Foreign Policy clarifies the Mayor of the Moment issue

A few days back Dawn had reported from a press release issued by the Karachi City District Government that our 36-year old mayor was ranked as the 2nd Best Mayor in the world along with Berlin’s Klaus Wowereit, and Chongqing’s Wang Hongju.

But what has suddenly turned into an embarrassing situation for the CDGK, is when Joshua Keating an editor of Foriegn Policy Magazine revealed in a blog post that we never ranked him in any way. This entire mess could have been avoided with some very basic fact-checking and now in response the Karachi City Government has also scrambled to edit its own website to quietly amend its text to reflect the changed position

Joshua Keating writes on Foreign Policy Blog: At issue is a sidebar from FP’s recent Global Cities Index that names Kamal, Berlin’s Klaus Wowereit, and Chongqing’s Wang Hongju as “mayors of the moment” who have found innovative ways to globalize their cities. The mayors are not ranked, nor are we implying that they are objectively “better” than any other mayors, but that didn’t stop the Karachi city government from issuing a press release on its Web site (they’ve changed the text since being contacted by FP) congratulating Kamal for being the No. 2 mayor in the world. For the record, the three names are not listed in any particular order. Pakistan’s biggest English-language newspaper, Dawn, then printed a glorified transcription of the mayor’s press release by the government-controlled Associated Press of Pakistan as a front-page story without ever checking with us to see if it was accurate.

According to one reporter, who unlike Dawn contacted us for comment, “Karachi is riddled with banners by the local government, congratulating Mr. Kamal for being declared as second best mayor of the world by the Foreign Policy.”

We hate to rain on Kamal’s parade, and certainly intend him and his city no disrespect, but we simply never ranked him in any way. This entire mess could have been avoided with some very basic fact-checking.

64 Comments so far

  1. khaled90 on November 16th, 2008 @ 4:39 am

    hahaha
    dogtor is so furious as his lies are worthless here.
    He used to do propaganda filled with lies , Example propaganda about Khaled Bin Waleed Father.

    Mustafa Kamal is one of three worlds Top Mayors according to FP.

    foreignpolicy.com/story/cms.php?story_id=4509&page=3

    Hey Dogtor the message is loud and clear and heard all over the world that an important think tank of US placed Mustafa Kamal in Worlds Top Three Mayors, If anybody is listening to what you are posting here and on other forums that shouldn’t be happened so please chill as nobody is listening to you :o)


  2. d0ct0r on November 16th, 2008 @ 5:07 pm

    There you go.. these comments just affirms what i had said earlier, absconding Clown Altaf will continue fooling these people and these people would continue raising stupid slogans like HamaiN manzil nahiN, Quaid chahiye like they just did at the ceremony held at MQM’s terrorist headquarter NineZero to celebrate the return of Mustafa Kamal from London after being declared ‘2nd best mayor of the world’


  3. d0ct0r on November 16th, 2008 @ 5:14 pm
  4. barristerakc on November 16th, 2008 @ 6:29 pm

    Somehow this reminds me of Persian saying,
    Eki Afghan, doyum Kamboh, soyum badzaat Kashmiri –

    This is a Farsi saying attributed to Mughals for the three people they most mistrusted.

    Pakistani Punjabi & Passer-e-Zameen’s reaction does not vary at all. It is uniform, jingoistic, “my side is always right,“ quite profane, very subjective, somewhat untruthful, and completely intolerant.

    It demonstrates that any return to “democracy“ will be a repetition of Besharif I, Besharif II and eventually Zia II. :)

    Regards.


  5. khaled90 on November 17th, 2008 @ 2:00 am

    @ Barrister

    I wonder why these clowns are not reading the FP magazine that MK actually included in Worlds Top Three Mayors ??


  6. barristerakc on November 17th, 2008 @ 6:19 am

    Khaled Bhai,

    Ubb Bhe Koye Shak-o-Shuba Baqi Hay?

    Because they are blinded with hate. They will not appreciate us because in reality: the Passer-e-Zameen has never accepted us from their hearts….we are two different beings altogether – ideologically, politically, culturally …

    .. just imagine how far they had gone in hating us that they emailed, phoned in unanimity to FP just to ridicule a fellow Pakistani’s achievement – leave aside his political affiliation – I questioned myself, if I would have done that even it would have been Nawaz Sharif who butchered Mohajirs? Answer was: NO –

    …it’s a shame and should be an eye opener for all of us who advocated peace, harmony and alliances with Passer-e-Zameen – unfortunately they have not left an option for reconciliation …and believe me if another witch-hunt starts in Karachi these Passer-e-Zameen will point fingers at us and our mother, daughters, sisters will again be raped and our brother, fathers, cousins, friends: murdered…..

    It’s sad because I will support for partition again (knowing that this will prorably not happen in near future will eventually happen – although not in my lifetime) and it’s unfortunate for someone like me who once advocated for unity, peace and Pakistaniat to say but all doors are closed as actions speaks louder then words…..

    I miss / remember Raja of Mehmudabad greatly today who donated everything he had for Pakistan (Rs. 30 lacs alone to Muslim League in 1936); all his lands in UP as he was the biggest land-lord of UP and after Nizam of Hyderabad was the biggest contributor to Pakistan’s Exchequer with more then Rs.7.3cr –

    Raja Sahab was not accepted in Pakistan and according to his son was ridiculed in Lahore and Faisalabad as a HINDU and out of disgust he left Pakistan because of the step motherly treatment by Punjabis and Pashtuns in 1967 migrated to London……..saying the famous words, “it was all a big mistake”…btw, he was the only politician (he was treasurer of the IML) whom Quaid used to call, “son” and Quaid hosted the biggest dinners of his house in honor of Raja Mahmudabad….Raja Sahib also (from my memory now) presented a diamond ring worth Rs.5,00,000 to Quaid (r.a.h) which he presented to his wife to be….


  7. hamid on November 18th, 2008 @ 2:52 am

    First of all I am not a MQM supporter not am I a political person. All I know is that this guy has done some handwork for the city of Karachi which shows. Whether, he is the second best mayor in the world or not it shouldn’t matter. Honestly, who cares? As long as he is done a decent job for the people of Karachi that is all matters. The second best mayor is kind of stretch considering mayors like Daley of Chicago, Atlanta, Tokyo, Paris etc etc who have endless resources and have done much better job. Still, Mustapha Kamal has done a good job as compare to Pakistan. We should appreciate it.


  8. metro on November 18th, 2008 @ 10:21 pm
  9. abuali on November 19th, 2008 @ 1:01 am
  10. fmshah on November 23rd, 2008 @ 1:52 am

    MQM’s is always busy in marketing/spreading lies, hypes, violence and hates. This thing is not an exception and it is not a surprise. Mustafa Kamal has always come across as a ‘Sales Man’. He spends more hours of the day giving interviews to print and electronic media than doing actual development work. At same Altaf Bhai will be delivering telephonic lectures on War on Terror and Talibanization. Karachi (1/10th of Pakistan) is under MQM’s siege (bunch of Idiots) and with the level of support MQM enjoys from Establishment goons any one can make marvels. Mustafa Kamal simply bulldozes any opposition and is a self indulging idiot who claims to ‘know-it-all’. Lately he has been busy spreading hate against poor Pashtun migrant workers in order to bambofying Pathans from every corner of Land of Pure Cartels from Tribal Areas to Karachi for pleasing his Masters in UK/US. Claiming that poor Pathan workers (mostly watch mans, taxi drivers etc) have a Master Plan to take over Karachi. As if Karachi (once a small Sindhi town i.e. Mai Kulachi, Lyari ) has not been taken over by outsiders/aliens already? He issue ethnic statements in USA about Karachi. If such statement would have been given by anyone else he would be declared Bugti and tried in this Land of Pure Cartels for challenging the writ of state and treason. Since 1947, Karachi a city of Sindh has gradually become Sindhi-less city, if compared with Lahore, Peshawar, Quetta.

    Karachi has almost equal composition of all major ethnic group of Pakistan. Urdu, Punjabi, Pathan, Baluch, Sindhi each ethnics group has almost more than 2 million souls. However cultural, political, business and economically dominating class in Karachi are only those who are aliens, settled, migrated from other areas particularly Gujrat/India. The resistance against Gawader project from Baluch ethnic group is also based on fears of unfair practices done during past fifty years to Sindhis in Karachi.
    Lyari (Composing of Sindhis, Pathan and Baluch) which was actual Karachi will always remain slum, as if it is never ever part of Karachi. This all is result of colonial policy of state patronage of imposing minorities/aliens over majorities/locals and cultural homicide treatment to majority even after partition. Karachi explains exactly why Pakistan is taken over by Autocrats and Establishment. Pathan, Baluch and Sindhi will live with each other in peace in Interior Sindh, whereas in Karachi, there will be always violence and bloodshed of Sindhis and Pathans . The violence and TT culture, we see in Karachi, can’t be seen in other cities like Lahore, Queta, Pindi, and Peshawar. This sort of violence and TT cluture can also be observed in Indian Movies and Bombay.

    I always wonder
    Why our Free Media never dare to discuss MQM fake claim of 2nd best mayor the way they discuss and create justification and support for ethnic cleansing of Pathans under the label of WOT and name of Taliabn/Alqaeda.

    I always wonder
    After Army operation (spanning for couple months) against Boriband culture in Karachi Army Chief is poisoned to death, President along with Prime Minister are sent home whereas whole Govt is packed up. Why Army operations (spanning over years) against Bengalis (1970/71), Baluch (1974/75), Sindhis (1980s) and Pathans (WOT) is not followed by same consequences.

    I always wonder
    MQM and Pathan both are aliens in Karachi. But why Pathans are taxi drivers, watch man and waiters whereas most of Clifton, DHA villas, Business Houses and Industrial Units on II Chundrigar Road, Site and Mall Road (Shahrah Faisal) are owned by migrants from Gujrat/India.

    Punching Note
    Meritocracy is social science concept, which equates various educations streams and merits in various societies to cast system, where structured tests etc are used as merit tool to favor few and deprive majority from opening/opportunities for educational and work roles/occupations. Performance in these tests mostly depends on geographic location and social conditions in early life and childhood.


  11. fmshah on November 23rd, 2008 @ 1:54 am

    MQM Fake Claim : 2nd Best Mayor of the World
    MQM’s is always busy in marketing/spreading lies, hypes, violence and hates. This thing is not an exception and it is not a surprise. Mustafa Kamal has always come across as a ‘Sales Man’. He spends more hours of the day giving interviews to print and electronic media than doing actual development work. At same Altaf Bhai will be delivering telephonic lectures on War on Terror and Talibanization. Karachi (1/10th of Pakistan) is under MQM’s siege (bunch of Idiots) and with the level of support MQM enjoys from Establishment goons any one can make marvels. Mustafa Kamal simply bulldozes any opposition and is a self indulging idiot who claims to ‘know-it-all’. Lately he has been busy spreading hate against poor Pashtun migrant workers in order to bambofying Pathans from every corner of Land of Pure Cartels from Tribal Areas to Karachi for pleasing his Masters in UK/US. Claiming that poor Pathan workers (mostly watch mans, taxi drivers etc) have a Master Plan to take over Karachi. As if Karachi (once a small Sindhi town i.e. Mai Kulachi, Lyari ) has not been taken over by outsiders/aliens already? He issue ethnic statements in USA about Karachi. If such statement would have been given by anyone else he would be declared Bugti and tried in this Land of Pure Cartels for challenging the writ of state and treason. Since 1947, Karachi a city of Sindh has gradually become Sindhi-less city, if compared with Lahore, Peshawar, Quetta.

    Karachi has almost equal composition of all major ethnic group of Pakistan. Urdu, Punjabi, Pathan, Baluch, Sindhi each ethnics group has almost more than 2 million souls. However cultural, political, business and economically dominating class in Karachi are only those who are aliens, settled, migrated from other areas particularly Gujrat/India. The resistance against Gawader project from Baluch ethnic group is also based on fears of unfair practices done during past fifty years to Sindhis in Karachi.
    Lyari (Composing of Sindhis, Pathan and Baluch) which was actual Karachi will always remain slum, as if it is never ever part of Karachi. This all is result of colonial policy of state patronage of imposing minorities/aliens over majorities/locals and cultural homicide treatment to majority even after partition. Karachi explains exactly why Pakistan is taken over by Autocrats and Establishment. Pathan, Baluch and Sindhi will live with each other in peace in Interior Sindh, whereas in Karachi, there will be always violence and bloodshed of Sindhis and Pathans . The violence and TT culture, we see in Karachi, can’t be seen in other cities like Lahore, Queta, Pindi, and Peshawar. This sort of violence and TT cluture can also be observed in Indian Movies and Bombay.

    I always wonder
    Why our Free Media never dare to discuss MQM fake claim of 2nd best mayor the way they discuss and create justification and support for ethnic cleansing of Pathans under the label of WOT and name of Taliabn/Alqaeda.

    I always wonder
    After Army operation (spanning for couple months) against Boriband culture in Karachi Army Chief is poisoned to death, President along with Prime Minister are sent home whereas whole Govt is packed up. Why Army operations (spanning over years) against Bengalis (1970/71), Baluch (1974/75), Sindhis (1980s) and Pathans (WOT) is not followed by same consequences.

    I always wonder
    MQM and Pathan both are aliens in Karachi. But why Pathans are taxi drivers, watch man and waiters whereas most of Clifton, DHA villas, Business Houses and Industrial Units on II Chundrigar Road, Site and Mall Road (Shahrah Faisal) are owned by migrants from Gujrat/India.

    Punching Note
    Meritocracy is social science concept, which equates various educations streams and merits in various societies to cast system, where structured tests etc are used as merit tool to favor few and deprive majority from opening/opportunities for educational and work roles/occupations. Performance in these tests mostly depends on geographic location and social conditions in early life and childhood.


  12. fmshah on November 23rd, 2008 @ 1:56 am

    MQM Fake Claim : 2nd Best Mayor of the World

    MQM’s is always busy in marketing/spreading lies, hypes, violence and hates. This thing is not an exception and it is not a surprise. Mustafa Kamal has always come across as a ‘Sales Man’. He spends more hours of the day giving interviews to print and electronic media than doing actual development work. At same Altaf Bhai will be delivering telephonic lectures on War on Terror and Talibanization. Karachi (1/10th of Pakistan) is under MQM’s siege (bunch of Idiots) and with the level of support MQM enjoys from Establishment goons any one can make marvels. Mustafa Kamal simply bulldozes any opposition and is a self indulging idiot who claims to ‘know-it-all’. Lately he has been busy spreading hate against poor Pashtun migrant workers in order to bambofying Pathans from every corner of Land of Pure Cartels from Tribal Areas to Karachi for pleasing his Masters in UK/US. Claiming that poor Pathan workers (mostly watch mans, taxi drivers etc) have a Master Plan to take over Karachi. As if Karachi (once a small Sindhi town i.e. Mai Kulachi, Lyari ) has not been taken over by outsiders/aliens already? He issue ethnic statements in USA about Karachi. If such statement would have been given by anyone else he would be declared Bugti and tried in this Land of Pure Cartels for challenging the writ of state and treason. Since 1947, Karachi a city of Sindh has gradually become Sindhi-less city, if compared with Lahore, Peshawar, Quetta.

    Karachi has almost equal composition of all major ethnic group of Pakistan. Urdu, Punjabi, Pathan, Baluch, Sindhi each ethnics group has almost more than 2 million souls. However cultural, political, business and economically dominating class in Karachi are only those who are aliens, settled, migrated from other areas particularly Gujrat/India. The resistance against Gawader project from Baluch ethnic group is also based on fears of unfair practices done during past fifty years to Sindhis in Karachi.
    Lyari (Composing of Sindhis, Pathan and Baluch) which was actual Karachi will always remain slum, as if it is never ever part of Karachi. This all is result of colonial policy of state patronage of imposing minorities/aliens over majorities/locals and cultural homicide treatment to majority even after partition. Karachi explains exactly why Pakistan is taken over by Autocrats and Establishment. Pathan, Baluch and Sindhi will live with each other in peace in Interior Sindh, whereas in Karachi, there will be always violence and bloodshed of Sindhis and Pathans . The violence and TT culture, we see in Karachi, can’t be seen in other cities like Lahore, Queta, Pindi, and Peshawar. This sort of violence and TT cluture can also be observed in Indian Movies and Bombay.

    I always wonder
    Why our Free Media never dare to discuss MQM fake claim of 2nd best mayor the way they discuss and create justification and support for ethnic cleansing of Pathans under the label of WOT and name of Taliabn/Alqaeda.

    I always wonder
    After Army operation (spanning for couple months) against Boriband culture in Karachi Army Chief is poisoned to death, President along with Prime Minister are sent home whereas whole Govt is packed up. Why Army operations (spanning over years) against Bengalis (1970/71), Baluch (1974/75), Sindhis (1980s) and Pathans (WOT) is not followed by same consequences.

    I always wonder
    MQM and Pathan both are aliens in Karachi. But why Pathans are taxi drivers, watch man and waiters whereas most of Clifton, DHA villas, Business Houses and Industrial Units on II Chundrigar Road, Site and Mall Road (Shahrah Faisal) are owned by migrants from Gujrat/India.

    Punching Note
    Meritocracy is social science concept, which equates various educations streams and merits in various societies to cast system, where structured tests etc are used as merit tool to favor few and deprive majority from opening/opportunities for educational and work roles/occupations. Performance in these tests mostly depends on geographic location and social conditions in early life and childhood.


  13. Media & MQM Lied To Everyone! - GupShup Forums (pingback) on December 2nd, 2008 @ 1:31 am

    […] Salaam People. Media and MQM are spreading a 100% Fake news that Mustafa Kamal is World’s Mayor No.2. The Truth Is, Foreign Policy NEVER Rated mustafa kamal in any way. Link: Foreign Policy: The 2008 Global Cities Index It was just an Article that mentioned some names of mayors. Only Cities was rated, and Karachi was on Number 57th. To know the real Result of Winners Please see World Mayor: The 2008 results And Now, Foreign Policy CONFIRMED in their Blog "We hate to rain on Kamal’s parade, and certainly intend him and his city no disrespect, but we simply never ranked him in any way. This entire mess could have been avoided with some very basic fact-checking." Link is: Foreign Policy clarifies the Mayor of the Moment issue | Karachi Metblogs […]


  14. khaled90 on December 2nd, 2008 @ 6:25 pm

    LOL

    FP includes Mustaf Kamal in Worlds Top Three Mayors and this thing, from a long time causing digestion problem to Anti Mohajirs and Anti MQM people.

    foreignpolicy.com/story/cms.php?story_id=4509&page=3



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