Stories about Altaf Hussain

A dirty war: PML-N and MQM take the gloves off!

The term dirty politics has taken a literal turn and the tension that had been building up for a few days has obviously reached fever pitch. The PML-N and MQM had a show down in front of the parliament house that saw the parliamentary leaders dragging in each others daughters, wives and sisters in to the brawl.  Accusations of alcoholism were thrown about and in a heated moment we even heard one leader screaming about sex toys found in one PML-N’s top leaders room! Whoever said politics was boring? In Pakistani politics at least you have all the elements of a great film. There is ...

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MQM jumps ship!

The Muttahida Qaumi Movement’s (MQM) decision to resign from the Federal Cabinet has once again given rise to speculations about midterm elections and the possibility of an in-house change. Even though the decision’s timing took me by surprise, it was by no means shocking. Altaf Hussain’s address in Bhit Shah had already hinted towards the party’s intentions and anyone who heard Zulfiqar Mirza’s blatant accusations regarding MQM could have guessed that the statement would not be easily swept under the carpet. The ever smiling president and the overly conscious Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) leaders from the federal capital may have reassured ...

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MQM assassination: Is anyone safe?

Dr Imran Farooq’s assassination is an event that is going to drastically change the dynamics of politics in Pakistan. The horrendous act committed in London, is going to have grave consequences in streets of Karachi and Hyderabad while causing tension as far as  Islamabad. Out of all that will be said about this assassination, there is one thing that will come as a shock to all; party leaders are no longer safe even if they are in exile. For years political leaders have gone into exile for fear of their lives to eventually safely return to Pakistan. The MQM itself was the ...

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Echoes of revolution

Pakistan is experiencing the worst form of governance in its history and with this comes talks of revolution.  Even in a crisis like the deadly floods Pakistan’s  ministers have failed to focus on public service. The besieged government is unable to deal with conflicts – both man made and natural, and rumors of revolution echo through Pakistan’s political sphere. MQM chief Altaf Hussain was the first to test these waters by articulating the suspicion of Pakistanis when he accused feudal landlords of deliberately diverting waters to neighbouring villages to save their crops, live stocks and personal properties. The political reaction was a ...

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Pakistan on the brink of revolution

It is an undeniable fact that a revolution is coming in Pakistan. Almost every leader seems to agree that major change is on the way – but every party has its own version what that change is. On a TV show PPP Senator Syed Faisal Raza Abidi said that he sees the Taliban taking over Islamabad. CM Punjab Shahbaz Sharif from the PML-N said he sees a “bloody revolution” if current mismanagement, corruption and lack of interest to help the displaced continue to prevail. According to MQM chief Altaf Hussain martial law-like steps need to be taken to ‘save’ Pakistan. He has also called for accountability ...

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Ramazan without traffic jams

Prolonged traffic jams in Karachi had been the order of the day and used to get worse during Ramazan. Even this year, Ramazan began with jammed roads and people controlling the traffic on their own due to the absence of traffic police. However, once again the city wardens – a system put in place by former city nazim Mustafa Kamal – were soon mobilised and since then, there have hardly been any reports of major traffic problems in the city. The introduction of city wardens is one of the many good initiatives taken by the former city government. Though Kamal is no longer in power, most of the systems introduced during his ...

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The case for martial law

In any respectable society, a parliamentarian discovered to be holding a fake degree, involved in corruption and mismanagement would resign. In extreme cases, like in Japan, some may even commit suicide to avoid the shame and disgrace. The leader of any political party would remove anyone found guilty. In Pakistan, however, this is not the case. Surprisingly, during the time of these floods, India had to beg us to take aid from them rather than the other way around. So misconceived, in certain ways, is our pride and dignity that we will only take aid from them if they beg us to ...

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