Why doesn’t Government establishes Writ in Karachi

By Saeed Qureshi

How many more dead bodies, the human draculas want to devour in Karachi? Why the government does not restore its write in troubled Karachi? The governments of both Sindh province and the federal are unconcerned spectators to see the bloodletting mayhem going on. The murderous mafias and monstrous gangs have divided Karachi into various zones and maintain their merciless sway on these.

Their operatives freely and daringly loot the banks, grab the land, occupy the houses, trade in narcotics and lethal drugs and force the business community to pay them the demanded sums of money. If they refuse they are kidnapped, tortured and killed.

The people of Karachi have been living through this nerve-shattering situation for a decade or so. The outlaws challenge the government law-enforcement agencies and kill the policemen and intelligence operatives with impunity. Many prominent social activists and public figures engaged in the service of the people have been eliminated. There is a hair-raising escalation in the bloody feuds in Karachi and there seems to be no let up in that savagery.

The latest gruesome murder is that of an academic, Professor Sibte Jaffar ostensibly for sectarian vendetta. The callous assassin refuse to acknowledge that the deceased professor besides being a Shia faithful, was also a human being and had a family to support. Prior to that grisly assassination, the Director of Orangi housing project and a highly dedicated social figure Perveen Rehman was gunned down. Are the sectarian mafias getting too strong as to wrest the control from the police and law enforcement agencies and kill anyone on their own bidding?

The government with its resources and a huge network of police, rangers and army has remained aloof and from its silence one would be tempted to infer that the power wielders and the political parties could also be behind this tattered social peace in Karachi. One of the strident reasons that would deter the people from voting for the PPP and its coalition partners is the governments utter failure to protect the lives of the citizens and save businesses of this country from killers and extortionists.

On daily basis headless or tortured corpses are found in various areas of Karachi. Businesses and industrial activity is grinding to a standstill as a result of the specter of horror let loose on Karachi by the heinous criminals stalking in the length and breadth of Karachi. There is no check on them and no conscious or planned operation has been launched to stem this macabre piling of dead bodies of the human beings.

Elections apart, the most pressing need is to stop the killer gangs and dangerous mafias from killing the people at free will or in mutual fight for controlling their delineated zones in Karachi. Is Karachi a city becoming like Beirut where similar horrendous environment was in vogue for years together? Even in Baghdad, where sectarian bad blood between Sunnis and Shias has been rife for ages, is no match to Karachis worsening spectacle. Karachi is not a war zone like Syrian cities yet life is equally unsafe in this city as in Kabul, Damascus and Aleppo.

Karachi is burning and the social and business life is turning into ashes due to the utter apathy and callous indifference of the authorities. Who else can bridle these raging orgies of human blood and an avalanche of civil war and from turning this largest city into a killing-field? I have no hope. Let us not wait for the elections as that would take a couple of months more and one can only shudder how many precious lives would be lost by that time.

Even elections cannot be held peacefully in such a dangerous and unstable environment as the rival parties could use the goons to either snatch votes, coerce the voters for the candidate of their choice. There could be shooting and gun battles and kidnapping of the voters on the polling stations. Such sinister happenings could jeopardize the pristine objective of fair and free elections.

The writer is a senior journalist and a former diplomat.

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The Three High Profile Pakistani Fugitives

By Saeed Qureshi

The first fugitive is Pervez Musharraf, the former COAS and president of Pakistan. The second is Hussain Haqqani, the former ambassador of Pakistan to the United States and the third is Altaf Hussain, the Chairman, founder and godfather of the MQM. They cannot go back to their own country Pakistan for specific reasons.

Pervez Musharraf would be hunted down by the religious outfits for his role in sending army to the FATA against the militants, mostly Taliban. He could also be targeted by al-Qaida operatives and other religious militants for ordering attack on the Lal Masjid and affiliated religious Jamia Hafsa Madrassa (the religious seminary) in July 2007 in which reportedly 154 lives were lost and many more people were injured.

During his presidency, four attempts were made on the life of Musharraf but each time he escaped unhurt. These attacks were made by the groups like Harkat-ul-Mujahideen al-Alam and other affiliates of Taliban within Pakistan. Two such attempts were made during the Lal Masjid siege and one after its completion.

General Musharraf who now resides in London has several criminal cases pending against him. One is about the missing persons, the second about as an accomplice in the murder of PPP chairperson Benazir Bhutto and providing inadequate security to her during her public meeting in Rawalpindi on December 27, 2007.

He is also accused of ordering the assassination of the Baloch leader Bugti. But apart from that, the Bugti clan is after his life and hefty award has been set aside by the family for anyone who would kill Musharraf.

Pervez Musharraf is currently the president of All Pakistan Muslim League. He wanted to return to Pakistan early 2012 for preparation of the elections and to mobilize his party and organize it. But he had to postpone that plan after the then ISI chief, general Shuja Pasha persuaded him to call off his return to Pakistan.

In the meantime there have been calls from the political parties and socio-political and religious circles to arrest him through the Interpol if necessary. But perhaps there are several legal glitches that have saved the former president from this dreadful eventuality.

For instance, the Abbottabad district and Sessions judge in a missing persons case, passed judgment asking the authorities to declare Pervez Musharraf a proclaimed offender. On 11 February 2011 the Anti Terrorism Court issued an arrest warrant for Musharraf and charged him with conspiracy to commit murder of Benazir Bhutto. On 8 March 2011, the Sindh High Court registered treason charges against him.

It appears Pervez Musharraf has not future in Pakistan and he will have to lead the rest of his life in exile. His case is similar to a former president of Pakistan General Iskander Mirza who died in obscurity and miserable conditions in London, until his death on 12 November 1969.

The second prominent exiled figure is Hussain Haqqani who served at various prestigious posts, the last one being the ambassador of Pakistan in Washington D. C. Before taking over the ambassadorial assignment, Mr. Haqqani had already enjoyed enormous clout within the United States. His profile reveals that, He served as an adviser to three former Pakistani prime ministers and as envoy to Sri Lanka. Besides he was reputed as a prominent journalist, scholar and educator. He is a Senior Fellow and Director for South and Central Asia at the Hudson Institute in Washington, D.C.

Also he is co-editor of Hudson’s signature journal Current Trends in Islamist Ideology, the Director of the Center of International Relations. He is very intelligent sharp and intellectual. He is a good speaker and an astute analyst of the international affairs. The former ambassador is nowadays serving in Boston University of the US as a Professor of International Relations.

But there are good times and there are bad times in a mans life. Mr. Haqqani has fallen not only on bad but worst times. All of sudden his exceptional ability and distinctive career seems to be blown up in the air and turned useless. He is now looked upon as a traitor to Pakistan.

His sudden yet steep debacle and downfall took a start from the day Osman bin Laden was killed in Abbottabad by the American Navy Seals. The PPP government apprehended the likelihood of army taking over the power. That was perhaps a misplaced apprehension, yet it turned to be an egregious misfortune and an ‘Achilles Heel’ for Ambassador Haqqani.

Mansoor Ijaz an American businessman of Pakistani ancestry alleged that former Pakistan Ambassador to the United States Hussain Haqqani asked him to deliver a confidential memo to Mike Mullen the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Through the memo the US assistance was sought in averting a military takeover of the civilian government in Pakistan in the wake of the Osama bin Laden raid, and to assist in a civilian takeover of the military apparatus.

The Supreme Court of Pakistan constituted a judicial commission to investigate the origin, purpose and authenticity of the memorandum. The three-member judicial commission concluded in their report released on June12,2012 that the memo had been written under instructions from Haqqani, and that, in doing so, the Ambassador was not loyal to Pakistan and had sought to undermine the security of the countrys nuclear assets, the armed forces, the Inter-Services Intelligence and the Constitution. Haqqani criticized the judicial commission as one-sided and noted that the commission was not a court of law with the authority to establish guilt or innocence.

The Supreme Court, upon hearing the report in session, ordered the former ambassador to appear before the bench in its next hearing and adjourned the case for two weeks until early July 2012. During that period Mr. Haqqani presented himself briefly before the court. Thereafter he left for Untied States although he promised to the court that he would reappear within four days. A larger bench of apex court headed by chief justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry will now hear the case on January 28.

The last hearing of memo case was held on November 13 2012, in which Haqqani didnt appear due to security concerns. .The chief justice remarked during the November hearing that If he does not come back in accordance with judicial order, the court would be bound to issue an order and then Hussain Haqqani would have to come back under his personal security”. In response to courts orders Mr. Haqqani stated on 14th January that how I will return to the country with no security assurance.

Unfortunately, Haqqani seems to be caught in a proverbial situation of caught between deep sea and devil. It is evident that like president Musharraf, Mr. Haqqani too will live abroad without ever returning to Pakistan unless there is miracle that turns the events upside down.

The third VVIP in self-exile is Altaf Hussain. Altaf Hussain sneaked out of Pakistan one month before the launching of the Operation Clean-up (June 19, 1992 to August 14, 1994). His flight from Pakistan also was the result of an attempt on his life on 21 December 1991 that was the third of its kind. He was given political asylum by the British government and is staying ever since in London.

Recently the MQM boss announced that he was about to launch a drone attack by which it was speculated that he was finally returning to Pakistan. But in his lengthy speech he categorically announced that he had no plans to come back to Pakistan.

Understandably, he cannot return to Pakistan to face several thousand cases of very serious import pending against him. Moreover there could be mortal danger to his life from his opponents who have deep-seated grudge and bitterest feelings of revenge against him. His cases too, along with many thousand other convicts, were pardoned under NRO issued by Pervez Musharraf on October 5, 2007. Yet after the Supreme Court of Pakistan declared it unconstitutional on 16 December 2009, all dropped cases stand revived.

Could these powerful celebrities had ever imagined that with all their clout, powers, magnificence and overwhelming loyalty and support of their adherents, they would fall to such a depth of ignominy, disgrace and even isolation? The power, pelf and their prestigious positions have proven to be ephemeral spells that drifted away like the spent-up clouds.

The moral lesson of such bleak situations is to serve the community, country and the people with honesty, sincerity and selflessness and to walk the right, righteous path. Such a path leads to the lasting gratitude during life and an immortal reverence after death in the hearts of the people that one had served. One such glowing example is that of the Quaid-e-Azam.

The writer is a senior journalist and a former diplomat.

Karachi situation: In search of Solutions

By Muhammad Shahbaz Thuthaal:

IG Sindh submitted before the supreme last week that over 254 police officers and men ,who took part in 1992 operation had been target killed during the period 2004-2009.Neither the previous government nor the present PPP government ever took notice. IG Sindh failed to mention, what the Sindh police had done for the welfare of their families. No action has been taken by the Sindh police or the intelligence Agencies since 2009 to trace out the murderers of these 254/ 282 policemen. The families of these policemen are running from pillar to post to seek justice. The morale of the police is adversely affected. The whole force is reluctant to take any action against the criminals, with the result the whole burden has been placed on the Rangers. The police force recruited on ethnical basis cannot take action on merit. This has resulted in the Criminals going scot free from the courts due to lack of evidence. No action has been taken to date by the Federal or Provincial government since 2008 to investigate and trace the criminals responsible for the murder of over 50 men killed on 12 may 2007. CJP was kept stranded at the Karachi Airport 12 May 2007. No action has been even initiated on the cold blooded murder of the Lawyers burnt to death in Karachi few days later. The CJP has also not taken any Suo Motto action to provide justice to the families of the affected people. This is a very serious Matter, if the governments cannot provide justice to the members of their own force, who will next take orders from the government for any other operation against the criminals/terrorists. Those who were arrested for torturing Major Kaleem during 1991/92 were released on Bail. The case against them was also withdrawn by the government in 2004. The new amendment to local government in Sindh has further increased the Rural Urban divide.

Late Mir Ghaus Bakhsh Bizenju’s autobiography is named as “In search Of Solutions”. Late Mr. G B Bizenju advocated working for solutions to the problems facing Pakistan. His last major public event before his death was his speech to all Parties Conference convened by Mr. MK Juneju on Afghanistan 4-5 March 1988. It was an excellent speech I shall only quote the last two Sentences quote So sign the Geneva agreement and send back the Afghan Refugees whose presence has imposed on the people of Pakistan a wholesale martial law for the last eight years. For God’s Sake, do not obstruct the withdrawal of the soviet troops and the return of Afghan refugees. It would be suicidal for Pakistan.” How prophetic were his words. No wonder Zia Ul Haq Dismissed his own handpicked non Party Parliament and the Juneju Government within the next two months.

Gen ZIA UL HAQ laid the foundations of Islamic militancy in Pakistan. Instead of encouraging political parties to educate and organize the parties on pro Pakistan Agenda and manifesto they were encouraged to pursue their programs on ethnic and religious based sects. This resulted into growth of ethnic and religious parties. The government machinery was used to destroy popular all Pakistan based Parties. Parties based on ethnic and religious affiliations were encouraged by the Government. All out efforts have been made to divide Sindh into Rural/Urban areas to benefit a particular community (2001-2012). Instead of devolution, all five Districts of Karachi were amalgamated into one big Mega city of over 20 million, whereas Hyderabad with the population of 2.5 million was cut into four districts. The new City Government was given full support to do what they liked. The revenue department now placed under the City District Government was misused by the land mafia to occupy the government lands including some of the adjoining Sindhi Goths. The locals, who had settled ever since the creation of Pakistan and in some cases for hundreds of years, were ousted. Criminal minded land Mafias / Qabza groups took control. They further increased their activities to drugs and kidnapping for Ransom. The police and other departments recruited persons on ethnic basis instead of solving the problem have become part of the problem. Karachi has been built by the hard working Punjabi/ Pashtun/Baloch Laborers. Pashtun Chowkidars and Drivers protected the Families of the rich like their own families. The peaceful Karachi first time faced the ethnic riots in 1972 on language riots. This has gradually led to the present crisis. All parties/communities have now formed their militant wings, which control their respective areas. The police recruited on ethnic basis and after the massacre of over 254/282 policemen have become ineffective.

After 2008 elections, ANP came to power both at the Centre as well as in KP. In Sindh ANP is also sharing power in Sindh. PPP leadership at the highest level has accepted the MQM to remain in control of Karachi and other three cities, which perhaps was part of the NRO. Local leadership of both PPP and ANP do not want to surrender to the rule of MQM in Karachi and Hyderabad, resulting into an open war between MQM, Pashtuns, and PPP is silent supporter. The threatening notes by some organization to Sindhi ministers to go back to their Goths in interior Sindh needs to be viewed as a conspiracy to keep the various ethnic groups fighting each other. The Government agencies are silent spectators. The worst scenario is that the militant wings of the parties are now becoming independent of their mother parties/groups.

SOLUTION. The solution to the Karachi problem is an honest holistic approach based on merit.

JUSTICE. Unless the people responsible for 12 May 2007 and the murder of that Saint Hakim Saeed are punished it will not solve the Problem. Trial of those who target killed 254/282 policemen in 2003-2009.

LIVE AND LET LIVE policy. ALTAF BHAI must take the lead and accept all those living Karachi to be given space in Karachi. MQM must remember that it was the people of Sindh, who accepted them with open Arms in 1947. MQM therefore cannot be given the sole ownership of Karachi. Urdu Speaking are in all other Parties specially JI, JUP, PML and PPP. The sacrifices made by the people of Sindh have been ignored by those in power since 1947. Why Sindh language as medium of instruction was removed from all the schools of Karachi. Why the capital of Sindh province was shifted from Karachi to Hyderabad in 1949/50 and later it became the capital again in 1969, on re-creation of Sindh province.

Unfortunately the tradition to call any one, who disagrees with the government of the day, as traitor must be curbed. Why Ayub Khoro was dismissed as CM? Why national leaders, who worked day and night for creation of Pakistan like GM SYED, Nawab Iftikhar Mamdot, HS SUHRAWARDY and AK Fazal Haq of East Bengal declared as traitors.

Sindh Quarterly, DR Hamida Khoro and late Ghulam Mustafa shah brought many historical facts to light about the early years of our independence.

Business Community special those, who are active members of MQM, should take notice and try to bring peace in Karachi by interacting with other ethnic groups. All have to live in Karachi; space must be created for all, otherwise, all will perish fighting each other. The Pashtuns, Baloch and Sindhis of lyiari and Smaller Goths around Karachi will have no choice but fight it out till death.

CIA/RAW are only interested in unrest in Karachi, in order to destabilize, the Hub of Pakistan’s Economy.

Karachi city should be divided into pre 1999 five districts with greater powers to the districts. However two central districts should be formed into Metropolitan Corporations of Karachi. The remaining three districts should be declared as rural districts. Revenue department should be reverted to the provincial government.

Nadra and Election Commission of Pakistan should be directed to give Identity Documents to all living in Karachi, irrespective of any ethnic bias.

Federal Government Agencies should recruit people of all ethnic groups based on their population in Karachi.

Urdu and Sindhi should be adopted as official languages of Sindh province.

Most Important; If no action is taken now , a time is coming soon ,when the terrorists will become so strong that they will divide Karachi into their own areas of operations like that of Criminal Mafias it may turn into another Beirut. Almighty Allah will sooner than later bring the culprits to justice.

If action has been taken on the Humood Ur Rahman commission and those responsible for the 1971 debacle had been punished, Pakistan would have been a much better country today. The Supreme Court can even now establish a Commission to fix responsibility and recommend action on Humood Ur Rahman commission and all extra judicial actions/killings done since then.

Drowning Karachi – 19th July Rains and MQM by Nadia Khan

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Nadia Khan

 

Soon after the massive rainfalls that had started from 19th July, suddenly or with a careful planning, MQM representatives have started their anti KESC campaign. Some news analyst gone on saying that its not the case, even though MQM is a govt ally and it would be trying to address Karachi residents electric problems.

 

This might be true, however, soon after the rainfall the whole anti KESC propaganda didn’t get justified and there’s something behind the scene. If MQM is…

 

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Slogans of MQM by Nadia Khan

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Nadia Khan

In Pakistan, political slogans convey the facts of life and are sometimes revealing the hidden information of meaningful nature. Post partition number of slogans had made their way in our society. Ayub Kutta Hai Hai, during the days of former President Ayub Khan became quite famous even after his resignation and exit from active politics, was seen on many walls.

Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP’s) famous slogan “Roti, kapra aur makan” has stayed with us for four decades and it still inspires the low-income cadres of the party who form the nucleus of the party. Another popular PPP slogan, “Bhutto family

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Karachi and a Champion of Muhajirs – Part 2 by Nadia Khan

 

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By Nadia Khan

Reading his press statements which talk about his self-claimed love for the country or listening his speech is always a fun! His body language, if you are able to watch him, indeed through the news channels clips, you might feel that Bollywood actors are far behind him in exploiting the mass emotions. For every dead or non-issue, with his emotions, loud conversation style and dead arguments, he makes it a matter of life & death, a matter of saving Pakistan from the darkness of stone-ages!

My elders say that former Pakistani politician and the founder of Bangladesh , Sheikh Mujeeb ur Rahman used to have such conversational…

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Altaf Hussain & 98% Oppressed Class representation!

 

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By Nadia Khan

Any political leader is judged by his or her actions, decisions, and gains for his or her party and the rest of the people, whom he or she represents.

Sheikh Rashid, former information & railway minister, is the live example of this old saying. He knows the art of “talks” or useless forecasts, however failed to win last elections, even in the ministerial slot. His actions denied his own words, so he had lost his indemnity in his home town – Rawalpindi !

Altaf Hussain is also another example of this saying. Though, a group of Karachi-youngsters likes him like a god or a ‘spiritual leader’ or a live saint who is their caretaker but with careful analysis it is clear that Altaf Hussain’s politics had not made…

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Hanging between two extremes? by Nadia Khan

 

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By Nadia Khan

Sufi Muhammad, the spiritual leader of TNFM, and a central figure who is working to bring peace, in Swat or Malakand division, back with the induction of Nizam e Adl regulation, yesterday in his maiden speech to people of Swat & adjoining areas, has talked about number of controversial issues – such as democracy has no role in Islamic system of government, higher courts including supreme court are null or void, and only black-turban is as per the teachings of Holy Prophet…

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Altaf Hussain vision of Islam! by Nadia Khan

 

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By Nadia Khan

MQM leader Altaf Hussain is quite vocal against Taliban now days. His main goal is to defeat somehow Taliban, who already had taken ground in Swat or Malakand division, through his speeches & press statements. His guns, sometimes while delivering fires against Taliban, start aiming few agreed principles of Islam also. God knows, purposely or unknowingly!

 

For example, he says, “Taliban or religious forces are trying to take society towards stone-age.” He has said this in a context, when a half-baked doubtful video, from Samar Minallah, a civil society activist, came out depicting a Swat girl being flogged. He also termed flogging or lashing punishment as un Islamic and barbaric, as mentioned by many newspapers. He also wanted all those Taliban “culprits” who had participated in this flogging, should be hanged till death.

 

Within this context, he has rejected Nizam e Adl regulation for Swat and became furious. He has asked his MQM parliamentarians to stage walk-out when it was getting voted in National Assembly, because he feels that speedy trial courts…

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Altaf Hussain – MRO for warring factions of MQM

 

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By Nadia Khan

Now a days you might be noticing number of statements from Mutahidda Qoumi Movement’s founder and patron in chief, Altaf Hussain, asking all the national politicians especially Nawaz Sharif, to refrain the politics of confrontation, adopt approach of reconciliation, and set aside all the political differences as Pakistan – now a days- is at the brink of turmoil and political chaos could trigger larger anarchy in the country.

While addressing a gathering organized in connection with MQM’s silver jubilee celebrations, Altaf Hussain has remarked, “I will not abuse some one even if any body abuses me”, he further added, “I am not against Nawaz Sharif”. Altaf Hussain thanked the Almighty Allah that after timely decisions and actions of the government on March 15 the situation in Punjab has improved remarkably. He said that a civil war-like…

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