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PML unification: We’re all in this together

The phrase ‘birds of a feather flock together’ seems to perfectly encapsulate the recent political atmosphere as attempts are being made by different factions of the Muslim League to reunite and ‘save’ themselves as well as the country from catastrophe. Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM), Quaid League, and the Awami National Party (ANP) are at present cooperating as a group, keeping in mind their vested interests. The Quaid League, also known as the pet league of former President Pervez Musharraf, has joined what it once considered an unholy alliance and is shamelessly cozying up to the PPP leaders ...

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Desensitised in Karachi’s killing fields

Karachi is seeing red again as the city is gripped by target killings and “cannibalism”. Yes, I know the latter isn’t an appropriate word, but has anyone got a better way to describe what is happening in the city? The death toll of the three days’ ongoing target killings in Karachi has climbed to 55 on Tuesday with 15 killings in last 24 hours in various parts of the city. And that is not counting the very latest figures of the 12 victims who died in Sher shah. The police and Rangers claimed to have apprehended more than 80 persons allegedly ...

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Ethnic politics in Karachi – ANP, MQM…and Taliban?

In the 2008 elections, the ANP came into power in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and won two seats in Karachi. Since then, the party has been under attack from the Taliban. The Karachi police has managed to nab hundreds of Taliban activists who were either hiding in the metropolis or gathering funds for their ‘cause’. Reports about the arrests of the Taliban, including the Afghan Taliban, have been regular. Just last month, Taliban operatives responsible for logistics and finances were arrested by the CID Karachi and are now in custody. The most famous arrest was of Mullah Baradar. An average of 20 kidnappings occur in ...

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Taming the untamable

It is going to take a lot more than a ‘code of conduct’ to make sure the target killings in Karachi stop. As vanguards of democracy, claiming to stand for the rights of their ‘own’ people, the political parties in the city have left little doubt that there are, directly or indirectly, responsible for most of the violence in the city. No one named who was behind the violence that erupted in the city last week yet somehow Rehman Malik knew who he had to call to the meeting to make sure the killings stop. And they did. The minute the ...

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The futility of Karachi mayhem

Raza Haider, an MQM leader and member of the Sindh Assembly, and his guard were shot dead at a mosque in Nazimabad in Karachi. It was a sad event. Target killings are unwarranted and uncalled for. The culprits of this cold-blooded murder and all such murders should be caught immediately and punished severely. But another sad event followed the murder. As soon as news of the incident broke all shops were closed. Members of the self-proclaimed ‘middle-class’ and ‘most educated’ political party of Pakistan were allegedly seen threatening shopkeepers. Some shopkeepers were even physically attacked by workers. A Pakhtun cobbler’s small ...

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Target killing: Collateral damage in an urban war

What is to be made of the latest target killing spree in Karachi? This question has been the cause of much speculation as an unending (and escalating) wave of violence has swept through the city, with seemingly no end in sight. Conspiracy theories lavishly depicting an attempt to destabilize the government by forces both internal and external are abound. Still others cite a political battle turned grim between the MQM and ANP, or worse, sectarian conflict or the dreaded ‘third hand’. The one reason you hear least of is actually the most straightforward of the lot, and fits perfectly with the ...

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The time for ethnic politics is over

A popular Urdu proverb goes ‘mulla ki dor masjid tak’ meaning some people are only concerned with what affects them directly. Pakistan complies with this proverb when it comes to provincialism. There are different social, cultural and ethnic groups in Pakistan. These ethnic groups aren’t led by a tribal chieftain or an elder. In the 21st century the urbanity of ethnically associated people has evolved. The geriatric level of living has been abandoned. People don’t believe in tribal chieftains leading their ethnic group but a political leader instead. There are various ethnic groups in Pakistan, consequently there are various political ...

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Is Khyber Pakhtunkhwa better off than NWFP?

“Why was naming our province Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa in the course of ANP’s tenure so crucial?” I have asked my father repeatedly and consequently got into long discussions on why NWFP just had be renamed. Was this the issue that surpassed all our other problems? I don’t think so. When I asked several colleagues the same question one said, “I don’t think I care whether it’s called KPK or NWFP. We’re knee-deep in a serious crisis that needed to be tackled first. This could have been addressed later.” Over all, the name change was met with a lot of enthusiasm from the pro-Pakhtunkhwa population but has faced a resistence ...

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Karachi equals target killing

The term “target killing,” now used as synonym for Karachi, crops up after every two to three months here. The killers certainly have an agenda have lists of people to hit, so as to provoke a reaction from various religious sects, ethnic backgrounds, and social groups. As soon as a precious life is lost, there come, as a backup of the assassins, statements from the media and political or religious quarters that marginalize the efficiency of stake holders of this city of 18 million. Such news reports spread like wild fire all around the city as well as globally, ...

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