Sunday, July 28, 2013

Pakistani Politicians Take Pakistanis for a Ride.

2013 KARACHI: The Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) on Friday officially announced its "unconditional support" for ruling party Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz (PML-N) candidate in the upcoming presidential elections. “The leader of the party, Altaf Hussain, has announced unconditional support to Mamnoon Hussain, the PML-N’s nominee for the presidential election,” MQM leader Khalid Maqbool Siddiqi told a press conference at the party's 'Nine-Zero' headquarters at Azizabad. Accompanied by a delegation of the PML-N in Karachi, Finance Minister Ishaq Dar also formally invited the MQM, the largest political party in Karachi, to join them in the PML-N-led federal coalition government. Thanking the PML-N for the invitation, Siddiqi said the offer would be discussed with the party's senior leadership. The PML-N delegation, comprising the finance minister, presidential candidate Mamnoon Hussain, and Information Minister Pervez Rasheed, first called on Governor Sindh Dr Ishratul Ibad at the Governor House in Karachi. Sources said that the Sindh governor spoke with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif over telephone. The PML-N delegation later visited 'Nine-Zero' where they met with members of the party's Rabita Committee (central coordination committee). “If elected, I will try to ensure that I do not serve as the president of the PML-N, but a president for all political parties,” Mamnoon Hussain told a press conference following the meeting. “I will also pay special attention to Karachi for a viable solution to the problems of the city.” Meanwhile, the ruling party in Sindh province, the Pakistan People's Party (PPP) has announced that it will boycott the presidential elections, set to take place on July 30 following the announcement of final candidates by the Election Commission on July 27. PPP candidate Raza Rabbani pulled out of the race at the last minute in protest of the revision of the election date from Aug 6 to July 30, following a decision by the Supreme Court on a petition by the ruling party. The nomination papers of Mamnoon Hussain and Iqbal Zafar Jhagra of PML-N and Justice (Retd) Wajihuddin Ahmad of Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaf (PTI) were accepted on Friday. According to the Constitution, the president will be chosen for five years by an electoral college of 706 lawmakers, including 104 senators and 342 members of the National Assembly and 260 of the provincial assemblies. 50 seats of the national and provincial assemblies are currently vacant, by-polls for which are scheduled for August 22, almost a month after the election of the new president. REFERENCE: MQM pledges 'unconditional support' for PML-N presidential nominee by ASIF MEHMOOD 2013-07-27 01:25:54

Brigadier Imtiaz with Dr Danish (Sawal Yeh Hai - ARY 2009)

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2009: LONDON: Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) Quaid Altaf Hussain has demanded formation of a national truth and reconciliatory commission to put facts before the nation after astonishing revelations that the Jinnahpur map and the plan never existed and it was only an excuse to start the June 19, 1992 military operation against the MQM. Two former military men have disclosed that the alleged map of Jinnahpur was a ‘drama’ and its publication was meant to malign a democratic party. Former Intelligence Bureau director-general Brig (retd) Imtiaz, who was a major player in the 1992 operation against the MQM and its cadres, confessed that the Jinnahpur map “was a drama that was aimed at creating a rift amongst various sections of the nation”. Known as one of the most influential spy officers, who played a key role in shaping political events in Pakistan, Brigadier Imtiaz Ahmed further confessed that he carried out research into the allegations and found that no such thing as Jinnahpur existed and no such map was found from any office of the MQM. The retired Army officer further said the operation, which was started during the reign of the then-prime minister Nawaz Sharif, was launched after full consultation and with the full knowledge of the proper chain-of-command, which included the then-Army chief Asif Nawaz, president Ghulam Ishaq Khan and former prime minister Nawaz Sharif. Gen (retd) Nasir Akhtar, who was the corps commander Karachi at the time of the operation, also confessed he had no knowledge of the Jinnahpur map and that was the reason why the ISPR withdrew it two days after its publication. Addressing a press conference at the MQM international secretariat here on Sunday night, Altaf said his party’s stance stood vindicated and termed the confessional statements by two pivotal charters of the operation as the victory of truth and justice, and proof that the establishment was scared of the party’s pro-middle class and anti-corruption and feudalism message. Congratulating the whole nation, the party chief said his thoughts were filled with the memories of those 15,000 who had been killed cold-bloodedly. Altaf said since then his party had been maligned and portrayed as a ‘traitor’ at every opportunity but the truth has prevailed and it has been proven that his party believed in a strong, united and prosperous Pakistan and the operation against it was absolutely wrong. “Allegations are always hurtful whether they be about personal corruption or character assassination but the allegation of being a traitor and on the pay of an enemy is the worst of all accusations. “We were put on the front pages of newspapers for being behind the Jinnahpur ‘conspiracy’ and the whole of Punjab was turned against us as we were considered the enemy within. “Now the two main characters of the 1992 operation have spoken the truth, may I question what about the doubts that have been seeded baselessly in the minds of Pakistani people that the MQM is a traitor?” Altaf said he and those who lost loved ones during the operation will always be bereaved but they would forgive the blood of their loved ones, including Altaf Hussain’s brother Nasir Hussain and a nephew who were killed during the same operation. He said after being vindicated by the two men, he could ratchet up the pressure and complicate things but added the country was passing through a critical phase and any kind of instability and heated situation would not be in the best interest of the country. “I extend the hand of friendship and unity towards all for the solidarity of Pakistan.” He appealed to Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry to form a truth and reconciliation commission to find facts behind the anti-MQM operation and also call the two former Army officials and know from the horse’s mouth as to what lay behind the operation and why 15,000 Pakistanis were killed, hundreds forced to flee the country and dozens still missing. He asked Pakistan Muslim League-N Quaid Nawaz Sharif to state before the nation why he allowed the Army operation, whether he was consulted, knew full facts behind it and why he didn’t intervene to stop it. Addressing the current military leadership, Altaf said he didn’t believe the present command had anything to do with the injustice done 18 years ago in its name but appealed to the Army and intelligence agencies not to be part of any conspiracy against the MQM and “welcome the MQM with open arms as a truly patriotic party which loves Pakistan as much as any other Pakistani does”. Altaf said the 1992 operation was unleashed on the party to break it into pieces but the resilience of the party workers and the strength of the MQM message and its connection with the masses helped the party stay united. The MQM founder hoped a lesson will be learnt and no attempts will be made to stop the party from taking its secular message of women’s equality, education for all, enlightenment and elimination of the corrupt feudal system in all parts of Pakistan. REFERENCE: Jinnahpur conspiracy BY Murtaza Ali Shah Tuesday, August 25, 2009 REFERENCE: Altaf greets ‘Punjabi representative party’ on its big win May 12, 2013 - Updated 01 PKT GEO TV Altaf Hussain greets ‘Punjabi representative party’ on its big win GEO TV Urdu پنجابیوں کی نمائندہ جماعت کوکامیابی پرمبارکباد پیش کرتا ہوں،الطاف حسین

MQM on Nawaz Sharif Politics and Bank Default (Samaa TV 2011)

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2009 ISLAMABAD: Secretary Information PML-N Ahsan Iqbal has said that the military had initiated the 1992 operation without taking the government of the time into confidence. Talking to the media here on Monday, he said the MQM chief had been levelling allegations against the PML-N for being responsible for the 1992 military action in Karachi, but General Asif Nawaz had initiated the operation against the MQM without the approval of the government. According to Ahsan Iqbal, the previous democratic governments did not enjoy complete authority. The MQM is levelling allegation to divert attention from investigations into the May 12, 2007, incident, he added. REFERENCE: ‘Military didn’t consult govt on 1992 operation’ Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Nawaz Sharif and Altaf Hussain on each other (Aapas Ki Baat 27 July 2013)


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2011: KARACHI: The Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) has decided to hold a rally here on Sunday in protest against the use of derogatory language against President Asif Ali Zardari by leaders of Pakistan Muslim League-N during a public meeting in Lahore on Friday. The decision was taken by the MQM coordination committee at an emergency meeting held on Friday evening. The meeting decided that a rally would be held on Sunday at Tibet Centre on M.A. Jinnah Road to express solidarity with the president. Speaking to participants of the meeting, MQM chief Altaf Hussain condemned the use of derogatory language against President Zardari by Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif and other speakers. In a statement, the MQM chief said that the derogatory language could also harm the integrity of the country. REFERENCE: MQM to hold pro-Zardari rally on Sunday 2011-10-28 22:13:15

Threats and Memory Loss of MQM


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2009 : 60 MQM men buried in Margalla hills in 1997: Shujaat ISLAMABAD: PML-Q chief Chaudhry Shujaat Husain has disclosed that at least 60 activists of the MQM were buried in the Margalla Hills of the Federal Capital in 1997. Talking to a TV channel on Wednesday, he said the said activists, apprehended from Karachi, were shifted to Islamabad, where they were tortured to death and later buried in the Margalla Hills. No investigations of any sort were held regarding the killing of the detainees.” Chaudhry Shujaat further disclosed: “I was Federal Interior Minister at that time, but Chairman Accountability Bureau Saif-ur-Rahman was more influential than me. The map, which the law-enforcement agencies exposed, has no reality. Responding to a query, he elucidated that trial for the former dictator Pervez Musharraf would not be held. Shujaat said he was personally not in favour of presenting the resolution in the House. The incumbents, as at this juncture of time, should focus their attention to relieve the masses from prevailing energy and commodity crisis, instead of indulging in dead issues. The PML chief said the political leadership of the country was taken into confidence in connection with the 1992 military operation in Karachi. The federal cabinet was also not briefed before the military operation in Karachi, he said. The PML-Q leader expressed his anger that the issues of 1992 military operation and ‘Jinnahpur’ were being aired at this particular time to divert the attention of the masses from prevailing crisis. Meanwhile, the spokesman for the PML-N, Siddiq-ul-Farooq, while refuting the allegations levelled by Chaudhry Shujaat, emphasised that the PML-N chief had nothing to do with any sort of genocide during his both the tenures. Farooq said Chaudhry Shujaat Husain was federal interior minister in 1997 and should have resigned from his office, if he had any moral courage, over the ëkilling of 60 activists of the MQM in the Federal Capitalí. REFERENCE: 60 MQM men buried in Margalla hills in 1997: Shujaat Thursday, August 27, 2009

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