MQM and ALTAF HUSSAIN – Media Reports

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-22559282 Report says ::
“…Since the mid-1980s, the MQM has won every poll it has contested in Karachi and it did so again in last Saturday’s general election.But this time, it is facing strong and widespread allegations of rigging and electoral fraud.Half a dozen smaller parties, led by former international cricketer Imran Khan’s Movement for Justice Party (PTI), have been holding rallies and sit-ins to demand a re-run in Karachi.On Sunday, addressing party workers from London, Mr Hussain responded to the allegations by appearing to threaten protesters with violence, and suggesting that if his party’s mandate was tampered with, Karachi would have no choice but to separate from Pakistan…”
“…The BBC’s Shahzeb Jillani in Karachi says that Mr Hussain effectively controls the city of 18 million people from his MQM headquarters in north London…”

MQM’s own website on 20 May 2013 says = “…Altaf Hussain believes history has proved the two-nation theory wrong. He contended that: The idea of Pakistan was dead at its inception, when the majority of Muslims chose to stay back after partition, a truism reiterated in the creation of Bangladesh in 1971…”
http://www.altafhussain.org/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Altaf_Hussain
Altaf Hussain believes history has proved the two-nation theory wrong.[15] He contended that:

The idea of Pakistan was dead at its inception, when the majority of Muslims chose to stay back after partition, a truism reiterated in the creation of Bangladesh in 1971

Altaf Hussain and his party, MQM, follow the philosophy of Realism and Practicalism.
“…

Hussain has stated on numerous occasions that the

division of the subcontinent was the biggest blunder in the history of mankind and Nehru and Abdul Kalam Azad are responsible for it because they rejected that Grouping Formula and greater autonomy for muslim majority Province Of India. If they accepted it then Jinnah never have demanded a separate Pakistan and Jinnah was ready for co-exist within India

He believes that the partition divided the Muslims of the subcontinent and made them weaker as a result…”

>>>>Running Pakistan’s biggest city – from London<<<< BBC REPORT of  16 May 2007 !!! Still true in 2013.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/6658231.stm
“…The “International Secretariat” of the Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM) is based in the suburb of Edgware, and from the first floor of a grey tower block their leader, Altaf Hussain, addresses huge audiences in the southern port city.

Opposition parties say that much of the violence was orchestrated by the MQM’s leadership in London. They allege that the party called its supporters out onto the streets to defend President Musharraf’s decision to suspend the country’s Chief Justice, Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry.

The MQM – which is allied to President Musharraf’s supporters in the Pakistani parliament – is alleged to have mobilised a large body of supporters to prevent the chief justice from leaving the airport when he visited Karachi on Saturday….”

More on Wiki
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Altaf_Hussain

Maulana Azad and Partition

Maulana Abdul Kalam Azad: A single man

“These two countries [India and Pakistan] will now focus on the military and society will not develop,” predicted Maulana Abdul Kalam Azad in a well-known speech in Delhi.

The man who uttered these words was as free as his name suggests. An opponent of the partition of united India, people living on either side of the Indo-Pak border both adore him and criticise his views. Not only did he criticise partition, he went on to condemn all those who played a role in the historic events of August 1947.

He questioned whether Jinnah could actually be a Muslim leader, citing his westernised lifestyle. He ridiculed Gandhi’s ideals of non-violence. He opposed Nehru’s biased attitude towards Indian Muslims and denounced his relationship with Lady Mountbatten. Above all, he heaped criticism on Vallabhai Patel, whom he considered the prime architect of Partition.

Watching the play “Maulana Azad” in Delhi last month not only introduced me to Maulana Abdul Kalam Azad’s philosophy, but also gave me the opportunity to understand his vision. Written and directed by M Sayeed Alam, “Maulana Azad” was a solo performance by renowned Indian actor Tom Alter, who is known to audiences as the green-eyed gora who speaks impeccable Urdu and plays most of the ‘foreigner’ roles in Indian TV dramas.  “Maulana Azad” is a two-and-a-half hour long monologue and Alter carries its stupendous weight effortlessly. Making excellent use of props and displaying superb tonality, Alter animates the history of the subcontinent brilliantly, leaving the audience spellbound.

Throughout the play, Maulana Azad dictates notes to his friend and secretary, Humayun Kabir. The book that is being drafted is Azad’s autobiography, India Wins Freedom. The agreement between Humayun and Azad binds Azad to speak only in Urdu. This makes the play a treat to the ears: the audience gets to hear impeccable Urdu sprinkled with strains of Arabic and Persian. When Azad drifts away from political discussion to an entire gamut of non-political affairs ranging from white jasmine tea to his love for his wife, from music to the holy city of Mecca, and from cigarettes to the jailer Cheeta Khan, the play becomes doubly amusing.

Presenting a balanced version of history, the script allows the audience to glimpse a clear picture of Azad’s multi-dimensional personality, including his sense of humour, the poet within, his ego and his uniquely balanced commentary on the political events and personalities of his times. The audience is also introduced to various political dilemmas the leaders of those times had to face.

During the play, Azad criticises Jinnah for using religion for political ends, but this is balanced by his mentioning that Jinnah was left with no other choice but to do so – and that it was actually the top tier of Congress that transformed Jinnah, a champion of Hindu-Muslim unity, into Quaid-e-Azam, a leader who considers nothing but partition to be the solution for the Muslims of India. Azad also confesses to having made the biggest mistake in his life by choosing Nehru as his successor as the President of Congress. But then he quickly adds that Nehru would also agree with that statement. He appreciates Gandhi for being principled but expresses his extreme disappointment on his stance on partition and how the Vallabhai Patel-Jawaharlal Nehru-Lord Mountbatten trio influenced his political decision-making.

His basic argument against partition is that it would be a major loss to Muslims on both sides. On the Indian side, Muslims would lose their majority and on Pakistan’s side, the Muslim population would not be able to compete with India nor would it be able to solve the issues of Indian Muslims. He believed that partition would give birth to two states that would always be in confrontation with each other.

The real Maulana Azad’s views earned him a contentious status in both India and Pakistan. Many Pakistanis consider his ideas of secularism and nationalism to be against Islam. In India, he is also criticised by many for not doing enough to prevent partition. But after watching Alter’s captivating performance on stage, you don’t really care about how politically incorrect or offensive Maulana Azad must have been at his time. You just wish you could’ve met him, even just once.

Published in The Express Tribune, Sunday Magazine, February 20th, 2011.

Pak Elections 2013 – 3 Items MQM, PTI and Qadri

People will not accept ‘danda-bardar shariat’: Altaf

KARACHI: MQM Chief Altaf Hussain has said on Saturday that Taliban want to discourage people from participating in the election gatherings of Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) and Awami National Party (ANP) but people of the country will not accept ‘danda bardar shariat’. The MQM chief was addressing a public gathering in Nawabshah via a telephone from London In a telephonic address from London, while speaking to a public gathering in Nawabshah, Hussain said that Islam is a religion of peace and it prohibits forced implementation. The MQM will form the next government in Sindh, and attacks on party offices and election gatherings are a conspiracy to keep progressive forces out of the election process. He said that a smooth election campaign could only be witnessed in Punjab. Meanwhile, the MQM’s Coordination Committee on Saturday categorically stated that the party will not boycott election despite conspiracies. In a telephonic conversation with the party chief, the Coordination committee members said that despite attacks on workers and leaders, morale of MQM workers was high and they would not surrender before terrorists. staff reporthttp://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=20134\28\story_28-4-2013_pg12_5

ECP takes notice of Imran’s speech

ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Saturday took notice of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan’s “personal attack” on the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N).

Earlier, Imran Khan had addressed a rally in Bahawalpur, where he used words for Nawaz Sharif that the ECP found objectionable.The entire speech will be put before ECP chief Fakhruddin G Ebrahim in a meeting on Tuesday, where it will be evaluated whether the speech contained offensive remarks. On Friday, the ECP issued a notification prohibiting political parties and their candidates from launching personal attacks against their opponents.

With the election campaigns in full swing and parties holding rallies, candidates were seen criticising each other and often resorting to name-calling and rhetoric that could be construed as slander. online
http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=20134\28\story_28-4-2013_pg7_2


Qadri tells ‘followers’ to boycott election 

LAHORE: Minhajul Quran International (MQI) head Dr Tahirul Qadri has resumed his pseudo-politics from Canada, advising his followers-cum-voters to boycott the May 11 election for the sake of ‘saving’ the state.

Qadri, who is living in Canada nowadays, is likely to revisit Pakistan on May 5 to convince Pakistanis to stay away from the electoral process and hold sit-in protests outside all election commission offices across the country.

With this agenda, the MQI has started distributing hundred of thousands of leaflets among the masses, in which people have been urged not to take part in election, as it could not bring any change in society.

The leaflets, available with Daily Times, urge the masses to refrain from casting their votes on May 11, and participate in the MQI’s sit-ins outside the local election commission offices in their respective areas.

In the leaflets, Qadri has suggested his followers, who are already listed in the electoral rolls, to stand united against the “existing corrupt system”.

In one of the two leaflets, he has declared the upcoming election “engineered” and “rigged”, and asked the people not to vote for fake-degree holders, tax evaders and loan defaulters who had been permitted to contest elections.

The MQI started its anti-election door-to-door campaign from its headquarters in Lahore – Model Town – and its volunteers are distributing the leaflets in each and every house of the area.

When this scribe asked the locals about their views on the distribution of such pamphlets, most of them expressed less confidence in the slogans of Dr Tahirul Qadri, and said that he had left them in the middle of no-where during his last call to the people for saving the state just a few months ago.

They were also in doubt about the hidden agenda of Qadri’s appearance in the country just six days before the polling day and the slogan of boycotting the election when all political parties are admiring it as a positive step towards strengthening democracy in Pakistan.
http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=20134\28\story_28-4-2013_pg7_3

 

 

MQM WikiLeaks and WASTED 4th Largest City of WORLD Karachi without TRAINS

"...Nawaz asked 
why the USG was having so many high level meetings with the 
leadership of the Karachi-based Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) 
and cautioned that his own past efforts to woo MQM into the 
political mainstream had failed.  Ambassador stressed that MQM 
was important to the stability of the fourth largest city of the 
world and one that was key to Pakistan's economy.  End Summary..."
http://www.wikileaks.org/cable/2008/05/08LAHORE209.html#

All Mirza Jamal says is Army Created Taliban and MQM. A gift to 
Pakistanis WHO in KARACHI needed Trains as Public Transport.
Smaller cities in World ENJOY trains to fix congestion and increase
jobs. Oh PAKISTAN only has ONE working Organization = Army. Everything
else has no MONEY.
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Pakistan Army's Gift ? Pakistanis Ask DREAM cheap PRICES ! This MENTALITY
DESTROYS WAPDA !!! How can Imran Khan change CHEAP RENT control and WAPDA mentality ?
PAKISTAN's SHAME Army created CHEAP medicines and Transport and 
CHEAP ELECTRICITY demanding ISLAMIC MENTALITY !!!

Bellow are Leaked USA WikiLeak Cable
http://www.wikileaks.org/cable/2008/10/08LAHORE290.html#  
C O N F I D E N T I A L LAHORE 000290 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL:  10/22/2018 
TAGS: ECON PK ENRG PGOV
SUBJECT: MASSIVE BLACKOUTS PROMPTS PUNJAB PROTESTS 
 
Derived from: DSCG 05-1, E 
 
¶1. (SBU) Multi-hour blackouts, known locally as "loadshedding," 
over the past week sparked several protests in and around Lahore 
October 20 and 21.  Protestors have told reporters that while 
overbilling by the Lahore Electricty Supply Company (LESCO) had 
made them angry, frustration over the worsening power outages 
ultimately fueled the gatherings.  According to news reports, 
the protestors seized furniture and computers from a local LESCO 
office October 20 and set them on fire outside the building, 
while several attempted but failed to ignite the office.  In a 
separate incident, police dispersed another group protesting 
LESCO by blocking GT Road October 20.  Several groups also 
blocked main thoroughfares in Lahore October 21, while several 
local LESCO offices found themselves under siege, prompting 
LESCO officials to flee.  Punjab University students also staged 
a demonstration October 20 demanding that the university set up 
its own generator to offset outages, which had reached up to 
five continuous hours. 
 
¶2. (SBU) In response to the protests, LESCO Chief Executive 
Akram Arain told reporters October 20 that LESCO faced a 1,7000 
megawatt (MW) deficit, and could only fulfill 1,000-1,200 MW of 
the total demand of 2,700 MW during peak hours.  He admitted 
that loadshedding has reached nine hours per day in urban areas, 
but he expected that an increase in water released from 
reservoirs starting November 1 would alleviate the problem. 
According to Dawn, he could not explain why LESCO experienced a 
55 percent shortage and the country only 40-45 percent. 
 
¶3. (SBU) A local union president representing Water and Power 
Department employees told his union leadership October 21 that 
the federal government has punished Punjab by increasing the 
tariffs more than in other provinces.  People should criticize 
the rulers, he suggested. 
 
¶4. (C) According to police sources, the number of protestors 
approached 1,000 on October 20, exceeding the 150 protestors 
reported by The Daily News and 600-700 who initially gathered in 
Gujjarpura according to Dawn.  The October 21 protests appear to 
have been larger and more numerous.  Local residents have also 
told conoffs that the media has reported every protest in the 
Lahore area.  The gatherings have tended to occur in lower and 
middle-class neighborhoods strained by the excessive 
loadshedding, which has far exceeded the official number of nine 
hours per day given by LESCO. 
 
¶5. (C) Comment: The unprecedented amount of loadshedding has the 
potential to spark widespread unrest in Punjab.  The material 
impact of outages hurts the province at a time of already 
declining crop yields, rising prices, decreasing exports and 
lack of liquidity.  The outages mean that famers cannot irrigate 
their fields, mill owners cannot run their textile factories and 
businesses cannot swipe a credit card on a regular basis. 
Moreover, the discrepancy between the nine hours of loadshedding 
officially announced and the 18 hours experienced per day with 
little explanation has caused deep resentment throughout Punjab. 
 Politicians of all stripes have stood back because they have no 
quick fix to the situation, and they hope that diverting water 
in November from the reservoirs will help alleviate the 
shortage.  At the moment, they have let the bureaucrats of LESCO 
feel the brunt of the mob's anger.  But, if the loadshedding 
continues unabated, the protestors may soon turn their attention 
to their elected officials, both in the province and the federal 
government.