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Confessions of a 'Patriot'


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How many of you feel closer to personally knowing senior-minister-not-anymore Zulfiqar Mirza after his confessions yesterday? We now know about how much faith he has in the Holy Quran. We know how many siblings he has, their marital status and we know he’s got a healthy blend of relatives from various ethnic backgrounds. No reason to think that’s too much information – or too unnecessary for that matter. After all Mirza was trying to make a point – that he’s such an open, genuine guy – he couldn’t help but roll off completely irrelevant information before he got to the juicy bits.

Countless Pakistanis went through (and some still are) temporary amnesia ever since the self-proclaimed Patriot spoke yesterday. The praise and glory being bestowed upon Mirza is a classic example of the saying “chal, kaha suna maaf”. All of a sudden we forget he’s the man behind countless irresponsible statements made in the recent past, we forget his excess energy and love for the spotlight that got him so carried away that he ended up flaring a gunbattle in Karachi only last month.

Statements are a plenty in Pakistan. Outcomes are often murky. Where some question if the fiery Patriot would have still launched his tirade if there was no Lyari operation, others wonder what was the final push to the awakening of the great conscience. But before the son-of-the-soil Patriot finally said the magic words against those-who-must-not-be-named, he chose to attack Google Satellite Maestro Rehman Malik first.

Mirza breathed fire as he swore over the Quran that Malik is “hand-in-glove” with terrorists, he is a “compulsive liar” and is embarrassed to admit he eats apples. The clever Patriot knew there is no going wrong when it comes to involving the Holy Book. So that’s what he did. He swore on it, exposed the liars while vowing to speak nothing but the truth and then in case someone missed the patriotic hand lying on the Quran, he also put it on his head – he meant business.

Knowing Karachi burns at the slightest rift between political parties, the impulsive Patriot still took a chance and went ahead with his outburst. He was on a mission – a mission to save Pakistan from all the enemies, liars and fruit-eaters. But why now? Did you stop and think? No, of course not. All Pakistan needs is a hero anyway.

The short-sighted Patriot took a chance and said the magic words which almost turned his reputation around overnight. The Patriot took a shot at MQM, calling it a “terrorist organisation” – and immediately his bravery was celebrated. Other not-so-important patriots have often claimed “we need someone to call a spade, a spade etc. etc.”, but then when a Patriot comes galloping across the city to speak this truth, the city burns and bleeds. But perhaps Mirza the Patriot had had enough. He was not going to let any kind of pressure dictate him anymore, and for that if the city bled again, so be it!

Now as he simmers, a lot of things are coming to light. For starters, what will the Patriot’s “brother and friend” President Zardari do? He along with the apple of his eye Rehman Malik had been working hard to engage MQM in talks… Oops? How does that pan out now? Also, how does PPP continue to hold a façade of solidarity when such statements are being hurled across by its senior party members and there comes along such an evident gap between stances within the party?

Is “brother and friend” Zardari going to call Mirza again for a scolding? Malik has already forgiven him by dismissing his outburst and calling Mirza his younger brother. Like all families, here too, we see the younger brother’s carelessness being dismissed (so what if it has mass-scale violent reactions)… “chota bhai hai aakhair”. And then they say Pakistan lacks brotherhood!

But the most important question that comes now is: who benefits? The Patriot? The Brotherhood? Those-who-must-not-be-named? Alas, the show must go on.

The writer is the Deputy Editor at

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Shyema Sajjad is a former Dawn staffer.

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The views expressed by this writer and commenters below do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of the Dawn Media Group.

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Shoaib Aug 29, 2011 02:32pm
We need to support people like Dr. Zulfiqar Mirza and Shah Mehmood Qureshi, these are the people who have something good for Pakistan! And believe me when i see people like them, my hope for a brighter Pakistan grows bigger and bigger! May Allah give both of you the strength to root out militancy and terrorism from Pakistan! May Allah give you the highest of authorities so that you Pakistan can have a better future!
m.h.kayani Aug 29, 2011 02:45pm
Mirza was right to point out the truth, I have no doubt he is telling the whole truth. Only one option is there NOW throw away this government along with Zardari. immediate election is a must.
Garbage Aug 29, 2011 02:46pm
A poor attempt to be funny on a subject that is not a laughing matter for a lot of those who are living in Karachi and preparing for the worst.
Imran Aug 29, 2011 02:51pm
He spoke what no one dared to speak , at least not in Sindh for a very long time against MQM.
Fawad Khan Aug 29, 2011 02:50pm
I totally disagree to your obervation here. You must accept the fact that he is a brave man who lives in Karachi and still confronts MQM. Having Holy Quran over his head in the month of Ramadan and claiming that Altaf Hussain told him that he wanted to break Pakistan is a very very serious allegation. This needs to be investigated seriously. He risked his own life and his family's life by saying whatever he said yesterday. He needs to be praised for that. No one can risk his life or his family's life for money or for political mileage.
Zulmai Khan Aug 29, 2011 02:55pm
I am amazed that the truth did not open your eyes. Appreciate truth and Dr Mirza is right to qestion the loylities of MQM, its Pakistan we must be saving not MQM whose leader is sitting in London peacefully talking nothing but planning how to destroy Pakistan. Ask him to come back that patriot to Karachi to see what he has done to Karachi.
Suleman Aug 29, 2011 03:06pm
Being a medical student , I must say that its nature of the so called "Jazbati" (By Rehman Malik) person to tell lie by "over" criticizing someone. but if at-least 50% what he said is true is enough to prove that its time to wake-up against MQM,PPP and other elements he claimed to be Anti-Pakistani.
Sher Khan Aug 29, 2011 03:08pm
Mr. Mirza spoke the truth which no one dares to speak. your tirade against him is egregiously wrong and biased. Whatever he said is the truth.
khan Aug 29, 2011 03:08pm
its pathetic to see people supporting hatred speech by the highly unreliable zulfiqar mirza who says "agar 10 bandon ki sifarish naukri ke liye aati hai, aur hum ne sab se achey 2 log select kar liye to mein samajhta hoon ke hum ne merit ko poora kar dya" - i guess our pakistani nation deserves "true" leaders like him because hatred is actually in our own hearts.
khan Aug 29, 2011 03:12pm
@fawad khan....and i guess it would be the first time ever in history that someone puts his hand on quran and tells lies or half truth so say the least, right !?!
Toufiq Aug 29, 2011 03:16pm
Mirza the Patriot has suddenly awakened after operation against terrorists of Lyari... where was mirza saheb when hundreds of people killed in Karachi? If he is really able to bring peace and order in karachi in just 15 days (as he claimed), what on earth was he doing over three years as Interior Minister?
saifullah mahsud Aug 29, 2011 03:20pm
Shameful observations by Shyema. Please appreciate, the guys said what he had to say and he will live with the consequences of saying it the way it is.
Manzar Aug 29, 2011 03:26pm
Shyema you may be right but if a convict in a prison says Allah is One , Shall we all deny him because he is a bad man and a convict? My point is that we should focus on the facts and not on the person who is narrating them. With due apology I think you focus more on character and not words. What ever Mirza has said, we can go in to details why he said it but isn't it important what he said?
shakir ali Aug 29, 2011 03:34pm
i do agree with fawad khan as in this article it was mentioned that mirza was responsible of last month killing can this author explain us why he is responsible ,he has mentioned that mqm did this all with all facts inspite of this we are saying him that he is criminal, there people also knows this thing but they dont have courage to speak against them.
Zohaib Aug 29, 2011 03:34pm
Instead of taking these serious allegations seriously you are trying to mock Dr. Mirza and trying to trivialize the ground realities he was talking about. He wasn't just talking in the air, he backed his allegations with documentary proof and what he had heard with own ears swearing on the Quran.
Sajjad Aug 29, 2011 03:31pm
yes, true that he awoke suddenly when it was only a real operation in liyari and ceremonial in the remaining City.
Yasmeen Aug 29, 2011 03:44pm
It's great to see everyone go on about "the truth". However, has anyone asked what price it comes at? No? That's probably because none of you have lost a loved one in the recent spate of Karachi killings. I have. And at the expense of someone else's life, this truth will yield nothing. You are being extremely presumptuous if you think it will.
sami Aug 29, 2011 03:53pm
A very poor effort by Shyema. One must appreciate the courage of Dr. Mirza that he spoke the truth.
T Aug 29, 2011 03:52pm
It's funny how people blame Mirza for the bloodshed in Karachi last month, but not the people who actually did it. When a party "claims" to have the highest mandate in a city, should it go ahead and kill the same people who vote for it, only to gain an upper hand in political bargains?
P. Abbasi Aug 29, 2011 03:53pm
Mirza is a GREAT man. We all know most of the things which he mentioned. Army should take action. If they want to safe Pakistan.
A. Sami Aug 29, 2011 03:54pm
I one 100% agree with Mr. Shoaib. Mr Mirza is the only person at this level who had the courage and guts to confront MQM who is responsible for whats happening in Karachi. It is very sad that even Pakistani press and media had always avoided to name and shame the MQM for their deeds despite knowing the truth. I solute Mr. Mirza for standing up to them and the the present corrupt government. Please convey my sentiments to Mr. Mirza.
Khalid hussain Aug 29, 2011 03:58pm
The change in Karachi may be brought by such personalities as Dr. Mirza. There is some madness in great leader.
salman Aug 29, 2011 04:03pm
It seems that Mirza is the only Patriot left in this country. There is nothing new in these allegations, a vast majority already have the same opinion. What is new is the amount of faith and shown by Mr Mirza on COAS, Corps Commander Karachi and DG ISI at the same time distancing himself from present government. It seems to be an effort by Mr Mirza to keep Army away from Karachi by placing it further on the left of America thus successfully countering the threat posed by Judiciary as well. The fact of the matter is time of these dirty political games is over .
AAA Aug 29, 2011 04:04pm
"who benefits? The Patriot? The Brotherhood? Those-who-must-not-be-named?" My question is: "Who benefited from the death of Shaheed Benazir Bhutto?"
Z Khan Aug 29, 2011 04:04pm
Madam you tried to give Dr Mirza press conference a funny twist,but i doubt anybody in current circumstances find it funny at all.whatever he said is truth and the whole country knows it for ages.Dr Mirza should be aplauded for the courage he showed.
Forbidden Fruit Aug 29, 2011 04:07pm
I enjoyed every bit of your writeup! Like Najam Sethi says, "I urge the Awam to not believe in whatever statements that are made - it's all a game". The govt wants to secure both ends and create a win-win situation for itself, and why not, after all the masses WILL buy it. I guess the line "Discretion is the better part of valor" is perfect for this occasion. After this, I wish success to Scotlandyard.
hassan Aug 29, 2011 04:12pm
I totally agree with Dr Zulifqar Mirza. Please support him.
Bilal Aug 29, 2011 04:13pm
I don't understand the utility of this piece written by you. I think I at least liked the way someone confronted the ills of the situation head on after a long time. And I would tend to take his word unless someones comes out with a counter proof not just a counter argument. I mean he was not only carrying the Quran but also a bundle of papers as proof and it takes guts to put up a challange to the media. For all I know he put not only his life but reputation at stake. So he holds the upper hand unless someone really comes out with proof to prove otherwise.
Aamir Aug 29, 2011 04:24pm
Sadly, the writer only discredited Mirza's outburst in this WHOLE article. In this article I did not read a word about what Mirza actually said. Why is that? Are we to reject what Mirza said because the writer seems to have a personal disliking for the guy. Not fair Shyema, so NOT fair. Not a comment on what Mirza said????????????? NICE
pakman Aug 29, 2011 04:26pm
Condolences on your loss but Pakistan and Karachi right now need to start somewhere to clean up this mess. Let it be Mirza who opens the can of worms. MQM needs to be investigated and brought to justice if proven guilty for the countless Pakistani lives lost.
Shawn Aug 29, 2011 04:26pm
" we forget his excess energy and love for the spotlight that got him so carried away that he ended up flaring a gunbattle in Karachi only last month. " So MQM reacts to his statement, by killing the innocent ...proves his point doesn't it? ...I believe people side with Mr. Mirza because he stated their sentiments..its not that population has suddenly started loving Mr.Mirza ...they are just happy, that some one had guts to say something openly, that was/is widely known, but suppressed because of fear of this "Terrorist Organization".
Babar Khan Aug 29, 2011 04:30pm
Throw away the government...true but new election...and who you think would be re-elected? Only General Kayani has the right answer to this question..
progressive_Pakistan Aug 29, 2011 04:29pm
Dr Zulifiquar Mirza's outspoken and brave speech has sent a positive message to whole Pakistani nation who are sick of violent politics and hegemony of one ethnic party who controls Karachi through politics of chaos and violence.He is pride of Pakistan and Lion of Sindh.
aftab Aug 29, 2011 04:29pm
Jeay Pakistan Jeay Sindh. Keep it up Dr Sahib and totally dont understand the sacrcastic views in this article. everybody have their right to write. Aftab
R B Aug 29, 2011 04:30pm
I would like to ask only two questions to everyone on this forum… 1. Du you consider Asif Ali Zardari to be a honest, trustworthy and true patriot and a good Muslim? 2. Can you really believe that a “brother & friend” of Zardari to be honest, trustworthy and true patriot, even if swear on Qurane pak? If answer is Yes, I pray that Allah reward us “Pakistanis” some sense “Aammeen”
Sameer Aug 29, 2011 04:32pm
Forget for a moment who said it. Ask yourself if what Zulfiqar Mirza said was true or not?
Atif Aug 29, 2011 04:36pm
AGAR KHUDA BHI MUJHE BULAYE TAU MAIN NAHEEN JAON GA.. That is what Zulfiqar Mirza said on capital talk.
Middle-Class Man Aug 29, 2011 04:38pm
If Zulfiqar Mirza is so sincere about Karachites, why didnt he run election from Karachi? He questioned stakes of various people in Karachi.....can he explain his stakes in Karachi? Why he is targeting one political party and community? are all other parties including PPP free of all this crap? Its sad to see that all big channels were repeating his press conference thousand time, but what comes out after Lyari operation were only shown few times, this is called good media management. Can somebody explain with all these informations on his hand what actions he was taking as interior minister Sindh (for three years) with 100% PPP majority in Sindh? If everyone keep their political affiliations aside and listen to his press conference as a Pakistani, one can easily conclude that this is just a hate speech against a particular community. Mr Zulfiqar should announce his election campaign from Karachi Central and prove his boldness and bravery by taking votes not through vendalism and media stunts.
domain Aug 29, 2011 04:43pm
How many terrorists of PPP did he captured.. none.. Some people have a dream that all urdu speakers in Karachi should vaporize in the air overnight with Mqm and that aint going to happen sir.
iqbal Aug 29, 2011 04:44pm
he should have shown some more courage and say something about the President with all the proofs and the Holy Book on his head
NM Aug 29, 2011 04:44pm
Why doesn't anyone mention the torture cells in Lyari and the weapon that was taken into custody after Sunday's operation? Everyone knows what's going on in Lyari and and the background of Mirza. Zulfiqar Mirza was the one who was against the operation there and resigned in protest against it! How can he put the blame on some XYZ party IF he is killed when the men caught yesterday plotting his murders are Sindhis from his very own Lyari? It's good to point out the criminals but he should point out of all them instead of just few people. They show us what we want to see and we believe it.
Irfan Aug 29, 2011 04:46pm
"But the most important question that comes now is: who benefits? The Patriot? The Brotherhood? Those-who-must-not-be-named? Alas, the show must go on" Our naive nation. This is a game played with explicit nod of Zardari and he is the only one who is going to benefit. Mr. Mirza the Great patriot is just a pawn.
Just Pakistani Aug 29, 2011 04:46pm
Well, everybody knows Zulfiqar Mirza inside out, who is he and what his past is. His relations with Liyari Gangs and under world are very well known as well. Youtube is full of such videos. So I really dont know what he has in his mind now? This was just a press conference of a very low profile.
DM Aug 29, 2011 04:46pm
What ever you or some media quarters say or portray -- there is no doubt -- DUM hai MIRZA main. Need few more , like him. Whenever there is someone who gets some courage to stand up, people like Shyema Sajjad , comes up to pull them down. Time to look into his allegations rather than his character assassination.
Iqbal Aug 29, 2011 04:47pm
why the courageous Mirza Sahib is unhappy with operation in Lyari? a known area of gangs ...
Bilal Aug 29, 2011 04:49pm
Is any body here have enough courage to ask MQM regarding terrorists(Ajmal pahari) arrested and confessing their doings, no we want to live, we are common people, we are afraid from saying and asking against MQM. But Dr mirza had that courage we all know, same courage we had seen when Shah mehmood Qureshi refused to relieve Raymond davis in spite Rahman Malik was saying since beginning that raymond is a ambassador although every body knew that he is not. We should at least support them. Geo Mirza. Geo Pakistan
NM Aug 29, 2011 04:50pm
Very well said, Middle-Class Man.
Goldie Aug 29, 2011 04:51pm
I salute the courage of Dr. Zulfiqar Mirza . In the sacred month of Ramadhan, holding a Quran in his hand and speaking the facts which he knows cannot be a lie ! Our goverenment is already trying to create new provinces in this country just tell me a one good reason why ? Don't you guys think that there are so many different other major responsibilties which should be done first rather than creating new provinces and more differences in this country which might lead to a major civil war in this country ! Dr. Mirza has played his role now it is time for others to there part honestly and safe this country . PLEASE PLEASE i beg each and every pakistani to get united with eact other before its to late and there is nothing left for us to do.
Islam Khan Aug 29, 2011 04:53pm
From all the comments, its apparaent that everybody hates Rehman Malik, I personally believe he is responsible for all the havoc in Pakistan, then why he is in power, who favorite he is that he has been kept in power, I dont know what sort democracy this is? He should be step down immediately, not because mirza says but we all know he is not the right person. Well all the same on the big picture Zardari should step down immediately as well, I dont know who is there keeping them in Power. ARMY also swore the destroy the country this time, will not interrupt, I think they also got their shares...
zia virk Aug 29, 2011 05:04pm
We should have a look of past. Mr. Mirza isn't first who resigned. He spoke in recent past but compromised may be due to politicial pressure. Isn't it seems he thrown all away this time and pick up Quran to make himself believed as Quran is most sacred. Even then legal system doesn't work like this. Is it not now responsibility of head of state to investigate truth about alligation? Is it not now responsibility of federal government to suspend Rehman Malik as federal minister until proper inquiry? Is there not need of judicial reference against Interior minister if it could be held against Cheif Justice of Pakistan? Alas! Im feeling really sorry to say such ideal things don't happen in Pakistan.
dr and doda khan Aug 29, 2011 05:07pm
no no no mirza is a guy that tolerates such thing that is happening at karachi. So beleiveing on his statement may save us from such gang war at karachi. So it not time to talk or discuss but it is time to support such leader to save such bloodsheddings.for GOd's sake,plz plz plz save karachittes,save pakistan,save humanity,so it is not merely a game like sindhi ,muhajir,pathan,punjabi,but it is all about a nation..
Middle-Class Man Aug 29, 2011 05:09pm
There is no doubt at all....that this was a hatred speech and will work as a fuel to already burning Karachi fire.
Ali Ahmed Aug 29, 2011 05:20pm
Very few politicians resign their posts based on their principles. The things he is saying is right, especially about Rehman Malik and the MQM. We salute you Dr.Mirza!
Zain Siddiqui Aug 29, 2011 05:22pm
Great respect to you Shyema for being intellectually fair. Never mind these half baked "intellectuals" who believe that Mr Zulfiqar Mirza has finally brought the "truth" to light. There is only one truth; nothing is done in Pakistan for the benefit of the people. What Mirza has said and done has motivations that provide only for his own benefit. To believe otherwise is sheer stupidity. And what most people don't understand or don't want to understand is that most of the allegations against the MQM are mere 'hear-say'; things which cannot be reported in the media due to ETHICAL concerns because such accusations amount to libel (at least in civilized countries). Most of the anti-MQM sentiment is merely a knee-jerk reaction by a populace that has been taught NOT to question. If Mirza is so sure, let's see him battle out his claims in a court, as a civilized man of his self-portrayal should do. Let's see him move his fight out of the bloodied streets of Karachi and in a forum where both the parties are equally scrutinized and equally held accountable. If a Quran is all it takes to twist a lie into a truth, a sinner into a saint, then there is no hope at all for Karachi or Pakistan.
Middle-Class Man Aug 29, 2011 05:25pm
If you are against the provinces and take it as division of country than why are you saluting such guys who are creating rifts in communities and creating ethinic lines. Rather I should salute your innocense and faith that by watching a media stunt you believe in someone who should march on Karachi streets with Quran on his head as Senior minister of Sindh and former home minister (for three years) when more than hundred innocent people were kidnapped and brutally murdered on Karachi streets.
M. Asghar Aug 29, 2011 05:38pm
This article is really superficial in its analysis. However, Dr. Zulfiqar Mirza must go before the committee set up by the Apex Court under its suo motu motion and present all the facts in his possession about the violence in Karachi including the Interior Minister , MQM and others.
dr asif jimmy Aug 29, 2011 05:51pm
i strongly supports the unveiling of truth whatever have been happening in karachi from years.,and no 0ne is unfamiliar with the blood stained hands involved in this war game,..even if you donot believe must have a thorough look upon the circumstantial evidences which lead to such inhumane target killing incidents in wil reach to a solid conclusion beyond any doubt..and still some are there,,who d0nt believe,.for them dr mirza had to bring HOLY QURAN and swore with Holy QURAN,that whatever he has said is nothing but there should be no r0om for is now time for action.
OJ Aug 29, 2011 05:59pm
I m a Sindhi as well and I am very dissapointed by his actions. He is a disgrace to us Sindhis :(
waseem Aug 29, 2011 06:07pm
Pakistan need like zulfiqar mirza people. I Salute this great man. My prays with mirza sahib. I hope young generation must stand with this patriotic pakistani.. our media should present real picture of enemies of pakistan without fear. Zulfiqar mirza zindabad!!!!! ( patriotic pakistani)
hassan kamal Aug 29, 2011 06:10pm
another detail revealed by mirza was that he passed his mbbs exams by copying others. since he has gone moral should he still call himself a doctor?
wasim Aug 29, 2011 06:13pm
Another article in dawn which lacks substance, since last few weeks every article in dawn is deliberately avoiding to expose the three Secular parties behind the violence in Karachi and very timidly try to blame this wave of violence in Karachi on the religious parties. I guess the hard core secular and some atheist writers at dawn are ashamed to admit that the three so called secular parties in Pakistan are behind all this violence.
ARslan Aug 29, 2011 06:26pm
Karachi has been burning for very long time, with or without Mirza.
Lets_not_fool_people Aug 29, 2011 06:45pm
Okay let me make sense of all this. - So a person who makes fun of a community and calls their forefathers "bhooka and nanga" is a patriot? - A person who knew that USA and Altaf Hussain were trying to break Pakistan but stayed quiet is a patriot? - A person who routinely ridicules others and plays Sindh card whether its kalbagh dam or SC issue is a patriot? - A person who only decided to speak the truth after torture cells were discovered in lyari is now a patriot. Lets not fool everyone. The basic issue here is of acceptance. Many in Sindh and Pakistan in general are not happy that an important city like Karachi gives mandate to MQM. Once again lets not fool people. But aside your bias. It is this attitude of people that sorry to say Pakistan is a failed state.
Lets_not_fool_people Aug 29, 2011 06:56pm
The reason I get MQM's point and not of those who oppose them is that when MQM was in power there was development and peace in city. There was no turf wars and no so called urdu-pashto issue. It is only after the sham democracy that all these things started. Even a perso with little common sense would agree that something happened. What happened was people like Mirza and Shahi Syed started to play ethnic politics to gain political benefits. What they ended up doing is cornering MQM further and I bet you that they will get even more votes this time. So Mirza has done nothing but makine MQM a martyr while he gave inroads to so called sindhi nationalists in interior sindh. The bottom line again is learn to accept the mandate and work with people. Like it or not Karachi gives mandate to MQM and they do not want Mirza or Shahi Syed as Mayor of Karachi. In lahore they give mandate to Nawaz and we should accept that. Interior to PPP. No one denies that. So spare us this nonsense of he is america's agent or he is india's agent. You are only causing rifts which will further weaken a country which i am extremely sorry to say already a failed state
ali nadeem Aug 29, 2011 06:59pm
His Loyalty to the PPP is more stronger than his loyalty for the country. He fails to put any blame on PPP or party chairman, eventhough most of the issues are the results of party's decision. Unless he evolves and puts country first, he will remain a champion for a day or two and then forgotten.
Farooq Aug 29, 2011 07:22pm
We trust and support Mirza Sb.
Raja Islam Aug 29, 2011 07:25pm
The question here should not be about the person whose statements lead to killing in the city. The bigger question here is what to do about those who are killing innocent people. Should all of us keep our mouths shut because our words may cause Karachi to burn? When no one speaks up the criminals succeed. Focus on those doing the killings and the mayhem in our city and not on individual's words.
Raja Islam Aug 29, 2011 07:28pm
Is it a hate speech or a statement of truth? We should open our eyes and decide for ourselves.
Pakistani Aug 29, 2011 07:30pm
God save our dear homeland from all those evil people who are involved in evil acts against this beautiful country...Peace from Bahawalpur
Raja Islam Aug 29, 2011 07:30pm
Many people in administration know who killers and criminals are. It is just that they take political decisions and many times are scared to take action as the criminals are too powerful.
saif ahmed Aug 29, 2011 07:31pm
Kudos to the blogger, I think these are some legitimate questions that need to be posed. 1. Why now? 2. Why waited until the Lyari Operations? 3. Why joined hands with MQM for so long when he had all kinds of documents to prove their guilt? 4. A patriot! Is he to Pakistan? 5. If one of us find out that someone is working to break our country, I am sure we would not have wasted a single minute to stop them. What took him so long to decide? It is beyond me that someone like him is being praised in the media and being potrayed as the only patriot. I think this is personal vendetta as his party has probably disowned him. The one who respects Quran will never swear upon it. May Allah forgive for him and show him the right path.
Raja Islam Aug 29, 2011 07:32pm
Sorry to hear about your loss. But if no one speaks up, many more innocents will be killed. It is time to face facts and take these criminals to task.
Raja Islam Aug 29, 2011 07:35pm
This is not about the president, but is about the criminal activities and the killings in Karachi. If you have anything to say about the president or anyone else please speak up.
AJ Aug 29, 2011 07:40pm
Raja Islam Aug 29, 2011 07:42pm
It is not about creating a rift between communities. It is about a terrorist party that has the province in its grip. You talk about hundreds of innocent people killed on the streets of Karachi. Why don't you ask the people who did it?
A.M.H.Kango Aug 29, 2011 07:45pm
Why we all become sentimental when things like 'struggle for survival' begin to surface. The refugees are spread all over Pakistan, but why Karachi is in turmoil.
Someone Aug 29, 2011 08:09pm
He's not a disgrace but gave the truth because people like you are not brave enough to say this even in your home!
PPP-O (Omar) Aug 29, 2011 08:16pm
Hey may be a good man, great patriot, maybe even dosent take as much bribe as others. He is a terrible politician and no asset to to his people. First he said Karachi dosent need outside intervention. Now he resigns as Karachi BURNS.
PPP-O (Omar) Aug 29, 2011 08:23pm
How can you support a quitter? Did he help by quitting, did he resolve the conflict? No. Times got tough, sombody stepped on his pride. He did the only thing that requires no courage. QUIT!
Hoshoo Aug 29, 2011 08:26pm
Can you specify as to how he is disgrace to sindhis I feel you are not Sindhi. Though I don't liked Zulfiqar Mirza, but what ever he said yesterday was not anyone Sindhi talking instead a true Pakistani speaking after placing Holy Quran over his head, it is high time for us to think above ethnic grounds and face the reality as it is!!!
Sohaib Aug 29, 2011 08:38pm
I aint buying this ......... Why on earth he is speaking now when so so so many people are dead with many more to come.... this is just a drama created to take the spot light. Dr. Zulfiqar Mirza might be right in all the things he said but this is not the way things work out.........
Qasim Aug 29, 2011 09:02pm
Zulfiqar Mirza has many shortcomings but he is spot on with his allegations about MQM and Rehman Malik.
Tariq K Sami Aug 29, 2011 09:17pm
Looks like the Feudals and Jagirdars this country have changed the debate. First round to them.
Tariq Aug 29, 2011 09:23pm
What ordinary Pakistanis have to realize and understand is that these so-called leaders are fake personalities, and just do not have any relevance to the Nation of Pakistan or Pakistanis anymore. Its the Instituitions that matter, and these have been destroyed by these very people posing as "leaders" and "patriots". I think the media and the general sufering public at large MUST concentrate more on Nation building, for which rule of law is the prime consideration, followed by Good Governance and making all Pakistani instituitions strong.
Incredulous! Aug 29, 2011 09:32pm
After reading the various comments by these fine people, I believe the maxim "people deserve the rulers that they have" is once again proven. Forget trying to change perceptions as they have bought Mirza's theatrics hook, line and sinker.. We are truly doomed with this mind set!
mystrugglewithin Aug 29, 2011 09:43pm
Be it a mere percent of hope, we crave for it. ZM gave a lot, and articles like this will ruin it.
arsalan naqvi Aug 29, 2011 10:03pm
well said. one thing was sure about Mirza's statements: they were biased against MQM. I don't mean to imply that MQM is an organization full of angels. But, any statement from a biased point-of-view is just that. And because of its biasness, it can never stick in a court of law. The court will invite Mirza. Mirza will go to the court with his "proof." Quickly, the court will decide that his "proof" won't stick. In a month, everyone will have forgotten about Mirza and his press conference. And terrorism in Karachi will continue. Mirza gave up. He was frustrated. He was defeated. This was an emotional outburst from him. For all those that hail him as a hero, just ask yourselves: if Quaid-e-Azam had emotional outbursts like Mirza and he had resigned from his responsibilities would we have a Pakistan today? if Prophet Mohd. had emotional outbursts like Mirza and he had told God that he is too frustrated to spread His message would we have as many muslims in this world as we have now?
K Aug 29, 2011 10:11pm
Mirza, like others, seems like a great patriot on the surface. Why did he not say this when he was in power. Was he fearful of something or this was anger because he was being let go. To be a great leader it takes a lot of sacrifices. What sacrifices did Mirza ever make.
arsalan naqvi Aug 29, 2011 10:22pm
correct. his was an unbiased view on Karachi's issues. if he had an objective view, he would have been trying to resolve it differently. And we many have seen progress in the form of peace in Karachi. But in reality, Mirza is biased. He wants everyone to hold MQM accountable for the situation in Karachi, and although MQM is one of the responsible parties, they are not the only ones responsible. If we had an objective mind, his strategies would have been different, and the outcomes would have been different. He would not have become frustrated. And he would not have to resign. In short: he is incompetent.
K Aug 29, 2011 10:22pm
I do not believe Mirza was responsible for almost all the killings in Karachi. However, he was responsible for the thousands and thousands of murders, thefts, and other atrocities in the city while he was given the authority to stop all of that.
Saiullah K Aug 29, 2011 10:22pm
PresidentZardari & Rehman Malik are the only two honest leaders in Pakistan. Please lietsen to them. Pliese all Pakistan listen and the country will do best than India. Thanking thee.
arsalan naqvi Aug 29, 2011 10:23pm
there is a huge difference between full truth and half truth. Half truths are what cause ethnic genocides in this world.
arsalan naqvi Aug 29, 2011 10:25pm
you obviously dont know how democracy works and how courts operate. Mirza's statement will amount to NOTHING in our current environment. Mirza took the easiest route, the one that will lead to no where. And I believe he knows this himself.
Shujaat Ayub Khan Aug 29, 2011 10:36pm
Why people think if a persons hand is on Quran that person is telling the truth ?
SuchBOL Aug 29, 2011 10:38pm
Its time to call Spade a Spade. The fact of the matter is that there is so much hatred and ill will for Karachiites and MQM from rest of the country, that anyone, whose past and present is questionable, comes on TV and blasts his/her guts out against MQM and Karachiites, gets instant 'HEROIC' status. People of Pakistan have a deliberate amnisia about Zulfiqr Mirza, under whose rule, Lyari and other areas became a launching pad for mass murdering, looting and kidnapping. Just compare time period before 2008 and after. There is a conspiracy to subdue the clear Mandate of Karachi by wicked force and hatred.
K Aug 29, 2011 10:39pm
What a shame? He was using his authority to benefit people by providing Naukaris to the Sifarishes that he wanted to favor. What about the people who were applying for on merit. The only reason those people were discarded because they were not "considered his own". Not to mention about the gains he was getting from these sifarishes in return.
awais Aug 29, 2011 10:46pm
All the politicians are hypocrites. How they can be our leaders? Asif Zardari, zulfiqar Mirza, rehman Malik, Altaf, Bhuttos, and Sharifs are worst people on Earth. They are ruling on us bcoz in Pakistan there is only one law, Might is right! I'm also not satisfied with media, it is playing its worst role in detriorating the Pakistani youth. May God bless Pakisatn and Pakistanis!
reshameen Aug 29, 2011 11:06pm
Shyema Sajjad is twisting the statement. Mirza never said that rehman does not like apples, he was giving an example of his lying that if he is eating an apple he will say he is eating a banana because he is a compulsive liar. We all know and have always known most of what mirza said. It is only that some one in limelight has stood up and said it. Imran khan said it and then backed out and mended fenses with Altaf. Sheyam very poor analysis or write up. it is hardly an objective analysis.
Irfan Aug 29, 2011 11:13pm
Agreed with Dr. Mirza. Dawn should be brave enough to identify and name the terrorists from all parties ruining karachi. So sad to see that even a deputy editor is not brave enough to do so :(
Asim Aug 29, 2011 11:33pm
Pakistan's Anna Hazare: Brave Zulfiqar Mirza. Mirza said about MQM nothing but truth & showed the real face of ALTAF.
Bilal Habib Aug 29, 2011 11:37pm
I seldom hear from any Pakistani to leave post or power and that too on principled stand. But Mirza Sb has proved that calling a spade , a SPADE may be hard and the price may go high, but not higher than the truth he revealed. No politician , judge or General can dare to call MQM its rightful name, but Mirza proved otherwise.
a Pakistani living a Aug 29, 2011 11:39pm
The truth of the matter is that Karachi is being ruined by gangsters who are affiliated, supported and backed by many political groups. This is too late for Karachi and I blame Karachites to bring it upon themselves. Supporting individuals who's focus is cast/local interest will never take any city to the stability which is needed for prosperity. Karachi city is the only city where now elections are being won based on your past history...migrated from India then vote for this party, from Liyari then vote for this party etc.....the city can not be together with this model
syed Aug 29, 2011 11:40pm
keep it up middle man
Sarah Aug 29, 2011 11:46pm
What surprised me is that he portrayed Zardari as a fair and respectable person, he should disclose his secrets too.
syed Aug 30, 2011 12:13am
Is Z. Mirza a responsible politician. He seems to be a very emotional person who spits fire against a specific community. Wonder if he is fit/qualified to be in such a responsible position? Politicians like Z. Mirza and majority of others who are supposed to serve the people of Pakistan are only after their personal gains. Wonder how can he and other politicians afford such a lavish life and armed gangs.
syed Aug 30, 2011 12:24am
Z. Mirza a patriot? Wonder how can someone who is emotionally unstable hold such a responsible position! Unfortunately it can only happen in our Pakistan. May Allah help Pakistan.
a a Aug 30, 2011 12:39am
we need more people like Z. Mirza! completely support him! way to go man!
Tgvccgg Aug 30, 2011 12:49am
Its been a habit our nation to insult our patriots, most of nation is in limbo mentallyand morally incapacited. No one speaks truth and if some does then people like u bent upon finding mistakes and labelling them what we r use to.....STOP this attitude and show respect ,before its too late
kanwal Aug 30, 2011 01:07am
I just dont believe how many people can be fooled by just picking a Quran on your head....funny.
Syed J. Ahmed Aug 30, 2011 01:09am
You people are so gullible, just because he picked up the quran doesn't mean whatever he said is true. Look at how peaceful Karachi was when it was under MQM's control, when MQM had their own home minister from 2001-2006, now look how bad it has gotten ever since this guy came with his thuggish attitude. Please stop being so gullible he's the same guy who said "pakistan na kapay" Zulfiqur Mirza just likes being at the center of attention all times, and I personally feel he needs to go see a therapist. Enough of drama bazi I'm glad he's "retired" time for some real people to take control of Sindh and Karachi.
Syed Kamran Raza Aug 30, 2011 01:38am
Very well written article... And so many comments saluting Mr Mirza and treating him as hero just proved the author's point regarding our national habit of "forgetting" past things/someone ... Greatttttt..Now, Mr Mirza is a hero despite being responsible for triggering bloodshed in recent past in Karachi.
Aijaz Ansari Aug 30, 2011 01:56am
Pakistan needs people like Zulfiqar Mirza? Lol God help us.
Hassan Aug 30, 2011 02:05am
Mirza should be praised for his courage. What he said was public knowledge anyway. His intentions however God only knows. The liast of "traitors" Mirza gave was by no means complete. May Allah save Pakistan from these vultures.
Mohsin meghani Aug 30, 2011 03:20am
Bravo.Such people are born in centuries.Dont think who is saying.Think what he is saying.The truth which not one even the media can talk of. .We belong to Karachi but cannot show our oppostion to MQM.Please support such person and stand up to make Karachi free from the terrorist.They are really coward and will bo on the run like their leader.
sham Aug 30, 2011 03:30am
Hi shyema! I do have to agree and it has nothing to do with who i am but i believe in what many have written above.I believe it is easy to hide and look away from the truth but it takes a whole lot to speak it especially when you are risking a whole lot especially your family and friends. He also went ahead and said that if they did not like what i had said they should have taken their anger out on me,but what was the fault of the poor people who had no business.Its sad but we have very few people who are NOW realizing that it is TIME to speak up and if we still think about our seats and our parties the bigger picture PAKISTAN will be lost, so let us all support those who speak the truth be it Imran Khan or people like Dr zulfiqar Mirza. Revolution will only come when we are true to ourselves not to our parties and "brothers or dear friends".For a moment lets forget who he is but giving him the benefit of doubt we must stand united for Pakistan rather than wait for it to fall into pieces despite many warnings.
Nasir from NJ-USA Aug 30, 2011 03:49am
Sheyma, you really have done a service to the readers by having an honest and intellectual analysis of this short-sighted "Patriot" named Mirza. According to his own explanation, he had to bring the Holy Quran on his head because people thought that he is some "Lallu-Panju" and people would not have believed him. Every time he spoke before he tried to instigate hatred between the permanent residents of Sindh. Everyone knows that a politician would say things based on what suits him politically at a given time. Mirza said that he failed as a politician but at the same time he is wowing to challenge the MQM and organize a fight against it. Whether he is a failed politician or a successful politician, it would have been better for him to leave the holy book and not drag it in the political quagmire of lies and deceits. He should not have used the Holy Quran for emotional exploitation while indulging the political blame game. Mirza resigned from his posts because he was rendered totally ineffective and disgraced. People will be fool to think for a second that this two-faced patriot rendered any sacrifice through his resignations. This is the same person who bragged that he was 80% chief minister while Qaim was only 20%. He was outraged that MQM pressured PPP to relieve Mirza from the home ministry and he felt humiliated. He always wanted to cling to the very powerful and money making home ministry. The man is full of contradictions. At best he is delusional and thinks that he would become a leader of the interior Sindh. Mirza is the greatest fool in thinking that the interior Sindh would vote for him after he is practically expelled from the party and left by his colleagues to wonder on his own.
Ali Aug 30, 2011 04:08am
Mirza' allegations should be investigated by an independent body. None of these politicians are patriots they are all a bunch of crooks and thugs fighting for money and power.What both Mirza and Malik say has the approval of Zardari who seems to be playing a double game.They all patronize gangs. Pakistan is fast turning into a country where provincialism will rule supreme.
assadullah durrani Aug 30, 2011 05:07am
after saying on oath we being muslim do not see any other reason to believe Dr Mirza is saying correctly .
RAJA Aug 30, 2011 06:08am
MALIK Aug 30, 2011 06:35am
For me, Zulfiqar mirza is hero. He has shown that he is the son of this country.At least he thinks to save it from the conspiracies of selfish and self interested people.
Neha Aug 30, 2011 06:52am
I will suppoert shyema...good observation...after all this is all politics..RAJNEITY
Asad Aug 30, 2011 07:27am
People who are supporting Mirza in their comments .. I have an advise for them check the video on youtube when he finished his press conference.. he left the scene with hundred of armed personnel.. who were they?? are they innocent people of Pakistan hahhaha also he was sitting beside someone who was involved in extortiion, killings, kidnappings etc in Liyari.. so wake up guys also try to look the other side as well...
rehmat Aug 30, 2011 07:33am
Shyema you mentioned something about Too Much Information. Actually ZM was trying to improve his credibiiity. His point was that his daugher in law and several brothers in law are Urdu speaking. Hence he does not have any negative feelings towards Urdu speaker and whatever he is speaking is true. Everyone seems to be totally taken up by the fact that Mirza said everything after putting hand on Quran sharif. The question is do we not believe that anyone gives false witness in Pakistan courts? Do those witnesses not put their hands on the Quran? This whole issue is a drama by PPP to pressurise MQM into joining the ruling coaliation on Zardari's terms.
rizwan Aug 30, 2011 08:03am
We salute Dr.Mirza bravery
Tahir M Aug 30, 2011 08:30am
What a dis-respect to our Holy Book. Why don't our politicians and statesmen grow up and act decently as mature and cultured people. The whole show looked like how matters might have been dealt many centuries ago. The indiscriminate use of the Holy Book is a shirk and the acting bit is to be condemned and not lauded.
Sara Aug 30, 2011 08:37am
It doesn't make sense to me that it is considered irresponsible to make anti MQM ( or any political party/ person) comments because violence results from it. This kind of bullying should not be tolerated. If we are all afraid to speak then the status quo remains.
Syed MA Shah Aug 30, 2011 08:45am
Dr Mirza was right when he said, if someone harmed his family after his rather brash statements then he would have understand, but killing innocents just because they speak different language is something no one can understand. MQM does not want to share the cake, I think that is plausible.
Starfishtrpr Aug 30, 2011 08:49am
We deserve every bit the leaders giving us. We should praise those who can manupilate innocent( oh wait, those don't exist in Pakistan any more) so where was I, people and we just like dumb lamb start cherishing them as honorable leads. Honestly, they all should be hanged without mercy and those who don't speak the truth should be muted forever. I may sound harsh but the reality is......we'll always be slaves in our mind. Let's rally just what Anna Hazzare in India did. We so selfish we can do a strike unless our motive is not it.
Abdul hafeez Aug 30, 2011 09:14am
Pakistani Aug 30, 2011 09:21am
True, as people, just heard the same from someone responsible which even a child knows in the streets of Karachi
Newbie Aug 30, 2011 09:28am
For Sindhis Mirza is hero as he has the courage to speak the truth widout fear! we salute him
Shamim Aug 30, 2011 09:37am
I support the cause of Zulfiqar Mirza but I donot agree with the half truth he has spoken. While there is some truth in his outburst, he intentionly did not speak about sufferings of community he is very much against. Why his heart doesnot throb for Orangi people who are killed from the mountain top. Were they not human enough. When a community doesnot have the government protection from such attack, they protect themselves and in this process give birth criminal in the long run. That is going on in Karachi. So for those ignorants who are sitting in their drawing rooms putting their comments on this forum I invite them to the real Karachi, where not the property is at stake -rather the lives are stake. People see their neighbours carrying guns as their protectors not as miscreants.
sameer Aug 30, 2011 09:42am
I doubt your mental status Mr. Waseem, a person was minister for three and half year being part of corruption and start to realize when some gangsters are caught. Shame on you and people like you who support such mentally instable person.
sameer Aug 30, 2011 09:47am
I am a Sindhi too, his resignation is not based on principle at all, is due to gain personal mileage and support the gangster who he is supporting.
Tajammal Aug 30, 2011 09:55am
A PhD is require to understand Zardari's politics, it is one of another Zardari's tacts to regain the rural Sind's votes and keep the 'Sind card'.
Zulekha Aug 30, 2011 09:57am
Zulfiqar Mirza has turned his guns on a particular party and a minister. He has not revealed all as he swore over the Quran. When he had the evidence and information, what did he do with it when he was in power ??? There will be many implications to this and it will lead to further polarisation in Sindh in particular and the conuntry in general
Maqbool Ahmed Aug 30, 2011 10:10am
Mirza you are The great Mirza You are THE PAKISTANI We need persons like you Who could unveil the traitor you have encouraged all Pakistan's to tell the truth. This is going to be a turning point in Pakistani politics.I believe your honesty and being real sindhi. You have put your life in risk for the we being of Pakistan and the future of our Children. History will remember you as a real Muslim. People of Pakistan will respect you all of their life. Truth is a truth and it lives for ever in the mind of peoples. Allah bless you.... Long live Mirza Maqbool from nj.
Naveed Aug 30, 2011 10:45am
Dr. Mirza is the man who has spoken only truth... the article is biased and pro-MQM.
Mahmood Aug 30, 2011 10:47am
People like Dr. Mirza and Shah Mahmood Qureshi are a rarety in the corrupt socities in South Asia who are willing to go against the grain to speak the truth, while risking life and limb, much less their political careers. A simple ordinary man in India, Ana Hazaari shook up the larget democracy in the world. This the least we should expect from politicians in Pakistan who finally broke silence. About time more people came out who are willing to step away from mainly corrupt and incompetent parties like PML. PPP & MQM to lead the nation which is on the verge of collapse, and already a laughing stock of the world.
haleem Aug 30, 2011 10:49am
I salute Dr Mirza to talk against all evils in Pakistan. He is the only person who has a courage to talk against evil empire of Karachi.
Kashif Fareed Aug 30, 2011 11:03am
Same Zulfiqar Mirza was all set for the break up of Pakistan at the time of Benazir bhutto's death. He keeps saying to people of Karachi and Hyderabad to stand up against MQM without giving an alternatives. Should urdu speakers vote for PPP whose leader Zulfiqar Mirza not long ago labeled them " Bhookay and Nangay" and in the press conference said that contribution of Urdu speaking is less than Sindhi speakings in the making of Pakistan. He is just trying to gain the lost popularity of PPP in the interior of Sindh. He is merely playing on the sentiments of nationalists Sindhis as he know short cut to popularity among Sindhis is " to lambast MQM".
hassan Aug 30, 2011 11:05am
I have never been a supporter of any political party really. But if Mirza runs for election, I can guarantee you he will get many votes, including mine. He is right why are all these people scared of MQM.
Arsalan Aug 30, 2011 11:10am
This is in actual the bone of contention for the political parties. WHY one party has dominance in Karachi? its merely a war of interests and ANP and PPP want their share from the city without contributing a single penny for the city or their people. What PPP has done for liyari in past 60 years that which is their stronghold? so how can we expect them to do anything for other communities. regardless of other facts what Karachi experienced in MQM rule of KHi they never saw such prgress ever before. PPP, ANP and PML N have their own power circles where they keep on minting money and nobody cares. So whats suddenly so bad about MQM?
seena Aug 30, 2011 11:11am
@ ALL those who are saying that they support zulfi.. they don't know a bit what is going on in Karachi... We who criticize zulfi, do not think that MQM is good, its just that some people here out of their hatred of MQM turn zulfi into a HERO. Zulfi is himself a compulsive liar.
Sohail Aug 30, 2011 11:16am
How do you know it was ceremonial in other part of city?
Kamran Aug 30, 2011 11:25am
Somebody should ask Mr. Mirza what took so long for him to be 'patriotic' now. or was he 'Party-Riotic' ? I dont think if you possess any evidence will require you to create sensation sworing upon Quran. Irony is he did'nt do anything while being in the government for not 2 or 3 days but 3.5 years,with stack of papers he brought but finally he decided to do it in the press club when he was resigning. ....come on!
sardar asif Aug 30, 2011 11:31am
ZM disclosure have all the 'gram masala '(spices) by which an ordinary person in Pakistan can be be fooled. The Holy Quran on the head fiery language and self proclaimed ego (beta of Sindh, Ghariatmand bla bla bla). what ZM failed to clarify Why after all of this he is still patriotic to Asif Zardari and PPP
TARIQ Aug 30, 2011 11:43am
ZM is a hero, he is brave and not a coward like all other opportunists sitting in PPP. PPP's image is really tarnished, it is not the same PPP we used to love. After all Zardari is not a politician but businessman and businessmen have no loyalties, no principles there only principle is Money!!
hassan Aug 30, 2011 11:52am
How can you be sure that Zulfiqar Mirza is not a compulsive liar ? What he was doing when he Interior Minister + Husband of Speaker National Assembly + Friend,philosopher of Zardari + His campanion during his Detention days? Why is "zAMEER" was so tranqulized at that time he didnt see 3000 innocent Dead bodies of Karachi which are not Sindhi, Baluchi,Punjabii,Muhajir,Pathan but simply Pakistani? Why don't the people like you condemn every criminal element in the society. Just being ANTI MQM isn;t enough to declareh him a hero. He is got a point to prove. Why he is waiting for Supreme court to call hiim ? Is he a president of U.S. (United Sindh).?. Why isn't he brave enough to bring facts and evidence in public in court so decision should be made ?. everyone knows what MQM is ? But short term Nation doesn't know what ZM philosphy is
Joe Aug 30, 2011 11:52am
Being an outsider - I do not have the right speak about the ethnic fault-lines in your society - but when one community has no qualms to spray bullets on those those of another community knelt down in prayers in a mosque - how can you give so much importance to one guy holding the Quran ?
Imran Aug 30, 2011 11:53am
If He is our Hero than God Help us.
Sohail Mirza Aug 30, 2011 11:58am
Dr. Mirza I personally salute you for your bravery and courage. I agree fully with what you have said abt Mr. Malik and The MQM I live in a area where MQM has a strong hold, recently a day of mourning was observed and where workers of the MQM with ammunition were chasing people back home. I pray that an operation against the MQM is done. I pray For Mirza Sahib that we may prosper in his mission and May God Almighty protect Him and His Family.
hassan Aug 30, 2011 11:58am
Time will tell. After quite sometime when this nation short term memory loss clicks .... this nation will be criticizing ZM when someone else will stand up and alleges him. Mumtaz Bhutto was questioned to comment on ZM mouth firing and he replied with Historic word.. "One day he said one thing other day he forgots and ask forgiveness. Sindhi Nationalist Political Group (Which excludes genuine Sindhis and Sindhi Nation), will go after those who show more money and power.!!!!
Ahmed Aug 30, 2011 12:01pm
I just want to ask question to those people who are supporting the view of Dr Mirza, That why his comments are only coming when there is operation in lyari ... All this things indicates that Dr Mirza is supporting those people who are involve in karachi voilance
Sheeba Aug 30, 2011 12:05pm
So true Middle-Class Man! Now politicians will have Quran in their hand to make people believe in anything, what a pity! And pity doesn't only lie with the Pakistani politics, but actually with the innocent people of Pakistan. Or may be they are acting like this, to save their leader Mirza!!
Waqar Khan Aug 30, 2011 12:21pm
Those who give false evidences in courts do so by placing their hands on holy book...ZM actually tried to prove to nation that this time he needs to be believed.. some how... he is a crook and needs to be investigated..
Sheeba Aug 30, 2011 12:24pm
good observation .. the speech was actually a personal disliking towards a community, its not about politics .. and this man has been noticed several times doing this kind of activities ..
Sheeba Aug 30, 2011 12:36pm
lol, appreciated iqbal!
Wasi Khan Aug 30, 2011 12:36pm
I am living in Australia. Here a politician resigns if he gets complicated in a scandal even of bribery. I don’t expect resignation from Rahman Malik nor from MQM chief. I don’t even expect any open inquiry in those serious allegations by Supreme Court. Our country is in the hands of culprits. I only pray to Allah to help our country.
Dr. Hafeezullah Aug 30, 2011 12:45pm
Shabaash Mirza, Shabash!!
zulfikar ali Aug 30, 2011 12:48pm
I think we all should appreciate the truth he spoke in a loud voice.He know people won't take him seriously thats why he brought holy book with him. Why should some body quit in such important and respectful positions even and make a lot on enemies around him let alone falling from the status he has in his own party. Shyema I think you have not done justice with him although you have every right to express your opinion. Mirza spoke out of sheer frustration and feeling of helplessness and i am sure many people in Karachi share his frustration---Some groups have besieged and turned this city a slaughter house. no body say a word ,no body do any thing. We all a suffering and waiting silently for God to come and rescue us from this situation.
Sheeba Aug 30, 2011 12:54pm
Actually there are some people who do not want peace in Karachi. With these flames of Mirza, nobody but the common man will face the burning and bleeding!
Farhan Farooqui Aug 30, 2011 01:05pm
Irrespective of the personality, I will support the cause demonstrated by Mr. Zulfiqar Mirza.
Dr zulqarnain Aug 30, 2011 01:11pm
The real man with words and actions who shows these blind people what reality is , now mqm is silent becoz they know the truth has been exposd if they come infrnt their fake faces will show their truth ,
Rizwan Aug 30, 2011 01:20pm
We salute to his bravery, and speaking up against the crimes done by MQM.
Harry Aug 30, 2011 01:24pm
Using Patriot in such a large number makes this article look very empty.
Ali S Aug 30, 2011 01:29pm
The problem is that this country has the attention span of a 3-year-old child. They're driven by reactionary knee-jerk emotions and not rational thought-out analyses (to be honest, I don't blame the uneducated common man for that). Until that keeps happening, politicians and gone-in-a-flash "messiahs" (as NFP put it in his article) will keep using our gullibility to their advantage.
Abdul Sami Aug 30, 2011 01:31pm
ZM stood and spoke out sth which nobody dares to! pity is that even no media person can before and after it happened is ready to talk about MQM! Doesn't it makes clear the fear that MQM has sowed in the minds of all is enough to understand what MQM really is??? they maintain thousands of sharp shooters/mercenaries to kill poor peoples. I am shocked to see the Altaf can go to the level of inciting britans and be hand and glove with the US do break PAK! how he can think of and what others in his party and outside his party are doing! Why they don't take action against MQM why they dont speak against MQM, WHY WHY WHY ...
Ahmed Aug 30, 2011 02:17pm
I am not a supporter of PPP;I live in the US and am originally from Faisalabad. I have to admit that Mirza's comments were right own and I admire him for speaking up. Mirza is correct when he pointed out wealth of MQM and Malik in the UK. We need leadership who has business and assets in Pakistan- that is the only way our leadership (politicians, army and civil servants) can be serious in fixing this mess. People like Mirza are in my prayers and we should appreciate their intentions and loyalty with the country.
Jamal Aug 30, 2011 02:39pm
Brainwashed audienced. One little gesture by ZM and he turns in to a hero. No hope for this country. What about the countless other sins he has done in the past?
Ali Aug 30, 2011 03:13pm
Zufiqar Mirza may not be perfect but atleast he resigned which is rare in Pakistan. He makes sense because all the agencies, Police and Rangers are not able to stop the killings in Karachi. Maybe President should take his offer to stop the killings within 15 days
GD Aug 30, 2011 03:14pm
I am from a Christian community, who was born, studied and brought-up in Karachi and now living in London. I feel so sad that my Karachi is being destroyed. During my teenage years in Karachi never did I or my community had any fear from any sect - we all lived in peace. I think this is the time not to accuse each other but to reconcile and think of a better way of giving Karachi the same status that it has lost. Forgive and forget the past and start with a new life for the new generation. Long live Karachi!!!!
Abbas Aug 30, 2011 03:49pm
Shame on people who still think that a politician like Zulfiqar Mirza has suddenly turned into a honest man. Remember they are politicians first and anything else later. All comments made by them are based on some hidden agenda. Please WAKE UP PAKISTAN!!!!
Murtaza Aug 30, 2011 05:14pm
Mirza speaks, we have the verdict from brave man. I believe Mirza gonna fetch all the lost votes from Interior Sindh, because every day I see on roads people chanting "Mirza Mirza Hero Hero" right now I'm in interior Sindh "Larkana" City of Shaheed Benazir Bhutto. I salute Mirza Sahab, he had heroic end in politics like a Super hero in movie kills the Boss. Nobody can talk against "MQM" because they are in majority in Karachi and Hyderabad and almost every Mahajir caste vote for MQM without any 1 buy 1 free offer. I also want to clear the press conference scenario and resignation its not because of Layari operation, he don't even care about it. Whoever doubt that why he spoked all the truth so late? Kindly watch again and listen to his press conference carefully he said that I was always dragged from main screen and and dropped somewhere in Russia/Euro/US for vacations. Its time to support the right person so MQM supporters without using gloves, shake your hands with Mirza sahab he's patriotic person and hero with apple for Pakistan. Good luck yall!
saadat Aug 30, 2011 06:58pm
Go mirza go. u r the best. sar utha k geo
abdul moueed Aug 30, 2011 07:23pm
plz remember he was the part of this evil empire for 4 years
atique Aug 30, 2011 07:39pm
Thanks for reminding Karachi of 1960s when I was a student there GD.I think a minority in Karachi have lost morality or may be present leaders are there to serve themselves instead of ordinary people.Time never remains the same I hope now it changes for better. May God bless us with the spirit of brotherhood.
Farhan Aug 30, 2011 07:40pm
Sheyma, Shame on you and the Dawn news group who are only publishing comments in support of Zulfiqar Mirza!! I think you should be neutral when selecting comments.
J.Sequeira Aug 30, 2011 08:01pm
I don't know what Mirza's past is and I really don't care but he is the first person in the 65 years of Pakistan's existence who had the guts to tell the truth which is that Pakistan has been ruled by religious hypocrites and totally corrupt individuals for the past 63 years and why Christians like me had to leave family as well as the city of Karachi which most of us still love. My sincere advise is that if the country has to have any future at all get rid of religious hypocrisy first because it is religion that has always been used to mask all political evils in the country
Latif Khan Aug 30, 2011 08:19pm
Dr. Mirza while pleasing President Zardari, being an insider has blown the whistle, very tqactfully. He thinks with the support of the holy Quran, he has come out an honest person and would be admired. He should have stopped here. He should not have gone on and opened many venues inside and outside. This is a damaging for him. God save Pakistan.
shafi Aug 30, 2011 08:26pm
'Past performance is not a guarantee of the future. Your shares can go up or down'. Stock Market. same as Pakistani politics.
Inaam Rana Aug 30, 2011 08:35pm
Long Live Mirza....Geo Mirza........Mirza sada shar hay baqi hair phair hay
Raja Islam Aug 30, 2011 10:39pm
Have you thought why there is some sort of peace in the city when MQM is in the government? Why is it that everytime MQM resigns from the cabinet killings in Karachi go up? Think about it and think about the mohajir mandate and what it is doing to the country.
Raja Islam Aug 30, 2011 10:44pm
If you want to call a spade a spade then be very clear. When did killings start in Karachi? When did Karachi start burning? Who collects bhatta in Karachi? Who controls whole areas and makes them "no go areas" for the law enforcement agencies? There is no ill will against Karachiites but there may be some ill will against criminals and terrorists and their supporters. If the mohajirs support criminals then they are equally to blame and will share the same ill will.
Raja Islam Aug 30, 2011 10:49pm
The question here is not about holding the Quran over your head. One has to objectively analyze and see if the statements made are true or not. You can be fooled with or without the Quran. I suspect that most people unlike you, are looking at the facts and not the symbolism.
Raja Islam Aug 30, 2011 10:51pm
That is exactly what this party says. Keep us in the cabinet and things on the street will be fine, but if we are out then you will see the consequences.
Raja Islam Aug 30, 2011 10:57pm
Suggest you stop focusing on Zulfiqar Mirza and focus on his statements instead. The question here is that is MQM a terrorist, criminal organization or not. This is something that you have to decide. The answer would be a yes or a no.
Raja Islam Aug 30, 2011 11:02pm
Why should this be about pressurizing MQM to join the coalition? The PPP is in majority in Sindh and can always have MQM sit in the opposition. What will they gain by bringing MQM in? Maybe the improved governance will lead to a stop in killings and violence in Karachi.
Saad Durrani Aug 30, 2011 11:04pm
What a brilliant idea my friend! The only he went on and gave his resignation when his goons were arrested without his permission. Rather than being in his constituency, Mirza tongue-lashed in Karachi.
arif qureshi Aug 30, 2011 11:07pm
His blames should be proved in court and the culprits should be brought to book indiscriminately without delay
Raja Islam Aug 30, 2011 11:10pm
The answer is fear. Who will stand up to an all powerful group and risk his/her life.
Abdul Hafeez Aug 30, 2011 11:17pm
Well spoken Dr.Mirza. Pakistani people need to be told the facts. Karachi only belongs to patriotic Pakistanis and it's time MQM needs to be put in it's proper corner.
Kamran Aug 30, 2011 11:19pm
I think right or wrong , if and but, yes or no , true or false , have or have not , corruption or honesty we all should now focus on fundamental change in our political lot. ZM as a person does not matter but issues he has touched had profound meaning and trust me this lot don't care what he says. Unless the law takes it's course of action and inflict punishment no one would bother over all this. Nation should stand behind strong justice system which is currently heavily relying on one person, if I knew I will be negus bars for violating law never will try and this is very simple thing nation does not understand
Ali Rizvi Aug 30, 2011 11:37pm
i really appreciate the braveness of Mirza against MQM who really misguide people in name of minority or mahajir etc, now time has come to identify who is right or wrong.
raheem Aug 31, 2011 12:55am
if he talks, you have a problem, if he doesn't, you have a problem. if he resigns, you think it's deceit, if he doesn't you think he has no shame.
ASAD BUTT Aug 31, 2011 02:50am
i dont understand pakistani people, they like to moan and never get satisfied with any thing. Now if someone has raise the voice at least pay attention to it and he declared that he has facts so have a go and do inquiry ... i don't wish Pakistan win some honest and loyal government besides i pray that people of Pakistan should bring some change in their attitudes.
Purvez Punjabi Aug 31, 2011 02:59am
Well said brother. Mirza is our hero in his crusade against the extortionists.
mehmoona Aug 31, 2011 03:14am
one thing one must realise is that peace cannot be made hostage to lawlessness and criminal behaviour,if peace is to be bought at the cost of criminal behaviour then it will forever remain hostage to criminal behaviour...thus not only is the price too high but such peace is always very transient
faraz Aug 31, 2011 03:24am
pakistani politics at record low, giv them some lessons of maturity. they need to learn from american politics, i know politics is dirty but they need a little charisma. I no longer goto stand-up comedies, instead i log on to youtube.
mehmoona Aug 31, 2011 03:42am
and yet brutus says ''he was ambitious''......
saleem Aug 31, 2011 07:57am
it is empty because it is basically smear campaign and has very little substance. This is what happens when people start taking themselves too seriously
farooq Aug 31, 2011 09:32am
Isn't he the same man who said 'Pakistan na khappey'? He beats up a journalist if he does not like the question. He divided a nation into races and sects. And he does all his politics in Karachi, hoping to get elected from Lyari. Its so obvious. The common man of Pakistan should have some common sense.
Chaigram Aug 31, 2011 09:43am
Is this guy for real? I am amazed at his outburst, I wold love to read his CV, doubt has any education beyond kindergarten. He says he is a doctor! Of what? Amazing!
atique Aug 31, 2011 03:21pm
Good point Chaigram, God help Pakistan. We do not deserve people like him in politics and in power.Thankfully he has quit politics.Hope he does not make a comeback. I can imagine how founders of Pakistan and those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for Pakistan would have responded to his behaviour!
atique Aug 31, 2011 03:50pm
We simply need to stop calling us Sindhi,Mohajir,Pathan,Baloch or Saraiki.Every one in Pakistan should consider himself and all living in Pakistan as "Pakistani".We need to develope a spirit of love and brotherhood towards each other.Pakistan was created for all to live in peace and harmony and not to hurt each other.We have toatally lost our way and need to remind ourselves why Pakistan was created and why millions gave the ultimate sacrifice for its creation.
mubashar Aug 31, 2011 05:01pm
ZM leaks were 100% rite.i salute to ZM to tell the truth .he is brave man.its doesn't matter why he did now?man can come any time on rite path.
Tehrim Sep 01, 2011 12:38pm
Z.M can see faults in MQM only !!! What about other political parties? Are the rest of the parties free from errors? The other parties are either truly patriotic or they must be having good terms with the Dr.