Archive for April, 2011
Senior MQM Leader and former Member of Sindh Assembly Liaquat Qureshi was murdered in cold blood in Karachi today Friday 29th of April 2011. According to details, around 12.15 am (midnight) PST, he was ambushed by armed assailants who opened fire while he was driving his car. Mr Liaquat Qureshi was a senior leader of the MQM and a very committed and dedicated worker of the MQM.
He was very close to MQM Founder & Leader Mr Altaf Hussain and will always be remembered for his services particularly during the testing times when the MQM was being oppressed after the 19 June 1992 State Operation. His funeral will be held tomorrow after Namaz-e-Zuhr at the Jinnah Ground at Nine Zero, Karachi and he will be buried in the Shuhuda Graveyard in Yasinabad, Azizabad, Federal B Area.
Despite the arrest of target killers by the Sindh Government and the accusation by former Provincial Home Minister Zulfikar Mirza and holding their coalition party largely responsible for the incidents of target killings, the records of the last two years and past three months indicate that it is mostly the workers of the Muttahida Quami Movement who have fallen victim to the incidents of target killings in Karachi. During this period 165 workers and sympathizers of the MQM were made victims of the target killings and after this is the number of Muhajir Qaumi Movement (Haqiqi) whose 96 workers became victim of barbarity. While in the same period 68 PPP workers and 66 workers of ANP fell victim of target killings.
According to the figures separately released by the Citizen Police Liaison Committee (CPLC) and Ministry of Interior 31 workers of Muttahida Quami Movement died in the incidents of target killings whereas 16 workers of PPP, 10 of ANP, 4 of Muhajir Quami Movement (Haqiqi), 4 of Sipah-e-Sahaba, 6 of Sunni Tehreek, one of PML – N, 1 of PPI and 1 Shiite, making a total of 83 people became victim of target killings in the months of January, February and March.
Dr Kaleem Shaikh, who is presently posted as the Senior Medico Legal Officer at the Jinnah Post Graduate Medical Centre, has confirmed that the target killers become very ruthless while attacking their victims directly hitting in the head and the face due to which sometimes even the identification process becomes very difficult and looking at the victim is a ghastly sight.
According to the CPLC sources 63 workers of the Muttahida Quami Movement were made victims of target killing in 2009 while 52 workers of Muhajir Qaumi Movement were targeted. While in the same whole year 8 ANP workers and 20 PPP workers became victims of the killers. In 2009 nine workers of Sipah-e-Sahaba, 2 of Sunni Tehreek, Muslim League Nawaz 2, Muslim League Functional 1 and 1 worker of Shaheed Bhutto group were murdered. This figure rose to 269 in the year 2010. In this whole year 31 workers and sympathizers of the Muttahida Quami Movement were killed. After the MQM second number is of ANP whose 48 workers were targeted while 40 workers of Muhajir Qaumi Movement and 32 workers of PPP were killed.
After this the second largest bloodshed occurred between Sipaha-e-Sahaba and Shiite organizations in which 33 workers of Sipah-e-Sahaba and 21 Shiite workers were killed. 8 workers of Sunni Tehreek, 4 of PPI, 1 of Muslim League Functional, 1 of Muslim League Nawaz, 1 of Muslim League (Q), 3 of Shaheed Bhutto group and 3 workers of Jamat-e-Islami also fell victims of the killers.
Likewise 83 people were killed in the incidents of target killings in the first three months of 2011 which includes 31 workers from the Muttahida Quami Movement, 16 from PPP, 10 from ANP and four from Muhajir Qaumi Movement. Aside from this 1 worker of Muslim League Nawaz, 1 Shiite, 4 of Sipah-e-Sahaba, 6 of Sunni Tehreek, and 1 worker of PPI were killed in incidents of target killings.
Year 2003 of Pervez Musharraf rule is said to be the ideal year in terms of general incidents of killings in which only 76 people were killed throughout the year. This figure also includes murders due to personal enmity and incidents of karo-kari. While in the year 1999 when Pervez Musharraf assumed power 85 people were killed, 84 people were killed in the year 2000, 107 people were killed in the year 2001 and 87 people were killed in the year 2002. The incidents of killings started increasing in the year 2004 and 163 people were killed in the entire year. This figure reached 130 in the year 2005, 278 in the year 2006 and 334 in the year 2007.
There was an alarming increase in this figure in 2008 after the Peoples Party came into power and the figure spiked to 777. In the year 2009 the figure rose to 801 people and in the year 2010 a total of 1339 people were made victims of target killings.
In the second government of the Peoples Party 813 people were killed in the year 1994 and 1742 people in the year 1995 during the operation that started against the Muttahida Quami Movement in Karachi. This includes the extra-judicial murders as well.
The year 2010 was a very difficult year in terms crimes of kidnappings of ransom besides incidents of target killings, murders and mayhem. During the entire year 112 people were kidnapped out of which the police were successful in recovering only 22 victims. The police could arrest or disband only 19 gangs involved in the crime.
In the first three months of the year 2011 so far 26 people have been kidnapped and the police have been successful in recovering only four people and arresting four gangs involved in the crime of kidnapping for ransom. The years 1992, 1996 and 2000 were the ideal for the people of Karachi in which the crimes of kidnappings for ransom were the lowest. According to the figures of the CPLS only 8, 9 and 5 incidents of kidnappings for ransom occurred in each year respectively.
Jamaat-e-Islami Ameer says that MQM is a terrorist organization and involved in killings. His statement is not new. He and his party leaders have been making irresponsible statements for decades. People of Karachi never paid to their outburts.
I do not say that MQM is a party of angels. Good and bad people is found in every organizations. I know a lot people belonging to Jammat who have made millions in colloborations with MQM Nazims. It does not mean MQM leadership supported their corruption. In fact. MQM carried out an investigate to find a corrupt people inside the organization.
He is a fool if they thinks he can change the minds of people of Karachi by his misleading statements. There was a time people used to vote for them in Karachi but their bad policies alienated the people of Karachi. Their leadership never paid attention to the problems and grievances of the people of Karachi.
The Co-ordination Committee of the Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM) has strongly condemned the media trial of the MQM in press and media by the publication of baseless and concocted reports by certain elements. The Co-ordination Committee has termed it an attempt at harming the rising popularity of the MQM and against the norms of justice. The Co-ordination Committee said that such concocted reports were published at the behest of government agencies in the past as well and the MQM was accused of Jinnahpur conspiracy, murder of Hakim Saeed and many other baseless allegations.
The Co-ordination Committee said that all these allegations have been disproved after 17 years as the officers of the government agencies that were conducting operation against the MQM have themselves accepted that Jinnahpur was a stunt to malign the MQM.
The Co-ordination Committee said that now that the popularity of the MQM is increasing rapidly media trial of the party has once again started in order to discredit the party. Baseless reports are being published in the media that have already been refuted by the former officers of the government agencies.
The Co-ordination Committee said that 83 workers and sympathizers of the MQM have been martyred in the last four months. We ask as to who the killers of the MQM workers are and where are the JIT reports of the killers of the MQM workers and sympathizers. Where is the JIT report of the killers of Sher Shah carnage?
The Co-ordination Committee said that that the MQM believes in the freedom of press and media but it feels that the representative political party of lacks of the people is unfortunate and unjust. The press and the media should abstain from the media trial of the third largest political party of the country let the courts decide as to who is guilty.
The Co-ordination Committee said that the MQM believes in the supremacy of law and the independence of judiciary. MQM has always been against the criminals and criminal activities and it wants harsh punishments for the criminal elements whether they belong to the MQM or any other political part
Respected elders, mothers, sisters, youths, students, leaders of various political parties, workers, analysts, columnists, journalists, all the people who are gathered here and all those who are listening to my voice across the length and breadth of Pakistan on television, to all of them I say Assalam-o-Alaikum.
Do you want to see Pakistan a prosperous country and bring positive changes in the country? Do you want to make Pakistan free from all types of oppression and eradicate corruption? If the answer to these questions is in the affirmative then you should give clear message to the world powers that we are united. The revolution of the poor and middle class people has become the fate of the country and now we will not take dictation from any foreign power.
I want to show the discipline of the people of Pakistan to the world powers instead of the Pakistani politicians and the political parties. I want to tell them that the people of Pakistan are honourable and disciplined so that they may not dare to cast an evil eye on our country and carry out drone strikes. Those who say that the MQM will take a long time to establish in the Punjab should see for themselves as to who do the people of the Punjab support. I shall call 1, 2 and 3 and you should maintain complete silence.
(The participants display a deep silence and exemplary discipline after the call of 1, 2 and 3)
You have demonstrated by exhibiting the traditional discipline of the MQM that the MQM and Altaf Hussain have arrived in the Punjab. The public revolution of poor and middle class cannot be stopped by any world power including the Pakistani Establishment. I was always stopped from entering in the politics of the Punjab but today the MQM and Altaf Hussain have taken the Punjab by storm.
The younger generation of the Punjab particularly the students should listen to me attentively so that they are able to inform their fellow students as to what does MQM and Altaf Hussain stand for. You should know that whenever the oppressed and downtrodden segments of a country get united a revolution comes and the students become the vanguard of that revolution.
You should have listened to big leaders but I am not a leader like other traditional leaders. I am one of you. I obtained my primary education in a government school sitting on a worn-out carpet. I did my matriculation from a government school. I used to travel to school, college and university by bus like other ordinary people. I worked hard and collected money for my education.
I know the problems of the poor people because I have myself faced those problems. I have seen poverty with my own eyes. I know that people have to stand in long queues at government hospitals for medication and I know that they have to wait for long period of time in order to get a date for operation in a government hospital.
I know how difficult it becomes for a poor person to provide for all the members of his family. I know this all because I myself was not born with a silver spoon in my mouth. It is because of this that I am making practical efforts for the rights of the poor and middle class people of the country.
It was because of my struggle for the rights of the poor people that all sorts of baseless allegations were made against me and the MQM and I was not allowed to come in the Punjab. I was accused of treason and it was said that I was an enemy of Punjabis, Sindhis and Baluchis. I am not an enemy of anyone. I am only against the feudal lords who have robbed the national exchequer and the tribal chiefs who subject their feudaries to cruelty.
I am saddened by the fact that our foreign policies are dictated by foreign powers despite the fact that we are an independent country and free nation. What sort of freedom is this? What type of self-government and autonomy is this? Hundreds of innocent people are killed in drone strikes.
I want to make Pakistan so strong that no one is able to cross our borders without our permission. If a country intervenes on the basis of brute force then we must stand up and say that we are prepared to die an honourable death rather than suffer the loss of honour. We must tell them that we are not prepared to live the life of ignominy any longer.
Every now and then we have to seek financial assistance from the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other donor agencies. We want to make Pakistan an economically sound country so that we are able to help other countries instead of seeking help ourselves.
I speak straight unlike leaders of other political parties who speak evasively in ambiguous manner. I can assure you that the MQM will translate into actions what it says. If we are stopped from implementing our revolutionary political programme and our path is obstructed from the powers that be in the country, then we will not hesitate even for a single day and come out of power.
The MQM does not want a bloody revolution in the country. We want to bring a peaceful public revolution through democratic means. If the people of Pakistan bring the MQM in power, then the MQM will introduce positive amendments in the constitution that will be beneficial for the people of the country by and large.
Education up to matriculation level will be made compulsory and students will be given books free of cost. Legislation will be done to provide for actions against those parents who will force their children to work instead of sending them to schools. The course of education will be the same for the rich and the poor. Double standards in the education system will be abolished
MQM will make Pakistan a truly democratic country by bringing to an end the decaying feudal system. Amendments will be made in the constitution to check uncontrolled capitalism.
An independent foreign policy of Pakistan will be made that will reflect our sovereignty and autonomy. Drone strikes in the country and foreign intervention in domestic affairs will end. No dictation will be taken from any foreign power.
Practice of taking huge loans from the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other donor agencies will discontinue and policies will be made for the economic uplift of the people and the country. Unemployment will be reduced to a minimum level by setting up a network of cottage industries in the country. Small loans will be provided on easy terms in order to setup small industries and factories. Unemployed youths will be given subsistence allowance. Salaries of the government employees will also be increased. Financial resources for all these works will be made available by confiscating the properties that have been made through ill-gotten money by availing huge loans from national exchequer and getting them written-off illegally. All the wealth stashed in foreign bank accounts that has been looted from the national exchequer will be brought back in the country.
The country will be transformed into a truly democratic Islamic Republic of Pakistan in the light of the revolutionary ideals of the Quaid-i-Azam and Allama Iqbal where Christians, Sikhs, Hindus, Parsees and other non-Muslim Pakistanis will have equal rights as the Muslim Pakistanis.
Women make up 51 per cent of the population of Pakistan. MQM will abolish all black laws that are the source of discrimination against women. Every type of discrimination against women will be brought to an end. Karo-kari, watta satta, vani, marriage with the Quran and honour-killing will be banned.
Cruelty to kiln labourers (bhatta mazdoors) and forced labour will be eliminated. Child labour will be banned and laws will be enacted against getting hard labours from the children.
Budget of the health sector will be increased considerably in order to provide better healthcare facilities to the poor people. Dispensaries and maternity homes will be built in small villages and town. Funds will be allocated for building big hospitals in villages.
An institution for across the board accountability will be formed that will be composed of persons of unembellished charact
ers. Only the God-fearing people who have been earning their livelihood through honest means will be inducted in this institution. Once this institution is established fierce accountability will be done irrespective of party affiliations. Whether it is the MQM minister or member of the assembly or a public representative of any other political party, all will have to face accountability. Courts will also be made independent and autonomous.
The wishes of the people for formation of new provinces in the country will be decided according to their wishes and aspiration by holding referendums. Grievances of the people of southern Punjab will be removed by carrying out development works. Industries and hospitals will be built in southern Punjab.
The Kashmir dispute will be resolved honourably according to the wishes and aspirations of the people of Kashmir once and for all during the MQM government.
Dynastic political culture will cease to exist and laws will be formulated against those who oppress labourers, peasants, farmers, workers so that no feudal lord could treat poor farmers and tenants with cruelty. Estates of the feudal lords will be brought to an end and a limit will be placed on the maximum landholdings in the country. The extra land available after the reforms will be distributed among poor farmers.
I say to the people of the Punjab to force the present federal and provincial government to solve the Baluchistan issue by dialogue and by embracing the Baluchi people instead of using power. MQM is ready to play its unconditional role for removing the grievances of the people of Baluchistan and for keeping them within Pakistan.
Industries in the country are shut due to the load-shedding of natural gas and electricity. We will make a workable distribution system of energy in order to stop the load-shedding of gas and electricity.
The MQM believes in the freedom of the press and media. The curbs and restrictions against the media must be lifted immediately. The government should lift bans on GEO Super and Aag TV. The MQM will announce the wage board soon after coming in power and will the journalists their due rights.
If the people of the Punjab want to change their fate and the fate of the country then they should grasp the hand of Altaf Hussain.
There are members of assemblies and senators of the MQM but there are no feudal lords in the MQM. If the MQM can bring educated an able people from Sindh in the assemblies then the MQM can send the educated, honest, upright and able people from the Punjab to the corridors of power as well. This can be done of the people of the Punjab promise to help their brother Altaf Hussain.
I want to tell the feudal lords of the Punjab that the followers of Altaf Hussain cannot be cowed down by their oppression and cruelty.
We will eradicate street crimes and legislation will be done at the federal and provincial level to provide harsh punishments against the heinous crimes of kidnappings for ransom and extortions. We will protect the younger generation who are the future of the country by strong action against drugs and narcotics.
I salute to the workers and office-bearers of Lahore and other districts of the Punjab who worked day and night in order to make this public meeting a huge success. I also pay tributes to the members of the Co-ordination Committee, office-bearers of various wings of the MQM, parliamentarians who guided their fellow workers of the Punjab. I also praise the efforts of the women who worked for this public meeting because no revolution can succeed without the participation of women.
The workers and office-bearers of the MQM should play their role in spreading the message of the MQM in the villages of the Punjab with renewed determination and spirit. They should work tirelessly so that at the time of elections when results are announced, the MQM candidates become victorious from every district of the Punjab.
May Allah help us and shower his blessings on us for our noble efforts. May Allah protect Pakistan for ever.
Unabated violence in the Pakistan’s biggest city, Karachi, has claimed more innocent lives. The biased Sindhi rulers and corrupt security agencies, which is dominated by corrupt biased officers, has done nothing to stop the violence in the port of Karachi because of their ethnic bias.
More than two hundred and seventy fice innocent people have lost their lives in the violence this year. Out of 275 people 83 people are Urdu speaking activists of MQM. I warn the establishment and the rulers that their plan to suppress MQM by killing its workers and sympathizers will fail again.
Violence is not in the interest of SIndh and Pakistan. People living in Karachi can also take up arms like other people. The arrogant Punjabi and Pustoon dominated army will not be able to stop the crisis. People of Karachi have not resorted to violence. If the situation continues new militant groups can emerg in Karachi. Pushtoons will not able to defend their localities, which is surrounded by Urdu Speaking communities.
Nine MQM workers have been brutally killed in Karachi by armed terrorists in four different incidents during 36 hours. According to the details, Muhammad Habib, aged 33, Muhammad Waqas 23, and Muhammad Zaheer 38, were standing at Al-Muhajir Chowk in Orangi Town no.10 Karachi on Wednesday evening, when armed terrorists opened fire on them,resulting in the death of all three on the spot while another young MQM worker Irfan Qureshi sustained serious injuries. Irfan Qureshi was rushed to Abbasi Shaheed Hospital where his condition is said to be critical.
On Wednesday, in another incident, in Meraj un Nabi Colony, an area of Orangi Town, armed terrorists open fired on MQM workers, in resulting, Two workers Sarfraz Ali S/O Abid Ali and Raza S/O Mohammad Iqbal were died.
Third incident of wanton terrorism, in Scheme 33 Maymar Sector, an MQM worker Shahbaz Qureshi, was killed by the terrorists belonging to ANP, land and drug mafia.
On Tuesday, three MQM workers were killed by armed terrorists in Mohamoodabad Karachi. After Wednesday incidents, Nine MQM workers have been brutally killed in Karachi by armed terrorists in four different incidents during 36 hours.This situation has created grief and anger in the public.
In Gulshan-e-Iqbal Karachi, ANP terrotists fired on MQM worker Raza Ali, who seriously injured and shifted to the hospital. Members of the MQM Co-ordination Committee Wasay Jalil, Wasim Aftab and other office-bearers and workers of the party reached Abbasi Shaheed Hospital soon after hearing the sad news of the killings of the MQM workers. They consoled the workers and advised them to remain peaceful.
The Founder and Leader of Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM) Mr Altaf Hussain has offered his sincere condolences on the killing of MQM workers in Orangi Town and another in Scheme 33 Maymar Sector. Muhammad Habib s/o Muhammad Rafi, Muhammad Waqas s/o Muhammad Arif and Muhammad Zaheer s/o Muhammad Zaheer belonged to unit 125 of Qasba Aligarh Sector , Sarfraz Ali S/O Abid Ali and Raza S/O Mohammad Iqbal while Shahbaz Qureshi was a worker of Scheme 33 Maymar Sector. Mr Altaf Hussain expressed his profound grief and sorrow over the tragic death of the MQM workers and sympathized with the grief-stricken family members. He also prayed for the early recovery and good health of the injured workers.