MQM vs PML-N: No one killed Tariq Mehmood!

Published: January 2, 2011

Tariq Mehmood, organised a press conference to point out that he was alive

In a recent round of allegations from Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) representative Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, the Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM) has been accused of killing one of its own former ministers.

During a live press conference a few days ago, Chaudhry Nisar stated that the MQM is infamous for killing its own party members and has even carried out the killing of former Minister for Housing and Works Syed Tariq Mehmood.  A few days after this statement, Mr Mehmood who happens to be alive, organised his own press conference conveying the truth to the public.

He stated:

“The other day I saw Chaudhry Nisar on TV alleging that MQM has had me killed. I want to tell the nation that I am very much alive. I am alive by the grace of Allah and affiliated with the MQM under the leadership of its founder and leader Mr Altaf Hussain.”

The blame game is certainly not new in Pakistani politics, and this recent edition which began with PML-N leader Nawaz Sharif’s unwarranted comments regarding the MQM and Altaf Hussain is no different.

Baseless accusations and outright lies like the one by Chaudhry Nisar bring out the worst in all parties.  Such actions inevitably lead the opposing sides to come up with the most creative lies about the other.

If a party has legitimate concerns regarding another party’s views or actions, that party is justified in stating so. But, spreading baseless accusations about another in order to score political points is neither serving the interest of the public nor that of the accusing party.

The public is intelligent and the media is powerful, holding each individual accountable for their words.  While we certainly do not expect a retraction from Chaudhry Nisar, we do expect him to take more responsibility for his words and refrain from spreading lies.

Maliha Khan

Maliha Khan

A graduate from Pace University in political science and minor in middle eastern studies. She currently lives in Washington DC and actively follows international politics.

The views expressed by the writer and the reader comments do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of The Express Tribune.

  • Amali

    @ Maliha

    You did express how Chaudhary accused Mutahida of killing its own, but please do shed some light on the whole scenario.especially the verbal garbage Mutahida Jiyalas vomited outside the prestigious parliament. Don’t confuse me with a PML-N sympathizer, I’m of the view that if your going to touch this topic shed light on the whole scenario as this was probably The Epic episode of 2010.


    Amali Recommend

  • The Only Normal Person Here.

    Good that you mentioned that Maliha. Second, it was clear that PML N couldnt gulp MQM’s popularity after when they quit the federal cabinet and PML-N by that stance is proved to be a party of hypocrites who only do mouth firing. This baseless accusation doesnt only show how much PML N is frustratedRecommend

  • Sana Saleem

    I am Really fed up of this Blame Game ! It makes hard to distinguish between the fair and the unfair and one starts thinking that everyone is doing wrongRecommend

  • Yasser Khan

    PMLN as a party should sit peacefully and think about it’s leader i.e Nawaz Sharif tactics in last three years, the continuous obsession over Musharraf, useless war of words and hatred towards MQM and nonetheless role of friendly opposition. In my opinion these policies and attitude has certainly put PMLN at moribund Recommend

  • S. Ali Raza

    Right, and this is what the PMLN and the PPP (FEUDALS) have been doing all this time. If one was to cross-check their comments starting from 1990, it will be a clear pictures who has been saying what for whatever reasons. Recommend

  • S. Ali Raza

    @Amali: Please refer to this news item… it was a mistake and the person involved has apologized. It should not be an issue anymore. Recommend

  • Ali Hassan

    The news of his death is greatly exaggerated. Recommend

  • http://islamabad Maryam

    maliha khan …we want the other side of the picture aswell….

    u just CANNOT defend MQM by showing only one side of the picture….Recommend

  • Liaquat Ali

    It seems that many Pakistani politicians don’t understand–and maybe they don’t need to understand–that the the world of private TV channels, YouTube, the Internet, blogs, satellite and cell phone is very different from the world of PTV and state advertisement supported newspapers.

    Case in point, a TV program watched one time by a number of people at one time never to be re-viewed again except in very limited capacity through video tapes is very different from from the TV clips circling around the world through computers and cell phones where people are able to rewind to specific location in videos.

    Also, the world of newspapers read by a few and re-used as paan-wrappers is very different from the 24×7 electronic and persistent news, which is only a Google search away.

    The urbanization of population would be one of the key nails in the coffin of feudalism. However, exploitation of religion will keep them in business for some time.Recommend

  • Marina Khan

    These both political parties have gone crazy. Recommend

  • Amadeus

    No one killed Jessica!!! =PRecommend

  • Nooruddin Jalal

    The problem with our leadership is ignorance and aimless perception. MQM is future party of Pakistan.Recommend

  • Muhammad Fahed

    I second Mr Liaquat, Politicians should understand that they can’t fool people with cheep allegations.Either MQM PPP PMLN or anyone, they should have one thing in their minds, Newspapers now have archives available easily on internet, News can be seen any time when viewers wants on Youtube, and world is now getting smaller and smaller, It is now impossible to level false allegations, but ironically no apology from Chaudhry Nisar a respected politician and Leader of apposition of Pakistan for his allegation which turned out to be a lie.
    Pakistani politicians should come out from Blame game and politics of allegations, they should start contesting elections on their program, ideology and manifestos not on spicy allegations on others.Recommend