The word militant, which is both an adjective and a noun, usually is used to mean vigorously active, combative and aggressive, especially in support of a cause, as in 'militant reformers'. It comes from the 15th Century Latin "militare" meaning "to serve as a soldier". The related modern concept of the militia as a defensive organization against invaders grew out of the Anglo-Saxon "fyrd". In times of crisis, the militiaman left his civilian duties and became a soldier until the emergency was over, when he returned to his civilian occupation and life. However, the current meaning of militant does not usually refer to a registered soldier: it can be anyone who subscribes to the idea of using vigorous, sometimes extreme, activity to achieve an objective, usually political. For example, a "militant [political] activist" would be expected to be more confrontational and aggressive than an activist not described as militant. REFERENCE: militant http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/militant militant http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/militant
MQM & Politics of Violence - 1 (Aapas Ki Baat - 27th March 2012)
MQM & Politics of Violence - 2 (Aapas Ki Baat - 27th March 2012)
KARACHI: Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) chief Nawaz sharif said that the Supreme Court (SC) should ban political parties having militant wings from participating in elections, Geo News reported Tuesday. Nawaz Sharif met with the industrialists and while talking to the media at a local hotel, he said that an amendment should be made in the constitution or the SC should take suo moto in order to restrict such political parties from taking part in elections. Such links should be curbed in order to restore peace in the city, he added. The PML-N chief said that Karachi does not belong to one particular group as it has people from all cultural and ethnic backgrounds, therefore, it is more important to restore peace in Karachi. When asked about Karachi operation, he said that the Rangers should be given police powers. Nawaz said that during his government, his party always tried to improve the economic conditions of the country. He told that he, along with the entire team, would meet with the business community. REFERENCE: Karachi violence: ‘Parties having militant wings be banned’ http://www.thenews.com.pk/NewsDetail.aspx?ID=23091&title=Karachi-violence:-%E2%80%98Parties-having-militant-wings-be-banned%E2%80%99 Tuesday, September 20, 2011, Shawwal ul Mukarram 21, 1432 A.H http://jang.com.pk/jang/sep2011-daily/20-09-2011/main.htm
MQM, ANP, USA & WikiLeaks (Aapas Ki Baat - 19th Sep 2011)
KARACHI, Sept 19: Muttahida Qaumi Movement chief Altaf Hussain has retracted allegations he levelled earlier this month against Awami National Party (ANP) chief Asfandyar Wali Khan. At a press conference on Sept 9, Mr Hussain had alleged that the United States had given millions of dollars to Mr Khan to contest the 2008 general election. The allegation triggered a war of words between the MQM and ANP with each party calling upon the government to ban the other. In a statement issued from London on Monday, the MQM leader recalled that in his press conference he had said he had no proof but heard that the ANP chief had accepted millions of dollars from the US. “I take back my words and express sorrow for hurting the sentiments of Asfandyar Wali and leaders and workers of the ANP,” he said. “I want to end bitterness because peace and stability, needed by Pakistan at this juncture, can be only appreciated by those who are giving sacrifices for security of the country.” REFERENCE: Altaf retracts allegations By Our Staff Reporter | From the Newspaper (11 hours ago) Today http://www.dawn.com/2011/09/20/altaf-retracts-allegations.html
MQM, Musharraf, 12 May 2007 & Wikileaks.
ISLAMABAD: Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) leader Dr Farooq Sattar told the US Consulate in Karachi that along with some workers of the MQM, former President Pervaiz Musharaf, some landlords, the ISI and other parties were involved in the May 12, 2007 incident in Karachi, WikiLeaks has disclosed. According to the cable, Farooq Sattar agreed with the suggestion of deweaponsising the armed wing of the MQM and said his party would seriously consider this suggestion. According to a secret diplomatic cable released by WikiLeaks, Charge d Affairs of US Consulate Peter Boday in a letter he wrote on May 17, 2007, said that he had a telephonic talk with MQM leader Dr Farooq Sattar in which he told him that May 12 had damaged the MQM’s reputation, adding that an emergency meeting of the party had been convened in London to review the situation. The report said that Farooq Sattar claimed that some workers of the MQM were involved in the incidents of 12 May while it was worrisome that the armed wing of the MQM was more active, adding that Farooq Sattar agreed with the suggestion that his party should think about de-weaponising the armed wing. The report also said that in the 40-minute-long telephonic conversation, Dr Farooq Sattar said former President Pervez Musharaf, some landlords, the ISI and other parties were also involved in the May 12 incident. He claimed that he had tried more than once to contact Awami National Party leader Asfandyar Wali Khan. Meanwhile. Asfandyar Wali Khan on 16 May told the US Consulate that he had tried to contact Farooq Sattar on May 12 but had failed to reach him. The report says Farooq Sattar agreed with the suggestion to decrease tension and enmity with the ANP after the May 12 incident. According to the diplomatic cable, Farooq Sattar was worried about the decision of the emergency meeting of the MQM in London, adding that he had suggested that the MQM not support the protest rally of May 12 but MQM chief Altaf Hussain refused his suggestion. The report said another diplomatic letter written on May 16 by the US Consulate in Karachi said the British High Commission told the US Consulate that British diplomats tried to convince Farooq Sattar not to stage a protest rally in favour of President Musharaf, adding that Farooq Sattar clearly refused the suggestion. He said their protest would be peaceful because violence was not in favour of any party. The report said that another diplomatic mission on May 15 said Farooq Sattar was not informed about the planning of the violence on May 12. The MQM leader said the decision to hold a rally in favour of Pervez Musharaf was not made on his recommendation and that Altaf Hussain rejected his suggestion not to stage the protest. REFERENCE: MQM, Musharraf, landlords and ISI involved in May 12 incident: Sattar Tuesday, September 20, 2011 http://www.thenews.com.pk/TodaysPrintDetail.aspx?ID=8956&Cat=13