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If Hussain were a suspected London-based jihadi, many Pakistanis believe, he would have been arrested years ago.      — File Photo
If Hussain were a suspected London-based jihadi, many Pakistanis believe, he would have been arrested years ago. — File Photo

GEO TV generally has little difficulty recruiting staff. And yet there was one vacancy recently that it could not fill. The channel wanted a look-alike for a popular satirical show in which actors play the parts of leading politicians. It was a job offering instant stardom and good money. And not a single person in Karachi was willing to do it.

The man Geo TV sought to satirise was Altaf Hussain, the leader of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM). And the reason no one applied was the fear that if Altaf Hussain were not amused by the performance, the actor playing him would be murdered.

Anxiety about the MQM is not restricted to Pakistan. One member of the British House of Lords who has been openly critical of the party recently said: “If I went to Karachi now I would be killed.” Another peer has similar worries: “This is one issue I don’t ask questions on. I have my child to worry about.”

The man who has everyone looking over his or her shoulder does not even live in Karachi. For more than 20 years, Altaf Hussain has operated from the north London suburb of Edgware, beyond the reach of Pakistani prosecutors. He is almost completely unknown in the UK: his four-million-plus devoted supporters live thousands of miles away.

It’s difficult to know how many murder cases have been registered against Altaf Hussain, but perhaps the most authoritative number was released in 2007 when the then president, retired General Pervez Musharraf, implemented his National Reconciliation Order, granting most of the senior politicians an amnesty. One of the biggest beneficiaries was the Muttahida chief, against whom 72 cases were dropped, including 31 allegations of murder. The MQM rejects all the murder charges lodged against Mr Hussain.

When Pakistan was created in 1947 it had a population of 70 million. As well as the Bengalis in then East Pakistan, there were four main indigenous groups: the Sindhis, the Baloch, the Pakhtuns and the Punjabis. Partition brought a new element: Muslims who migrated from India. They were called the Muhajirs and most settled in Karachi, which was then the country’s capital. This is the group represented by the Muhajir Qaumi Movement or, as it’s now named, the Muttahida Qaumi Movement.

At first the Muhajirs fared well. As many had spearheaded the Pakistan movement, they slipped naturally into leadership positions. But their disproportionate influence could never last. By the 70s a political backlash, especially from Punjabis and Sindhis, was in full swing and many Muhajirs found themselves unable to secure jobs or even places in schools and universities. For a group that thought it had the right to govern, it came as a heavy blow. And the first man to exploit the Muhajirs’ sense of grievance was Altaf Hussain.

In 1988 MQM candidates broke through, and suddenly the party was the third largest in the National Assembly and has dominated Karachi’s politics ever since. Mr Hussain has periodically flirted with demands for some kind of territorial settlement: “When everyone else had a province,” he said in March 1984, “we said the Muhajirs should have one too.”

But for the most part he has accepted that such a demand is plainly unacceptable to the rest of Pakistan and has restricted himself to demands for greater Muhajir rights within the existing national framework.

The MQM’s most vocal critic today is cricketer-turned-playboy-turned-Islamist-politician Imran Khan. In 2007, portraying himself as the man who dared to confront even the most entrenched political interests, Imran Khan paid a visit to London’s Metropolitan police to hand over, he claimed, evidence of Mr Hussain’s wrongdoing. Apparently unimpressed with the quality of that evidence, the police did not bring any charges and Mr Khan let the issue drop.

But in May this year when one of his best-known party activists in Karachi, Zahra Shahid Hussain, was shot down outside her home, Imran Khan openly accused the MQM of her murder. Thousands of his social media-savvy supporters were encouraged to complain to the British police. More than 12,000 did so and the police responded by formally investigating Altaf Hussain’s London activities.

There are a number of strands to the Met’s inquiries. First there is the issue of whether the MQM leader is using his London base to incite violence in Pakistan. In assessing that, the police have a huge amount of material to sift through, much of it online. At his birthday party in 2009, for example, he regaled his guests with a remark aimed at Pakistan’s rich landowners and businessmen: “You’ve made big allegations against the MQM. If you make those allegations to my face one more time you’ll be taking down your measurements and we’ll prepare your body bags.”

Because he is in London, Mr Hussain addresses rallies in Karachi over the telephone. Crowds gather to listen to his voice through loudspeakers. In one such speech he had this message for TV anchors: “If you don’t stop the lies and false allegations that damage our party’s reputation, then don’t blame me, Altaf Hussain, or the MQM if you get killed by any of my millions of supporters.”

Most of his threats have been aimed at people in Pakistan, but at least one was directed at a UK journalist, Azhar Javaid, who asked a question once too often. At a press conference in September 2011 Mr Hussain warned Mr Javaid that his “body bag was ready”.

Addressing those whom he accused of denying the Muhajirs their rights, in December last year, Altaf Hussain ranted: “If your father won’t give us freedom just listen to this sentence carefully: then we will tear open your father’s abdomen. To get our freedom we will not only tear it out of your father’s abdomen but yours as well.”

Partly because of the difficulty of establishing unchallengeable translations of Hussain's words, it might be months before the police decide whether to recommend a prosecution. In the meantime there is talk of a private prosecution. George Galloway, an MP and a long-time MQM critic, recently set up a fund to pay the legal fees of such an initiative.

On two occasions British judges have found that the MQM is a violent organisation. In 2010 a Karachi-based police officer sought asylum in the UK claiming the party was threatening to kill him in revenge for his having registered a case against one of its members. The judge, Lord Bannatyne, granted asylum and in his judgement observed: “The MQM has killed over 200 police officers who stood up to them in Karachi”.

The figure is often cited by the Karachi police themselves, and refers to those officers who were closely involved in Benazir Bhutto’s anti-MQM crackdown, Operation Clean-up. It came in 1995, during Ms Bhutto’s second government. Unable to rely on the slow, intimidated and corrupt courts, the security forces resorted to hundreds if not thousands of extrajudicial killings of MQM activists. Many of the police officers responsible have subsequently been murdered. MQM, however, refutes any allegations of inciting violence from London.

When asked about these allegations, MQM issued the following statement to the Guardian: “We’d also like to point out here that it is the MQM that has been the worst victim of violence in recent history of the country. The Taliban and other jihadi elements have killed scores of MQM members...”

IMRAN FAROOQ’S MURDER: As well as the incitement investigation, the British police are currently running another MQM-related inquiry. It concerns the September 2010 murder of a senior MQM member, Imran Farooq, who was stabbed to death outside his flat in Green Lane, Edgware. For the UK authorities, his murder crossed a red line. London is open to outsiders - but they have to leave their violent politics back home.

The Counter Terrorism Command has launched a massive and sustained investigation into Mr Farooq’s death. In December last year they raided the MQM’s Edgware offices where they found substantial thousands of documents. Since most of the material is in Urdu and some, from MQM lawyers, is subject to client privilege, assessing it is extremely time-consuming. But the police are still showing real determination to trace Imran Farooq’s killer.

In its statement to the Guardian, the MQM said: “MQM understands that as part of that ongoing investigation, the Metropolitan police have interviewed several hundred people. MQM has assisted the ongoing police investigation whenever it has been requested to do so. A number of MQM party members have also voluntarily offered to be witnesses to assist the ongoing police investigation. Mr Altaf Hussain, MQM’s party leader, has not been arrested nor charged with any criminal offence. The police are treating Mr Hussain as one of a large number of potential witnesses in their investigation and not as a suspect.”

Shortly after the 2010 murder the police found a significant number of papers stashed in Farooq’s home. Some of the documents gave credence to the confessions made by suspected MQM militants in Karachi. Repeatedly, MQM activists there had told the Pakistani authorities they were trained in India. Asked on numerous occasions about its relationship with the MQM, Indian government officials have failed to make any statement on the matter. Recent police raids have turned up 150,000 pounds at the party’s Edgware’s offices and 250,000 pounds at Hussain’s house in Mill Hill.

The police say they are making significant progress in the Farooq murder case and have an ever-clearer understanding of what they believe was a conspiracy to kill him. Their investigation, however, is complicated by the fact that the MQM has supporters deep within the state who want to protect it, and more cynical actors such as Pakistan’s main intelligence agency, the ISI, which want to control it.

However, the recent elections in Pakistan have left the MQM politically weaker and there is a distinct possibility that the government of Nawaz Sharif will be less protective of the MQM than the last administration.

Aware that Mr Farooq’s killer or killers may be thousands of miles away and, the British police believe, back in Pakistan, the UK investigation has focused on who might have ordered the murder. Having promised full cooperation with the British authorities Hussain has also complained that he is the subject of a witch-hunt and a conspiracy.

Recent British police actions have included the arrest (he is now bailed until September) of Altaf Hussain’s nephew, Ishtiaq Hussain. The police won’t divulge why he was arrested. Intriguingly, Altaf Hussain also let slip that he himself and MQM were being investigated for money laundering. This is now one of the most active elements of the British police’s work. The question is: where does all the money seized in the raids and that used to buy the MQM’s extensive UK property portfolio come from? In the statement to the Guardian, the MQM denied the laundering allegations.

“It is reiterated here that the party, its leader Mr Altaf Hussain or any other member of the party has never dealt with any money that is the proceeds of crime. MQM’s legal team has already submitted effective answers to questions concerning the cash seized from the party’s office, whereas legal responses would be submitted shortly concerning the cash seized from Mr Altaf Hussain’s residence.”

With a condescension that is increasingly grating to Pakistanis, Washington and London produce a regular flow of statements expressing concern about human rights abuses in their country. But the issue of human rights monitoring is suffused with double standards. The abuses listed by the US and the UK are in fact little more than diplomatic ammunition held in reserve and deployed should the need arise.

The UK itself has questions to answer. It has resisted repeated Pakistani requests to hand over Hussain so that he can stand trial for murder in Pakistan. Hussain arrived in London in February 1992 and just three years later, Benazir Bhutto - then prime minister - was asking for London’s help. “I think the British government has a moral responsibility to restrain Mr Altaf Hussain and say you cannot use our soil for violence,” she said. Eighteen years later, Imran Khan’s appeal was strikingly similar: “I blame the British government. Would they allow someone to sit in Pakistan and threaten people in the UK? They know about his track record.”

If Hussain were a suspected London-based jihadi, many Pakistanis believe, he would have been arrested years ago.

Pakistanis point to other instances where they believe the UK has favoured Hussain. In 2002 he was issued with a UK passport. Off the record, British officials admit that the process by which he obtained nationality was flawed - a decision in January 1999 to grant him indefinite leave to remain in the UK was made as a result of a “clerical error”. Despite repeated questions, the Home Office has refused to disclose what that error was.

Most Pakistanis dismiss the idea of a clerical error as risible. They point to a letter No 10 received from Hussain as evidence of how the UK and the MQM have tried to conceal the true nature of their relationship. Written just two weeks after 9/11, in it Hussain says that if the UK wanted hundreds of thousands of people on the streets of Karachi denouncing terrorism, he could lay that on with just five days’ notice. He claimed he could also organise human intelligence on the Taliban and could set up a network of fake aid workers in Afghanistan to back up Western intelligence gathering efforts there.

After a copy of the letter appeared on the internet, the MQM denied its authenticity. Disclosures under the Freedom of Information Act have established that the letter is in fact authentic. Faced with that information, the Foreign Office admitted it had received the letter.

As Hussain suggests in the letter, British interest in the MQM is largely driven by the perception that the party offers a defence against jihadis. But there is more to it than that. The MQM is British turf: Karachi is one of the few places left on earth in which the Americans let Britain take the lead. The US consulate in Karachi no longer runs active intelligence gathering operations in the city. The British still do. When it comes to claiming a place at the top table of international security politics – London’s relationship with the MQM is a remaining toehold.

And there’s something else. The UK Foreign Office’s most important currency is influence. Successive Pakistan governments, when they are not demanding Altaf Hussain’s extradition, have included his parliamentary bloc in various coalition governments. From the Foreign Office’s point of view, it’s a great source of access. Right on their doorstep, in London, they have a man with ministers in the government in Islamabad.

For its part the UK government insists there is nothing unusual about its contacts with MQM and that its meetings with MQM officials are: “a normal part of diplomatic activity around the world”.

I spoke to a British official recently about the MQM and asked why the UK government, so keen to declare its commitment to human rights, seemed so willing to deal with the party despite officials privately saying that it uses violence to achieve its goals. She said: “There is one thing I can assure you of – it’s not a conspiracy.” Which in a sense is true. It’s not a conspiracy. It’s just policy.

By arrangement with The Guardian

Comments (62) Closed

Salman Khan Jul 30, 2013 07:05am

Wonderful article & really shed light on the underlying tactics employed by MQM, British govt. Altaf Hussain's time is up.

NMA Jul 30, 2013 08:09am

No fan of Altaf, but being realistic isn't this the type of stuff most of our political parties and their leaders do ??

Bilal Jul 30, 2013 08:31am

Please someone tell me how to contribute to George Galloway's fund for hiring legal services against MQM and Altaf Hussain. I believe Pakistanis have no guts and no will to prosecute him. If we believe in Rule of Law then help everyone who will bring justice to this man.

jude Jul 30, 2013 08:55am

well written article,

his man has been allowed to create havoc in the lives of millions in kararchi due to support from both governments, here and UK

khuram gujjar Jul 30, 2013 09:02am

Its strange rather funny that 100 militent attack jail in dikhan and get escape with 30.0 Prisnors. Shameful shameful

Iqbal Jul 30, 2013 09:38am

This article is an all out MQM-bashing without mentioning any positive contributions MQM has made to Karachi and its infrastructure. Mustafa Kamal has built an excellent network of roads, under passes, and fly overs. His tenure was the only tenure where you could see urban planning in action. The writer should have mentioned it as well.

Khanm Jul 30, 2013 10:23am

How they become such a syndicate, well organized mafia

Tariq Mehsud Jul 30, 2013 10:29am

Keep it up Mr. Galloway.

asfi Jul 30, 2013 10:34am

It is Pakistan, one can do anything one feels like.

Nony Jul 30, 2013 12:08pm

I would say yes MQM is something, otherwise it's not easy to sustain and face such invetigations at international level. they got some serious stuff to deliver to these countries in return MQM enjoys the status of real DON of Pakistan.

A Kashmiri Jul 30, 2013 12:34pm

Does this man has any sense of shame?

Mr.T Jul 30, 2013 12:35pm

Very informative column, and it's ends' well too, the conspiracy become policy...

Indusonian Jul 30, 2013 12:59pm

And MQM did nothing for those people after coming into power either. Rather MQM started to deteriorate law and order in Karachi till this day.

nadeem Jul 30, 2013 01:20pm

Nobody would take notice.British authorities are hand in gloves with him.

Raja Jul 30, 2013 01:40pm

This little humpty dumpty guy thinks he is untouchable.

Moeed Jul 30, 2013 01:47pm

What's new? All is allegation against MQM. not proven anywhere not even in Britain.

Sayeed Altaf Hussein Jul 30, 2013 03:20pm

Very interesting article. Altaf is one of those loose cannons which can not be controlled due to its linkage with foreign governments. I for one would question British government's double standards. With so much evidence under the new rules the Home Office and Theresa May can cancel his nationality but they won't. As he is a very valuable asset.

Malik Baloch. Jul 30, 2013 03:30pm

He is Pakistani's pro Taliban mind set, the only difference is between them they are having beard one their faces, the other one are with out but their tyrant actions are same against the human being and their arch opponents. British Govt must apprehend and stop them and stare on their most suspicious activities on English soil, once the tradition of mysterious killing begin in to the London city which is most important for the tourist spenders, with out unsolved this mystery this case will malign the met police and Scotland yard's credibility.these agencies must carry on their probe with out any hindrance and pressure of Pakistani Govt either the corporate or not .

Saifi Jul 30, 2013 05:13pm

About time that Urdu speaking people should make a decision on this fellow as well. That is if they are not threatened and can vote like NA 250 did.

AH has been the torch bearer for so many years but the only people who benefited from MQM are the ones who were in the lime light. Poor are still poor, less educated, more hostile and definitely Lost than ever.

Altaf Hussein cannot justify his lavish lifestyle while his followers are in a city led by bloodshed. Nelson Mandella's self suffering brought happiness to his people. Altaf's self glory is bringing poverty and a bleak future to his.

Youth Jul 30, 2013 05:26pm

A tasteless attempt to malign MQM and its leader. The article smell grudge against A H and his voters. Please let the British court decide and then issue a mouthful of comment, that would sound appropriate.

Khalid Mumtaz Jul 30, 2013 06:04pm

Whatever may be the actual truth concerning allegations of wrongdoing against Mr Altaf Hussain it remains a glaring fact that literally the entire elite of Pakistan is guilty of gross abuse and human rights violations. The President himself is accused rightly or wrongly, of among other charges, murder.Many others not formally accused are generally known to have indulged are are indulging in all kinds of offences. Mr Altaf never belonged to the elite and comes from humble origins. Perhaps that is a prime reason for the focus on his alleged misdeeds. A main accuser now having a government in KP is himself accused of a severe crime from an Islamic point of view. I must quote Jesus Christ, "Let him cast the first stone who is without sin himself". Not that this condones any wrongdoing but let us stop being hypocritical and make sincere efforts to reform our society in almost all aspects.for the sake of the poor people of Pakistan. .

ozman Jul 30, 2013 06:47pm

@Iqbal: Mustaffa Kamal has done a good job, but that has nothing to do with Altaf. Credit goes to Musharaf. He provided the funs.

Azeem Jul 30, 2013 07:26pm

These all are "proprangda" of Pak.. Agencies and people of big province since their birth......... I challenged that people worked with in are all highly educated ...........including its chief but the reason behind that we all know better.

Agha Ata Jul 30, 2013 07:56pm

Committing crimes and then escaping Law is a science rather than an art. But, unfortunately, most of our scientists have left the country and settled down in Europe, that includes this category as well.

Macengineer Jul 30, 2013 08:56pm

All is true to some extent in this article. What about Nawaz Sharif and Zardari. Haven't they taken billions of dollars out of our treasury that could have been use to build hospitals and infrastructure, resulting low mortality rate, higher education, and fight terrorism. When are you planning to write about that Mr. Owen?

skhan Jul 30, 2013 09:09pm

@Raja: yes he is not touchable...

MRDB Jul 30, 2013 09:18pm

@NMA: Altaf Hussain is way different. and one must be blind not to see it. I live in Karachi, and I don't even 'think' against MQM if I am passing through FB Area (to avoid God forbid I utter something and become next victim). Haven't you read the intro of this article. Nawaz Sharif may be pathetic, and Zardari can be corrupt but Altaf Hussain is a TYRANT. Do you think that GEO TV didn't get someone to act Hussain because of lack of intent or talent?

Haider Jul 30, 2013 09:31pm

Hundreds of fake cases were piled on current leaders and party members of MQM, including the current Governor Sindh, but everyone of those cases were thrown out by the Courts in Pakistan. None of the MQM leader went to jail over those fake cases. They all had to hire a lawyer to clear their names and Courts exonerated all of them. Along the same lines, if and when Altaf is given a chance, he will be able to clear his name from all of those fake cases.

Syed Jul 30, 2013 10:09pm

What a poorly written in bad taste article. Clearly showing the bias and bashing a leader of a representative party. If things were decided based on just allegations alone Zardari and Sharifs would already be hanged or behind bars, that may be the least, for thousands of years.

Shame on you.

waleedfakhar Jul 30, 2013 10:53pm

i can proudly say that mqm has always sent the educated and middleclass people in assemblies who have always made our heads high with proud and prestige,the best fitting epitome is syed mustafa kamal...

Tariq Jul 30, 2013 11:20pm

With record like his, someone will for sure wipe him out, it's just a matter of time! Jul 30, 2013 11:31pm

You forget to mention that Gen Zia was equally responsible to create this tyrant and scurge for pakistan

Malik Jul 30, 2013 11:36pm

@Raja: ...and this humpty dumbty is going to have a great(est) fall...INSHALLAH, so we Karachiites can go back to the pre-MQM days of peace, love and lights.

Malik Jul 30, 2013 11:59pm

@Iqbal: we don't need your 'fly-overs/bridges etc', what we need is security for our lives, end to the continuous flow of body-bags and tearing open of stomachs, end to bhatta-khori, deweaponisation and return to peace and insaaniat. P.S.: just asking, I know I'm almost asking for the Sun to rise from the west side.

Nasir Jamal Khan Jul 31, 2013 12:13am

Even if all the allegations are right, I have yet to understand that how he's different from any other politician or leader in current age of politics. I guess his major faults, from the begining, were that:

  1. He is not from the 'Long lineage' of political clans (i.e. political dynasties).
  2. He speaks for the people like him who are from middle and lower class and are not considered the sons of soils (a la quota system).

Currently, For millions of Karachite, he's still the only hope and only true Karachites can understand that.

Khalid Jul 31, 2013 12:54am

@Iqbal: Yes he got unlimited funds from Sindh Government, while others never get any funds. All the things started and planned by earlier city government.

Amir Jul 31, 2013 01:06am

@Malik Baloch.: What about the Baloch tryrants that have killed the settlers in balochistan without care and are still to be prosecuted..

Nofil Jul 31, 2013 01:58am

Only time will prove his worth. However, will apparently support PML-N policies blindly.

Nofil Jul 31, 2013 02:01am

He should be sorted out well and proper to save Pakistan.

mazhar Jul 31, 2013 04:54am

@Iqbal: what has mqm done for Karachi? It has been in power for last many years.there is allout deterioration in Karachi.Mqm is directly responsible for all this

pakistani Jul 31, 2013 05:53am

So one thing is clear either u.k has got his replacement (next head of mqm will stay in london another self exiled Pakistani) or they will give clean chit to altaf hussain or prolong his case for indefinite period till this story dies in media. i

Agha Ata Jul 31, 2013 06:23am

If Altaf Hussain doesn't retire quietly at this stage, I am afraid he might meet the fate like General Musharraf Parvez.

maroof Jul 31, 2013 09:47am

killers can not be leaders leaders are the one who lead by examples for the betterment of the whole nation not for the sect why Altaf is shielded in England some one has the brain to introspect

Abu-Salmaan Jul 31, 2013 10:18am


Mahesh Chinta Jul 31, 2013 01:59pm

na idhar ka raha,,,,, na udhar ka raha

anoop Jul 31, 2013 02:52pm

@Macengineer: In due time. All shall pay for their sins.

MA Jul 31, 2013 04:08pm

@Haider:'re funny!

MA Jul 31, 2013 04:09pm

@Youth: bhatki hui youth.....

Malik Jul 31, 2013 04:33pm

Good article Mr. Owen but let me correct you, Karachi is not the only city where Muhajirs lived as you mentioned. 80%of Faisalabad and half of Punjab population including cities like, LAhore, pindi, Sargodha, Faisalabad further south Multan, Hyderabad, Sukkur, Mirpur khas and even Quetta has millions of migrated people, but they all got absorbed in local culture unlike Karachi which was cosmopolitan than in 50's and 60's and didnt have great population of Sindhis like u look for Arabs in Dubai.....

Mohammad Iqbal Jul 31, 2013 05:10pm

@NMA: Allah has let this man commit as much crimes as he can. Believe, the day will come,In sha Allah very soon,that he and his associates will bear the brunt!!!!

Shahji Jul 31, 2013 05:17pm

@Syed: 5 thumbs down for you because the people are completely brain washed. Altaf Hussain has done best for the country. His all actions and stands came later proved. He never agreed to handover Sawat to Taliban but government did it then everybody saw Taliban were playing football with the heads of Pakistan Army Martyrs, nobody bothers to think about it. OK let us assume Altaf Hussain wrong at least one of above argument should be accepted or not? Anybody?

iqbal burma Jul 31, 2013 05:26pm

this is perceived in general that current move of UK is a consequence of dispute between MQM and international establishment. London is capitalizing her card of Dr. imran farooq murder case to mold MQM. Furthermore UK would not like lost of a colony of 200 million population and she still kept silent. Hope after presidential elections things would be calm now and a deal would be finalized between the triangle of PML N - MQM and United Kingdom

Imran Adil Aug 01, 2013 07:55am


Very true. The UK government clearly knows what MQM and Altaf's activities have been and they have been using him to collect all sorts of on-the-ground information about Pakistan. Even if he is taken down, the status quo will not change much. It's a grim reality that Britain and the US have been indulging in Pakistan's local politics via different proxies and they will never give up this strong bargaining chip.

Murtaza Aug 01, 2013 08:37am

@Nasir Jamal Khan: Nasir, God forbid if he is the last hope for Karachi. Initially the man struck a chord with a just cause but it

Ayesha Aug 01, 2013 11:40am

@Syed: and shame on you.

Ayesha Aug 01, 2013 11:42am

@Youth: No one needs to malign his highness he does it so well himself

karamba Aug 01, 2013 12:56pm

Create merit and give due rights to everyone irrespective of provincial and ethnic background, this man and his party will have no basis to stand on and will disappear. All lucrative government posts are still held by illiterate Sindhis and Punjabis based on domicile while deserving candidates are ignored just because their grandfathers are not from the soil. Its the economy stupid along with human rights which is what Karachites want. Anything else will result in mafia style godfathers whether Altaf or someone else.

raz Aug 01, 2013 01:19pm

@Nasir Jamal Khan: yes a middle class person from whom 400,000 pounds recovered in cash and officially owns many properties in london, not to speak about the billions which he and his party extract from Government and Businessmen

Riaz Jeelani Aug 01, 2013 01:56pm

A million dollar question needs answer from her Majesty`s can a productive agent be burnt ? once he and his party be willing to act as trove of human intelligence source....require sincere and honest soul searching.

Karachi Walay Aug 01, 2013 02:26pm

Do not insult millions of Voters of Karachi. Karachiets are not blindly following any party. How easy that is to blame some one with negative words. MQM is the reality of Pakistan, the only party of the middle class. No wonder people in other parts of country influenced by the negative propaganda which has been propagated through different means since beginning of MQM. Apparantly people don't like Altaf because of his appearance, his style of delivering speeches, his authority over his party and workers. Leaders of other parties are jealous of him because they may have better appearance, better way of delivering speech but they don't have Karachi. They wanted to capture karachi only by their sweet words not by actions. Despite of Altaf's so many apparent negatives he and his party own Karachi, try to develop Karachi. The people must know that there is a strong bonding of MQM workers and supporters with Altaf Hussain that integrates the existance of this party in Karachi. MQM is always blammed for everything happened in Karachi because people out side perceive that Karachi belongs to MQM and MQM rules over Karachi, the perception is totally wrong, MQM never ruled Karachi despite of being in coalition government. No one has seen a CM sindh, Interior minister and other major ministries in hold of MQM yet. When ever they have been given authorities they deliver, Mustafa Kamal is the best example. No one could compete with MQM parlimentarians in brilliance they got by education and support or love of people. Yes, MQM is not angel's party and they have been trying hard to overcome their negativities. People around the world influenced by the venomous propaganda against MQM when share their views on platform like this are spreading the venom by words of their mouth and this disgusting behavior along with so many other factors cornered MQM whenever they tried to be in main stream of the country. No wonder if it provokes retaliation. Nothing major has proved yet against MQM & Altaf Hussain so please be sensible in commenting on such forums. Peace.

bea Aug 01, 2013 08:47pm

@Shahji: what has he done for his country he does not even live in his country to scared to go back yet he thinks in his stuipd liittle mind that he is a politician hes a sham.

bea Aug 01, 2013 08:49pm

@Moeed: criminals are good at hiding their crimes all allegations against this fool will be proven in good time then he can sod off back to Pakistan where he belongs.