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Return of the MQM – PPP haters in state of shock


"Yeh shehar humara hay, mayn hoon passban iss ka"

MQM, the largest political party from Karachi is the most reliable foe of the current political set up. It gets upset on matters which can only be termed as wacky. They leave the coalition basing their decisions on the matters only to return in due course of time. Be it the imposition of RGST to the statement of Zulfikar Mirza or the mindless AJK elections, MQM leaves the coalition, its ministers resign, there is a lot of commotion with expectations (read: prayers)  that the current political set up will fail and the assemblies will be sent packing. All the prayer leaders on TV, news analysts and political orphans paint doomsday scenario that the “end is near” with their hypothesis that as the MQM has left the government and now the government doesn’t have the necessary numbers to function, the PPP government must go.


Coming the recent most MQM decision to leave the government was most interesting. The timing was just few days after the finance bill for 2012 was passed with their due support with the plea that MQM was being forced to give up one of the two AJK seats in Karachi. What was different this time was that Ishrat ul Ebad resigned as governor, unlike the previous times.  After they left the government, MQM’s representatives started calling the PPP as responsible for all the ills facing the country with someone saying “Agar bus ka driver hee bus ko khaai mayn giranay kay dar pay ho, to passenger kya Karen?” or in English


“If the bus driver (government, Zardari) are hell bent on making the bus (country) to fall into a ravine, what could a passenger (MQM) do”.


After their decision to leave the government, Karachi went through hell with nearly 200 people being killed over the last twenty days. MQM blamed the ANP and PPP; PPP blamed target killers; ANP blamed the MQM and what not. It just went on and on. The city was paralyzed and the whole nation was perplexed with what will happen.


To top it off, Zulfikar Mirza made a statement which was just not necessary. At times one has to be tactful, but Zulfikar Mirza went overboard! The result was more killings! The killings only stopped when Altaf Hussain “appealed” calm and all calmed down. MQM did prove that they control the city, come what may!


With nothing much that could be done, the PPP went into overdrive in the name of reconciliation. On Monday, July 18, 2011, the MQM has decided to allow Ishrat ul Ebad to resume on his position of Governor Sindh.


The media and PPP haters are dumbstruck. Hamid Mir’s face was down. Ansar Abbasi wants to go back for Umra. Mir Shakil’s getting a hair transplant as his wig regularly falls down whenever the PPP refuses to fall. PML-N’s dreams of a grand opposition alliance have been shattered once again.


Off course, now guns will again be pointed towards the government as to why they are taking the MQM back if they are the trouble makers. If I look at it objectively, it is MQM which will earn a bad name as they claim to be leaving on principles all the time, only to return within few days.


In the end, the blame lies largely with MQM for what has transpired in the city in the last twenty days. Were the two AJK seats so important that you keep the whole city hostage for so many days with dozens killed?

Another interesting point that has been raised is the use of Israeli weapons in Karachi. The discussions will now somehow be directed in the direction of a “Yahood-o-Hunood-o-Nasara Conspiracy” with all fingers being pointed towards US.


Governor Sindh Ishrat-ul-Ibad to "resume" work

I want to express my heartfelt condolences to families of all those who lost their lives. My sympathies also go with the right wing media whose yet another prayer has gone a begging.

MQM-PPP ties: Dr Ishratul Ibad to return to Governor Sindh post

Published: July 18, 2011

KARACHI: MQM Chief Altaf Hussain has directed Dr Ishratul Ibad to return to his office as Governor Sindh on Monday.

Dr Ishratul Ibad has reportedly accepted this direction, and will take up his responsibilities following his return to Pakistan tonight.

The MQM chief’s order came after a request by President Asif Ali Zardari, say sources. The president had said that Ishratul Ibad’s return to the governor post will strengthen democracy.

President’s spokesperson Farhatullah Babar said MQM’s decision will promote reconciliation. “Ibad’s return will help improve law and order,” Babar said.

MQM parliamentary leader Faisal Sabzwari said MQM will stay in opposition in the National Assembly and Sindh Assembly.

MQM leader Raza Haroon said stability in Karachi and Sindh is very important. “Governor will work to restore peace in Karachi,” said Haroon.

He said MQM’s decision to sit in opposition was based on principle stand. “We wish to be allowed to work in the opposition,” he added.

The PML-N who had supported the MQM’s shift into the opposition has criticized this new development.

“The PML-N had feared the MQM would return to the government…sitting in the opposition is not easy,” said PML-N spokesman Ahsan Iqbal in response to the news.

This step may likely be a first move in an MQM-PPP patch-up after a fallout during the recent AJK elections that resulted in the MQM joining the opposition in parliament and the Sindh Assembly.

The relationship between the two parties had also taken a hit following controversial anti-MQM statements made by senior Sindh Minister Zulfiqar Mirza resulting in violent protests in Karachi.



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  • So true, those who are being made to look bad are the MQM themselves. Why cant they make up their mind once and for all?

    Another point which I noticed was Israeli weapons being claimed to be coming from Israel. Israeli weapons are one thing and coming from Israel is another. When we say Israeli weapons coming from Israel, the media is painting as if the Israeli government is sponsoring terrorism in Karachi! Media spin at its best

  • http://www.dawn.com/2011/07/18/ibad-to-return-as-governor-sindh-sources.html

    KARACHI: Muttahida Qaumi Movement chief Altaf Hussain has directed Dr Ishratul Ibad Khan to take charge as governor of Sindh, DawnNews reported.

    Hussain had asked Ibad to work in harmony with the federal and provincial governments under the guidance President Asif Ali Zardari.

    Meanwhile, the president welcomed the statement of the MQM chief asking Ibad to resume work as Governor Sindh.

    The president termed it a good omen for harmony and reconciliation.

    Presidential spokesperson Farhatullah Babar said that the president welcomed Ibad, who will immediately return to the country.

  • http://thenews.com.pk/NewsDetail.aspx?ID=18927&title=Altaf-directs-Dr.-Ebad-to-resume-office-as-Sindh-Governor
    KARACHI: Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) Chief Altaf Hussain Monday directed Dr. Ishrat-ul-Ebad Khan to retake charge as Sindh Governor, Geo News reported.

    MQM had quit the PPP-led government on June 27, 2011 in centre and Sindh.

    Sindh Governor Dr. Ishrat ul Ebad Khan had also tendered his resignation from the office of Governor Sindh.

    The strife between MQM and PPP-led government had been triggered by the government’s decision to defer elections for three Azad Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Assembly seats last month.

    As a result, the MQM leadership had decided that it was no longer possible for the party to continue functioning as part of the Pakistan People’s Party-led coalition government.

    Meanwhile, President Zardari in reaction to today’s MQM decision said this was a positive sign for reconciliation in Pakistan politics.

    Speaking to Geo News, PML-N Information Secretary Ahsan Iqbal said that his party knew this would happen and stated that MQM ministers should also return to their posts.

    He added that it was difficult to sit in the opposition and the PPP and MQM should stop acting and not play games with the people.

    MQM had also filed a petition in the Sindh High Court (SHC) against the deferment of June 26 scheduled Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJ&K) elections for the Karachi seats.

  • Hahahah….. I am actually enjoying Zardari’s politics.

    He removed MQM from the throne, dragged him throught sewer, gave them a golden shower and than placed them back on the throne. The beauty of this is that despite all this while MQM thinks they are the kings of Karachi.

  • excellent piece of article. Good done Ahmed.
    President zardari is more than a leader. He is super human. His tolerance towards coalition partners is without comparison. He took immediate notice of his high school friend’s(Mirza’s) uncalled-for remarks and summoned him for explanation. Simultaneously he telephoned and sympathized MQM Cheif Altaf hussain. The fact is that unethical uncalled for remarks of Mirza was his own mindset and there is no room for such language in PPP. infact PPP is most civilized, liberal and secular party; and it is representative of all ethnicities and religions in Pakistan.

  • “If the bus driver (government, Zardari) are hell bent on making the bus (country) to fall into a ravine, what could a passenger (MQM) do”.

    Apparently the same could be said about the MQM’s bus driver and his phone-speech listening passengers.

  • مبارک ہو جی مبارک

    متحدہ نے زرداری کی لالی پوپ پھر سے لے لی، اب کچھ دنوں کے

    لئے رونا بند

  • Ab media ka kya hoga? Opposition ka kya hoga? Khwaja Asif keh raha tha kay hum chahtay hayn senate elections say pehlay yeh hukoomat khatam ho jaye…Ab kya hoga??

  • I think we should appreciate that both parties have solved their problems and are ready to make a healthier environment. MQM and PPP should stop this blame game and work for the betterment of the nation.


  • I am astonished that the ppp supporters can actually gloat over this. Just for two seats in Kashmir, Ppp and MQM led the city through hell and more than 15 dead. This is not the kind of politics to be proud of unless you are deranged.

  • @ Hoss
    PPP & MQM are only expert in this type of politics.

    Zardari nay haddi dali,
    MQM nay utha li.

  • The game is bigger than what you see, MQM never wanted to come back the failed people’s party until Zardari got Altaf pressurized through UK Government.

  • Ohh please !!, MQM’s last card of Altaf, in which he states that the govt isn’t defending Khakis, properly. Explains who pressured who !!!
    Zardari had Altaf pants down, wen he was canceling his jalsa and so on ,
    it was just Mirza sab ,high spirits , which got PPP in to trouble..May be he had Desi Bung , since he was at shah syed,

    Anyway the writer is right, MQM ,come up with a new manifesto..before your politics are worse then the Mullahs.