Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Rana Sanaullah, MQM and Operation Cleanup 1992.

No alliance with MQM: Sana LAHORE, July 29: Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah Khan has said that PML-N has not changed its stance on the MQM despite the visit of a party’s delegation to the MQM headquarters to seek support for its presidential candidate Mamnoon Hussain. Talking to a TV channel on Monday, Mr Sanaullah said PML-N had not changed its views about the MQM as the case of bogus voting in Karachi was still pending with the Election Commission. He denied the PML-N had entered into an alliance with the MQM. Meanwhile, federal Information Minister Pervaiz Rashid rejected Mr Sanaullah’s remarks about the MQM and said they were not in conformity with the official stance of the PML-N. He said MQM enjoyed confidence of the masses since long and the PML-N respected its mandate. He asked the MQM leadership not to let the remarks hurt relations between the two parties, adding that Mr Sanaullah had been directed to support the reconciliation process with the MQM. REFERENCE: No alliance with MQM: Sana 2013-07-30 06:46:03 http://dawn.com/news/1032889/no-alliance-with-mqm-sana

Rana Sanaullah, MQM and The Guardian Story


Rana Sanaullah, MQM and The Guardian Story by SalimJanMazari

MQM happy as PML-N disowns Sana’s statement LAHORE: The Muttahida Qaumi Movement late Monday welcomed Federal Information Minister Pervaiz Rashid’s statement in which the latter said the PML-N disowned the words uttered by Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah, reports Geo News. The PML-N has taken notice of Rana Sanaullah’s statements regarding the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), terming it as “incompatible with the party’s position.”Rana Sana had said the PML-N had not entered into an alliance with the MQM and the party only approached the second largest party of Sindh for their support in the presidential election. He said, “Our opinion of the MQM still remains the same. The Election Commission will investigate the rigging allegations against the MQM during the May 11 general elections.”However, Federal Information Minister Pervez Rasheed said that Rana Sanaullah has been conveyed to support the reconciliation process between the two parties. The information minister’s statements came soon after the MQM’s Coordination Committee convened an emergency meeting to deliberate on the statements of Rana Sanaullah.Parvez Rasheed asked the MQM not to let the relations affected due to the Punjab law minister’s statements, which he said were incompatible with the party’s position.The minister further stated that his party “highly respected” the mandate of MQM, adding that the MQM has confidence of public since long. REFERENCE: MQM happy as PML-N disowns Sana’s statement Tuesday, July 30, 2013 http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-13-24485-MQM-happy-as-PML-N-disowns-Sanas-statement

PML-N criticises MQM’s statements against Shahbaz: LAHORE: The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) criticised the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) on Thursday for issuing statements against Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif. Punjab government spokesman Senator Pervaiz Rashid, in a statement, criticised the MQM for issuing statements against Shahbaz without keeping in mind the true facts and the political stature of the Punjab chief minister. Rashid said MQM chief Altaf Hussain should refrain from criticising Shahbaz, as the Punjab chief minister is the most popular politician of the province. The spokesman said the MQM chief had no right to question the patriotism of Shahbaz Sharif, as he was himself in exile for nearly 20 years. staff report REFERENCE: PML-N criticises MQM’s statements against Shahbaz Friday, March 19, 2010 http://archives.dailytimes.com.pk/national/19-Mar-2010/pml-n-criticises-mqm-s-statements-against-shahbaz

Why Altaf Hussain went into Exile, let us refresh the memory of MQM, Nawaz Sharif and PML (N)
Altaf Hussain Interview with Jasmeen Manzoor on Nawaz Sharif (ARY NEWS 2009)


Altaf Hussain Interview with Jasmeen Manzoor on... by SalimJanMazari

2009: Altaf Hussain asks why then PM Nawaz Sharif did not try to stop the operation: KARACHI, Aug 24 Muttahida Qaumi Movement chief Altaf Hussain has appealed to Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry to constitute a “truth and reconciliation commission” in the light of disclosures made by Lt-Gen (retd) Naseer Akhtar, a former corps commander of Karachi, and Brig Imtiaz Ahmed, a former director-general of the Intelligence Bureau, that the MQM had nothing to do with the “Jinnahpur conspiracy”. Speaking at a press conference through remote video link from London at the Jinnah Ground on Monday, Mr Hussain said that at a talk show aired on a private television channel, the former Karachi corps commander and the former director-general of the intelligence bureau had made it clear that the allegation of the recovery of maps of Jinnahpur from the offices of the MQM in June 1992 was baseless and that the documents were fake. He recalled that Brig Asif Haroon had called journalists from Punjab after the launch of the operation to brief them about the “Jinnahpur conspiracy”, showing them maps of Jinnahpur and other documents found in the offices of MQM. “But on Sunday, Lt-Gen (retd) Naseer Akhtar and Brig (retd) Imtiaz made it clear that it was a false allegation and an attempt to divide the nation,” the MQM chief added. On the basis of the alleged maps of Jinnahpur, action was ordered against the MQM, the Muttahida chief recalled, alleging that 15,000 workers were killed during the operation and its aftermath. Mr Hussain thanked the two former military officials for “speaking the truth about the Jinnahpur conspiracy”, but lamented that it was too late since it cost the MQM heavily. He wondered why then prime minister Nawaz Sharif did not try to stop the operation. Altaf Husain called upon Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry to set up a “truth and reconciliation commission” so that “fact could be distinguished from fiction”. “I can make very harsh comments after the disclosures by two senior former military officials, but I am not doing so for the sake of political harmony. “But Mr Chaudhry (Chief Justice of Pakistan), will it not be appropriate to constitute a truth and reconciliation commission. I leave the decision to you.” “I don`t want confrontation….I want unity and therefore I announce that today I pardon the murderers of my brother and nephew,” Mr Altaf said. The MQM supremo appealed to the Army and the ISI not to pay heed to the propaganda against his party. “We are not traitors….we only want to change the corrupt feudal system in the country. I appeal to the army and the ISI to withdraw old allegations, accept the MQM as a patriotic party and allow it to work across the country.” He also urged the ISI to remove from its archives all documents maligning the MQM. Mr Altaf asked CJP Iftikhar Chaudhry to summon Lt-Gen Naseer Akhtar and Brig Imtiaz to hear their versions on the 1992 operation. He called upon the president, the prime minister and the federal cabinet to “take the nation into confidence” about those “testing times”. A large number of relatives of MQM workers who were killed during the military operation were present at the Jinnah ground. REFERENCE: Retired army officers absolve MQM of Jinnahpur plot: Altaf calls for truth and reconciliation commission By Azfar-ul-Ashfaque August 25th, 2009 http://archives.dawn.com/archives/35615 http://www.dawn.com/news/849392/retired-army-officers-absolve-mqm-of-jinnahpur-plot-altaf-calls-for-truth-and-reconciliation-commission

Dr. Ishrat ul Ebad and MQM on Nawaz Sharif and Operation against MQM (ARY NEWS 2009)


Dr. Ishrat ul Ebad & MQM on Nawaz Sharif... by SalimJanMazari

THE ghosts of Pakistan`s violent political past continue to haunt the country. Extraordinary statements by a former IB chief and a former corps commander of Karachi have triggered a bitter row between the MQM and PML-N this week. First, some history. During Nawaz Sharif`s first tenure as prime minister, Sindh was facing a grave law and order crisis. Banditry had reached epidemic levels in the interior of the province and the cities in the south were unsettled. At the time, the MQM and the Nawaz Sharif-led alliance, the IJI, were in government together, but the MQM was blamed for fomenting the crisis and the army was called in to deal with the issue. As is the nature of such matters, few things are known for certain. It does seem though that the PML and the MQM were sucked into a conflict where other players, such as President Ghulam Ishaq Khan and army chief Asif Nawaz, had other agendas and axes to grind. The upshot was that the MQM was weakened as a party and its reputation sullied by the allegation that it wanted a separate homeland, the so-called Jinnahpur, which stretched from Karachi to Thatta. Now, Brig Imtiaz Ahmed (retd), formerly close to Mr Sharif and rumoured to have had his recent overtures to the PML-N rebuffed, along with Gen Naseer Akhtar (retd) has claimed that the Jinnahpur maps were fake and the separatist claim baseless. The MQM has leapt on the admissions and gone into overdrive to proclaim its bona fides as a Pakistani party that was maliciously slandered by its opponents. Puzzling as the timing of the retired army officials` statements is and unseemly as the MQM-PML-N spat is, Altaf Hussain has perhaps made the most pertinent suggestion the need for a truth and reconciliation commission. In truth, few political parties in this country can claim to have clean hands when it comes to dealing with one another. So perhaps, as they collectively steer the country`s latest transition to democracy, what the parties need most is to demonstrate that they can bury the past and genuinely work with one another towards institutional stability. A truth and reconciliation committee would be an important first step in that direction. REFERENCE: Jinnahpur debunked August 26th, 2009 http://archives.dawn.com/archives/29684

‘Nawaz was well informed about operation on MQM’-- KARACHI: Former corps commander Gen (r) Naseer Akhtar made it clear that former premier Nawaz Sharif was fully informed about the 1992 military operation before it was launched, MQM parliamentarians Ayub Shaikh and Iqbal Qadri said on Tuesday. They said in a joint statement that major decisions such as military operations could not be made without informing the government. PML-N’s Ahsan Iqbal had said earlier that Sharif and his government were not taken into confidence before the operation was launched against the MQM. staff report REFERENCE: ‘Nawaz was well informed about operation on MQM’ Wednesday, August 26, 2009 http://archives.dailytimes.com.pk/national/26-Aug-2009/nawaz-was-well-informed-about-operation-on-mqm

Kamran Khan on Nawaz Sharif , Mehran Bank Scandal, Operation Cleanup


Kamran Khan on Nawaz Sharif , Mehran Bank... by SalimJanMazari

* MQM chief criticises Nawaz Sharif for not stopping military operation against his party in 1992: KARACHI: Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry should conduct a judicial inquiry into the killing of 15,000 Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM) workers and uncover the facts behind false claims of the party’s involvement in the Jinnahpur conspiracy, party chief Altaf Hussain said on Monday. Addressing a press conference by telephone, he said former corps commander General (r) Naseer Akhtar and former Intelligence Bureau chief Brigadier Imtiaz Ahmed had vindicated the MQM through interviews broadcast on a private TV channel on Sunday. Operation: Hussain also criticised former premier Nawaz Sharif for not stopping the military operation launched against the MQM for their alleged separatist movement in 1992. “Please come forward and tell the nation why you didn’t stop that operation. You were the prime minister at that time,” he said. He said the MQM should be allowed to work freely across the country, adding the party was planning to organise a convention in Punjab after Ramzan. He also demanded an immediate end to the operation in Balochistan. REFERENCE: Altaf calls for inquiry into Jinnahpur charges against MQM by Irfan Ali  Tuesday, August 25, 2009 http://archives.dailytimes.com.pk/national/25-Aug-2009/altaf-calls-for-inquiry-into-jinnahpur-charges-against-mqm

Operation Cleanup - 1 (Capital Talk 26 Aug 2009)


Operation Cleanup - 1 (Capital Talk 26 Aug 2009) by SalimJanMazari

Operation Cleanup - 2 (Capital Talk 27 Aug 2009)


Operation Cleanup - 2 (Capital Talk 27 Aug 2009) by SalimJanMazari

Military launched operation unilaterally: Ahsan Iqbal: LAHORE: The Pakistan Army launched a military operation against the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) in 1992 without taking the federal government into confidence, a private TV channel quoted Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Information Secretary Ahsan Iqbal as saying on Monday. Reacting to a statement by MQM chief Altaf Hussain, Iqbal said then prime minister Nawaz Sharif had no role in the operation. “The MQM is raising all this hue and cry to stall investigations into the May 12 riots in Karachi,” he alleged. He said General Asif Nawaz initiated the operation without any political consultation. daily times monitor REFERENCE: Military launched operation unilaterally: Ahsan Iqbal Tuesday, August 25, 2009 http://archives.dailytimes.com.pk/national/25-Aug-2009/military-launched-operation-unilaterally-ahsan-iqbal

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Memory Loss of Nawaz Sharif, MQM and PPP.

2011 PML-N hints at legal action against MQM - KARACHI: The PML-N is considering legal action against the MQM parliamentarians involved in “bad-mouthing and using un-parliamentary language” against the PML-N leadership. Ahsan Iqbal, the information secretary of the PML-N, was critical of those political parties which, in spite of being part of the coalition government, were criticising it day in and day out. The PML-N and the Muttahida indulged in a mud-slinging bout on Wednesday, slandering each other’s top leadership. “If they are really sincere, they should leave the government and do politics based on principles,” Mr Iqbal said at a press conference on Saturday. He blamed the government and its coalition partners for the worsening law and order situation. Mr Iqbal also slammed the government for the massive increase in petroleum prices, calling for a reversal of the decision. He called for removal of ‘corrupt’ officials from financial institutions, saying that new appointments should be made through a parliamentary committee. He said the economy was on its knees because of corruption. The PML-N leader said unless the government stopped wastefulness, economy would not pick up, warning that poverty would spawn anarchy and civil war.He said had President Asif Zardari acted upon the advice of Mian Nawaz Sharif, the country would not have been in dire straits. He reiterated his party’s stance that it would not be a part of the “puppet show for a mere change of face”. “My party thinks that any change should be meaningful and decisive.” REFERENCE: PML-N hints at legal action against MQM 2011-01-01 23:40:30 http://beta.dawn.com/news/595522/pml-n-hints-at-legal-action-against-mqm-2

Nawaz Sharif on MQM in London APC 2007 (ARY NEWS 2013)

Nawaz Sharif on MQM in London APC 2007 (ARY... by SalimJanMazari

13) The APC holds General Musharraf, the Sindh governor and the provincial government, and the MQM responsible for the carnage carried out in Karachi on May 12, 2007, and demands an independent judicial enquiry by a judge of the Supreme Court to ascertain and identify the persons involved. 14) The APC condemns recent acts of terrorism in UK. It further resolves to write a joint memorandum to the UK government for initiating necessary legal proceedings against MQM chief Altaf Hussain for his alleged role in incidents of terrorism in Pakistan. REFERENCES : Text of London APC declaration Monday, July 09, 2007 http://archives.dailytimes.com.pk/national/09-Jul-2007/text-of-london-apc-declaration UK action against Altaf demanded by Rauf Klasra Monday, July 09, 2007 http://www.thenews.com.pk/TodaysPrintDetail.aspx?ID=8912&Cat=13&dt=7/9/2007 APC agrees to resist Musharraf’s re-election by Rauf Klasra Monday, July 09, 2007 http://www.thenews.com.pk/TodaysPrintDetail.aspx?ID=8911&Cat=13&dt=7/9/2007

MQM on Nawaz Sharif, Operation Cleanup 1992 & MQM workers


MQM on Nawaz Sharif, Operation Cleanup 1992... by SalimJanMazari

* Rizvi refers to Nisar as ‘Mr Bean’ --- * MQM leaders accuse Sharifs of having ‘weird likes’ --- * Nisar accuses Altaf of undergoing treatment for mysterious ‘manly disease’ --- ISLAMABAD/LAHORE: The war of words between the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) on Wednesday intensified after leaders of both parties started making personal attacks on each others’ leaders, a private TV channel reported. Sitting on different talk shows on private TV channels and talking to reporters outside the Parliament House, leaders of both the parties did not even refrain from using abusive language and profanities against each other, besides hurling threats of serious consequences. PML-N leader Chaudhry Nisar said that the MQM was a party of “dacoits”, adding that a person who was sitting abroad for the past 19 years could not bring a revolution in Pakistan. He said if MQM chief Altaf Hussain was sincere with Pakistan, he should return to the country. Separately, commenting on Nisar’s comments, MQM’s Haider Abbas Rizvi said the PML-N was the first to make personal attacks on the MQM leadership. He also referred to Nisar as “Mr Bean”. He said the PML-N leaders would not find a place to stand in the country if a “Pandora’s box was opened”. He said the PML-N leaders used to meet with generals in the dark of night, adding that the PML-N chief was General Jilani’s production, General Zia’s follower and was grateful to General Pervez Musharraf. MQM’s Waseem Akhtar said Nisar was bald and had put on a wig, while Nawaz and Shahbaz both got hair transplants during their forced stay in England. He said it seemed they wanted to have “some romantic affairs”. He said the PML-N leadership had done nothing for the people of Lahore, adding that the people would beat them with shoes. The MQM leaders accused the Sharifs of having “weird likes”, as at a women’s convention, Nawaz had compared himself to Shahjahan and his wife to Mumtaz Mahal. They even went to the extent of saying that Nawaz’s daughter had left the house to force the family to get her married to her father’s ADC. They threatened that both the Sharifs would not be allowed to come to Karachi in future unless they apologised for the indecent language against their party chief. Earlier, Chaudhry Nisar, while talking to reporters outside the Parliament House, had accused Altaf Hussain of undergoing treatment for a mysterious “manly disease” in London, and said if the MQM did not stop using indecent language against the Sharifs, his party would make public the records of that rehab centre. Nisar even asked Altaf to apologise to the nation for all his political, financial and moral ills. He asked how the Sharif brothers had made property worth millions and become owners of 25 factories. He further asked which medical treatment Shahbaz received from London, adding that sex stimulants were recovered from Nawaz’s secretariat when Musharraf took over. daily times monitor/ staff report REFERENCE: PML-N, MQM tear each other apart Thursday, December 30, 2010 http://archives.dailytimes.com.pk/main/30-Dec-2010/pml-n-mqm-tear-each-other-apart

Abid Sher Ali on MQM & MQM on Nawaz Sharif Letter to India


Abid Sher Ali on MQM & MQM on Nawaz Sharif... by SalimJanMazari

2009 : Where PPP, PML-N and MQM stood on Jinnahpur in 1992 ISLAMABAD: If history has any relevance in our politics then the Pakistan Peoples’ Party (PPP) and the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) ñ so closely allied today — were daggers drawn over the Jinnahpur conspiracy in 1992 and the PPP was accusing the Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N) of cover-up while the then-Nawaz Sharif government was pleading complete innocence. Reports carried by leading newspapers on the issue during 1992 show the Nawaz-led IJI government had completely denied the existence of Jinnahpur conspiracy but the PPP-led PDA (Pakistan Democratic Alliance) opposition charged the government of covering up the MQM’s conspiracy. However, the Jamaat-e-Islami, a coalition partner in the government, once moved an adjournment motion in the National Assembly to discuss the Jinnahpur conspiracy. It was no less than opposition leader Benazir Bhutto, who had accused the Nawaz regime of trying to cover up the conspiracy of the MQM which, according to her, wanted to make a separate homeland with the support of India. The incumbent President, Asif Ali Zardari, had also demanded action against Jinnahpur planners. Today though the MQM targets the PML-N for the Jinnahpur conspiracy, during those times MQM Chief Altaf Hussain was even found hailing the Nawaz government for exposing Jinnahpur. Altaf Hussain also demanded a probe into the matter by the Supreme Court. Similarly, the PML-N, which today passes the buck on the Army and intelligence agencies to have created the Jinnahpur drama, during those days insisted that the plot was a figment of imagination of the PPP. The then-interior minister Chaudhry Shujaat was also reported to have said the Army used to operate as per the directive of the government. In order to have a true sense of the political divide of those times and the position of different political parties on the issue of Jinnahpur, briefs of statements and reports of newspapers of different political leaders and analysts on the issue are reproduced here. Jang Karachi quoted Benazir Bhutto on July 6, 1992 as saying if Beharis are settled in Sindh it would pave the way for Jinnahpur and Sindhudesh. She said Sindh had proved to be waterloo for the past rulers and it may also become the same for Nawaz Sharif. July 18, 1992 Jang Karachi reported Brigadier Haroon, the Army spokesman, as saying in a press briefing that the MQM had planned a separate homeland. The News of July 17 quoted him as saying there were confirmed intelligence reports, revealing the MQM plans. The map of the planned country was also discovered during the operation, he claimed. On Oct 11, 1992 Jang Lahore ran a story filed by its reporter Azhar Sohail which talked of the Army high command providing documentary evidence to the government that the MQM was planning to create an independent state called Jinnahpur comprising Hyderabad, Thatta, Badin, Karachi and all those areas of upper Sindh that are oil rich. The report said the corps commander meeting in a recent meeting discussed the issue and decided to provide all the material to the government. Politician Meraj Muhammad Khan was reported to have said on Oct 12, 1992 that the Jinnahpur map issue is a fraud. A day later, Shaheen Sehbai, who is presently Group Editor of The News, reported for Dawn “A House losing its temper” and wrote in his Press Gallery, “The opposition was pressing for a debate on Jinnahpur, the supposed brainchild of the MQM to separate Urdu-speaking areas from Pakistan.” The same day The News reported the voting out of NA motion by the treasury benches on Jinnahpur. The News also reported the then deputy opposition leader Farooq Leghari to have said the prime minister (Nawaz Sharif) was involved in the Jinnahpur conspiracy and claimed that the government opposed motion on the issue because it did not want to go into details. Dawn on Oct 14, 1992 carried MQM Chief Altaf Hussain’s statement in which he called for a Supreme Court probe to investigate the charges of Jinnahpur against the MQM. The same newspaper reported on Oct 15 about two separate adjournment motions moved by the PDA and Jamaat-e-Islami members to discuss the Jinnahpur conspiracy. In a press conference on Oct 17, the then key minister of Nawaz regime Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said Jinnahpur plot did not exist. “The government would not allow anyone to subvert the rights of Muhajirs. It is baseless that we have ever discussed the creation of the so-called Jinnahpur with the MQM,” he was quoted to have said. Nisar also dispelled the impression that the whole MQM was a terrorist organisation and insisted the good and bad people were in every party. He asked Altaf Hussain to respond to the allegations levelled against his party. The same day ANP Chief Ajmal Khattak said there is no truth in the reports that the MQM had planned anything to break Pakistan or to establish Jinnahpur.October 19 newspapers carry ISPR press release, conveying Army’s denial of the knowledge of the Jinnahpur plan. “The Army had no evidence concerning the so-called Jinnahpur plan, it is clarified that the newspaper story in question is baseless. The Army has neither handed over to the government any document or map as reported, not is it in possession of any evidence concerning the so-called ‘Jinnahpur’ plan. It is also factually wrong that the matter was discussed at any meeting of the corps commander.” But the same day Benazir Bhutto in a statement in the National Assembly said the government was consciously covering up the Jinnahpur conspiracy and is backing up the MQM from day one. Nawa-e-Waqt quoted her as saying the motive of the organisation (MQM) is to create a separate homeland with the support of India. She demanded of the removal of Nawaz Sharif from the government for supporting, abetting and financing the dismemberment of Pakistan. She said it was of no use to blame Altaf Hussain. “His partner, supporter and guide Nawaz Sharif must go,” The News reported on October 19. The same day the then-interior minister Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain was reported to have said in the National Assembly a day before that Jinnahpur is a non-issue and the brainchild of the PPP. Farooq Leghari, however, demanded judicial probe into the plot and contended that disclosure of the Jinnahpur plot had exposed the MQM’s anti-state activities which needed further investigations. Shaheen Sehbai in Dawn’s “From Press Gallery” wrote on October 19, “Jinnahpur is all fiction”. “Including the opposition leader, Benazir Bhutto, could hardly produce anything about the much trumpeted Jinnahpur beyond newspaper clippings or a reported statement of an Army spokesman made in front of a team of Islamabad journalists. Even that was said to have been denied by the Army,” wrote Sehbai. The News of Oct 19 also quoted Asif Ali Zardari to have desiring action against Jinnahpur planners. “Zardari said the denial of the plan made by the leader of the Islami Jamhoori Ittehad was meaningless,” the newspaper read. In his report “The last refuge of a scoundrel”, Nusrat Javed, senior journalist, wrote in The News on Oct 19, “A military spokesman, Brigadier Haroon, told this to a group of newsmen visiting Karachi in mid-July that there were confirmed intelligence reports that some of the MQM leaders were trying to create a separate state. This correspondent was present at the Army briefing in Karachi where such allegations were made and one reported about them like the rest of the newsmen present. Reference to Haroon’s allegations demands another simple answer, i.e., whether the Nawaz government agrees to the perception expressed by a senior Army officer?” Tariq Butt of The News on October 19 also reported of Benazir Bhutto’s accusing the government of cover-up. “When Interior Minister Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain described the Jinnahpur conspiracy as a dangerous figment of the PDA’s imagination, opposition MNAs accused the government of being a party to the plot,” the story filed by Butt read. The same day Nawa-e-Waqt ran a story quoting Benazir Bhutto to have said the Army had uncovered the Jinnahpur conspiracy but the government was silent on the issue. Dawn on October 21, 1992 reported Altaf Hussain to have been praising the government. The report headlined, “Altaf hails govt for exposing Jinnahpur”. According to the report, the MQM chief said the government (of Nawaz Sharif) and its agencies in the same effective manner should display a positive attitude to review the baseless allegations levelled against the MQM to bring about an improvement in the present constitutional and political crises, particularly in Sindh.” Oct 21, 1992 Jang published a story based on Asif Ali Zardari’s statement that was though appeared conflicting with the PPP stance at that time, suits today’s politics of the PPP and the MQM. The newspaper reported Mr Zardari to have said in a court premises in Karachi that the Jinnahpur scandal was created to malign the MQM. The same day Dawn reported Farooq Leghari to have been refuting the government’s claim that Jinnahpur was a figment of imagination of the PPP. He also demanded constitution of a high-powered commission headed by the chief justice of Pakistan and comprising all the four high court chief justices to look into the matter. Several years later on December 14, 1998 The News carried a statement of Altaf Hussain on the same issue. Altaf Hussain demanded probe into reports about Jinnahpur and said the separate Jinnahpur state allegations was a well-planned conspiracy which was used as a message for the Muhajir community that they would continue to be victimised if they did not demand a separate state. REFERENCE: Where PPP, PML-N and MQM stood on Jinnahpur in 1992 BY Ansar Abbasi Thursday, September 03,  2009 http://www.thenews.com.pk/TodaysPrintDetail.aspx?ID=196297&Cat=2&dt=9/3/2009

Gen. (R) Tariq Pervaiz & Muhammad Anwar (MQM) on General Pervez Musharraf (Meray Mutabiq – 29-8-09)


Gen. (R) Tariq Pervaiz & Muhammad Anwar (MQM... by SalimJanMazari

2009 RAWALPINDI: Former president Gen (retd) Pervez Musharraf had long-standing links with the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) and used to visit ‘nine zero’ in Karachi on one pretext or the other even when he was a brigadier. He used to openly support the party during the corps commanders conferences and once he had pleaded their case by demanding compensation for those killed in the Karachi operation. At one of the conferences, Gen Jehangir Karamat asked our views in this regard. Only I raised my voice demanding that the Punjabis, the Pakhtuns and others killed there may also be compensated. The recent disclosures of Brig (retd) Imtiaz seem to be at the behest of MQM or some one else, said former corps commander Quetta Lt Gen (retd) Tariq Pervez while participating in the Geo News programme “Meray Mutabiq”. He quoted the then chief of the staff Gen Iqbal that Musharraf used to visit ‘90’ (MQM headquarters) in the staff car when he was a brigadier. Tariq Pervez said the instant appearance of Brig Imtiaz and his disclosures obviously force every one to doubt his sincerity. He said the MQM is the major beneficiary in this regard. Tracing the background of Brig Imtiaz in the intelligence department, he said every one under him used to be afraid of him as he had the tendency not only to tease people on different excuses but at times had spoiled their careers. When asked as to what were his differences with Musharraf and why he, as corps commander, had met Nawaz Sharif bypassing him, Lt Gen Tariq Pervez said their differences on professional matters were old. They had multiplied during the Kargil adventure where Gen Mehmood and Gen Aziz were also involved. During the briefings on Kargil, Musharraf used to boast over his successes. However, I wanted to be heard in those meetings and transfer my long experiences as commander over the Line of Control. I was keen that the army benefits from my experiences. Gen Tariq said at the beginning of the Kargil conflict, Musharraf, Mehmood and their cronies had tried to display their feelings that they had achieved what I had thought impossible. I conveyed that like every Pakistani in uniform, I would have been too happy if the Indians were beaten. Later it was proved that only fabricated stories were conveyed to the troops and the public. He said our causalities were in great number and the claims about building bunkers proved false. The fact remains that no precautionary measures were made to ensure victory or the safety of life of the troops. Tariq said he had met Musharraf early in October 1999 on news that he was immediately being retired from service. “He just gave me a couple of days more when requested that sufficient time should be given so that one can make up his mind as it had been a long service in the Army”. It was Gen Tariq’s perception that by the time he met Musharraf, he had already made up his mind to overthrow the Nawaz Sharif government. “The day he took over, it was my last day in uniform,” Gen Tariq said. He recalled that although it smelled fishy on October 12, 1999, but he never knew that such a major step was on the anvil. Tracing the track that moved Musharraf to the office of the Army chief, Gen Tariq disclosed that he used to meet Nawaz Sharif without taking even Army Chief Gen Jehangir Karamat into confidence and assured complete loyalty and service, if promoted. Meetings of Musharraf with Nawaz were a usual table talk in the Army circles in those days. Taking part in the programme, Muhammad Anwar Khan of the MQM International Secretariat denied that because of the disclosures by Brig Imtiaz, MQM or PPP benefited, adding, rather history was being corrected. Praising Imtiaz, he said he is a special person and thus speaks the truth to benefit the country. He had played exceptionally well by getting the history corrected. It’s not necessary to probe as to why such disclosures were made at this stage but we are happy that MQM is now free of wrong allegations and baseless charges of trying to establish Jinnah Pur. Anwar recalled that MQM’s character assassination was carried out during 1992 and from time to time thereafter. “We were described and understood as traitors,” he said. He recalled that not a single case is on record against Altaf Hussain or the MQM hierarchy before the 1992 operation. The cases were established thereafter on political grounds. With regard to the meeting between Pervez Musharraf and Asif Ali Zardari, he said, “We are politicians and thus believe in democratic norms and doors of talks remain open in democracy”. In his analysis, Dr Shahid Masood said players of politics are bent upon defeating each other but the game had actually begun prior to final ruling on the NRO. He pointed out that there are rules and regulations for every game but in the power politics there is free for all. At times they had erected such strong protection wall that there remained no exit for them also and they were caught in their sanctuaries. He said Brig (retd) Imtiaz through his initial statements has not only put those forces including the PML-N, Jamaat-e-Islami and others in the former IJI on the defensive but again dragged his former bosses including Hamid Gul, Asad Durrani and Gen Aslam Beg in the buried tales that they become fed up with. Obviously this directly benefited both the PPP and MQM, he said. REFERENCE: Musharraf had already made up mind to remove Nawaz: Gen Tariq News Desk Tuesday, September 01, 2009 http://www.thenews.com.pk/TodaysPrintDetail.aspx?ID=24238&Cat=13&dt=9/1/2009 REFERENCE: Altaf greets ‘Punjabi representative party’ on its big win May 12, 2013 - Updated 01 PKT http://www.thenews.com.pk/article-100566-Altaf-greets-Punjabi-representative-party-on-its-big-win GEO TV Altaf Hussain greets ‘Punjabi representative party’ on its big win http://www.geo.tv/article-100566-Altaf-Hussain-greets-Punjabi-representative-party-on-its-big-win GEO TV Urdu پنجابیوں کی نمائندہ جماعت کوکامیابی پرمبارکباد پیش کرتا ہوں،الطاف حسین http://urdu.geo.tv/UrduDetail.aspx?ID=100566 The real cause of MQM-PML hostility BY Amir Mir Thursday, September 03, 2009 http://www.thenews.com.pk/TodaysPrintDetail.aspx?ID=196296&Cat=2&dt=9/3/2009 Establishment — the main target in current fiasco BY Ansar Abbasi Wednesday, September 02, 2009 http://www.thenews.com.pk/TodaysPrintDetail.aspx?ID=24254&Cat=13&dt=9/2/2009 Brig Asif says he never saw ‘Jinnahpur’ map Wednesday, September 02, 2009 http://www.thenews.com.pk/TodaysPrintDetail.aspx?ID=24259&Cat=13&dt=9/2/2009 The politics of Brigadier ‘Billa’ BY Tahir Hasan Khan Monday, August 31, 2009 http://www.thenews.com.pk/TodaysPrintDetail.aspx?ID=195836&Cat=4&dt=8/31/2009

Pakistani Politicians Take Pakistanis for a Ride.

2013 KARACHI: The Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) on Friday officially announced its "unconditional support" for ruling party Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz (PML-N) candidate in the upcoming presidential elections. “The leader of the party, Altaf Hussain, has announced unconditional support to Mamnoon Hussain, the PML-N’s nominee for the presidential election,” MQM leader Khalid Maqbool Siddiqi told a press conference at the party's 'Nine-Zero' headquarters at Azizabad. Accompanied by a delegation of the PML-N in Karachi, Finance Minister Ishaq Dar also formally invited the MQM, the largest political party in Karachi, to join them in the PML-N-led federal coalition government. Thanking the PML-N for the invitation, Siddiqi said the offer would be discussed with the party's senior leadership. The PML-N delegation, comprising the finance minister, presidential candidate Mamnoon Hussain, and Information Minister Pervez Rasheed, first called on Governor Sindh Dr Ishratul Ibad at the Governor House in Karachi. Sources said that the Sindh governor spoke with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif over telephone. The PML-N delegation later visited 'Nine-Zero' where they met with members of the party's Rabita Committee (central coordination committee). “If elected, I will try to ensure that I do not serve as the president of the PML-N, but a president for all political parties,” Mamnoon Hussain told a press conference following the meeting. “I will also pay special attention to Karachi for a viable solution to the problems of the city.” Meanwhile, the ruling party in Sindh province, the Pakistan People's Party (PPP) has announced that it will boycott the presidential elections, set to take place on July 30 following the announcement of final candidates by the Election Commission on July 27. PPP candidate Raza Rabbani pulled out of the race at the last minute in protest of the revision of the election date from Aug 6 to July 30, following a decision by the Supreme Court on a petition by the ruling party. The nomination papers of Mamnoon Hussain and Iqbal Zafar Jhagra of PML-N and Justice (Retd) Wajihuddin Ahmad of Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaf (PTI) were accepted on Friday. According to the Constitution, the president will be chosen for five years by an electoral college of 706 lawmakers, including 104 senators and 342 members of the National Assembly and 260 of the provincial assemblies. 50 seats of the national and provincial assemblies are currently vacant, by-polls for which are scheduled for August 22, almost a month after the election of the new president. REFERENCE: MQM pledges 'unconditional support' for PML-N presidential nominee by ASIF MEHMOOD 2013-07-27 01:25:54 http://dawn.com/news/1032084/mqm-pledges-unconditional-support-for-pml-n-presidential-nominee

Brigadier Imtiaz with Dr Danish (Sawal Yeh Hai - ARY 2009)

Brigadier Imtiaz with Dr Danish (Sawal Yeh Hai... by SalimJanMazari

2009: LONDON: Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) Quaid Altaf Hussain has demanded formation of a national truth and reconciliatory commission to put facts before the nation after astonishing revelations that the Jinnahpur map and the plan never existed and it was only an excuse to start the June 19, 1992 military operation against the MQM. Two former military men have disclosed that the alleged map of Jinnahpur was a ‘drama’ and its publication was meant to malign a democratic party. Former Intelligence Bureau director-general Brig (retd) Imtiaz, who was a major player in the 1992 operation against the MQM and its cadres, confessed that the Jinnahpur map “was a drama that was aimed at creating a rift amongst various sections of the nation”. Known as one of the most influential spy officers, who played a key role in shaping political events in Pakistan, Brigadier Imtiaz Ahmed further confessed that he carried out research into the allegations and found that no such thing as Jinnahpur existed and no such map was found from any office of the MQM. The retired Army officer further said the operation, which was started during the reign of the then-prime minister Nawaz Sharif, was launched after full consultation and with the full knowledge of the proper chain-of-command, which included the then-Army chief Asif Nawaz, president Ghulam Ishaq Khan and former prime minister Nawaz Sharif. Gen (retd) Nasir Akhtar, who was the corps commander Karachi at the time of the operation, also confessed he had no knowledge of the Jinnahpur map and that was the reason why the ISPR withdrew it two days after its publication. Addressing a press conference at the MQM international secretariat here on Sunday night, Altaf said his party’s stance stood vindicated and termed the confessional statements by two pivotal charters of the operation as the victory of truth and justice, and proof that the establishment was scared of the party’s pro-middle class and anti-corruption and feudalism message. Congratulating the whole nation, the party chief said his thoughts were filled with the memories of those 15,000 who had been killed cold-bloodedly. Altaf said since then his party had been maligned and portrayed as a ‘traitor’ at every opportunity but the truth has prevailed and it has been proven that his party believed in a strong, united and prosperous Pakistan and the operation against it was absolutely wrong. “Allegations are always hurtful whether they be about personal corruption or character assassination but the allegation of being a traitor and on the pay of an enemy is the worst of all accusations. “We were put on the front pages of newspapers for being behind the Jinnahpur ‘conspiracy’ and the whole of Punjab was turned against us as we were considered the enemy within. “Now the two main characters of the 1992 operation have spoken the truth, may I question what about the doubts that have been seeded baselessly in the minds of Pakistani people that the MQM is a traitor?” Altaf said he and those who lost loved ones during the operation will always be bereaved but they would forgive the blood of their loved ones, including Altaf Hussain’s brother Nasir Hussain and a nephew who were killed during the same operation. He said after being vindicated by the two men, he could ratchet up the pressure and complicate things but added the country was passing through a critical phase and any kind of instability and heated situation would not be in the best interest of the country. “I extend the hand of friendship and unity towards all for the solidarity of Pakistan.” He appealed to Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry to form a truth and reconciliation commission to find facts behind the anti-MQM operation and also call the two former Army officials and know from the horse’s mouth as to what lay behind the operation and why 15,000 Pakistanis were killed, hundreds forced to flee the country and dozens still missing. He asked Pakistan Muslim League-N Quaid Nawaz Sharif to state before the nation why he allowed the Army operation, whether he was consulted, knew full facts behind it and why he didn’t intervene to stop it. Addressing the current military leadership, Altaf said he didn’t believe the present command had anything to do with the injustice done 18 years ago in its name but appealed to the Army and intelligence agencies not to be part of any conspiracy against the MQM and “welcome the MQM with open arms as a truly patriotic party which loves Pakistan as much as any other Pakistani does”. Altaf said the 1992 operation was unleashed on the party to break it into pieces but the resilience of the party workers and the strength of the MQM message and its connection with the masses helped the party stay united. The MQM founder hoped a lesson will be learnt and no attempts will be made to stop the party from taking its secular message of women’s equality, education for all, enlightenment and elimination of the corrupt feudal system in all parts of Pakistan. REFERENCE: Jinnahpur conspiracy BY Murtaza Ali Shah Tuesday, August 25, 2009 http://www.thenews.com.pk/TodaysPrintDetail.aspx?ID=24073&Cat=13&dt=8/25/2009 REFERENCE: Altaf greets ‘Punjabi representative party’ on its big win May 12, 2013 - Updated 01 PKT http://www.thenews.com.pk/article-100566-Altaf-greets-Punjabi-representative-party-on-its-big-win GEO TV Altaf Hussain greets ‘Punjabi representative party’ on its big win http://www.geo.tv/article-100566-Altaf-Hussain-greets-Punjabi-representative-party-on-its-big-win GEO TV Urdu پنجابیوں کی نمائندہ جماعت کوکامیابی پرمبارکباد پیش کرتا ہوں،الطاف حسین http://urdu.geo.tv/UrduDetail.aspx?ID=100566

MQM on Nawaz Sharif Politics and Bank Default (Samaa TV 2011)

MQM on Nawaz Sharif Politics and Bank Default... by SalimJanMazari

2009 ISLAMABAD: Secretary Information PML-N Ahsan Iqbal has said that the military had initiated the 1992 operation without taking the government of the time into confidence. Talking to the media here on Monday, he said the MQM chief had been levelling allegations against the PML-N for being responsible for the 1992 military action in Karachi, but General Asif Nawaz had initiated the operation against the MQM without the approval of the government. According to Ahsan Iqbal, the previous democratic governments did not enjoy complete authority. The MQM is levelling allegation to divert attention from investigations into the May 12, 2007, incident, he added. REFERENCE: ‘Military didn’t consult govt on 1992 operation’ Tuesday, August 25, 2009 http://www.thenews.com.pk/TodaysPrintDetail.aspx?ID=24074&Cat=13&dt=8/25/2009

Nawaz Sharif and Altaf Hussain on each other (Aapas Ki Baat 27 July 2013)


Nawaz Sharif & Altaf Hussain on each other... by SalimJanMazari

2011: KARACHI: The Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) has decided to hold a rally here on Sunday in protest against the use of derogatory language against President Asif Ali Zardari by leaders of Pakistan Muslim League-N during a public meeting in Lahore on Friday. The decision was taken by the MQM coordination committee at an emergency meeting held on Friday evening. The meeting decided that a rally would be held on Sunday at Tibet Centre on M.A. Jinnah Road to express solidarity with the president. Speaking to participants of the meeting, MQM chief Altaf Hussain condemned the use of derogatory language against President Zardari by Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif and other speakers. In a statement, the MQM chief said that the derogatory language could also harm the integrity of the country. REFERENCE: MQM to hold pro-Zardari rally on Sunday 2011-10-28 22:13:15 http://dawn.com/news/669719/mqm-to-hold-pro-zardari-rally-on-sunday

Threats and Memory Loss of MQM


Threats & Memory Loss of MQM by SalimJanMazari

2009 : 60 MQM men buried in Margalla hills in 1997: Shujaat ISLAMABAD: PML-Q chief Chaudhry Shujaat Husain has disclosed that at least 60 activists of the MQM were buried in the Margalla Hills of the Federal Capital in 1997. Talking to a TV channel on Wednesday, he said the said activists, apprehended from Karachi, were shifted to Islamabad, where they were tortured to death and later buried in the Margalla Hills. No investigations of any sort were held regarding the killing of the detainees.” Chaudhry Shujaat further disclosed: “I was Federal Interior Minister at that time, but Chairman Accountability Bureau Saif-ur-Rahman was more influential than me. The map, which the law-enforcement agencies exposed, has no reality. Responding to a query, he elucidated that trial for the former dictator Pervez Musharraf would not be held. Shujaat said he was personally not in favour of presenting the resolution in the House. The incumbents, as at this juncture of time, should focus their attention to relieve the masses from prevailing energy and commodity crisis, instead of indulging in dead issues. The PML chief said the political leadership of the country was taken into confidence in connection with the 1992 military operation in Karachi. The federal cabinet was also not briefed before the military operation in Karachi, he said. The PML-Q leader expressed his anger that the issues of 1992 military operation and ‘Jinnahpur’ were being aired at this particular time to divert the attention of the masses from prevailing crisis. Meanwhile, the spokesman for the PML-N, Siddiq-ul-Farooq, while refuting the allegations levelled by Chaudhry Shujaat, emphasised that the PML-N chief had nothing to do with any sort of genocide during his both the tenures. Farooq said Chaudhry Shujaat Husain was federal interior minister in 1997 and should have resigned from his office, if he had any moral courage, over the ëkilling of 60 activists of the MQM in the Federal Capitalí. REFERENCE: 60 MQM men buried in Margalla hills in 1997: Shujaat Thursday, August 27, 2009 http://www.thenews.com.pk/TodaysPrintDetail.aspx?ID=24131&Cat=13&dt=8/27/2009

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Nawaz Sharif and Militant Wings in Sindh Assembly, Pakistan.

KARACHI, July 26: The Muttahida Qaumi Movement announced on Friday ‘unconditional’ support for PML-N candidate Mamnoon Hussain in the presidential election after a delegation of the ruling party visited its Nine Zero headquarters to seek its support. The support strengthened the position of the PML-N because of the number of legislators of Muttahida in the parliament and Sindh Assembly. The development provided the beleaguered MQM with a political respite because, according to sources, in return for its support the ruling party invited it to join the federal government. It was the first visit of a high-level PML-N delegation to the MQM headquarters since the parting of ways between Nawaz Sharif and the MQM after the assassination of former Sindh governor Hakim Muhammad Said in 1998 and imposition of governor’s rule in the province. Although the MQM had unconditionally supported Mr Sharif during the election for prime minister, relations between the two parties remained uneasy because of the bitter past. But the enthusiastic welcome given to the PML-N delegation and the subsequent announcement about MQM’s support for Mr Hussain made it clear that the two parties had decided to bury the hatchet and make a fresh start. Both parties insisted that the support was ‘unconditional’ and the sources said the PML-N had made an offer to the MQM to join the federal government. Modalities in this regard would be sorted out after the presidential election. REFERENCE: MQM, PML-N in new bonhomie http://dawn.com/news/1032156/mqm-pml-n-in-new-bonhomie

Reality of Nawaz Sharif and PML (N) Alliance with MQM.

Reality of Nawaz Sharif & PML (N) Alliance with... by SalimJanMazari

2011 Daily Dawn : While the MQM chief criticised Nawaz Sharif, he termed President Asif Zardari his brother. His reply was in the affirmative when asked whether the Pakistan People’s Party and the MQM could sit together again. “No leniency must be shown to a criminal regardless of his party affiliation. The extortion racket should be curbed… if the PPP is ready to end such things then we would also think about going with the PPP. If they cannot do this then we will remain their friends but stay in the opposition.” 2011 Daily Times : On the Charter of Democracy (COD), he said that both the PPP and Nawaz Sharif had failed to implement it and termed it a document of false promises. 2011 The News International : LONDON: MQM chief Altaf Hussain on Friday kept the entire country on edge for hours as he addressed his workers and journalists from London, complaining about conspiracies to eliminate him and breaking up Pakistan but repeatedly offered the services of his party to the Pakistan Army and ISI to help save the country. In a countrywide televised press conference, the MQM leader accused the PML-N of Nawaz Sharif of having large arsenals of weapons. REFERENCES: MQM in the way of plot against Pakistan: Altaf 2011-09-09 22:38:14 http://beta.dawn.com/news/657920/mqm-chief-altaf-hussain-addresses-supporters No super power can disintegrate Pakistan: Altaf Saturday, September 10, 2011 http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2011\09\10\story_10-9-2011_pg1_1 MQM at beck and call of Army: Altaf by Murtaza Ali Shah Saturday, September 10, 2011 http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-13-8679-MQM-at-beck-and-call-of-Army-Altaf London calling: Altaf Hussain hits back at friends, foes By Saba ImtiazPublished: September 9, 2011 http://tribune.com.pk/story/248847/altaf-hussain-addresses-televised-press-conference/

MQM Exposes Militant Wings of Nawaz Sharif and PML (Nawaz)

MQM Exposes Militant Wings of Nawaz Sharif... by SalimJanMazari

KARACHI: The political parties, which are being targeted by the Pakistani Taliban for having ‘secular views,’ late on Tuesday said the coming May 11 polls are being hijacked by “local and international establishment,” DawnNews reported.Speaking during a joint-press conference held at the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) headquarters Nine-Zero in Karachi, Dr Farooq Sattar, Senator Rehman Malik and Senator Shahi Syed reiterated their stance to carry on with their respective electoral campaigns despite the terrorist threats.At least 60 people have been killed in attacks targeting politicians and political parties across Pakistan since April 11.The three main parties of the outgoing coalition government – Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), Awami National Party (ANP) and MQM – had earlier in the day also rejected the call to bring in the Army in Sindh.All three leaders, during the press conference, vowed to foil the conspiracy of bringing an extremist, pro-Taliban and right-wing government in the country.“Militants want to divide Pakistan by bringing a pro-Taliban prime minister in the coming elections,” said former interior minister and PPP leader Rehman Malik.He blamed the outgoing Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) government in Punjab of providing cover to banned Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ). The prevailing sectarian violence in Karachi and elsewhere in the country is due to that patronage, he added.“Pakistani and international establishment are behind keeping the three liberal political parties of the country away from coming into power,” said MQM’s Farooq Sattar. He said there was no level playing field being provided to all parties on parity.The MQM leader urged the interim government and the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to fulfil their constitutional responsibility of ensuring free, fair and transparent elections.ANP’s president of its Sindh chapter, Shahi Syed said that a conspiracy is being hatched against spirit of Islam and the survival of Pakistan. “Terrorists cannot frighten us……..its about time we stand together against the militants,” said Syed. “Taliban were assassins, are and will remain that,” he added.The three leaders, prior to the press conference, held a consultative session to device a joint-electoral strategy for the coming polls. REFERENCE: Polls are being hijacked by Establishment, blame PPP, MQM, ANP http://x.dawn.com/2013/05/01/polls-are-being-hijacked-by-establishment-blame-pppmqmanp/ Daily Dawn Election Special http://x.dawn.com/category/elections-2/elections-top-stories/page/8/

Nawaz Sharif on Militant Wings and Mafia in Sindh Assembly (December 2012)

Nawaz Sharif on Militant Wings & Mafia in Sindh... by SalimJanMazari

2011: Nawaz for ban on parties harbouring militants : MULTAN: Pakistan Muslim League-N president Nawaz Sharif said here on Friday that the Supreme Court in its judgment on the law and order situation in Karachi had asked political parties to expel criminals from their ranks, adding that it was now parliament’s duty to ban all organisations that had militant wings. Talking to journalists at Multan airport, Mr Sharif said he was optimistic that in the forthcoming elections the masses would reject the political parties that harboured militants because these were working against the county’s interest. Answering a question, he said new provinces should be created on administrative grounds and not on linguistic basis. He warned there would be a Karachi-like situation in a new province made on the linguistic basis. “Ethnic war is the root-cause of lawlessness in Karachi while elements involved in criminal activities are taking shelter in political parties,” he said. He said the Punjab government had launched several development projects in south Punjab and rejected allegations that the provincial government led by his party was not giving southern Punjab its due share in funds. Mr Sharif said the chief minister of Punjab had left Lahore and camped in southern Punjab when the region was hit by floods last year; more Danish schools were being built in southern Punjab than in other areas of the province and in the Yellow cab scheme also a sizeable share had been given to the region. 2013 : KARACHI: PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif expressed his resolve to eliminate the militant wings of all the political parties in the country after coming to power. The PML-N chief made this commitment on Thursday while talking to newsmen at the Jinnah Terminal here and said the PML-N would revive the life and prosperity of Karachi and restore the status of this mega city as the city of lights. He declared that there was no militant wing of any political party in the Punjab and the election campaign was going on peacefully in the province without any disturbance. “Everybody is disturbed due to the situation in Karachi. Extortionists are moving freely and businessmen are being kidnapped for ransom,”with Lahore through motorways. He claimed he truly loved Karachi and wanted the city to return to its normal life like the past. He advised the PPP leadership not to mislead the masses and tell the nation about what they had done for the country with their performance over the past five years. The PML-N leader claimed that those labelling him as ‘Taliban prime minister’ had done nothing for the country and the people would reject them in the upcoming elections. REFERENCE: Nawaz for ban on parties harbouring militants http://x.dawn.com/2011/10/08/nawaz-for-ban-on-parties-harbouring-militants/ Parties with ‘militant wings’ must be banned, says Nawaz 2011-10-07 06:52:02 http://beta.dawn.com/news/664480/parties-with-military-wings-must-be-banned-says-nawaz
Militant wings of parties to be eliminated: Nawaz by Tahir Hasan Khan Friday, May 03, 2013 http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-13-22627-Militant-wings-of-parties-to-be-eliminated-Nawaz

Friday, July 26, 2013

MQM, Nawaz Sharif and Perpetual Confusion

May 12, 2013 - Updated 01  Altaf greets ‘Punjabi representative party’ on its big win: LONDON: Congratulating Pakistan Muslim League-N on its big win, Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) Chief Altaf Hussain called the Nawaz Shairf-led party which has so far bagged maximum number of seats in the center as ‘Punjabis representative party’. “Muslilm League-N has emerged victorious in elections 2013 and Nawaz Sharif as a representative of leader of the Punjabis,” Altaf Hussain said in his derogatory statement following PML-N’s winning big in the Punjab in today’s general elections. He did not stop there, saying Nawaz Sharif appears to have stood by his philosophy and slogan he chanted twenty years back ‘Jaag Punjabi Jaag, Teri Pag Noon Lag Gaya Dagh’. “Today he got the fruit of this slogan,” he added. Altaf Hussain said he extends hearty congratulations to the people of Punjab and hoped ‘as the leader of the biggest province of the country Nawaz Sharif will also treat the non-Punjabi people of the remaining three provinces with equality, justice and honesty’ with a view to promote brotherhood among people. REFERENCE: Altaf greets ‘Punjabi representative party’ on its big win May 12, 2013 - Updated 01 PKT http://www.thenews.com.pk/article-100566-Altaf-greets-Punjabi-representative-party-on-its-big-win GEO TV Altaf Hussain greets ‘Punjabi representative party’ on its big win http://www.geo.tv/article-100566-Altaf-Hussain-greets-Punjabi-representative-party-on-its-big-win GEO TV Urdu پنجابیوں کی نمائندہ جماعت کوکامیابی پرمبارکباد پیش کرتا ہوں،الطاف حسین http://urdu.geo.tv/UrduDetail.aspx?ID=100566

Nawaz Sharif on MQM and MQM on Nawaz Sharif


Nawaz Sharif on MQM and MQM on Nawaz Sharif by SalimJanMazari

2009 PML-N rejects MQM criticism -- ISLAMABAD The Pakistan Muslim League-N has rejected the criticism by Muttahida Qaumi Movement`s chief Altaf Hussain against Nawaz Sharif, saying it is an attempt to deflect people`s attention from investigations into the happenings of May 12, 2007, in Karachi. In a rejoinder issued on Monday, PML-N`s Secretary Information Ahsan Iqbal said that the army had launched an unauthorised crackdown against the MQM in 1992, without taking the government into confidence. “General Asif Nawaz gave the go-ahead for the military operation without any political consultation.” Mr Iqbal said the then prime minister Nawaz Sharif had no role in the military operation because he was out of the country. He said Gen Asif Nawaz had not been given mandate to launch the operation. He asked the MQM leadership to explain why it allied itself with the PML-N government in 1997 if it believed that Mr Sharif was responsible for the crackdown. Refering to the re-launching of the operation in 1994, Mr Iqbal urged MQM to ask the then interior minister Naseerullah Babar of the Pakistan People`s Party about it. He said the MQM should tell the nation why it had allied itself with the PPP government if it considered the operation in 1994 was unjustified. He said despite consistently criticising the army in the past, Mr Hussain and his party collaborated with Gen Pervez Musharraf for the sake of power. Commenting on Altaf Hussains request to the Army for destroying the record against MQM, he said why had MQM not done so when his party (the MQM) was a partner in power during the Musharraf regime. Mr Iqbal said the focus of PML-N`s politics was the nation`s demand for Gen (retd) Musharraf`s trial and scrapping the 17th Amendment. He criticised the PPP for deviating from the Charter of Democracy after Ms Bhutto`s assassination and continuing the policies pursued by the Musharraf regime. REFERENCE: PML-N rejects MQM criticism By Iftikhar A. Khan August 25th, 2009 http://archives.dawn.com/archives/36312

MQM vs PML-N - 1


MQM vs PML-N - 1 by SalimJanMazari

2007: MQM murdered Hakim Said, claims Nawaz LONDON: Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif on Friday claimed that as the prime minister he knew that the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) had murdered Hakim Muhammad Said in Karachi on October 17, 1998. Talking to newspersons at the PML-N office here, he also alleged that Federal Minister Babur Ghauri was now secretly playing the role of a "messenger" between President Gen Pervez Musharraf and Altaf Hussain. He also claimed that Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz would soon ditch President Musharraf and join the opposition parties.Nawaz alleged that Musharraf and Altaf were busy hatching a conspiracy against Pakistan and their collaboration might harm the country. He said that he had made it clear to the MQM leaders, who were part of the coalition government then, either to surrender those who had murdered Hakim Said or quit the Sindh government. "After the refusal of the MQM to surrender the killers, I preferred to sacrifice the provincial government of Liaqat Jatoi instead of making compromises with those who had killed an honourable man like Hakim Said," he said. Nawaz said the MQM leaders were playing a dangerous game by collaborating with Gen Musharraf. "Being the twice elected prime minister of Pakistan, I have some understanding of politics, and my political intuition tells me that Altaf and Musharraf are working to harm the country's interests," he said. Nawaz said, on May 10, while addressing a press conference, he had warned that if the MQM was not stopped from holding a rally in Karachi on the arrival of the chief justice, many innocent people might be killed. He regretted that his timely warning was not heeded to. Nawaz disclosed that even certain elements had tried to warn Gen Musharraf about the likely bloodshed in Karachi if the MQM was not stopped from holding the rally. But, he claimed that instead of giving a serious thought to that logical advice from the intelligence quarters, Musharraf got furious and told them to leave the room. Nawaz said that these words gave a clear idea that Musharraf and Altaf had planned the massacre in Karachi. Nawaz also backed the movement of Imran Khan against Altaf and said his own hard-hitting stance on the MQM was known to everybody. He said that he was against the MQM since it murdered Hakim Said. REFERENCE: MQM murdered Hakim Said, claims Nawaz BY Rauf Klasra Saturday, June 09, 2007 http://www.thenews.com.pk/TodaysPrintDetail.aspx?ID=8391&Cat=13&dt=6/9/2007

MQM vs PML-N - 2


MQM vs PML-N - 2 by SalimJanMazari

2009 MQM shifts blame for 1992 operation from military to Nawaz . LAHORE: The much trumpeted 1992 operation clean-up in Sindh had actually been launched against the backdrop of the infamous ‘Major Kaleem kidnapping case’, when a serving Army major was abducted and tortured, allegedly by a group of activists belonging to the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (which was then known as the Muhajir Qaumi Movement). While the MQM leadership has recently blamed former prime minister Nawaz Sharif for the 1992 operation and asked him to apologise for the atrocities committed during his tenure, it remains a fact that the MQM high command had held at that time the military leadership responsible for the action, saying it actually wanted to avenge the honour of Major Kaleemuddin. As a matter of fact, Major Kaleemuddin of the Field Investigation Unit (FIU) of the Army had been tasked to restore peace in the trouble-stricken Landhi area of Karachi. He was abducted on June 20, 1991, along with a few subordinates, while in civvies ñ the night when the MQM-Haqiqi led by Afaq Ahmed made an abortive attempt to take over Landhi offices of the Altaf-led MQM, called Muhajir Khel. This led to a bloody gun battle between the two MQM factions, killing many from both sides. However, the Haqiqi group was forced to flee after the Altaf group unleashed all its fire power in the gun battle. A few hours after the abortive attempt by the Haqiqi group, Major Kaleemuddin was abducted from the Landhi area by armed activists of the MQM, who allegedly took him to a torture cell and subjected him to ‘mistreatment’. The Major Kaleemuddin kidnapping case is still described by many in the establishment as the bedrock of the subsequent military operations carried out against the MQM under the Sharif and the Bhutto governments. Altaf Hussain and several other MQM leaders and workers were subsequently accused of being involved in the kidnapping episode and named in the FIR registered on June 24, 1991. Altaf left Pakistan in December 1992. But there are different versions of what exactly happened to Major Kaleemuddin. Some of the MQM leaders had claimed after the incident that the abductors were under the impression that MQM-Haqiqi leaders ñ Afaq Ahmed and Amir Khan - had returned to the port city at the behest of the agencies and that the major was present in Landhi to supervise the establishment-sponsored operation against them. During the court trial, many of the accused had claimed that since the major was in plain clothes, he was mistaken by them for a Haqiqi activist and subsequently roughed up. But as soon he had revealed his identity, the major was allowed to go. However, according to the prosecution, Major Kaleemuddin, along with three other Army officers, was patrolling the Landhi area in an Army jeep when 20 armed youths took them hostage after seizing their weapons. The Army men were taken to a place called Muhajir Khel in Landhi where they were allegedly tortured and kept for seven hours and rescued when the police reached the place. The accused charged with kidnapping the Army officers and torturing them included Altaf Hussain, Saleem Shahzad, Dr Imran Farooq, Safdar Baqri, Nadeem Ayubi, Ayub Shah, Aftab Ahmed, Ismail alias Sitara, Ashraf Zaidi, Sajid Azad, Ashfaq Chief, Javed Kazmi, Haji Jalal Asghar Chacha, Rehan Zaidi and Mohammad Yousuf. Whatever the truth might be, the then-Army high command’s keen interest in the prosecution of the accused gave an impression as if the traditional martial pride of the Khakis - that nobody gets away with bashing up an Army officer ñ was at work. Gen Asif Nawaz had been the Corps Commander Karachi at that time who got promoted as the Army Chief in August 1991, right before the start of the military operation. A special court for suppression of terrorist activities (STA), led by Justice Rafiq Awan, began hearing of the Kaleemuddin kidnapping case in March 1993 and delivered judgment on June 9, 1994. The court had convicted Ashfaq Chief, Javed Kazmi and Haji Jalal and sentenced them to 30 years of rigorous imprisonment, besides imposing a fine of Rs 20,000 each under the Pakistan Penal Code, the Hudood Ordinance. All other accused, including Altaf Hussain, were declared absconders and sentenced to 27 years jail and a fine of Rs 30,000 each in absentia. Almost three years later, following the 1997 general elections and the subsequent decision by Altaf Hussain to join hands with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, all the convicted MQM leaders and activists challenged afresh their conviction and sentences before the Sindh High Court. Their appeal was heard by a division bench, which found the case as one ‘of almost no legal evidence’. Relying on the provisions of the Suppression of Terrorist Activities Act, 1976, the bench upheld on trial in absentia as well as the right of the absentee accused to file an appeal. Dealing with evidence, the bench observed that the eyewitnesses’ account did not inspire confidence and the evidence of the complainant was, in particular, full of contradictions. The bench, comprising Justice Nizam Hussain Siddiqui and Justice Abdul Hameed, noted that it is difficult to believe, a group of 15 or 20 boys could disarm four trained soldiers. Therefore, all the accused were acquitted and three convicts serving their term were ordered to be released immediately. But it is interesting to point out that after AQ Halepota, one of the counsels for the MQM leaders, concluded his arguments before the court, the then-advocate-general Sindh Shaukat Zuberi submitted that numerous omissions and contradictions had been made during the trial of Major Kaleemuddin’s kidnapping and torture case and that he would not support the convictions of the accused by the STA court. The verdict came hardly a week after the then-prime minister Nawaz Sharif had travelled to London to meet Altaf Hussain. To recall, the MQM and the PML-N had been coalition partners at that time, before finally falling apart following the assassination of Hakim Mohammad Saeed in Karachi. Major Kaleemuddin had subsequently challenged the acquittal of the MQM leaders and activists by the Sindh High Court. But the petition was dismissed as withdrawn by the apex court on August 13, 2007, mainly due to non-prosecution, as neither the petitioner nor his counsel had turned up. REFERENCE: MQM shifts blame for 1992 operation from military to Nawaz Amir Mir Wednesday, September 02, 2009 http://www.thenews.com.pk/TodaysPrintDetail.aspx?ID=24255&Cat=13&dt=9/2/2009

MQM vs PML-N - 3


MQM vs PML-N - 3 by SalimJanMazari

 2007 Text of London APC declaration : On May 12, 2007, at Karachi, an engineered massacre of opposition workers was orchestrated, unarmed political workers were at the mercy of gun-toting Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) workers while the police and rangers watched. The Sindh High Court was laid siege and judges had to run to save themselves. The district courts were surrounded by MQM activists and lawyers including women were beaten. While the federal and provincial regimes watched 48 innocent people lost their lives and over 200 were injured; yet General Musharraf says there is no need for an inquiry. 

13) The APC holds General Musharraf, the Sindh governor and the provincial government, and the MQM responsible for the carnage carried out in Karachi on May 12, 2007, and demands an independent judicial enquiry by a judge of the Supreme Court to ascertain and identify the persons involved. 

14) The APC condemns recent acts of terrorism in UK. It further resolves to write a joint memorandum to the UK government for initiating necessary legal proceedings against MQM chief Altaf Hussain for his alleged role in incidents of terrorism in Pakistan. 

REFERENCE: Text of London APC declaration Monday, July 09, 2007 http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2007%5C07%5C09%5Cstory_9-7-2007_pg7_44

MQM Leader Altaf Hussain with Mubasher Lucman - 1 (Point Blank Express News 2009)

MQM Leader Altaf Hussain with Mubasher Lucman... by SalimJanMazari

LONDON: All the heads of political parties, which took part in the all parties conference in London, would jointly write a letter to the UK government to take legal action against the MQM chief Altaf Hussain for his alleged involvement in terrorism in Pakistan. The APC also resolved that no party would enter into any political alliance with the MQM in future at Islamabad or in Sindh to form the government. Calling the MQM a terrorist party, they said that the MQM should be “barred” from the political system of the country. The APC participants also condemned all kinds of terrorism on the UK soil and also demanded of the British government to take legal action against its citizen (Altaf) who, they said, was involved in violence and terrorism in Pakistan. Earlier, Imran Khan, Qazi Hussain Ahmed, Maulana Fazlur Rehman, Mehmood Khan Achakzai, Asfandyar Wali and others leaders made hard-hitting speeches against the MQM. UK action against Altaf demanded by Rauf Klasra Monday, July 09, 2007 http://www.thenews.com.pk/TodaysPrintDetail.aspx?ID=8912&Cat=13&dt=7/9/2007

MQM Leader Altaf Hussain with Mubasher Lucman - 2 (Point Blank Express News 2009)

MQM Leader Altaf Hussain with Mubasher Lucman... by SalimJanMazari

LONDON: The all parties conference (APC) here on Sunday decided to resist “through all means”, including resignations from the assemblies, the re-election of Gen Pervez Musharraf from the current parliament. However, the Pakistan People’s Party delegation led by Makhdoom Amin Fahim said that their party would decide about the resignations when the time for it approached. The APC, attended by 37 opposition parties, also decided that in future no political party in Pakistan would enter into any political alliance with the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) to form government, as it was “a terrorist party that believes in violence”. The APC pledged to ensure return of Nawaz Sharif, Benazir Bhutto and other exiled leaders, except Altaf Hussain, to Pakistan and resist any attempt on the part of the regime to prevent or arrest the leaders on their return. It also demanded that Gen Musharraf should resign and pave way for free and fair elections under a neutral government. It also demanded restoration of chief justice of Pakistan. The APC held Gen Pervez Musharraf, Sindh Governor Dr Ishratul Ebad, Chief Minister Arbab Ghulam Rahim, and the MQM responsible for the killings in Karachi on May 12 and resolved to move the Supreme Court of Pakistan against the massacre. The APC also demanded release of Javed Hashmi, Akhtar Mengal, Afaq Khan, Amir Khan of Mohajir Qaumi Movement and others. Opposition leader in the National Assembly Maulana Fazlur Rehman announced amid deafening slogans and desk thumping that the MMA would resign from the National Assembly and provincial assemblies of the NWFP and Balochistan to block the re-election of Musharraf from the current parliament. REFERENCE: APC agrees to resist Musharraf’s re-election BY Rauf Klasra Monday, July 09, 2007 http://www.thenews.com.pk/TodaysPrintDetail.aspx?ID=8911&Cat=13&dt=7/9/2007