Recap of a Voter – NA250 By-Election

While many of us sat by and critizised the election process, one blogger, Tamashbeen, went out and cast his vote. Even better, he blogged about it! (More power to bloggers!!).

Check out his blog (complete with pictures right from the polling station) for how it went. The few statements of note he made are reproduced here.

There is no doubt that MQM’s candidate Ikhlaq Hussain is going to win this selection. There were MQM workers every where in and outside polling stations they ran a huge campaign and used government resources for their campaigning. They have great media relations, they spend huge amounts on advertisements

Election comission had the list of candidates on display at every polling booth. Some dil-jala PPP worker had used a pen on this list to write “Has Already Won” with the name of MQM’s candidate Captain Ikhlaq Hussain.

There were MQM workers every where in and outside polling stations. They were providing free shuttle services to voters. I didn’t see any PPP workers around, those who were sitting at the camps lacked the enthusiasm and energy.

MQM has definitely got the polling process down pat. Now i wonder if the 53000-9000 votes ratio was really ‘rigged’?

33 Comments so far

  1. Abdullah (unregistered) on February 11th, 2007 @ 4:40 am

    This margin can not be achieved by only rigging although its likely to be rigged but its definite that MQM enjoys massive support in Karachi. It seems to be a emotional decisions by the Khi resident because the performance of MQM,with decisive role in center and province, is pathetic. Altaf Hussain always speaks against wadairas but not a single attempt is made to pass any law against them or in favor of land reforms. It supports the Arbab Rahim who is renowned wadaira and winning in its constituency Thar since decades and the people of Thar still suffer from extreme poverty..when will we judge parties by their actions and not cosmetic words


  2. fazeel (unregistered) on February 11th, 2007 @ 5:35 am

    Well If you want to judge any political party for their actions, then in Pakistan there is not a single party which is totally dedicated to citizens of Pakistan.Its true,bitter,and sad story of Pakistan’s political parties. I still support MQM because if they are not fully dedicated to their people but still they are working for Karachi and Karachi’s people.


  3. MB (unregistered) on February 11th, 2007 @ 9:43 am

    I have a very simple question. I would be thankful to anyone who could answer it:-

    If i am not mistaken, it was MMA which had won in 2002 on this seat. And also as TAMASHBEEN points out MMA’s compromise with PPP had the potential to change the entire scenario. At least in this constituency where Jamat-e-Islami always had a strong vote bank.”

    Now what on earth did MQM did in these four years that turned around and changed the minds of 50 thousand voters in that area that won this seat for MQM?

    The only good thing going on in Karachi is road construction, & that too mostly at other side of Karachi. So considering the inflation that everyone agrees on, the same basic issues ranging from corruption, water, power, sanitation, infrastructure, the same issues that are all still pending what mantra they came up with to produce this kind of magical change in minds and hearts?

    If none of you are able to come up with an answer then probably TAMASHBEEN has already:
    “There were MQM workers every where in and outside polling stations they ran a huge campaign and used government resources for their campaigning. They have great media relations; they spend huge amounts on advertisements.”

    So was the candidate Elected or was he Selected ?
    The answer is selected. So what’s the point in arguing on if it went okay or if this was right or that was right? What ever, he was chosen to be the winner & the Army again proved they will have things their way & if it suits their setup they will wear the cloths of DEMOCRACY else they will do what previously selected gov. & the Army itself has been doing. So much so for out enlightened moderation. I am not comfortable with MMA but i was sure they , if a fair election (not selection) was conducted would win in that constituency. But hey, whether or not its 21st century. Its still the establishments way.


  4. d0ct0r (unregistered) on February 11th, 2007 @ 12:45 pm

    as MB commented on the other related post, that even if a donkey would have been contesting from this seat
    as MQM canidate with all the resources and mafia type ganster’s support and state machinery and government resources at its disposal and that donkey would have won the seat easily…


  5. Arsalaan Haleem (unregistered) on February 11th, 2007 @ 1:53 pm

    Me thinks that all this hoopla was just an hogwash. It was all decided before-hand as who will be winning this constituency.

    And yes, I wholeheartedly agree with the ‘Doctor’.


  6. mez (unregistered) on February 11th, 2007 @ 3:21 pm

    my point is why the hell dictator waste national wealth on so called election process…everyone knows it was a drama to make him eligible …why not he rule with absolute authority with no parliment …its now crystal clear that all decison will taken by GHQ


  7. d0ct0r (unregistered) on February 11th, 2007 @ 4:41 pm

    @mez i like your idea… instead of wasting of billion of rupees on parliament full of lotas and corrupt people , he should rule singlehandedly it would be alot better then this sham democracy … atleast we would save billions…


  8. MB (unregistered) on February 11th, 2007 @ 6:25 pm

    Hey i am voting for MEZ idea too….
    And guess what, USA wont mind that too coz after all we are the FRONT LINE ass in War on Terro….


  9. Kashif (unregistered) on February 11th, 2007 @ 6:27 pm

    MQM had a high PR campaign going around with music shows at one end and inclusion of Khushbakht Shujaat and co. on the other. MMA, as usual, played the role of black sheep, boycotting elections just as they had boycotted and walked out from the parliament. Shame on them.


  10. d0ct0r (unregistered) on February 11th, 2007 @ 7:06 pm

    they were using every thing at their disposal including state machinery , they used fire snorkels to sprinkle rose petals on MQM supporters at a election campaign rally held in defence… police rangers city govt officials and equipment every thing was at their disposal…

    poor Nafees Sadique wasn’t even able to get FIR registered against those miscreants who ransacked his jeep and broke its windscreen… police present at the scene simply was too scared of MQM leadership that it refused to register the case..


  11. CitizenOfKhi (unregistered) on February 11th, 2007 @ 8:07 pm

    If all educated ppl are against mqm then how come they win everytime with a great margin ??? Is it bcoz everytime they cheat in election ? Or do we lack educated ppl in Khi ?


  12. Zam (unregistered) on February 11th, 2007 @ 8:19 pm

    MQM deserves to win this time as they lost this constituency back in 2002 to MMA by just the margin of 2,000 votes. I think MMA guy back then got ~22,000 (Abdul Sattar Afghani) votes and MQM received ~20,000 (Nasreen Jalil)votes.

    Actually PPP never won from this area before!


  13. MB (unregistered) on February 11th, 2007 @ 9:27 pm

    If all educated ppl are against MQM then how come they win every time with a great margin ???

    It’s because:

    The Muhajir’s are stupid enough to not ask their leaders to kick on Altaf’s ass and bring in new blood who could be clean representatives of this city. They keep on voting those gundaas knowing very well that they are all criminals but since the biraadri & zaath & nasul system is too deep rooted that these people don’t see anything else but that criminal guy sitting in London.
    I personally know so many Muhajir’s who are sick of this guy but on Election Day something invades there head and they again vote this party.

    The other reason is, MQM is the only party which is voicing for Karachi’s rights. It’s also a fact that currently it’s the only hope we Karachiites have to get any benefits from the Islamabad sarkar. Whether they use dunda or pyar, only they can do it. But they themselves are a bunch of gundaas and nothing else. That’s why the ARMY once in a while kicks them on their ass when required.

    The silent majority doesn’t have any other option. MMA is retarded, PPP is for wadera’s & so is PML. Only MQM represents the middle class truly but those who are at the top of MQM are murderers, criminals and gundaas though it cannot be proved in given judicial system here.


  14. GI Joe (unregistered) on February 11th, 2007 @ 11:20 pm

    MQM Won. We are doomed.


  15. Karachiite (unregistered) on February 12th, 2007 @ 12:42 am

    Well there was no MQM for the first 40 (FORTY) years of Pakistan’s existence (from 1947-1987) and of course Pakistan was a paradise then, on it’s way to becoming the most advanced country in the world. Everyone here was educated and no one ever, ever talked about being Punjabi, Pathan, Sindhi etc. Elections were very clean. There was no bribery etc. etc. etc.

    Then the MQM came along and introduced ethnic groups, bribery, violence and every bad thing. Right.

    The fact is that the people of Karachi were brutalized for 40 years before the MQM was formed as a reaction. It did not introduce corruption and violence into the election process, it was already very well established by the PPP and Jamaat-e-Islami.

    Remember in Pakistan decency and good manners are considered to be weaknesses and people laugh at you if you have any manners. Violent behavior, crude language and lack of manners are thought to be good. So don’t be surprised that the MQM will act like everyone else to fit into the environment.


  16. naveed (unregistered) on February 12th, 2007 @ 2:35 am

    To set the record straight.
    The only party which enjoys some respect in this contituency is Capt. Haleem Siddiqui of ruling PML. He won twice from this seat. This time around he was supporting MQM so thats why they got so many votes.
    MMA won in 2002 because of their anti-america rhetoric which worked because of afghan war. That has already faded so they could not have won again even if they had not boycotted.


  17. naveed (unregistered) on February 12th, 2007 @ 2:37 am

    To set the record straight.
    The only party which enjoys some respect in this contituency is Capt. Haleem Siddiqui of ruling PML. He won twice from this seat. This time around he was supporting MQM so thats why they got so many votes.
    MMA won in 2002 because of their anti-america rhetoric which worked because of afghan war. That has already faded so they could not have won again even if they had not boycotted.


  18. TURAB (unregistered) on February 12th, 2007 @ 5:36 am

    very interesting perspective naveed and highly appreciated


  19. d0ct0r (unregistered) on February 12th, 2007 @ 12:55 pm

    @naveed you indeed made lots of MQM supporter very happy but the real story behind Captain Haleem Siddique is that guy winning this seat NA 250 would have shortest time in assembly , few months i.e. before the next general elections… and MQM is all powerful both in city government and provincial government and Captain Haleem has business interest in this city so naturally he wanted to stay in good books of Altaf bai… otherwise we all know how brutal and voilent MQM is against its opponents… Alive Captain Haleem is alot better then dead Captain Haleem…


  20. mansoor (unregistered) on February 12th, 2007 @ 2:39 pm

    naveed: good stuff! atleast it gives perspective that it is the *person* and not the *party* which may have caused a landslide…

    thanks!


  21. d0ct0r (unregistered) on February 12th, 2007 @ 3:24 pm

    my personal opinion is that PML voter giving his vote to MQM candidate… its simply out of question…


  22. UZi (unregistered) on February 12th, 2007 @ 9:48 pm

    MQM won. G.A. Muttahida! ; )


  23. MB (unregistered) on February 13th, 2007 @ 10:01 am

    @UZI
    “G.A. Muttahida” ???
    Whats that ??

    Was that a personal view or professional ?


  24. Tamashbeen (unregistered) on February 13th, 2007 @ 3:38 pm

    Worst democracy is better than best dictatorship.

    53000-9000 ratio was rigged. Thirty six percent voting turn out is quite a lot, specially when these were just by-polls, most people work on Saturdays, other parties didn’t campaign at all, attempted to win, or bring out voters. I have no doubts that MQM’s workers harassed and pressurized presiding officers and polling staff to allow as many bogus votes as possible.

    MQM, MMA and People’s Party has significant vote bank here. If PPP and MMA join hands to defeat MQM in this constituency (Like they did in previous general elections) then it is very difficult for MQM to win. MQM’s vote bank in this constituency is not strong enough to bring out 53000 voters in by polls. But in the absence of MMA and PPP’s campaigning, I think it was easy for them to win. Still, 53000 is just too much bullshit.

    I agree that MQM people are Gundas and just as much corrupt as any wadera could be. But the question is what choices people have in the election. Karachi is not more a Mohajir city. Infact other ethnic populations has out numbered urdu speaking population a long time ago. This constituency has very large Pakhton and Punjabi population living in Mehmoodabad, Sultan Abad, Shireen Jinnah colony, clifton, defence and gizri. The Mohajirs do not want to see Wadera and Mullah in the parliament. Pakhtoons don’t want to see MQM wala gundas in the Assembly, Memon, Gujrati, Bohri and Kathiawari people don’t want Gunda or Mullah they want a Wadera they can deal with. When Mohajirs vote they are not voting Gundas they are actually stopping Mullah and Wadera, Pakhtons vote to stop Gunda and Wadera, Memon and other communities vote to stop Gunda and Mullah. The party that successfully exploits people’s emotion to stop any of Gunda, Mullah or Wadera is going to win.

    This time Pakhtoons are not going to support Mullah to stop Gunda. They are going to vote for ANP+PPP to stop both Mullah and Gunda. Their votes mixed up with Memon and other communities votes would easily out perform Mullah and Gunda in next election. Given that the next elections are Free and Fair.


  25. d0ct0r (unregistered) on February 13th, 2007 @ 11:25 pm

    @Tamashbeen interesting scenario you’ve built up


  26. MB (unregistered) on February 14th, 2007 @ 2:27 am

    Indeed


  27. MB (unregistered) on February 14th, 2007 @ 2:41 am

    @Tamashbeen :
    So is it that we should now take Gunda = MQM , as we take Mullah for extremists ?
    But isn’t that too much of generalization ?
    How about Gunda = MQM leadership
    Spare the poor Muhajir’s dude. …


  28. Turab (unregistered) on February 14th, 2007 @ 4:02 am

    @ Doctor, the MQM cadidate was Captain Ikhlaq Hussain Abidi and now captain siddique…
    just shows how least involved you are with the process and moreso with the ranting


  29. Turab (unregistered) on February 14th, 2007 @ 4:03 am

    @ Doctor, the MQM cadidate was Captain Ikhlaq Hussain Abidi and not captain siddique…
    just shows how least involved you are with the process and moreso with the ranting


  30. d0ct0r (unregistered) on February 14th, 2007 @ 12:16 pm

    @Turab my comments were meant to explain the withdrawal of Captain Haleem Siddique of PML.Q… reread my comments again… i wasn’t at all talking about MQM canidate at all.. i was just saying that had the PML canidate not backed out of the race.. MQM would have made his life a mess and he wisely decided that instead of few months in National Assembly its alot better to save his neck from MQM terrorists…


  31. mansoor (unregistered) on February 14th, 2007 @ 12:34 pm

    doctor: “few months in National Assembly its alot better to save his neck from MQM terrorists” doctor: “few months in National Assembly its alot better to save his neck from MQM terrorists”


  32. Gugga (unregistered) on February 18th, 2007 @ 12:32 pm

    Congrats!! You guys voted for the devil again. And he won.
    MQM is exactly wat Karachi and Karachites deserve. You guys need to stand up and take control of your destiny and kick these guys to hell. They have been taking you guys for granted for too long.
    Best of luck. Remember, Karachi’s problems aren’t financial. They are moral.


  33. Nihad (unregistered) on February 26th, 2007 @ 6:04 am

    Do you want this to happen to your own mother, sister, daughter…? It can happen in your family any time and any where. Do you want bad politics of MQM and others alike to prevail which give birth to heinous crimes in Pakistan? Do you want our government to be controlled by bad politicians who protect murderers like “Aftab Kazmi.” Stand up and vote! Vote for your future, your sons and daughters. Vote for their safety and prosperity! Vote your verdict for Gulzar Begum’s murderer now!!!!

    http://www.gulzarbegum.com



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