The Futility Of Karachi Mayhem


As news spread residents of Karachi left work and rushed to get home PHOTO: Express Tribune/M.ADEEL

As news spread residents of Karachi left work and rushed to get home PHOTO: Express Tribune/M.ADEEL


Published at Express Tribune

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 shop was torn down.

Should shops and businesses in Karachi be forced to close down?

The closure of businesses and shops means a substantial loss of billions of rupees every day. It means that daily wagers will not have money to buy food to feed their families. Bread, milk, eggs, pulses, flour and rice will not be available.

Pakistan is already suffering from massive budgetary difficulties and day-to-day financial problems. An entire day without business in the financial hub of the country will not help solve our national economic problems.

The politics of pain

Only one party could be responsible for the city-wide shut down of business. Karachi is MQM and MQM is Karachi. If any party wants to prosper in the political culture of Pakistan it should practice patience and tolerance even in the face of tragedy. Punjab is often seen coping with the after effect of any tragedy much prudently. This is why the party should advise its workers to stop the forceful closure of shops and businesses.

Business as usual for city police

Meanwhile, as the public rushed to reach home safely, policemen continued the practice of greasing their palms on Shahra-e-Faisal and other busy routes in Karachi. Why would the police harrass civilians on a day when the entire city was worried about security and getting home safe and sound? I am not in favor of ransom during a normal situation in the country but during emergencies it is inexcusable.

All in all, I feel that we, Pakistanis, are quite emotional as a nation. We react to the things emotionally while completely forgetting its adverse outcome. We must understand that during such trying times Pakistan needs our honest and patient services more than it needs impulsive reactions.

A Taste Of One Flavor of Justice



So the cat is out of the bag, and peoples en masse — a certain group — enjoying as they’re acquitted. Jinnah Pur was an old wrangle, but not no more now — just now. The intents of this political group can be excellently judged with what they say and then what they actually do later.


Today, Mr. Altaf was blaming Nawaz Sharif for the killing of 15,000 people in Karachi. But then, a very serious question to ponder is, why at first place MQM joined Nawaz Sharif’s government back in 1997 — just to make a government in Sindh–Karachi? Again running after Power?


The operation in Karachi was started by Nawaz Sharif and was succeeded by late Benazir Bhutto and then again succeeded by Nawaz Sharif. Again, MQM demonstrated the apex hypocrisy and joined hands with Benazir Bhutto’s led government, forgetting the killing of 15,000 people — as Mr. Altaf Hussain claims. Why Mr. Altaf Hussain always forgets the brutalities he and his greedy party has faced when it comes to Power?


Why it always happens that MQM becomes an ally of every single government. Naseer Ullah Babar was one of the significant figure while PPP pursued operation against MQM. But the same MQM is an ally of Naseer Ullah Babar i.e. ally of PPP. Why one flavor of passion, hypocrisy and justice? MQM could be befriended with the ruling party, but wouldn’t be befriended with the other one they say had scathe them. Simultaneously, MQM keeps on heightening its brouhaha against the other. And when the other party comes in power, MQM forgets the brutalities and killings of 15,000 people in Karachi and becomes an ally with that party like-a-shot.


Army has been brutal against MQM during the 1992 operation — is a fact wouldn’t be denied by the person who, so ardently, claims the loss of 15,000 people of Karachi. Concurrently, the simplicity of MQM was so cute, at the same time foxy, that MQM whole-heartedly welcomed the second termed government of Nawaz Sharif in 1997 and immediately joined the coalition. Nawaz Sharif again started the operation against MQM — the intensity of which was lesser than 1992 but so many died again — and surprisingly, the 1997 operation was lead by the veteran COAS and President General Pervez Musharraf. Now came the time when General Pervez Musharraf toppled the government of Nawaz Sharif and imposed Martial Law in the country. Again, MQM whole-heartedly endorsed Martial Law and supported Musharraf’s government — the same Musharraf whose hands-on participation in 1997 operation made MQM cry over again. Why such hypocrisy? Why being two-faced? Why supporting those for your benefit whom you say had been cruel to you? If MQM is so forgiving in nature then why a selective forgiveness for Army, for PPP? — but not for Nawaz Sharif? Is that what we call the politics of principles?


If we talk about principles, it reminds me of an incident. Liaquat Ali Khan brings some scandalous letters — composition of letters between the Lady Mountbatten and Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru — to Quaid-e-Azam. Quaid-e-Azam, the man of principles and dignity articulates in a wonderful way. He says, “History is made by the wills and wounds of millions of people – not by the letters for blackmailing purpose.” That was an howling reaction by Quaid-e-Azam.


And today what we see is a Political Structure without Principles. In today’s politics, Principles are being compromised under a pretext of “In the largest interest of nation”. Such cliches and rhetorics are so broadly and so badly a part of our system today. We don’t even ponder to change it.


In another instance, today in his sniveling speech, Mr. Altaf Hussain talked about the eradication of feudalism from Pakistan. He has been saying this so often and so incessantly, yet he and his greedy party has twice supported a government of feudals — Pakistan Peoples Party that is. It’s said that one need to be in the system to change the whole system. It’s quite concordant fact so as pragmatic. But the sheer hypocrisy is when someone under a pretext of getting inside the system to change it actually and surprisingly becomes a part of that system likewise. In the whole word, wherever the democracy works, opposition parties play their role and dissent the ruling government whenever and wherever they feel the need of doing it. But the greedy party of Mr. Altaf Hussain seems not to believe in sitting in opposition; hence every time a new government comes in Pakistan — either an Army rule or a democratic government — Mr. Altaf Hussain pursues to ally with them. The chronicle of Pakistan approbates it so obviously. People denying it would be stung by crows — that too bunch of.


Mr. Altaf Hussain, so ardently pleaded Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry to investigate the issue and do Justice. Why Mr. Altaf Hussain believes in one flavor of Justice? May be because selfishness has become a part of our trait and hypocrisy has become our culture. Now here, this is particularly not about MQM, it’s about the whole political culture of Pakistan. We tend to follow what goes in our benefit — so intensely and so passionately — that always we completely foroget our guilts, yet don’t even bother to contrite on it.


So same is the case with Mr. Altaf Hussain and his greedy political party. The justice they tend to seek is a selective justice — a discriminatory taste of one flavor of justice. At the same time I plead the Chief Justice of Pakistan to bring forth the cases against Altaf Hussain and his greedy party. There’s a case on Mr. Altaf Hussain related to the abduction and torture of one of the serviceman Major Kaleem back in 1991. The case was heard in SHC and it yet is not res adjudicata. It should be brought forth to the Supreme Court. Altaf Hussain himself is involved in near to 200 cases and the pious fugitive doesn’t come back to Pakistan with the same fear. A person with neat intents would never be afraid of doing what is right. A person having even a wee bit of bad intent would always hesitate to iterate the truth. He would lie to the farthest degree of shame, would give numerous excuses to hide the truth. It’s a human nature, likewise a universal fact.


We also have witnessed many of the heinous activities of MQM. The recennt ones includes a killing spree of Pashtuns in Karachi — the ethnic riots were booming till last year and the source of it was the fake propaganda of Talibanization by MQM. Altaf Hussain said he’s suspicious of the presence of 400,000 Talibans in Karachi. Where did they come from, only God knows. May be they came down on the land of Karachi via parachutes. Such a hyped propaganda it was that lead to the killing of so many Pakhtuns and later making it an ethnic war — Pashtun vs MQM–Muhajirs. And what actually happened then? Blood was spilling in Pakistan in the streets of Karachi once again. The tension soared up in Pakistan — not just Karachi.


12 May is one another controversy MQM is being convoluted in so genuinely and the case is now under the Supreme Court of Pakistan. Why MQM is so much galumphing around is now out of my understanding — when MQM knows they have a poor history — a history of a political party started on the basis of language and still sings on the basis of that language too often. The great leader, Quaid-e-Azam, died while declaring Urdu as a National Language of Pakistan with a hope that this new language would homogenize the various ethnic and cultural groups within the newly born nation; and today, unfortunately and so shamefully, people do politics on the basis of that national language. A normal person instead of us would’ve died with shame today, had he realized what Pakistan is today. But we, Pakistanis, are on the verge of high standard of shamefulness, yet we don’t feel anything. We don’t have the thing that is called shame. It’s sold — traded; for what, that is still unknown.


The only and solely point of strong dissent in this whole episode of cat getting out of the bag is — why on earth MQM seeks to taste one flavor of justice from Supreme Court. Why afraid to talk and taste another flavor of justice? Why MQM calls itself a party based on saints, whereas the hypocrisy of MQM is an open book — a book whose every page warrants boldly that rules and principles are happily compromised for power-ship.


Mr. Altaf Hussain and his greedy political party couldn’t stand on their words and manifestos, yet they claim themselves doing neat politics — the politics of Principles as they say.


I wonder why millions of Muslims used to follow Jinnah. When Jinnah used to do a public speech — in English — there used to be hundreds of thousands of people in the congregation and a good majority of them were those who didn’t use to understand English, but they used to trust and rely on Jinnah to an utmost extent that they would chant along with him “Pakistan Zindabad”, without knowing and comprehending what actually he’s orating. There was a huge trust, there was a confidence people had on him and they definitely weren’t wrong.


Reminds me of Bhutto too who won all the 88 seats from West Pakistan in the Elections. People had faith on him.


And today? Every political party claiming themselves to be the most righteous one. MQM calls itself it too, PPP calls itself too, PML-N calls itself too, PTI calls itself too, ANP calls itself too. Who’s right? Right is the one who belongs to my ethnic group. The rest all others are evil. I’d rather slain them if they don’t accept me and my party’s manifesto. Hail my ethnicity. Jeye Muhajir, Jeye Sindhi, Jeye Pashtun, Jeye Balochi etc. Pick the one which that represents your group and let’s chant — Jeye ….


Ye woh qoum hai jo apney aap ko dhoka deti hai or us key leye apney aap se hi jhoot bolti hai.

Breaking The Traditions, The Customs And The Norms


Breaking the Traditions

Breaking the Traditions


Today, in the evening when I sat with my housemate having gossip with him — I found him depressed and stressed. I asked him what’s the matter? And he responded to me with the same old issues he has been going through. He actually wants to break the senile traditions and customs while marrying outside his caste. His parents aren’t agreed to it. But he’s adhere to his thoughts for long — trying to persuade his parents to brush aside the norms which conflicts with Islam itself.


I appreciate the sentiments of my friend of breaking the shabby traditions, in fact I endorsed him. But on the other side we also discussed the aftermaths and overwhelming consequences and specially for those families and brothers having sisters to get married in future, including few other relevant issues as well.


Ultimately, the inference we drew was that Allah is the best defender. The weighty thing is that Allah assess the intents of His creature. If His intents are good — he’s passed.


As I observed my friend since I’m living with him for last 2 years and I believe 2 years are enough to evaluate his conduct and views. With the person whom you live with, dine together, spend morning till night with him, you actually can understand him very well. To me, his only intents are to break the norms — the stupid assorted traditions being prevailing in our society for ages need to be lubricated.


I was wondering today, why we still follow such traditions which itself is contradicting with Islam? Do we not have any average knowledge to understand how it contradicts with Islam?


Today, when I see Pakistan from a larger perspective, I see that these senile traditions and customs are ruining our society very deplorably. Families are destroyed due to that. A Sindhi can’t marry a Punjabi and vice versa, a Urdu speaking can’t marry a Memon and vice versa, a Pakhtun can’t marry a Punjabi and vice versa — so on and so forth. Isn’t it ridiculous that we ourself are divided being a Muslim.


In Prophet Muhammad SAW era, there used to be inter-marriages for the very reason of advancing, encouraging and maintaining the political, racial, tribal, clan and family ties.


All of the Prophet’s marriages during 7 years in Madina, and also the marriages of his daughters, were either for establishing family ties with close friends or other tribal leaders for political purposes. For example, two of the Prophet’s closest friends, Abu Bakr RA and Umar RA who were the first two righteous Caliphs, were also the fathers of his two wives Aisha and Hafsa. Usman and Ali, the third and fourth righteous Caliphs, were married to the Prophet’s daughters. Usman married Ruqayyah and Zainab in succession, and Ali married Fatima. Ali, who was the Prophet’s first cousin, also became his son-in-law.


Hashim ibn Abd Manaf, the Prophet’s great-grandfather and the master of the Quraish, married Salma bint Amr of the clan of Al-Najjar, which belonged to the Khazraj. But the Quraish continued to give itself the most prominent position of all.


And that’s why Islam allows to marry a Ehl-e-Kitab to elevate Islam amongst.


We should emphasize the unity among all Muslims and should work to bring all Muslims closer.


The question still is beyond my understandings — why can’t a Memon marry with a Urdu speaking and vice versa? — so on and so forth.