The fact remains that it is the right of the provincial government to decide what the local government system is in any province. It’s unfortunate that the local government system preferred by many PPP leaders would not be as decentralized as the local government system preferred by MQM. But that’s beside the point. The point is that MQM should be held accountable for its role in the killings in Lyari, Landhi, Orangi, Qasba Colony. No matter how much they oppose the provincial government’s plan for local government, their chosen form of protest and pressurization is completely wrong.
MQM supporters argue that it is their workers who are being targetted by PPP forces backed by Zulfiqar Mirza and other local PPP leaders and it’s true that MQM workers have been targetted as well. The perpetrators of these killings should be brought to justice. But at the very highest level, it seems that Rehman Malik, PM Gillani and President Zardari are pursuing policies of reconciliation with the highest leadership of MQM (Altaf Hussain and Farooq Sattar) whereas Farooq Sattar and other MQM leaders are constantly doing hard bargaining for more concessions on the local government issue. So at the highest level, the party that is using the violence in Karachi for its own political ends is MQM. And at the highest level, the party that is using violence to achieve political goals that are outside of its constitutional rights and against the concept of provincial autonomy is also MQM. And for this, MQM leaders should be called out by the media and condemned. But that’s not happening. Most media reports are calling the violence in Karachi a turf war in which both major parties are equally to blame. However the fact remains that the Sindh government is well within its rights to decide whatever it wants
on the local government issue and MQM, no matter how strong it is in Karachi, should still accept that it is a part of Sindh and submit to the will of the Sindh assembly no matter how much they dislike its decisions.