KARACHI: Amid speculations circling in the media regarding his resignation, Governor Sindh Dr Ishratul Ibad Khan of Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) late on Friday night left for Dubai as a video footage aired on private TV channels showed him arriving at the Karachi airport.

It was yet to be ascertained as for how long he has left for UAE as the governor house in Karachi could not confirm date of his return.

Political and journalistic circles are observing the development with great interest in the context of prevailing political situation of the province.

The MQM, including its chief Altaf Hussain, have been protesting against what they claim a one-sided action against the party’s office bearers, being conducted by the Sindh government in Karachi.

Tension engulfed the port city on Wednesday when a former lawmaker of MQM was detained by the law enforcers during the ongoing targeted operation against miscreants. Markets, businesses, shops and fuel stations were shut down in several areas after the arrest of Nadeem Hashmi, who has been sent on week-long physical remand by an ATC, was reported on TV news channels.

Speaker Sindh Assembly Agha Siraj Durrani will presumably take charge as the acting governor in Ishratul Ibad’s absence.

In his more than a decade long time at the governor house, this is not the first instance when the MQM leader tendered his resignation and then withdrew it later on insistence of his party chief Altaf Hussain.

Upon persuasion by former president Asif Ali Zardari of Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) – the former coalition partners of MQM of having a long history of love-hate relationship – Hussain advised Ibad to take back his resignation on more than one occasion.

In June 2011 and again in February this year, he tendered his resignation hours after the MQM pulled out of the ruling coalition in the province and at the centre in protest against noncompliance on their ‘reservations.’

On both counts, Altaf Hussain asked the governor to reconsider his decision in the light of requests made by the business community, industrialists, religious scholars, and people belonging to different spheres of life and for the sake of peace and stability in Sindh.

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September 14, 2013 2:17 am

significant changes have been made to police, something big is expected with senior mqm leadership on the target list

September 14, 2013 2:48 am

Good riddance. Now next one to go is another extremely useless 86 year old leader Qaim Ali Shah.

September 14, 2013 3:16 am

Once again he has resigned and once again Altaf Bhai will come out with crocodile tears and ask him to reconsider in the larger interest of Karachi, Pakistan and the world. :)

M. Siddique
September 14, 2013 3:45 am

Let him stay in UAE. The president should accept his resignation and stop this non-sense. Let the operation continue where it take the security force. Even if it is MQM or ANP thugs, all should face the music.

September 14, 2013 4:40 am

About time that these characters should be brought to justice. He has been the governor for too long as if he owns that post. Unfortunately, Pakistan has been hijacked by these politicians and their kind. People of Pakistan should take heed and get rid of these foreign agents. If you want to save this country choose some honourable and honest individuals (though hard to find).!

September 14, 2013 5:20 am

Hopefully he does'nt come back anytime soon. Seems like the clean up operation in Karachi is starting to show results already.

IKE Khan
September 14, 2013 5:29 am

Dawn is MQM front Paper. See the language: " in the light of requests made by the business community, industrialists, religious scholars, and people belonging to different spheres of life and for the sake of peace and stability in Sindh." Hehehehe

September 14, 2013 8:10 am

Once tendered should never be allowed to withdraw a resignation to avoid stunt resignations

bashir ahmes soomro
September 14, 2013 8:36 am

the flight of Sindh Governor to Dubai in the perspective of the arrest of ex MPA Hashmi and the reshufulling of the senior police officaials has created doubts that the federal and provincial governments are jointly conducting operation likewise 1992 to crush the MQM. Governor sets best example to protect the criminals within the party ranks.

September 14, 2013 8:51 am

what a joke agian they will play games

danish ali
September 14, 2013 10:06 am

now mqm must leave this drama because they cant hide the reallity

September 14, 2013 10:06 am

I think he has left for good this time! MQM is under enormous pressure due to Karachi operation against criminals.

Saghir Ahmed
September 14, 2013 11:20 am

The report says all what a reader would like to comment except one: Funny that Altaf Hussain asked the Governor to consider the "Request of the Business community" (doodh dene wali gae). ! ! ! The outbursts of the business community in a private meeting with NS is enough a proof what the business community thinks of MQM. 'Leave to rejoin' was a theory of MQM throughout. May be, IBK failed to get Nadeem Hashmi off the hook ! And that's what annoyed the "King of Karachi". "Jaooooooooooooooooo aur apni duty par hazir ho jaooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo.

September 14, 2013 11:30 am

My humble advise to him to stay in Dubai permanently. He will be the next target soon of this current operation. In 1992 he was a minister and charged criminal cases by Nawaz government in the Army Operation.

Gul Khan
September 14, 2013 11:43 am

Please let him go for good this time. No one is indispensable

Faraz Ahmed
September 14, 2013 1:22 pm

He is afraid to be arrested!

A khan
September 14, 2013 5:39 pm

what a Joke "for peace" what peace is there in Karachi. Get them all out; Put educated, competent people in their place! Pakistan has become a joke. Get Real!!!

September 14, 2013 7:15 pm

It is time to accept the resignation because honestly if you see governor tenure it gave karachi law and order problems and increase of crime.

Many time his name in involvement were there in news paper.

September 15, 2013 4:10 pm

The very existence of flame-throwers proves that some time, somewhere, someone said to themselves, You know, I want to set those people over there on fire, but I'm just not close enough to get the job done, whether you were close or far indeed the city of Karachi is on fire.

September 16, 2013 10:40 am

Mr. Ibad, we don't want you back this time, so pls please do not return to Pakistan.

September 16, 2013 7:09 pm

MQM was created because of the in-famous quote system of Ayub Khan which was extended by ZAB. MQM has always been blamed for one thing or the other, they never ever seem to do anything right in the eyes of the political parties. MQM were not even invited to APC called by NS and BB in 2006. So they joined the dictator Pervez Musharraf and later PPP. BB was the only one who wanted MQM to be included in the APC. Even those Karachiates who hates Altaf Hussain and MQM, and those who voted for TI, are still considered to be Mohajirs and supporters of the party. I am one of them but people of other provinces always talk to me saying aap ka Altaf Bhai aap ki MQM.

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