MQM chief Altaf Hussain.—File Photo
MQM chief Altaf Hussain.—File Photo

KARACHI: The Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) is holding a country-wide referendum today to seek the opinion of its workers and the general public whether the party should accept Pakistan Peoples Party's (PPP) invitation to join the Sindh government.

In view of the referendum, several polling camps have been set up in different areas of Karachi where MQM workers and the public will render their opinions.

After completion of the referendum, the party will decide its future course of action whether to join the provincial government or not.

Earlier, MQM’s coordination committee had announced holding of public referendum on party chief Altaf Hussain’s directive.

When Mr Hussain, speaking on phone from London, asked the people gathered there about their opinion, they unanimously said the MQM should stay in the opposition.

After this, he directed the coordination committee to hold the referendum so that the party could prepare its plan for the future.


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M. Siddique
Jun 20, 2013 04:19pm

Its all drama and sham referendum.

Ali Hashim
Jun 20, 2013 05:52pm

I think MQM should only join the Government if they get portfolios in the Government where they can do something worthwhile e.g. curb the disgraceful and tragic violence in Karachi and improve service delivery for critical services. Otherwise they will just be partners in crime and not be able to do anything substantive for Karachi and Urban Sindh. The basic problem in Sindh is that Sindh is the only province in Pakistan where a distinction has been made between Urban and Rural areas. Talking of a formal division of the Sindh province is anathema to many and even the MQM does not support it.

I am sure that all other provinces also have such Rural and Urban areas with problems that are specific to these areas. A similar distinction may be useful for example in Punjab, where the primary criticism against the Shabaz Sharif government was that he only concentrated on the development of Lahore.

I suggest that we can solve this impasse by dividing the ministries in the provincial government that deal with service delivery and law and order into two parts, one dealing with the Urban areas of Sindh and the Other with the Rural areas. After all, the people of a province have their primary dealing with these ministries.

The overall budget for Sindh should be divided into two parts on the basis of the populations of the urban and the rural areas as has been done with the number of seats in provincial assembly. So the distribution of resources will be even handed.

The portfolios of these sub- divided ministries should be given to the political party that wins the majority of the seats in these areas; in our case the PPP and MQM respectively. Such a division would remove the criticism from Rural Sindh that all resources are being concentrated on Karachi and Hyderabad at the expense of the rest of Sindh.

To solve the problems of service delivery and law and order you have to make the people who win the majority of seats in that area responsible for these functions. They will have a direct interest in doing so. If they do not, they will be thrown out since they will have no alibi, as has been the case previously.

In the case of Sindh, if MQM fails this litmus test then PTI which is waiting in the wings will be voted in. My fellow Pakistani's we need to be fair and just while looking for solutions and have to set aside our prejudices. I would urge you to please give this suggestion a thought.

Usman Lakhani
Jun 20, 2013 06:21pm

One word - Lol!

mohammed
Jun 20, 2013 07:37pm

Poor MQM and the Drama of Mr.Altaf Hussaim May Allah safe Karachi and Pakistan from him and his Tamasha......

Najamuddin
Jun 20, 2013 07:36pm

This is all political drama. MQM can not resist the lust and booty of power.

Pakistani.
Jun 20, 2013 07:39pm

All drama, I can guarantee that the result of the referendum will be "Yes, join the govt.". These guys just cant sit outside the govt., after all they are addicted to curruption and have to pay for huge expenses in UK too.

Making ppl fool yet onces again!.

Najamuddin
Jun 20, 2013 07:59pm

@Ali Hashim: They have long history of partnership in all the loot, plunder, crimes and destruction caused to the ill-fated Nation by the past corrupt Govts who are responsible of plunging the people into darkness of load-shedding, deprivation, hunger and destitution. They can not resist the lust and booty of corrupt political power?

Babar
Jun 20, 2013 09:00pm

@Pakistani.: so give an example of corruption or should I start giving example of corruption for Pervaiz Khatak

Babar
Jun 20, 2013 09:02pm

@Ali Hashim: OTI should pass the test in KPK as well which they have already failed

ailly
Jun 20, 2013 09:51pm

MQM or Muttahid Qawal Movement. Need to decide. These guys are a shame for urdu speaking people, whom they represent in assembly by force..... Altaf come and live here in Pakistan. You shed, while sitting in UK, crocodile tears for the people of your party or other Pakistanis, then why don't you come back. After all, other leaders who were in exile have come back and living here. BB was murdered but she proved she was leader of mettle, not a straying d.. like you. Evan Nawaz Sharif is back and now he is PM,

NO guts no glory, you have prove it right.

Siddiqui
Jun 21, 2013 12:42am

It is an open joke with the MQM workers and sympathizer for holding countrywide referendum whether to join provential government or not,. While MQM workers had already given their decision to stay in opposition, I ask to MQM leadership did the PPP government fulfil their demands for what they left coalition gonernment, definitely no, then why you arranged this drama.

sachay moti wale sarkar
Jun 21, 2013 09:35pm

@ailly: Musharraf also came,Altaf Bhai says"I have been advised not to come my life will be in danger"whose life is not at risk everybody is suffering from common man to Asif Zardari (who hardly comes out) there were attempt on Musharraf life more than once when he was president and army chief. There should be referendum whether you can remain Leaderof M.Q.M.or not you are becoming jokeday by day and hence you have become a liability even for your own party.