Archive for June, 2011
MQM PARTS WAYS WITH THE PPP GOVERNEMNT PROTESTING AGAINST THE AUTOCRATIC AND DICTATORIAL ACTIONS TO BULLY THE MQM0
Thank you all for coming to attend this Press Conference. This press conference has been called to inform you, and through you the entire nation, about the decisions arrived at in the long meeting of the Co-ordination Committee in view of the autocratic and dictatorial actions of the Pakistan People’s Party.
What happened with the MQM in the past regimes of the PPP is not hidden from anyone but despite everything we not only accepted the mandate given to the PPP in the elections held in 2008 with open heart but also extended unconditional support to the PPP for strengthening democracy and for promoting peaceful atmosphere and brotherly relations in the province of Sindh. When the PPP leadership extended the hand of friendship towards us we reciprocated with full sincerity in the light of our moral values.
The PPP leadership made a number of promises at the time of entering into an alliance with the MQM but the promises were never fulfilled. The government persisted in breaching the promises made to the MQM. The ministers and advisors at the federal and provincial level did not have any real power and they were helpless in taking any action in the larger interest of the public. These issues were raised in the meetings of the core committee and even president Asif Zardari and Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gillani was kept informed about the situation but the situation remained unresolved.
This situation led to disenchantment in the minds of the MQM elected representatives on the one hand and generated a feeling of frustration among the party workers. The MQM nonetheless acted with patience despite frequent breaking of promises by the government and continued to support the government in every crisis only for strengthening democracy. We continued to point out to the PPP government the wrong actions and the defective policies and showed our opposition publicly.
Whether it was the issue of National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO) or the Reformed General Sales Tax (RGST) or any other mistaken action, we always expressed our principled stance because our alliance with the PPP was not motivated by personal gains. A time came when we chose to sit on the opposition benches first at the federal level and later at the provincial level because of the anti-people decision of the government. This resulted in a grave political crisis in the country and the government was changed into a minority government. At that time they pleaded with us in the name of the country and the democratic system. We once again believed in the promises being made to us and did not make this an issue of our ego. We drank the bitter draught for the sake of the country and democracy.
On the one hand was this conduct of the government and on the other hand a wave of targeted killings of our workers, office-bearers and elected representatives started. Gangs of hardened criminals were used against the MQM. More than 300 workers and office-bearers bearers of the MQM were killed in the regime of the present PPP government. This included the sitting member of Sindh Assembly Raza Haider as well. We were forced to carry the funerals of our workers and our localities were attacked by terrorists. Leaving aside the solution to the problems, the government did not even take steps to protect the life and property of the people. We continued to endure everything with utmost patience.
We had to face a barrage of criticism from our political adversaries, critics and the public along with mounting pressure from our workers and the public as to why was the MQM clinging to the power despite all the wrongs done by the PPP government. It was also said that the MQM could not survive without power. We faced these scathing criticisms with a heavy heart but continued to extend support to the government. The PPP government misconstrued it as a weakness on the part of the MQM and started using dictatorial tactics to deprive the MQM of its constitutional, legal and democratic rights.
When elections were announced for the legislative assembly of Azad Jammu & Kashmir, the PPP government that claims to follow a policy of reconciliation started bullying the MQM instead of extending the hand of reconciliation. Pressure was brought to bear upon the MQM from the government to withdraw from one seat reserved for Kashmiri migrants in Karachi, on which the MQM had gained success in the previous elections, in favour of PPP. We were told in unequivocal terms that if the MQM did not withdraw its candidate then the elections in Karachi would be postponed. When we refused to be swayed by the mounting government pressure and persistent threats, the government got the elections postponed barely 24 hours before the election on the pretext of security concerns. We had informed you in detail in our previous press conference about the oppressive and autocratic actions of the PPP government in order to keep the MQM out from the elections process in Azad Kashmir and to deprive the MQM of its democratic right. We reject the elections held yesterday in which the Kashmiri migrants were deprived of their right to vote just because of one seat.
The government first tried to bully us and now it has become even more tyrannical in its approach towards the MQM. The elections in Azad Jammu & Kashmir should have been a test for the MQM. Now that the PPP government has taken recourse to such autocratic and dictatorial actions just for even seat in the legislatively assembly, its conduct with the MQM in the general elections would be a foregone conclusion. Keeping in view the situation obtaining, opinion was taken from all the wings, zones, sectors, units and workers of the MQM. A consensus opinion emerged that the MQM should come out of the government.
All the members of the Co-ordination Committee, senators, and members of the national and provincial assemblies have reached a decision that keeping in view of the autocratic actions of the PPP government it has become impossible to continue with a government that has no qualms in taking oppressive and dictatorial actions against its own allied party. The MQM announces to separate from the present PPP government respecting the opinions of the workers and members of the public. We will sit on the opposition benches at the federal and provincial level. Likewise Governor Sindh Dr Ishrat-ul-Ebad Khan will also resign from his office.
Power has never been the ambition of the MQM. We have always done politics based on principles. We are not struggling for personal gains or for the benefit of a few families. Our struggle is for the collective interests and the rights of the people by and large. We want to make it clear that we could not be bullied in the past and we will not be browbeaten even today. We did not surrender before the repressive powers in the past and we will keep our head high even today. Our peaceful struggle will continue despite all the heinous plots and autocratic actions.
We would also appeal to the political and religious leaders, human rights organizations, political analysts, intellectuals, journalists and writers who have faith in democracy to see for themselves as how the MQM is being made to bow down through repressive actions. We appeal to the workers and the public to maintain unity in their rank and file. We firmly believe in Almighty Allah. He is seeing everything and He is the best of Judges.
Thank you very much
MUTTAHIDA QUAMI MOVEMENT
KARACHI: The government’s main coalition partner, the Muttahida Qaumi Movement, said Monday it had quit the beleaguered administration, citing the “dictatorial” and “brutal” approach of the ruling Pakistan People’s Party.
“The MQM leadership and workers have reached the conclusion it is difficult to go along with the Pakistan People’s Party, keeping in view its democratic and dictatorial attitude,” senior party official Farooq Sattar told reporters.
“The PPP was unwilling to mend its ways leaving us with no option but to quit the coalition government,” Sattar said, adding that MQM lawmakers in federal and provincial assemblies would sit on opposition benches.
A spokesman for the governor of the southern Sindh province, of which Karachi is the capital, confirmed the governor, also an MQM loyalist, had sent his resignation to the president.
“Governor Ishratul Ibad Khan has resigned from his post and sent the resignation to the president’s house in Islamabad for approval,” spokesman Syed Wajahat Ali told AFP.
Sattar accused the PPP of “forcing” the MQM to withdraw from elections in Azad Jammu and Kashmir.
“When we refused to change our stance, the PPP got the elections for Kashmiri migrants residing in Karachi cancelled on the pretext of security issues,” Sattar said.
“It is not possible for us to partner with the PPP any further because of its brutal, ruthless and disloyal character to its partners,” said Sattar as hundreds of party workers loudly chanted party slogans.
“We have made a decision after drawn-out deliberations. It is not a sentimental decision and we’ll stick to it to remain on opposition benches,” he added.
“Our resignations are ready and will be sent soon to the authorities.”
Source : www.dawn.com
The Founder and Leader of Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM) Mr Altaf Hussain has said that the elections in Azad Jammu and Kashmir should be declared null and void and fresh elections should be held as the present elections have become doubtful because of the autocratic steps of the government. He lashed out at the government and said that the undemocratic, unconstitutional and unethical steps taken by the present government that claims to be the champion of democracy had even shamed the dictatorial steps of dictators in the past. He was addressing large general workers conventions across Pakistan in the backdrop of the postponement of elections on seats reserved for Kashmir migrants in Karachi and Abbotabad. They address of Mr Altaf Hussain was relayed at more than fifty locations worldwide.
Mr Hussain said that despite the fact that the MQM had supported the present government in difficult times, it had stabbed the MQM in the back. The MQM nominated President Asif Ali Zardari for the office of the president at a time when no one from his own party was ready to suggest his name. The MQM gave unconditional support to the Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gillani. The MQM came to their help when it was being said that the government could go any time. Despite everything that the MQM did, the present government betrayed it allied party shamefacedly.
Mr Hussain said that important leaders from the PPP told that if they were not given one seat then they would get the elections postponed. Meetings were held at every level in the party and it was decided that enough was enough. Why should they be given the seat like this? What had they done? Had they arrested the killers of Benzir Bhutto that they were demanding seats like this?
Mr Hussain said that the MQM had made full preparations for the elections of legislative assembly of Azad Jammu & Kashmir. It had opened party offices in Kashmir and fielded candidates from nearly all the constituencies according to the demands of the Kashmiri people. In the precious elections the MQM had been gained victory on two seats and it was expected that the MQM would definitely gain some additional seats as well. The MQM was forced to boycott the elections because of the autocratic steps of the government.
Mr Hussain said that the present government was hiding its autocratic face under the cloak of democracy. This cloak should be stripped so that the common people could see their real face. Despite all the protestations of democracy their actions were simply a continuance of the past dictators. They used to say that they had learnt from their past mistakes but was apparent that they had learnt nothing from the past.
Mr Hussain said that the 26th June should be observed as a day of condemnation each year to mark the dictatorial actions of the present government. They had trampled democratic principles, ethics and norms in order to force the MQM, the third largest political party of the country, out of the elections.
Mr Hussain said that such in 1993 the then corps commander of Karachi Lt. General Naseer Akhter had also tried to browbeat the MQM into accepting 4 seats only but the MQM had refused to bow down and boycotted the elections.
Mr Hussain said that an important personality of the PPP had promised to him that he would never betray the MQM. If he could not support the MQM even then he would not go against it. But now the elections were postponed on the pretext that the Rangers were not ready to provide manpower. If it were really so then he should have resigned from his position instead of stabbing the MQM in the back.
Mr Hussain appealed to journalists, media persons, human rights organizations and democracy loving people to raise their voice against the undemocratic actions of the government. He asked the Co-ordination Committee of the MQM to file petitions in the courts for getting the elections null and void.
Mr Hussain also appealed to take notice of the situation. How can the elections justified in the face of the undemocratic, unconstitutional and illegal actions of the government?
Mr Hussain said that we were always criticized for supporting the government despite its betrayals. We supported the government not for our personal gains for the continuation of the democratic process and for establishing brotherly relations in the province of Sindh.
Mr Hussain warned the government that there was bad time ahead because it had cheated the party that stood by it in the times of need. He said that the MQM had faced state coercive power of the state in the past and we were ready to test it even now. But he warned that it was 2011 and not 1993.
In the end Mr Altaf Hussain asked the Co-ordination Committee to hold meetings and arrive at a decision as to what should be done in present circumstances.
The Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) on Thursday suggested that the provincial government set up the ‘Sindh Police Rangers’ under a unity of command of the provincial government to maintain the law and order situation.
Taking part in the last day of the general discussion on the Sindh budget 2011-12 in the Provincial Assembly, MQM’s parliamentary leader, Syed Sardar Ahmed observed that “you cannot do anything without a unity of command.” He said that since they were not under the control of the provincial government, they would not listen to an SSP or a DIG.
Sardar also said that you cannot run the police system by transferring SHOs after every two months. He called for making the police more efficient by providing them with the required facilities.
In a direct reference to speeches of several PPP legislators and others which urged Home Minister Dr. Zulfiqar Mirza to resume his charge, Syed Sardar Ahmed said one cannot depend on individuals. “Ministers come and go, but the situation does not improve.” The MQM leader also criticised the Police Order 2002, adding that it failed to bring about a positive change.
He also opposed the building of the modern city Zulfikarabad and termed it as an ‘elitist project.’ He said that rich people and industrialists already started purchasing lands at the proposed site, which might be later on sold to make a profit. He believed that rich people from foreign countries would benefit from this city.
He said there were 23 districts in the province, which lacked basic facilities and urged the government to reserve more funds to develop these cities. Syed Sardar Ahmed also opposed the creation of the Sindh Bank and suggested that the government not make it a commercial bank as there were already several of its kind. He suggested that it should be turned into a micro-finance bank, dealing with farmers and small businesses.
Syed Sardar Ahmed, who is former chief secretary of Sindh, believed that if the bureaucracy would not cooperate, the budget could not be utilised properly. He demanded the budget be reviewed on a quarterly basis by the House.
The MQM leader said the government was expected to get Rs311 billion from the Centre, but in the outgoing year, less than the estimated share was given by the federal government. He said Rs79 billion were shown as provincial receipts in outgoing financial year’s budget but only Rs43 billion were achieved. Similarly, the government had expected to get Rs27 billion as capital budget, but in fact, it got only Rs7 billion.
Sardar said an assessment was necessary to determine whether the shortfall was a result of the bad performance of departments or the targets were overambitious.
Regarding the annual development programme (ADP), Sardar said that initially Rs115b were allocated, which was then revised to Rs77b following the floods. However, in the last 11 years, only Rs34 billion has been utilised. The MQM leader demanded that an effective monitoring and evaluation committee should be formed for the proper utilisation of funds. Syed Sardar urged the government to introduce ration cards in major urban centres to reduce the price of flour.
Budget is not people or poor-friendly: Joint opposition leader Jam Madad Ali said the Sindh budget was not people or poor-friendly budget as no subsidies had been provided, while the government failed to control the prices of flour, sugar, ghee and other essential items.
The government has also failed to resolve the dispute between KESC and its workers owing to which, the citizens were suffering while Hyderabad Electric Supply Company (HESCO) was giving bills of upto Rs50, 000 per month to its consumers in other districts. Jam said there good governance was completely absent as the bureaucracy was not obeying the orders of the chief minister. He said that out of 41 provincial secretaries, 20 got transferred after two months.
Deputy Parliamentary Leader of Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM) in the National Assembly Mr Haider Abbas Rizvi has reprimanded Nawaz Sharif for his harangue in Azad Kashmir against the MQM in Kashmir. Thousands of the MQM workers were done to death during the repressive state operation after 1992 in the regime of Nawaz Sharif. Mr Abbas rebuked Nawaz Sharif for blaming the MQM for the deaths of 52 people in the tragic incidents of 12th May. He asked Nawaz Sharif to inform the people as to who killed the 14 workers and sympathizers of the MQM whose name and addresses were released by the MQM.
Mr Haider said that Nawaz Sharif had the cheek to talk about the tragedy of 12th May but he never showed the courage to speak about thousands of guiltless workers of the MQM that were mercilessly killed during his first stint in the government. Entire populations were encircled and innocent people were subjected to untold humiliation and cruelty. He reminded Nawaz Sharif that it was during his tenure that mutilated bodies of MQM workers were found in the streets of Karachi.
Mr Haider said that Nawaz Sharif always spoke about unconstitutional steps taken by others but he shamefacedly forgot that he suspended the elected Sindh Assembly and installed his handpicked puppet as Musheer-e-Aala in total violation of the constitution. It was Nawaz Sharif that brought imposed Governor’s rule in Sindh to satisfy his lust for power.
The Founder and Leader of Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM) Mr Altaf Hussain has said that the future in Azad Jammu and Kashmir belongs to the MQM. The time was not far when there would be an MQM government in Kashmir and the Kashmir dispute lying on the backburner for the past 63 years would also be settled. Time had come for the people of Kashmir to reject the political parties that had been tested again and again and to turn down rich politicians indulging in dynastic politics. He was addressing a big election meeting in the capital Muzaffarabad of Azad Kashmir.
He asked the Kashmir people to support the MQM and make its candidates successful in the elections. The present government was putting undemocratic pressure on the MQM regarding the elections but he asserted that the MQM would not submit before the government or any other power. The struggle would continue.
Speaking about the Kashmir dispute Mr Hussain said that it was unfortunate that the Kashmir dispute was divided between India and Pakistan while Kashmiri people were facing problems and hardships. Kashmiri families were torn between Azad Kashmir and Held Kashmir and they did not have facilities to meet with each other.
He said that the nature had endowed Kashmir with an abundant supply of natural resources. Kashmiri people were giving sacrifices for the freedom but it was irony of the fate that they were deprived of full freedom because of callousness of the governments and political parties in India and Pakistan. The rulers of India and Pakistan used the Kashmir people as a political football and did not pay attention towards solving problems of the Kashmiri people.
He said that it was with the grace of Allah that the MQM had come to Kashmir. People were joining the MQM in large numbers. The public meeting in Muzaffarabad was a pointer to the fact the future in Kashmir belonged to the MQM.
He said that the Kashmir dispute would be resolved according to the wishes and aspirations of the Kashmiri people and not according to the whims of rulers and politicians in India and Pakistan. The decision about the better future for the coming generations of Kashmir people should belong to the Kashmir people alone but this fundamental right had always been denied to them. He made fervent appeal to the rulers and the Establishments of India and Pakistan not to make the Kashmir people a victim of their enmity. The Kashmiri people should be given the right to carve their destiny themselves.
He asked the Indian government to stop military action and desist from using state power in the Held Kashmir. The Indian army should be stopped from killing innocent Kashmir people and from desecrating Kashmiri women. The Kashmiri people should be given the right of self-determination according to the resolutions of the United Nations.
He regretted that the political parties of Pakistan and Azad Kashmir exploited the Kashmir dispute for their personal gains and for promoting dynastic politics and the real problems were not given due attention. He asked the people to tell for themselves as to which political party arrived in Kashmir soon after the catastrophic earthquake in 2005 when bodies were strewn in the streets and people were trapped under the debris. The people replied that it was the MQM.
He lamented that the MQM was portrayed as the enemy of the Kashmiri, Baluchi, Pashtun, and the Punjabi people. But when the earthquake struck Khyber Pakhtoonkhwah and the floods came it was the MQM that arrived there for providing relief. When the famine struck in Baluchistan it was the MQM that arrived for helping the people. Similarly it was the MQM that came to the help of the people of the Punjab after the devastating floods. He asked how can those who cast aside their comfort for helping the people in the time of need be their enemy.
Addressing the Kashmir people he asked them to reject the political parties that had been tested time and again and support the party that stood by them in the hour of need. He asked them to make the MQM candidates successful in the elections.
He said that the MQM was not a party of the feudal lords. It was a party of the poor and middle class people. The MQM did not want to change the borders of the country. It only wanted to change the decayed political system of the country and empower the poor and middle class people. The MQM had not only raised slogans for the rights of the common people but also actually sent them in the assemblies.
He said that the MQM never sold party tickets at the time of election. The tickets were always given to the sacrificing and competent persons. The MQM sent common people in the corridors of power and brought them at par with the big landlords. This was frowned upon by the ruling elite and the Establishment. A worst operation was started by the state against the MQM during which thousands of the MQM workers were martyred and injured and thousands other were arrested, displaced and forced to go in exile.
He said that no one could understand the sufferings of the Kashmir people better than the MQM. We remained steadfast in the face of hardships and unending vitriolic propaganda unleashed against us. It was because of our patience that the MQM had reached Kashmir. He asked the Kashmiri people to spread the message of the MQM if they wanted to bring a change in their fate.
He said that despite the fact that we were coalition partner in the present government at the federal and provincial level yet it was trying to browbeat us in the coming election. He asserted that we would not submit before undemocratic tactics and manoeuvrings. He asked the Kashmir people to rise above divisive tendencies and get united for their rights.
He said that the people affected by the Mangla Dam Raising Project would be given alternate land. He promised that a transparent audit will be done of the funds collected after the earthquake of 2005. Residential colonies will be made for Kashmiri migrants and they would be given Rs 1500 – 2000 as allowance. Kashmir would also get royalty from the electricity generated at Mangla Dam like Baluchistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Roads and infrastructure presently in very bad shape would be improved. He promised the construction of two way roads if the MQM formed government in Azad Kashmir. He said that steps would be taken to generate employment.
Former Interior Minister blamed PPP, MQM and ANP for the present lawless in Karachi. He said that these political parties are not making sincere effort to end violence and bloodshed in Karachi. Instead they are trying to take political advantage from the prevailing situation in Karachi. I agree with him, but the question is: How can we solve the law and order problem in Karachi?
We have seen miscreants moving with arms in the presence of police in the video footages aired by different TV channels. For a couple of days, miscreants have been firing from the top of Cutti Pahari. Police and Rangers have done nothing to dislodge them from the rangers picket occupied by them. It clearly indicates that killers are working in collusion with ethnic brothers in the law enforcement officers. Apathy of shown by people responsible for the security in Karachi can create bigger problems. Victims can also take up arms to defend themselves if they lost hope.
The city needs a new plane for the security. Otherwise, it will pitch ethnic groups against each other.
via the thenews.com.pk:MQM, PPP differ over control of police, lands
A new point of contention has arisen between the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) and the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) with respect to the control of police and land, which may further antagonise a relationship which is already strained due to disagreements over the local government system.
Deputy Convener Rabita Committee Dr Farooq Sattar told The News that the MQM had presented a proposal for the police and land to be brought under the jurisdiction of the City District Government Karachi (CDGK).
I agree with the proposal put forward by MQM. Police should be given under the City District Government Karachi. Existing police set-up has failed to bring the crime and violence under control. It has been observed that they often side with the ethnic brothers. The recent attack on Qasba colony clearly indicates that officials are supporting their ethnic brother to hunt down urdu speaking people.
The Senators belonging to Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM) have said that the impressive victory of the MQM in the elections for the Legislative Assembly of Azad Jammu & Kashmir would prove that the people of Kashmir have come to believe in the truthfulness of the political philosophy and ideology of Mr Altaf Hussain. In a joint statement the MQM Senators said that 26th June would turn a new leaf in the politics of Kashmir. It would usher a peaceful revolution of the poor and middle class people and put Kashmir on the path of progress and prosperity.
The MQM Senators said that the success of the haq parast candidates in the election would bring an effective and durable solution to the problems being faced by the common people of Kashmir. They said the politicians affiliated with the dynastic political culture could never be true to their people. It was because of the perpetuation of dynastic political culture that the problems of the people of Kashmir could not be solved.
The Senators said that the MQM had come in Kashmir imbued with a sense of serving the people without any prejudice as taught by Mr Altaf Hussain to Syed Mustafa Kamal after being elected the City Nazim of Karachi. The success of the MQM candidates in the election would bring a new era of development and prosperity in Kashmir.
The Senators appealed to the Kashmiri people to vote for the MQM candidates and return them in the Assembly with massive victory.