM lawmakers staged a walkout from the lower house of parliament to protest over the government’s ‘indifference’ on violence in Karachi, followed by lawmakers of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and Jamiat Ulama-i-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F).

“Nobody seems to be serious in bringing peace back to Karachi. Everyone wants to control the city with guns…but I tell you that this is not going to happen,” Wasim said, after Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani left the house, ignoring Ahmed’s remarks.

In Karachi, Sindh Home Minister Manzoor Hussain Wassan said that he knew what was happening in the provincial metropolis and would soon call a meeting to discuss the situation.

He was talking to media at MQM headquarters popularly known as ‘Nine-Zero’ where he came as part of his initiative to take all stakeholders into confidence.

“I will take a clear position as the home minister of Sindh,” he said. Expressing his resolve to restore peace in Karachi, Wassan said that action would be taken against “all mafias, land-grabbers and drug dealers”.

He said that after a long time he had contacted the MQM chief, who had assured him (Wassan) of his and party’s cooperation for peace in Karachi.

“I cannot forget his (Altaf Hussain’s) words…he said he is a son of Sindh and was willing to lay down his life for Sindh, would fight for the province’s rights.”

He said that rallies were “not enough to restore peace in the city…terrorists must realise that the government will take strict action if they did not desist”, the Sindh home minister said. He also assured MQM leaders that their reservations would be addressed.

Dr Sagheer Ahmed later told the media that the MQM was ready to support any drive for peace in the city.

He said that the Sindh home minister had been thoroughly briefed about “nexus between various terrorist groups, mafias and their modus operandi”.

“We appreciate the efforts made by the Sindh home minister and await implementation on his directives.”

http://tribune.com.pk/story/222419/political-violence-mqm-warns-against-bid-to-take-over-karachi/
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Posted by on August 2, 2011 in Violence In Karachi

 

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MQM responsible for unrest, killings in Karachi: Mohajir Qaumi Movement

MQM responsible for unrest, killings in Karachi: Ghauri

Staff Report

LAHORE: Mohajir Qaumi Movement Vice Chairman Shamshad Khan Ghauri has accused the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) for the unrest and killings in Karachi. He said this while addressing a press conference on Monday.

“The situation in Karachi is getting worse day by day and the whole city has become a slaughter house,” he said. Altaf Hussain requests for peace whereas in reality, his own party is responsible for the current unrest and target killings in Karachi, Ghauri claimed. MQM’s workers are being trained in South Africa by the Indian secret agency RAW, which is providing them with Israeli-made arms, a proof of which is Israeli arms and shells being recovered from places where such terror incidents took place, he said.

He said that MQM’s “armed terrorists” had installed iron gates at the entrances of Mohajir colonies just to stop entry of political workers, especially of their rival party Mohajir Qaumi Movement. “MQM has taken citizens as hostage after illegally occupying their properties,” Ghauri said, adding that the MQM had established a “state within a state”.

He said that peace could not be maintained until Altaf Hussain or law-enforcement agencies did not remove these iron gates and MQM’s checkposts at various points.

Police and law-enforcement agencies should be given full authority to deal with the criminals since most of the arrested target killers belonged to the MQM, Ghauri asserted, even adding that the MQM negotiated the release of these killers with the government through different meetings and pledged to support the government if its demands were met.

The MQM also asked the government not to send challans of these cases to the special courts, instead, the trials should take place in the civil courts, he informed. In these circumstances, Karachi police and law-enforcement agencies are helpless before the political high-ups, Ghauri said.

He also claimed that the MQM was terrorising journalists and the murder of Wali Khan Babar was its clear example, whose killers belonged to the MQM.

He said Karachi was a business hub and the government should save it by setting aside the “political under dealings” in order to halt the growing lawlessness and unrest.


http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=201182\story_2-8-2011_pg13_2

 
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Posted by on August 2, 2011 in Violence In Karachi

 

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Target Killing Sindhi People In Karachi

 
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Posted by on July 27, 2011 in Targeted Killing

 

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