MQM Archive

The MQM-JUI drama being directed from you-know-where – by Kamran Shafi: So then, the MQM has crossed over to the opposition benches, joining Maulana Fazlur Rehman`s JUI, pushing the federal government onto the ropes. Let us now see how the drama, being directed from you-know-where, unfolds. Thus far, Mr Nawaz
How legitimate MQM’s shikayaat are?: In my post of yesterday titled “PPP’s Hukoomat Jaa Rahee hay – A wish more than analysis”, I had talked about a couple of “shikayaat” that MQM has related to their share in the federal government as well as
The Winter Establishment Tournament: Final results pending – by Brandon Wallace: So MQM finally quits the PPP-lead Coalition Government. It’s not a surprise and neither would be the role of the military establishment in nudging one of its favorite offspring to do so. As sure as night brings darkness,, the
MQM: Losing the plot? – by Nadeem F. Paracha: The list of reasons that MQM gave for quitting the coalition reads like a summarised series of slogans and concerns that one gets to hear over and over again on talk shows: NFP. – File Photo So, the MQM
Siasat mein gaali: On the MQM-PML-N saga – by Tahir Sarwar Mir:
PPP’s Hukoomat Jaa Rahee hay – A wish more than analysis: I was looking forward to the program called the “Great Debate” on Geo News last evening. The debate was to be moderated by Iftikhar Ahmed and Hamid Mir. Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s President Saeed Shafiq was the
Channelling Naseerullah Babar: One of the strangest facts of the present day is that if there is one thing that non-PPP voters from Punjab still appreciate about Benazir’s second term in office, it is the use of Naseerullah Babar against the MQM.
MQM and PML-N introduce each other: غیر اخلاقی بیان بازی کے بعد فائر بندی فریقین میں تلخی اور توہین آمیز بیان بازی کا سلسلہ اس وقت شروع ہوا جب مسلم لیگ (ن) کے سربراہ نواز شریف نے مظفرآباد میں ایک خطاب میں ایم کیو ایم
MQM gives the Political Actors ventilator – by Ahmed Iqbalabadi: During the last one and half years, the MQM’s role has been nothing less than an enigma. They are part and parcel of the power structure of the country. They have federal ministries albeit not as many as they
MQM decides to quit federal cabinet: Reuters: MQM decides to resign from the Federal ministries. Tonight its party night at houses of people like Kamran Khan, Shahid Masood et al; who were striving for this to happen for long. MQM’s resigning from ministries however is a pressure
“Impose tax on agriculture, not RGST: Altaf”: MQM chief has suggested that government should instead propose an agricultural tax, instead of RGST. MQM, along with some opposition parties, have argued that RGST is a regressive tax, as it affects poor more than rich. As such this
MQM, Zulfiqar Mirza and urban chatterers of the middle class: Related article: Another pseudo-liberal muck-raking of the PPP: So what’s new? – by Qudsia Siddiqui Often, middle class urban chatterers express concern about the PPP’s future because in their view the PPP is, in the main, a party of
Onward march of an agency-connected fake liberal blogger “Barrister” Ali K. Chishti: Disclaimer: The following post does not represent the LUBP’s view point. This is based on my personal opinion. Not unlike paid journalists with vested interests, it has become a fashion amongst bloggers and media activists to present themselves as
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Khaal and the future coalition government of Pakistan – by Bawa: In a recent interview (published on 18 Nov 2010) with Michelle Shephard of The Star, chairman of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, Imran Khan, claimed that he had no doubt of his future success. Khan waves away the naysayers with a
The Quaid’s address to Pakistani generals and their pseudo-liberal (middle class urban) soldiers – by Hakim Hazik: Related article: Another pseudo-liberal muck-raking of the PPP: So what’s new? – by Qudsia Siddiqui Onward Middle Class Soldiers Dear patriatic jernails af Pakistan, this is your Quaid ispeaking. Dear jernails, we isloot the services that you have undertaken
Karachi Turns Deadly Amid Pakistan’s Rivalries – by Jane Perlez: KARACHI, Pakistan — This chaotic city of 18 million people on the shores of the Arabian Sea has never shrunk from violence. But this year, Karachi has outdone even itself. Drive-by shootings motivated by political and ethnic rivalries have
‘Karachi card’ to backstab democracy – by Ali Arqam: Karachi, the economic hub of the country, depicts the complex social, political and economic problems afflicting Pakistan. The failure of the state to accommodate its ethnicities and diverse cultures in a national narrative, has logically resulted in rising political
In response to Declan Walsh’s article on Karachi’s deadly divide – by Shaista Aazar: Sheen Alif is as an avid LUBP reader who has written this piece exclusively for LUBP. He maintains his own blog titled “Backbenches”. I am writing this post after reading a recent article by Declan Walsh, the Guardian correspondent
Karachi’s deadly divide unites two families in grief – by Declan Walsh: Escalating political battle for control of Pakistan metropolis is conducted through drive-by shootings, stabbings and murders One bleeding city, two grieving families. In a shabby apartment block in northern Karachi, Hina Muhammad and her sisters sat quietly in a
The fake liberals strike back – by Qudsia Siddiqui: First part of this article: Another pseudo-liberal muck-raking of the PPP: So what’s new? – by Qudsia Siddiqui Firstly, thanks to the LUBP for accepting my post. I was heartened to see blogs like this one and Pakistan Media
Why are PPP governments violent for Karachi?: Source: Express Tribune KARACHI: It is when the numbers stop meaning anything that Karachi starts to panic. The numerical numbness does not, however, exhaust our hankering for some explanation, any explanation, for the killings. The next best thing we can offer ourselves is
Karachi: The Genesis of Violence – By Aamir Hussaini:
Arrest these men if you want peace in Karachi:
Geo TV’s Aafia Mafia – by Fasi Zaka: TV journalism’s Aafia mafia Dr Aafia has been hijacked, and not just by the Americans, who had her flown to the US and gave her a dubiously excessive punishment for attempted murder, but by the Pakistani media itself. Just recently Meher
Dr Imran Farooq aur kaali siasat – by Umair Wasi:
MQM’s illiberal politics and religious rhetoric: Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) which portrays itself as the the only liberal and secular party in Pakistan which opposed religious fanaticism and terrorism and it has been the main ally of the government of Pakistan and the United States
The Taliban is NOT an expression of Pushtun Nationalism – By Qudsia Siddiqi: One of the biggest lies that have been spun by our establishment, which is the arbiter of our national narrative, is that the Taliban are an expression of “Pushtun Nationalism”.  This lie has been repeated ad infinitum by reactionary
Imran Farooq’s murder linked to rows within MQM party- by Farhad Jarral: There are lots of misgivings about the MQM’s character and the way they do politics. Murderers have been awarded Governorship, Ministries and City’s Mayor post. Yesterday a letter by MQM’s chief Altaf Hussain was published on the website of
IJI style game plan: Related articles: IJI style game plan: phase two The Project IJI – Second Edition The Islami Jamhoori Ittehad [IJI] alliance was a conglomerate formed of nine mainly rightist parties by the ISI under Lt General Hameed Gul to ensure
Imran Farooq’s Murder: Altaf may not return to lead the ‘revolution’ – by Shiraz Paracha: The murder of Imran Farooq in London has provided the MQM boss Altaf Hussain a perfect excuse to say no to calls for his return to Pakistan and lead the ‘revolution’. He may not come back due to security
MQM leader Imran Farooq assassinated in London: Senior MQM leader Dr. Imran Farooq has been stabbed to death in Mill Hills locality in London. Dr Farooq, 50, was repeatedly stabbed in the head and neck during the assault in Edgware, north London. The killer uses a
International Democracy Day – Points for Pakistanis to Ponder:  In 2007,  the United Nations General Assembly decided to observe September 15th annually as the “International Day of Democracy” and invited all member states and organizations to commemorate the day in an appropriate manner that contributes to raising public
MQM’s strange recipe to end feudalism -by Riaz Missen: The MQM, which often complains of Taliban’s growing presence in Karachi and is unhappy for being unable to convince its coalition partners to retain the local government system of the Musharraf era at least in Sindh, has surprised everybody
We Must Stay The Course – by Babar Sattar: Altaf Hussain’s statement inciting ‘patriotic generals’ to take steps ‘like martial law’ against ‘corrupt feudal and land lord politicians’ is an expression of intent to support subversion of constitutional rule in Pakistan. This statement is not only mischievous, but
Coming Of Age – M Usama Kabbir & Humza Ikram: There was a time when the Frontier Province was the scene of fiery political rivalry between Z.A.Bhutto and Wali Khan whereas now the former ANP and PPP are coalition partners at the Center as well as the Province. There
Altaf Hussain: Pakistan’s prize bluffer —by Dr Mohammad Taqi: “Mussolini is the biggest bluffer in Europe. If Mussolini had me taken out and shot tomorrow morning, I would still regard him as a bluff. Get a hold of a good photo of Signor Mussolini sometime and study it.
Another Martial Law? – by Omar Ali: Pakistan is in the grip of one of its periodic eruptions of speculation about impending martial law, or at least, it looks like that on TV. For weeks, the largest news channel in the country has been shamelessly promoting
Looking beyond the calamity – by Imtiaz Alam: Indeed the natural and no less man-made calamity of the floods is still continuing across Pakistan. The scale of devastation is so horrendously huge and still so incalculable that no government or agency of any capacity could cope with
Sindh: Homeless, hapless and helpless – by Mir Mohammad Ali Talpur: A relative who resides in Karachi recently advised obtaining national identity cards from Karachi. His logic? “Passports may soon be needed for travel to Karachi.” I regarded this as an ominous warning though others brushed it off as a
Relief work and politics – by Dr Hasan-Askari Rizvi: Pakistan has been experiencing devastating floods for the last three weeks. In a week’s time the water will start falling into the Arabian Sea, which will be the beginning of the end of the floods. However, the devastation and