Stories about Zulfiqar Mirza

Let’s play: 20 questions for Zulfiqar Mirza

Sindh’s former home minister Zulfiqar Mirza has announced his resignation from the government in yet another media circus. During TV interviews he made personal attacks against journalists and politicians, making references to their facial features and appearance. However, his emotional outburst left lots of questions on the policy of the government unanswered. A few questions I would like to ask Mr Mirza are: 1) If you claim to be so truthful, why have you never made these revelations before? 2) According to you, Rehman Malik does everything on the discretion of President Asif Ali Zardari. Why then is Rehman Malik accused of ...

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I read so you don’t have to: Outrageous!

This week offered proof, once again, that our politicians wouldn’t be quite so problematic if they just never spoke. We already knew that the outrageousness of Rehman Malik’s words is matched only by the outrageousness of his ties; that Zulfiqar Mirza vomits out inflammatory speeches as if it’s a medical condition for which there’s no cure; and, that the world would be a happier place if Pervez Musharraf never spoke again. Still, you’re most likely sitting at home and refusing to go out because of the heat, so you might as well relive their cringe-worthy comments of the last week. That ...

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Karachi violence: Lessons to learn the day after

What can one say about Senior Sindh Minister Zulfiqar Mirza that hasn’t already been said. However, we can examine further the ruling party’s ever-ready approach to bring their angry spokesman repeatedly into the picture. This time around, months after being on vacation after his resignation, Zulfiqar Mirza found quite the appropriate moment to burst back into political limelight. Before being led away by Local Government Minister Agha Siraj Durrani, Mirza put the icing on the cake by urging the people of Karachi and Hyderabad to rise up. And as they say, the rest is history – the people did rise ...

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Karachi and the failure of Pakistan’s multi-culturalism

The martial tradition of the Pakistani Army failed and the ‘’Islamization’’ drive of Zia which was the martial tradition merging with clerical power also failed . What did these processes fail at? They failed at creating some coherent narrative of Pakistani citizenship that was pluralistic and open enough to absorb the different ethnic, linguistic and indeed tribal affiliations of the Pakistani citizenry. State sponsored Islam (which in itself is quite unprecedented within the body of Islamic history and literature) has not created any form of universal Pakistani citizenship. The Karachi conflict is the result of decades long alienation, mistrust and hatred towards different ...

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If I were President Zardari in 2011

There is no doubt President Asif Ali Zardari has transformed into a polished politician since his return to Pakistan on December 28, 2007. He has led a number of PPP politicians and managed to bring build a coalition based on “lessons learnt from past mistakes” through a policy of ‘reconciliation’. However, the leaders he nominated, for their personal motives and selfish gains, caused disagreements with partners and ended up embarrassing the party. Corrections have to be made in the future. With one coalition partner already out of the government and another on its way, I feel some extraordinary steps need to be taken to ...

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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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Karachi in the grips of extortionists, terrorists

Earlier this month Sindh Home Minister Zulfiqar Mirza entered the Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) building for a media briefing where a businessman handed him a ‘parchi’  from extortionists and asked the minister to take action against the people who had been threatening him if they didn’t pay the required sum. The ‘parchi’ practice Being a part of the business community in Karachi for several decades, I can confirm that the parchi system is normal practice in Karachi. Political parties, gangsters, ‘community associations’ and representatives of so-called philanthropic and religious organisations pay regular visits to business units around the city ...

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