Everything said and done about the present MQM regime in Karachi, to me, they’ve been the first ones to actually get up their behinds and do something about the problems facing our fair city.

The latest in getting up their behinds act was to check the rising daily commodity prices during ramzan. As extiinct wrote, its “one issue that never fails to give grief to the people”. However, even though prices are still high there was some good action taken against the looters in the form of fines. Dawn reported today that “government officials with magisterial powers conducted raids in different markets of the city on Wednesday to inspect prices of essential items.They imposed fines amounting to Rs529,900 on 333 sellers and arrested three person for overcharging”.

Not bad for a start eh!

30 Comments so far

  1. MB (unregistered) on October 5th, 2006 @ 6:34 pm

    Come on Mansoor, you know the game. I saw on GEO yesterday that a thailey wala was caught on camera and due to reasons we know the official fined the thailey wala RS. 2000, which looked more of a joke to me.

    If the thailey wala gets something for RS. 20, do you expect him to sell it at 18 just because the gov had the price list saying it should be sold at 18. The officials know very well from where the price hike is coming. And it is coming from big fishes. No matter what happenes as they say in urdu ” aakhir mai gareeb ko hee pisna hota hai “. We all know the sugar movie few months back. I wanted to discuss an interesting aspect about it here but its out of context so some later time but after knowing it you will come to know the “great game” the sugar owners + the gov ministers played with all of us. How beautifully they fooled you and me and the media.Anyways.

    If they have to catch some one catch a big fish. Fining poors with RS. 2000 is not going to do anything. If the gov has proof that the thailey wala’s and dukaandar’s are getting their stuff at reasonalbe price or the one fixed by gov. then they should fine these small fishes something like 20k instead of 2k. Because they don’t have any pretext to save their skin.

    Having said all this, it’s a too slow but appreciable step & this should be making some effect, though marginal. We cannot be always critical of every step the city gov. takes. We are lucky that they are even taking a step against expectation. From next Ramazan they should start doint it from day one. One more credit to this gov. at least , for showing’s sake they have started something. We hope that we would all be praising them at the end of holy month if they are really sincere.

  2. verysmart (unregistered) on October 5th, 2006 @ 7:01 pm

    Well here is another news of Muttaihuida’s corruption and that is from a direct source (I will not qoute the person for the reasons known to all of us)

    A huge project is about to commence in Karachi and the news is that the city will be dug up again.

    A friend of mine owns a company which is also bidding for the project, MQM has asked their company to pay up 15% of the project cost to Muttaihida and they will have project approaved for them.

    The project cost is estimated at Rs 300 crore, and 15% is computed to be Rs 45 crore.

    My friend hates the situation but argues that if they dont, soembody else would pay up and get away with the project.

    In yesteryears MQM used to ask for couple of crore for a project of this magnitude and the comapnies used to add up this amoun in their cost estimates and bid accordingly, now soemhow the foreign educated leadership of MQM has been enlightened with the dear Old zerdari’s percentage game, and now they are asking for percentages.

    The problem is, if they walk away with 45 crore out of 300 crore, the profit margin of the project has already been eroded for the bidder. The successful bidder will simply deliever a work of least standards to make up the profit margins, and dear shehri hukamat will turn a blind eye to situation.

    Cost of Project: Rs 300 crore
    MQM’s share: Rs 45 crore
    Fining a Thelay wala: priceless!
    For everything else get your Muttahida membership

  3. yo yo (unregistered) on October 5th, 2006 @ 7:36 pm

    Don’t forget the momemtum was actually started by the previous Nazim. MQM has been in power before and they did nothing. But its good atleast they are doing something.

  4. kidal (unregistered) on October 5th, 2006 @ 9:05 pm

    Corruption is never excusable. And unfortunately in Pakistan, corruption has permeated every level of society from the highest government offices to the court clerk.

    But let me tell you something. Corruption is rife everywhere. I have lived a considerable number of years in Malaysia and Canada. I have had personal experiences with people blatantly asking for bribes. As an example, the company I worked for in Canada was bidding for a project. We set up a meeting with the local authorities. We were told by the intermediary to bring with us a certain amount of money in cash, hidden in a lunch box.

    My point is that while corruption is reprehensible, development and progress is still possible in a society where it exists. Although we may never be able to eliminate corruption completely, it will eventually diminish once the general standard of life improves. Lets do our part and hope for the best.

  5. citizen (unregistered) on October 5th, 2006 @ 9:11 pm

    The better option rather than fining the sellers of the fixed priced items is to check the supplier prices.

    I mean when the consignment(such as fruits) reach the city, the cost of the consignment has risen due to transport cost and the greedy suppliers charge higher prices than these should be. the suppliers are responsible for creating an artificial shortage in the market by warehousing part of the suppliers. This “shortage” cause a rise in the prices and the suppliers profit.

    when your regular fruit-seller sells you these items, he may have bought these items for 25 rupees and the fixed price may be no more than 26 so to make a reasonable liveable income he has to charge about 28-30 rupees.

    Who is to blame? the seller or the supplier? but those being fined are none others than your local fruit sellers.

  6. verysmart (unregistered) on October 5th, 2006 @ 10:20 pm

    very nicely commented…

    I am a great supporter of Mustafa Kamal myself and love every bit of his positive efforts for the city. My point is; lets criticize where we should and appreciate where they deserve it.

    We, the present generation shall not adopt the habbit of our previous generations of creating and following a personality cult for the politicians.

  7. faisal (unregistered) on October 5th, 2006 @ 10:57 pm


    I love the end of your comment….the comparison to the tv commercials for Mastercard…”for everything else, there’s Mastercard”.

  8. Yahya (unregistered) on October 5th, 2006 @ 10:58 pm

    A strange statement has come out from Punjab assembly. Normally I would ignore it as just another absurd politically motivated statement but as Minister of Law has made the statement one has to wonder what is going on;

  9. naveed (unregistered) on October 6th, 2006 @ 1:29 am

    You can atleast tell us the details of the “project” that would cost 300 crore. As far as I know not many projects of that cost have been implemented in karachi in “yesteryears”.
    Shouldn’t we get over our govt bashing/govt. praising habits and discuss the ground realities?

  10. MB (unregistered) on October 6th, 2006 @ 2:26 am

    I am quite amazed at logics applied by our so “kitaabi” people. I just don’t get it. How on earth Kidal came with this idea :

    “it (corruption) will eventually diminish once the general standard of life improves. ”

    Dear Kidal. Most of the corrupt to the core are our so called elites and rich people, our generals & secretaries and grate 20+ officers. The awaam, are corrupt too but their choice is in state of hopelessness than choice.

    You may like Mustafa Kamal but its just the puppet MQM have to make people believe the way you have. To show them how good educated decent middle class representatives they have with them. Behind the scene , well , you yourself told us whats going on. Behind the scene they have same javaid langra, asif kana, asif dhobi to terrorize. And now they have entered Punjab to make it a hell.

  11. faisal (unregistered) on October 6th, 2006 @ 3:16 am

    Finally MB has written something in his comment above with which I can totally agree.

    And now they want to continue with their shenanigans in Punjab.

  12. kidal (unregistered) on October 6th, 2006 @ 4:27 am

    MB, I don’t disagree with you. It is true that as income levels rise, corruption at the lower levels will decline. Unfortunately, it will most likely remain at the higher levels, just like most “developed” countries. That’s where I hope our morals and values will kick in, and we’ll be able to control corruption at the higher levels too. I am an optimist, so I believe it is possible.

  13. verysmart (unregistered) on October 6th, 2006 @ 11:12 am

    two reasons I cant reveal that

    a) business secret of my friend’s company
    b) he will get in trouble if the word gets out and eventually i will get in trouble too, that is muttaihida trouble

  14. MB (unregistered) on October 6th, 2006 @ 12:54 pm

    Verysmart is right. Its obvious that its not a good idea to disclose it here.

    But i wanted to ask verysmart something :
    Knowing very well that the deal is not a fair one, from anyone’s perspective, why doesn’t your friend opt for another fair game.Why is he, after all want to involve in it ?. Is it the money he is running after ?.We can easily guess that he is rich enough to survive for many years without any deal even. Or in other words should we assume that not a single tender/deal/project is fair with this gov.

  15. Kar-Achi Battian (unregistered) on October 6th, 2006 @ 1:07 pm

    I think VERYSMART’s excuse that the guy will get in trouble by MQM is a big baloney.

    How many projects he thinks are there worth 300 crore, and if we believes, MQM asked the guy 45 crore. MQM doesn’t have to guess who the guy is. So he has put the guy in the line of fire already. No point hiding the other trivial details. Tell us about the project, already.

    Stop presenting the half truth which only serves your purpose.

  16. faiq Shaikh (unregistered) on October 6th, 2006 @ 3:56 pm

    how easily ppl forget the heinous crime commited by MQM few good deeds dnt wash the sins of MQM …its same “soo chuey kah kar bili hajj ko chali ” :)

  17. verysmart (unregistered) on October 6th, 2006 @ 4:28 pm

    The deal is a bid, and MQM has aksed all the bidders for the same, whoever will payup will get the project, my friend’s company is one of them and he is also been asked for the same. My friend argues that soemone got to get that project (through paying MQM) then why not it be his company? they are from a diofferent province actually and he asks me this knife edged sarcastic question; “isnt this MQM the representatives of this city?

    Kar-Achi Battian :
    as I have said its a bidding process and many others are involved and all are beign asked for the same figure (whoever wants to win the bid), so still I want to protect the idenetity of my friend

  18. Salman Ahmed (unregistered) on October 6th, 2006 @ 7:52 pm

    3 billion Rs project…. hmmm must be some construction related project… and MQM has been lately making LOTS and LOTS of money using these type of tactics… its easy money as compared to all the painstaking Bathakhori(extortion) that they are involved in……

  19. tee (unregistered) on October 6th, 2006 @ 8:09 pm

    just one question mansoor….
    what were they doing in the past so many years when they were in power???????? its NOT the first time they have the reigns of Karachi in their hands, is it??

  20. one MAN show (unregistered) on October 7th, 2006 @ 4:14 am

    you guys are absolutely right they did nothing but partying and all the things they are famous for….the previous times they where elected. after the last august election it was obvious that they will do for karachi what they do best…and they where…then came the october 8’s bhookam everybody from the party got involved there and karachi was saved…But then came the chand Raat….and i have no idea what happened on the chand Raat…my guess is that our little doctor had lost sleep due to the official engagements and must be anticipating a very hactic eid day or maybe there was tension at home so decided to sleep at the office when everybody was shopping at tariq road….now during his sleep he had a vision….and in this vision a beautiful fairy(not julia roberts) came and told him about a secret filing cabinet in his office where the bureaucrats hide the files of the world bank and other foreign donors approved projects….red taped as the “delayed,put-off and shelved…”
    The Little Doctor got up found all the files of ten years to fifty years old approved projects for karachi….all night he sat there in his office cutting red tape after red tape studied all the projects in bewilderment soon it was fajr time he went home celebrated the eid and soon after the eid holidays he started projects after projects multi-million..Billion…..and you all know the rest……most of these projects which are now very near completion such as the sohrab goat project is as old as forty two years (dikhta nahein hai )and the nazimabad projects must be older than fifty….

    moral of this fictatious story :you tell me….

  21. faisal (unregistered) on October 7th, 2006 @ 6:15 am

    Against my better judgement, I’m about to write the following. I simply cannot help myself.

    “its NOT the first time they have the reigns of Karachi in their hands, is it?? ”

    I am absolutely certain that you meant “reins” and not “reigns”.

    @one MAN show
    “near completion such as the sohrab goat project is as old as forty two years”

    Is there a species of goat that hails from Sohrab? You probably meant “goth” and not
    “goat” of the baaaaing variety.
    “moral of this fictatious story”

    Was the story “fictitious” or “fictatious”?

    I’m sure that I missed many more but then again, I do have a day job as well.

  22. mansoor (unregistered) on October 7th, 2006 @ 11:03 am

    my own view is the same as put forth by many here, MQM may have gotten a bad name due to its previous antics, but those were different times, and they a)had to resort to them to survive, which ofcourse they overdid, b)could get away with.

    Now is quite a different world, there are authorities to answer to, people to answer to, and a very BIG danda looming overhead… Also, they know they can just as easily be wiped out (bugti?) if they’re not careful.

    And in such situations, who is benefiting are the citizens of karachi.

    11 AM and already roza lag raha hai.. i’ll continue this later.. maybe :p

  23. Jamal Shamsi (unregistered) on October 7th, 2006 @ 1:05 pm

    did anyone ever wonder how did the Great Bhaie is managing his livlihood in UK.

    what is bad if certain %age is paid to the OWNERS of the city.

    Now the Advisor to CM mr. waseem akhter DESIRE to have the transfer & posting of SINDH police under his control instead of provincial interior minister., any one can guess what could be motivation of such desire.

    On positive side – He wish to filter the police man who does not have a sindh domicile and is not a resident of sindh by birth.

    On the other side – Hey you policeman, where u from? domicile kahan ka hai, – nwfp ka, ok Party fund mai donation jama kara do….. continue your job………

    (With all due apologise to all MQM people here)

    پنجاب میں
    جہاں جہاں ایم کیو ایم کے دفاتر کھلے ہیں وہاں
    سٹریٹ کرائم میں اضافہ ہوا ہے
    ایم کیو ایم کے رکن قومی اسمبلی نے کہا کہ پنجاب میں ایم کیو ایم کی مقبولیت میں اضافہ ہورہا ہے اسی لیے اس قسم کی بے بنیاد باتیں پھیلائی جارہی ہیں۔

  24. turab (unregistered) on October 7th, 2006 @ 1:50 pm

    i don’t support MQM completely, but then again it does represent a big part of me….

  25. tee (unregistered) on October 7th, 2006 @ 7:47 pm

    ofcourse i meant reigns…..cant u ignore a simple typo? :S

  26. tee (unregistered) on October 7th, 2006 @ 7:51 pm

    eeks…made the same mistake again.

  27. MB (unregistered) on October 7th, 2006 @ 7:52 pm

    Now is quite a different world, there are authorities to answer to, people to answer to, and a very BIG danda looming overhead

    Which authorities dear? The ones who are corrupt to core? Have you ever heard a thief catching a thief? The ones who are at the top of MQM are more corrupt then they are. Their motto is simple: Eat a little pass on the big chunk. Did anyone read Mr. Faisal Saleh Hayyat’s scandal in tarnishing image of Pakistan all over the world and guess what. After knowing the scandal the gov. instead of throwing him behind the bards just changed his ministry. Come on now guys. You know the game.

    Which people dear ?, the ones who knowing very well that there is an organization called MQM which has a terror wing , could not force it to shun its this part. Don’t have courage to ask it why it doesn’t use its energy in serving Karachi then eating it.

    Which dunda you are talking about dear? The ARMY? I guess ARMY is happy with anyone ruling Karachi as long as the situation is under their control. This is the same army which treated MQM like an enemy in 90’s. Now since they have enough of other issues like War on terror, Waziristan, Baluchistan, Nuclear issue and others they can feel at ease with MQM, unless MQM start going against them. It’s also proved from the fact that all the cases of murder , right or wrong, against the very same MNA’s & MPA’s of MQM have all disappeared suddenly.

    So the reality on ground is simple : MQM is the only party who can serve Karachi better than any one can and also has the leadership and the backing of people, but unfortunately they have decided to take the other route. The route of terror + corruption.

  28. Zeeshan Syed (unregistered) on October 14th, 2006 @ 7:16 am

    You may like Mustafa Kamal but its just the puppet MQM have to make people believe the way you have. To show them how good educated decent middle class representatives they have with them. Behind the scene , well , you yourself told us whats going on. Behind the scene they have same javaid langra, asif kana, asif dhobi to terrorize. And now they have entered Punjab to make it a hell.”


    It’s nice. People in Punjab should also get to know how people in Karachi suffer while they pay taxes for all the development in Punjab and other parts of Pakistan.

  29. Onelarka (unregistered) on October 15th, 2006 @ 8:12 am

    Dear all,

    I want to ask the ppl who are supporting MQM that where do they live. Are you in Karachi. If you are then why u r supporting a terrorist organisation. In the month of ramazan they are collecting fitra and donation for Khidmate Khalq committe forcefully. They are just coming to shops and homes and giving slips and just collecting. They didn’t even left poor ppl. they are just collecting and not listening any “NO”. They are busy in snaching Mobile phones, they are busy in killing their rivals. what do you expect from them. Are they sincere enough to do work for karachi honestly. I heard that they have some commands from some hidden authorities who will takeover this city after building properly. Also can you answer how Your so called Altaf Bhai is surviving in London? Please give me a damn good explaination. He got nationality and let his ppl here to kill and to be killed.

  30. Onelarka (unregistered) on October 15th, 2006 @ 8:16 am

    DEar all, I just want to ask supporter of MQM that do they live in karachi? Who is handing slips of fitra and donations for Khidmate Khalq to all ppl in shops, homes even in hospitals. How is MQM leader surviving in London. Who is snaching mobiles, cars, bikes in karachi. who is killing their rivals.

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