Editor’s Note: It is disappointing to see Cafe Pyala’s ambiguous and personal attacks on Dr. Zulfiqar Mirza of PPP. After yesterday’s press conference, Dr. Zulfiqar Mirza has become a hero on the Karachi streets for not mincing any words and even being critical of members of his own party for not taking the right steps to quell the violence and terrorism that has engulfed Karachi.
When cross posting the following article from Pakistan Blogzine, we don’t necessarily agree with all the points being raised. However, one thing has become very clear and this has been highlighted in the post: Cafe Pyala has emerged as a strong advocate for MQM and should be transparent about this.
In the last two months, one simply has to see their public twitter feeds to come to the obvious conclusion of Cafe Pyala’s one-sided support for MQM. There is nothing wrong with that and they should be open about this.
While all political parties have criminal elements at their fringes, MQM is a criminal organization which has been provided a political face. Equating them with ANP, PPP or Sunni Tehreek is simply dishonest. None of these organizations have made fascist statements that explicitly position Karachi as the domain of one ethnic group that should dominate the others.
Dr. Zulfiqar Mirza has a legitimate point that the ongoing operation in Karachi must not be limited to Lyari alone and therefore target the PPP. Even Cafe Pyala admits that MQM has the most organized militia; shouldn’t there also be similar operations in MQM’s middle and upper-middle class strongholds or are these operations limited to the “badboodar” poor localities of Karachi neglected by the “middle class” , “educated” MQM walla gentry!
In presenting Zulfiqar Mirza’s public exposure of MQM as an ISI-motivated ruse, Cafe Pyala has made its stance very clear. Unlike the backstabbings of fake civil society types like Aitzaz Ahsan, Sherry Rehman or Shah Mahmood Qureishi, Zulfiqar’s cri de coeur for Karachi is not a betrayal of the PPP but a principled stance to expose the party most responsible for Karachi’s violence.
We are also bemused to see the strange comparison between NAB allegations on President Zardari and the confessional statements of Ajmal Pahari. Once again to equate the two is laughable and points to an obvious bias. Many of the allegations against Zardari, that were first manufactured on the office stationary of Saif ur Rehman and later on picked by a dictator-created NAB have been disproved in Court (like the recent SGS case) and have involved Zardari spending nearly eleven years behind bars for allegations of white collar crimes.
The Ajmal Paharis, Mumtaz Qadris and Malik Ishaqs (clearly an ISI-Army proxy) have been accused of far worse and aside from their brazen confessional statements, including boastful press conferences, they have recieved very selective treatment from the Judiciary which has still not taken a Suo Moto on MQM’s involvement in the May 12 massacre of PPP and ANP workers.
In their selective vitriol against Dr. Zulfiqar Mirza, Cafe Pyala doesn’t even make a typically vague condemnation of the judiciary’s pathetic role in creating the horrible Law and Order situation throughout the country. As critical supporters of the PPP, we know what the game is when a fellow jiyala like Dr. Zulfiqar Mirza is attacked to take the heat of Rehman Malik; the same Rehman Malik who until yesterday was such a fan favourite of Cafe Pyala’s tweeple brigade buddies. If Rehman Malik is being defended by attacking Zulfiqar, we know who the judas is and its NOT the good doctor. (End Note)
On Cafe Pyala’s misrepresentations on Dr. Zulfiqar Mirza
Context: Cafe Pyala is commonly known as among MQM propagandists on Twitter along with @FiveRupees @Mirza9 @akchishti @theselongwars @tazeen @uroojzia etc;
@cpyala is a “media critic” blog which has never written on Pakistani media’s silence (or misrepresentations) on Shia Hazara genocide, Baloch genocide and Kurram blockade;
It is the same blog which wholeheartedly supported ISI’s (@ejazhaider etc) criticism on AatishTaseer’s piece in WSJ;
It is the same blog which blames prosecution and police for the release of Malik Ishaq and other terrorists by ISI-backed CJP;
It is the same blog which dishonestly promoted a defamatory and sectarian video against Aamir Liaquat Hussain, which was manufactured by none else but Samad Khurram and Ghulam Mustafa, co-manager of pkpolitics with the help of a Geo TV insider;
It is the same blog which speculates on everything under the sun but refused to comment on Wali Khan Babar’s murder.
In this post, I will offer some comments on Cafe Pyala’s (@cpyala) latest post on Zulfiqar Mirza’s press conference.
Key issues in @cpyala’s latest post on ZulfiqarMirza’s press conference:
1. It discounts Zulfiqar Mirza’s important charges against MQM and terrorism in Karachi
2. It creates a false equation between MQM’s systematic, massive violence with reactionary and minuscule violence by ANP, PPP etc
3. Contrary to @cpyala’s claim, Ajmal Pahari’s and other videos of MQM terrorists are online for many months now. Also fascimiles of reports are available for many weeks.
4. When @cpyala write: “without trying to sound like I am defending the indefensible”, they are doing the exact opposite, i.e. defending the MQM (while hardly trying to maintain their false neutrality).
5. @cpyala has never written on the Baloch or Hazara genocides, yet they have audacity to attack another website for presenting “a selective version of truth”
6. Next comes @cpyala’s most frequent tactic, i.e. blame the prosecution, challenge the legality of charges against terrorists. According to @cpyala, Ajmal Pahari and other videos/reports, “these documents and confessions do not necessarily establish guilt.” Wow!
7. According to @cpyala, Ajmal Pahari’s confessions are not much different from NAB’s accusations of corruption against Mr Asif Zardari. Shame!
8. @cpyala asks: “why have these terrorists not yet been prosecuted in the courts of law”. Hey, your heroes in judiciary are releasing terrorists!
9. @cpyala finally reveal their true loyalties by stating that ZM’s presser was aimed to divert attention from “piles of ammunition and torture cells in Lyari”
Finally, this comment about Wali Khan Babar, the Geo reporter who was killed by MQM’s target killers. Here’s a comment from an old post on Cafe Pyala’s website:
Dear Café Pyala
In your lame excuse for not commenting on the murder of journalist Wali Khan Babar in Karachi, you say: “….unlike some, we do not feel we have unambiguous knowledge about who assassinated him and so refuse to be drawn into a blame game based on pure speculation”.
Have you always commented on a murder when you have “unambiguous knowledge” about who murdered him/her?
You simply had to say the same things just after the murder of Mr Babar what you have said now: “We feel we have lost a very bright and upright colleague and a warm-hearted human being………. And we deeply mourn his death. All we can say is that journalism has become a much more dangerous profession in this country in the wake of his murder.”
Please don’t try to fool your “regular” readers because they know that you have commented on several murders/crimes where you didn’t have “unambiguous knowledge” about the accused.
Asif Ali Khan
January 25, 2011 12:14 AM
@Asif Ali Khan, well said, dude. ISI, MQM, DAWN and the Abbas brothers are holly cows and Cafe Pyala can’t write about them. Everyone knows the reason!