Archive for March, 2011

Mr. Altaf expresses his solidarity with the farmers

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Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM) Official Website – www.mqm.org

The Founder and Leader of Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM) Mr Altaf Hussain has slammed brutal torture of the tenant farmers (feudaries) in Khanewal who were demonstrating for getting ownership rights of the land that they have been ploughing for years. Mr Altaf Hussain expressed his sympathies and solidarity with the farmers and condemned the use of brute force at the behest of the landlords. He said that these farmers have been tilling the land for over hundred years but were deprived of ownership rights of the land. He assured the farmers that the MQM is with them and it will not leave the farmers alone. He demanded ownership rights for the tenants farmers and immediate release of their leader Ghulam Abbas Sial and all others that have been arrested

ALTAF HUSSAIN ASKS THE NATION TO OFFER SPECIAL PRAYERS FOR THE CRICKET TEAM

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The Founder and Leader of Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM) Mr Altaf Hussain has appealed to the nation for special prayers for the victory of the Pakistani Team in the World Cup. He appealed to the Muslim people to offer prayers in Masjids, Imam Bargahs and likewise the Christian, Hindus, Sikhs, Parsis and followers of other religions to pray for the victory of their national team in their respective places of worship. He hoped that the Pakistani flag will fly high at the victory stand and the team will raise the head of every Pakistani by its historic victory.

Personal security top concern for Karachi business community

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Pakistan Business Council Chief Executive Kamran Y Mirza said the ongoing wave of fear in Karachi is affecting them considerably. “Concern of personal security has sidelined other problems,“ he said.

“It is quite disturbing that we do not see any improvement in the situation,“ he added. Since Karachi is a port city that handles most of the imports and exports, this situation affects the entire country, he said. Source: Express Tribune, Pakistan.

Sorry for the 71, Genocide: Pakistani Media and Lawyers

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Both factions of MQM should end their personal vendetta and work for the betterment of the community

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via dailytimes.com.pk:MQM-H chief attends funeral of nephew

Chief of Muhajir Qaumi Movement-Haqiqi (MQM-H) Amir Khan was Saturday released on short-term bail for four-hour from the Central Jail to attend the funeral prayers of his nephew Mohammad Sabih.

It may be noted that two unknown armed men targeted Sabih when he was in his car (Z-9568) near Crown Garden in Gulistan-e-Jauhar and managed to flee.

This kind of murder will hurt the Urdu-Speaking community. It is my earnest desire that leaders of both factions of MQM should end their personal vendetta and work for the betterment of the community. The vendetta has claimed hundreds of precious lives from both sides.

Human rights organizations based in Pakistan say that more 775 people lost their lives  in political and sectarian shootings and bomb attacks in Karachi in 2010.  The city-wide shutdowns and strikes because of killings and violence is causing heavy losses to business and industrial activity. If the situation continues, business owners and educated youths will move out the cities.

PPP leadership will never fulfill the promises they have made

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via dawn.com:  MQM wants conditions met before joining federal cabinet

The MQM, they said on Saturday, was anxiously waiting for a reshuffle in the provincial cabinet that had been discussed with the PPP leadership and settlement of issues relating to the local government and law and order.

The MQM has blamed the PPP for a lack of progress to resolve the row despite highest-level contacts. The PPP has accused the MQM of going to unreasonable lengths for political gains in Sindh.

MQM leaders should know that PPP will never fulfill their promise. There are only playing with them. Their procrastination in reshuffling the SIndh cabinet makes it clear that they are not interested in paying attention to the grievances of their coalition partners.  Read What Mr. president’s spokesman, Farhatullah Babar said:

There were misunderstandings between the PPP and the MQM in the past, but these were addressed by President Zardari and (MQM leader) Altaf Hussain. We hope that keeping in view the spirit of reconciliation and understanding they (MQM) will rejoin the federal cabinet.

I think this is a misleading statement from PPP’s side.

As we know that “selective target killings” of MQM workers is still going on. Business community is getting angry at the political parties based in Sind. Yesterday, I watched a interview of retailers based in Tower area on CNBC. Retailers were complaining that business activities have come to a halt because of violence.

I think MQM will have  to think seriously over this issues. Otherwise, they will lose votes in the new elections.

MQM WANTS TO EMPOWER ABLE AND EDUCATED YOUTH: ALTAF HUSSAIN

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The Founder and Leader of Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM) Mr Altaf Hussain has said that the idea of one nation cannot take root unless all the nationalities, ethnic and cultural entities are treated equally. He said that equal rights should be given to all and none should be treated as “less patriotic”. He was speaking to a delegation of students of various universities of the Punjab who had come to MQM Head Office Nine Zero. The delegation is on an inter-province study tour of different cities of Sindh at the invitation of Provincial Minister for Youth Affairs Mr Faisal Sabzwari.

Mr Altaf Hussain said that countries normally do not consist of a single racial entity rather they are made up several racial, linguistic and cultural entities and together they form a nation. He said that if a country is inhabited by different linguistic and cultural entities and notwithstanding the differences of religion, nationality, caste, colour and language, all the entities are treated as equal, an ethno linguistic cultural pluralism takes hold and the idea of one nation gets promoted.

He said that when all the linguistic and cultural entities in a geographical area not treated as equal and there is discrimination on the basis of provincialism and regionalism, it created ethno-linguistic cultural particularism and hence the idea of sub-nationalities take hold instead of the idea of one nation.

Citing the example of the Great Britain Mr Altaf Hussain said that Britain is inhabited by races of varied origins. He said that England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland comprising the British Isles have their own parliaments and the people living here are of different cultural stock, but despite everything we do not see any hatred and sharp differences among the people that we see in Pakistan. He said that the reason for this is that in Britain everyone is treated equally and there is no discrimination. All the differences are resolved amicably through negotiations.

He regretted that in Pakistan different linguistic entities were discriminated against and those who raised their voice in protest had to face the brute force of repression and violence. He said that it was because of this discrimination that the East Pakistan seceded and now Baluchistan is on the brink of separating from the country.

He said that it is necessary for promoting national solidarity and the idea of one nation that all ethnic and linguistic entities in the country are treated equally and there is no discrimination and preferment in appointments. He asserted that the corrupt political system that empowers only the 2 per cent of the people while the remaining 98 per cent people remain deprived, is at the root of every problem in the country.  He said that the MQM wants to bring to end this corrupt political system in the country.

He said that the MQM had a chance to serve the people for five years in the previous government and its elected Nazims changed the face of Karachi. There is no dearth of able and educated youth in Pakistan and MQM wants to bring them to the forefront. He said that the students are the backbone of any country therefore the student community should come forward for weeding out the corrupt political system from the country.

Ye hain PM Gilani

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via pakistantoday.com.pk: Pakistan greets Bangladesh on Independence Day

Bringing utter shame to the office of the prime minister, Yousaf Raza Gilani’s media managers on Friday issued a greeting message for his Bangladeshi counterpart on her country’s national day calling it the Independence Day.

The headline of the press release issued by the PM House’s media office read ‘PM’s greets his Bangladeshi counterpart on Independence Day.

Power has gone into the hands of rogues in Pakistan.

MQM brings a new message to the people of Punjab

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via nation.com.pk:  MQM faces strong rivals in Punjab

Punjab is expected to be the most difficult terrain for the MQM for multiple reasons.  Unlike Sindh where the PPP was its only main challenger, in Punjab it will have to face not only the PPP but also the PML-N, the PML-Q – and even the Jamaat-i-Islanmi and the Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaaf.

In Karachi and other cities of Sindh, the MQM could make inroads because of the Urdu-speaking community. In Punjab also, there are Urdu-speaking people, but they are scattered in constituencies where, apparently, they will not be in a position to play any decisive role in any election

I know it will be  for MQM to establish itself in the Punjab. However, MQM has brought a message to the people of the Punjab. If the the people of the Punjab paid attention to what MQM is saying it will be difficult for PML-N and PML-Q to field their traditional candidates. People of the province has started to realize that candidates coming from traditional ruling families have not done anything to improve their condition. They will like to vote for a candidate belonging to poor class.

Punjab govt should allow MQM to hold rally at Minar-i-Pakistan

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News reports say that the Punjab government is not willing to allow MQM to  hold meeting at Minar-i-Pakistan because of security concerns. They have asked MQM to propose  an alternate site for holding a public meeting on April 10 in Lahore.

Their proposal indicates that they do not want MQM to hold meeting because of political rivalry.  Extremists can strike at the other site too.

In my opinion, if MQM succeeds in bring a good number of people at Minar-i-Pakistan, it will hurt PML(N) politically. MQM has succeed in telling the Punjabi people that they should sent people in parliament from amongst them.

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