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Will the silent club in ANP and PPP take courage from MQM’s bold stance on Shia genocide?

We appreciate and laud the Muttahida Qaumi Movement’s (MQM) leader Altaf Hussain and other leaders and party workers on their clear, bold stance against the Taliban, Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (aka Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat ASWJ) terrorists who are responsible for massacres of not only fellow Muslims (Shias, moderate Deobandis, Sunni Barelvis) but also Christians, Hindus etc. In particular, the LeJ-ASWJ-Taliban terrorists have killed at leat 19000 Shia Musilms in the last few years in what can be described as a slow-motion genocide.

For its unambiguous condemnation of the Taliban-LeJ-ASWJ terrorists, MQM and its leaders deserve our special gratitude.

We also take this opportunity to remind ANP and PPP leaders to break their criminal silence on Shia genocide by the LeJ-ASWJ-Taliban terrorists and unconditionally support MQM in its bold stance on this issue.

We suggest ANP, MQM, PPP must set aside all political and minor differences and unite against their common enemy.

Given that all three parties are secular in their politics and reject religious exploitation and extremism, and also given that all three parties have suffered at the hands of the LeJ-ASWJ-Taliban, they should unite to eliminate the threat posed by terrorist to all citizens of Karachi and other areas of Pakistan.

We have come to know that MQM intends to bring out a rally in support of Shias and other target killed and persecuted groups. This is, indeed, good news. We hope PPP, ANP and other parties will support this call.

Not unlike MQM, ANP leaders and workers too have suffered. ANP leaders and workers, not only in KP but also in Karachi, have been killed by Taliban-LeJ terrorists. We request ANP to purge its areas of SSP=LeJ terrorists, who have direct confrontations with Pakhtun Shias as well as secular ANP workers.

PPP leaders including Benazir Bhutto, Shahbaz Bhatti and dozens of workers have been killed by the Taliban and ASWJ-LeJ Deobandi-Wahhabi terrorists. It’s ethical and moral duty of PPP’s current leaders to take tough stance against LeJ-Taliban terrorists which killed Shaheed Benazir Bhutto.

Let there be no doubt. MQM is far ahead of ALL political parties in its condemnation of the LeJ-Taliban terrorists.

Will the “silent club” in ANP and PPP leadership take courage from MQM’s clear stance on Shia Genocide?

The workers and office-bearers of Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) are being targeted in Karachi because of the party’s stand against rising sectarian violence, said party leader Raza Haroon during a coordination committee press conference on Friday.

Haroon said that it was only MQM chief Altaf Hussain who had raised his voice against all sorts of violence, extremism and terrorism taking place across the country and also helped the victims. “He was the only leader who condemned the genocide of Shia community and stood against it,” Haroon said.

The party leader maintained that criminal elements in the country who are set to destroy Pakistan did not approve of MQM’s stance against sectarianism and therefore, started targeting its workers and office-bearers.

Citing incidents from the past week in which MQM workers were killed, Haroon questioned what their crime was for being targeted. “Their only crime was that they were going door to door spreading Altaf Hussain’s message of peace and promoting Sunni-Shia harmony,” Haroon said.

He added that the city has been given at the mercy of criminal elements, who are openly carrying out killings on the roads and no one is catching them. “It seems that it is not the responsibility of the government to protect the lives and properties of the citizens… Police, Rangers and law enforcement agencies are always patrolling every area of the city, then how is the violence rising?”

Appealing to the president, prime minister, interior minister, governor Sindh, chief minister Sindh and all other government officials, Haroon requested them to take action against the criminals in order to restore peace in Karachi.

http://tribune.com.pk/story/429134/mqm-being-targeted-for-standing-against-sectarian-violence-raza-haroon/

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  • Very interesting comments on ET:

    Two interesting comments from ET web site:

    Jihad:
    I am neither a Shia nor an MQM fan, but I would admit that Raza Haroon’s statements on MQM’s firm stand on sectarian violence and repression of minorities are correct. It is a hard fact to deny that, unfortunately, MQM is the only political party in Pakistan that is showing a moral clarity against terrorism and sectarianism. This is the only party that is not mincing words. However, I wish MQM could avoid their occasional “realism” (Aafia Siddiqui) and promote liberalism with more ferocity.

    Syed
    I seriously think ANP and MQM need to work together specially in Karachi. It seems like there is a 3rd party (talibans) that target both parties and each party start to blame the other and violence continues.

    Navaid
    There is not a shadow of a doubt, that the MQM is the single most reason, which ended the Shiite-Sunni rioting in urban Sindh, especially Karachi during the 70′s and 80′s. You may not like the MQM, but facts are facts, and no one can deny this. Good job Altaf Hussain.

    bigsaf
    @Syed:
    Even though I take many issues with them (ethnic politics, turf war, etc), I find myself retreating to their vote too because of their pro-active stance against sectarian killings of Shias, and against overall extremism and Talibanization, so much so stating the country should be secular and be simply the Republic of Pakistan, which no one else does. PPP is clearly disappointing on this matter among others.
    @Pakistani Pakhtoon:
    Shia Pashtuns from Kurram will disagree with how ANP handles their plight, which is absent and weak. There’s also a perception issue in Karachi when some TTP terrorists abused ANP’s identity, like they do army uniforms, for a local attack on Shias, and the ANP is found downplaying the issue of Talibanization, even though its the greatest danger to them. While its true ANP are attacked by extremists themselves, they have not really set themselves apart in pro-actively identifying extremism, and providing sectarian protection.
    @Sophist:
    Thanks for being objective. Some PTI fans ask why the Shia community overall aren’t so enthused about IK’s PTI, and the answer lies on how the VP Ijaz Chaudry cultivated links to religious extremist organizations for votes, the same way PML-N did.