Salt on wounds

Do read this article yurgamaal (Hostage) by Silaani too. It accounts events on Shahra-e-Faisal.

16 Comments so far

  1. UZi (unregistered) on May 15th, 2007 @ 2:22 pm

    *Karate chops Altaf Hussain upside his head*

  2. John (unregistered) on May 15th, 2007 @ 2:59 pm

    Forgive my ignorance but just a few months ago, Rauf Siddiqi used to be interior minister and responsible for all kinds of karachi’s security. I thought he did pretty good job in recent years. What happened to him? Was he dismissed or what?

    Can anyone enlighten me on this please.

    Also during this entire episode, I haven’t heard anything from people like Aamir Liaqat Hussain?

  3. SELF (unregistered) on May 15th, 2007 @ 3:18 pm

    Rauf is minister of culture or something like that. Yeah someone should ask Amir Liaqat what Khuda and Rasool say about killing innocent people.

  4. d0ct0r (unregistered) on May 15th, 2007 @ 3:22 pm

    @John rauf siddique was abit soft spoken person.. and wasn’t as sharp with media’s thorny questions.. while the current advisor(he wasn’t elected as mpa so was inducted as advisor) Waseem Akhtar (nicknamed zehrilla/venomous in the inner circle of MQM) was very sharp ,blunt & crude.. and can easily ridicule the media and dodge its tough questions…

  5. Arsalaan Haleem (unregistered) on May 15th, 2007 @ 3:29 pm

    Also, do read this article published in today’s Dawn.

  6. BitterTruth (unregistered) on May 15th, 2007 @ 4:01 pm

    Thanks for sharing the article. I thinks a good idea is to start a petition to ask UK to investigate involvement of Altaf Hussain in massacre in 5/12 and in the past and cancel his citizenship. Lets see the reaction of society who practice justice only at their soil but preaches all over the world.

  7. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on May 15th, 2007 @ 5:37 pm

    JHON, read yesterday’s JANG.

  8. ali (unregistered) on May 15th, 2007 @ 6:17 pm
  9. SHAFIQ (unregistered) on May 15th, 2007 @ 8:26 pm

    Running Karachi – from London
    By Isambard Wilkinson in Karachi and Damien McElroy
    15/05/2007 Daily Telegraph, UK

    The man in charge of Pakistan’s largest city, Karachi, was at his usual command-and-control post at the weekend: a sofa in north London.

    MQM leader Altaf Hussain considers the strife in Pakistan from his office in London
    As his fiefdom descended into brutal violence, with the deaths of at least 40 people reported amid the worst political bloodshed Pakistan has witnessed in years, Altaf Hussain directed his followers by telephone from a safe place more than 5,000 miles away. His headquarters, or “international secretariat”, is not in the Pakistani port city but housed in a red-brick office block opposite a supermarket on Edgware High Street.

    Followers of Mr Hussain, 53, whose Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM) is allied to President Pervez Musharraf’s government, were accused yesterday of playing a bloody part in the clashes with opposition supporters.

    Mr Hussain, who founded the MQM in 1984 specifically to represent the [Urdu speaking] Mohajirs – Muslim refugees from India – has lived in Britian since arriving in 1992 for a kidney operation. He has since become a British citizen, while his party governs five cities and the populous Sind province.

    Mr Hussain, who spent part of yesterday speaking on the telephone to Gen Musharraf. Pakistan faces a referendum on Gen Musharraf’s rule before the end of the year and he has promised to abandon his uniform before the poll. “The situation in South Asia does not allow Pervez Musharraf to take off his uniform, for without it he will have no power at all,” Mr Hussain said.

    “He is doing his level best to fight these groups. Musharraf is a very brave man.”
    Unlike the former prime ministers Nawaz Sharif and Miss Bhutto, Mr Hussain is an exile whose party has consolidated its grip. But Karachi remains tense.

    The MQM’s most senior leader in Pakistan, Farooq Sattar, said: “The opposition wants to show that Karachi does not belong to the MQM. We have accepted the challenge.”

    Mr Hussain is one of the Indian subcontinent’s more unusual leaders. His political addresses by telephone have been known to last up to four hours, while a Western diplomat in Pakistan described the MQM as “something out of Chicago – nobody leaves the party”.

    Mr Hussain’s supporters are known to extort a goonda, or thug, tax from Karachi businesses. Mr Hussain, who once drove a taxi in Chicago for a living, micro-manages the MQM with acute attention to detail. The movement runs on Greenwich Mean Time with his ministers in Pakistan fielding hour-long telephone calls into the early hours.

    Mr Sattar admitted that his party’s image had been tarnished by “accusations of fascism and terrorism” but said this was a “misperception”.

    After Mr Hussain left Pakistan, an army operation was launched against his party during which hundreds were either killed by police or were arrested on charges of terrorism. He has no plans to return to Pakistan. When asked why Mr Hussain was not deported to Pakistan before he was granted citizenship, a British diplomat said: “He has not committed a crime on British soil.”
    Karachi violence was planned by government and the Pir of Lunden.

  10. d0ct0r (unregistered) on May 16th, 2007 @ 2:06 am

    beacon house is very much open.. they’ve closed down for summer holidays according to school management…

  11. d0ct0r (unregistered) on May 16th, 2007 @ 2:16 am

    @F mush’s mother have nothing to do with that school btw..

  12. Red_Munk!! (unregistered) on May 16th, 2007 @ 2:58 am

    Yeah. Summer vacations. (+ were u never in sko0l? Most of em close down 1-2week of may).

    As for it being owned/run by Mush’s mom.

    a) Ure wrong. Our fm….cant remember his name, his wife owns city school & her sis is supposed to own beacon. I dunno this for sure, but thats what ive heard.

    b) How petty can one get to target a SCHOOL. Our kids STUDY there for heavens sake.

    It doesnt matter if Ariel Sharon owns the school, as long as they provide the kids with proper edu, does it matter?

  13. Cyrum (unregistered) on May 18th, 2007 @ 12:14 pm

    Beacon House system is owned by Foreign Minister Ahmed Raza Kasoori and his family. Since before he was in the politics. The school system was established on the behest of Ziaul Haq who paid BLOOD Money to the family as Senior kasoori died on orders of z a bhutto and zia wanted allies with all those who were victim of bhutto regime.

    Mother of Mushrraf or wife of musharraf does not own any school, neither they are patorn to any school system.

    fiction may please be avoided, it distorts the facts

  14. Cyrum (unregistered) on May 18th, 2007 @ 3:12 pm
  15. Zurkah (unregistered) on May 23rd, 2007 @ 9:14 pm

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  16. akash (unregistered) on May 25th, 2007 @ 7:48 pm

    Despite MQM’s harnague to the contrary all the circumstantial evidence is againt them.I cant swallow the fact that they are so helpless and innocent a lot that with entire govt machinery in their hands other political parties’ ppl were able to kill MQM men unchecked.They ve blood on their hands alright!

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