Government must target militants in Karachi: MQM

KARACHI: The MQM demanded on Saturday that the government must conduct an operation against militants holed up in different areas of Karachi.

Addressing a press conference at the party headquarters, MQM’s Deputy Convenor Farooq Sattar said that Chief Minister Sindh Qaim Ali Shah has also admitted that militants are heading to Karachi to escape the military operations in Swat and Waziristan.

He demanded that a high-level investigation of Friday’s bombings must be carried out immediately.

He said that some religious parties and other political leaders are still defending the heinous crimes of the Taliban. He appealed the public to socially boycott such parties.

Sattar warned that the government must act immediately to protect Karachi from becoming another Swat, adding that if such attacks continue, the entire country’s economy will be destroyed.


Police failed to counter violence in Karachi: MQM

KARACHI: MQM’s Deputy Parliamentary Leader Haider Abbas Rizvi said on Saturday that police had failed to counter violence and target killings in Karachi and that Rangers should take immediate action to restore peace to the city.

Talking to DawnNews, Rizvi refuted allegations that MQM activists were involved in the recent violence in Karachi, adding that his party had very little presence in the area.

He said that the same gangs that were running drugs, guns and land mafias in the city were behind the killings.

Commenting on Interior Minister Rehman Malik’s statement that surgical operations will be launched against miscreants, Rizvi said that MQM will collaborate with any efforts to purge violence from Karachi.

MQM-Haqiqi contacts government

KARACHI: The Mohajir Qaumi Movement, better known as MQM-Haqiqi, has formally approached the government complaining about the killing of its workers in Karachi and in other parts of the country.

The MQM-Haqiqi is the main rival faction of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement.

A three-member delegation of MQM-Haqiqi, led by its vice chairman Younas Khan, met with top officials at the interior ministry.

The delegation presented the ministry’s officials with a list of MQM-Haqiqi workers who were allegedly targeted.

According to the list more then 154 workers of their party have been killed.

The delegation said the Muttahida Qaumi Movement led by Altaf Hussain was behind the killing of their workers.

The MQM was contacted for its side of the story, but no one was available. — DawnNews

Altaf Hussian appeals for calm after terror attack

KARACHI: Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), Chief Altaf Hussain on Monday strongly condemned the attack on the main procession of the Ashura near Light House in Karachi.

Talking to a private television channel via telephone from London, Altaf Hussain appealed to the people to remain peaceful and maintain unity.

He also appealed to the masses to keep a vigilant eye on strangers and miscreants in their respective areas in the city.

The MQM chief called upon the Sindh Government to take concrete measures to foil attempts to disturb the peace of the city.

Altaf Hussain called upon people to maintain inter-faith harmony among them and prove their unity.

He also condoled with the families of the people who died in the blast and prayed for their departed souls and to grant courage to the bereaved families to bear the loss.—APP

Muttahida accepts govt stance on resolutions

KARACHI: A delegation of the MQM that met with the provincial local government minister at the Sindh Secretariat on Thursday accepted in principle the stance of the Sindh government on about half a dozen ‘controversial’ resolutions, including Resolutions 420 and 462, passed by the City Council from time to time.

Sources privy to the parleys said that Minister Syed Sardar Ahmad and Naib Nazim Nasreen Jalil, along with some CDGK officials, visited the Sindh local government department and held talks with the Minister Agha Siraj Durrani, who was assisted by a couple of his senior officials, with the purpose of improving coordination between the City Council and the department.

Following a recent quashing of two city council resolutions pertaining to the upgrade and creation of posts in the Karachi city government and subsequent grant of promotions and increments (in advance) to some employees, observers say a deadlock had ensued between the provincial and local governments over the issue.

A source told Dawn that the proceedings of Thursday’s meeting could be termed a development towards removing the misunderstandings between the MQM and the PPP.

During the meeting, the two parties agreed to resolve the issues of ‘pending resolutions’ as per the provisions of the SLGO, ‘while resolutions 420 and 462 will not be discussed any more in their existing form as the provincial chief executive has already ordered the quashing of both of those.’

It was observed in the meeting that the CDGK could propose promotions or creation of units which existed under the defunct KMC, but it was not in a position to launch reorganisation or creation of new departments and promotions of employees who belonged to the erstwhile KDA or to other departments/governments, as it would be a violation of the laws and policies of the Sindh government.

It was learnt that the local government officials, in the light of the discussion, had now decided not to forward some of their recommendations related to the development of a couple of new groups, sizeable appointments in a couple of groups of offices of the CDGK and regularisation of possessions of government property to the ‘illegal occupants’.

The MQM group was also requested to ensure that no follow-ups of the controversial resolutions, which ignored or bypassed the Sindh government’s authority, were given by the CDGK unless those were free of discrepancies, the source added.

Talking to Dawn, City Naib Nazim Nasreen Jalil said that the meeting was aimed at resolving issues in order to have a hurdle-free relationship, largely for the benefit of the people living in the city. ‘While Resolutions 420 and 462 are now closed chapters, we in the city council will ensure that no glaring mistakes or violations of the rules take place in the future,’ she said, adding that she hoped that the process of consultation and coordination between the council and the local government department and provincial local government commission would continue in the future as well.

Another source said that the delegation was told that the Sindh government was open to listening to the CDGK and other district governments and if the CDGK had any pressing administrative issues, those should be conveyed to the government for the Chief Minister’s perusal.

Quashment notification awaited

In the meantime, a couple of departments handling the transfer postings and promotions and financial matters and salaries of the CDGK staffers were reportedly waiting to be able to download the Sindh government’s notification regarding the quashment of Resolutions 420 and 462 from the office of the DCO Karachi.

A source said that the departments of human resources and finance had not been provided with the endorsed copies of the notification or any relevant directive from the offices of the DCO or City Nazim, perhaps in the wake of the ongoing process of dialogue between the core groups of the PPP and the MQM.

About 58 employees were to benefit from the two resolutions in question under a process, but now about 18 personnel who had already been given promotions and increments and perks, would have to be reversed to their positions prior to the resolutions, said a senior CDGK officer who wished not to be quoted.

Core committee meeting

The PPP and MQM core committee in its meeting on Thursday, which was a continuation of the last meeting held on Wednesday at the Governor’s house, failed again to sort out their differences over Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah’s notification imposing a ban on transfer of lands by Nazims.

The meeting, despite being over two-and-a-half hours long, remained inconclusive due to the sudden development of the murder of Balochistan’s Minister for Excise Sardar Rustam Jamali in Gulistan-i-Jauhar, Karachi.

Leaving the venue of the meeting, according to sources, one of the participants, a member of the core committee, informed waiting media men that in Thursday’s meeting no concrete progress was made as the ministers had to rush to the site of the tragedy with the chief minister. However, he said, it was decided that they would continue their deliberations on Friday as well.

Those who participated in the meeting were Senior Minister Pir Mazhar-ul-Haq, Law Minister Ayaz Soomro, Local Government Minister Agha Siraj Durrani and Irrigation Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah from the PPP. Provincial Minster Syed Sardar Ahmad, Health Minister Sagheer Ahmad, IT Minister Raza Haroon and senior member Waseem Aftab represented the MQM.

MQM struggling for real democracy: Altaf

LONDON: The Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain has said that his party is struggling for the real democracy in the country.

He said this at a three-day convention in a telephonic address to mark the party’s silver jubilee in Virginia. A large number of MQM activists belonging to different cities of US attended the convention.

In his address, MQM chief said that on the name of democracy, feudocracy is being practiced in the country. “This democracy is by the feudal for the feudal,” he commented.

He hoped that MQM would eliminate feudalism from the country to restore a just system.

MQM delegation meets PM

ISLAMABAD: A delegation of Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), led by its parliamentary leader Dr. Farooq Sattar called on the Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani here in his chamber at the Parliament House.

Talking to journalists after meeting, Farooq Sattar said they have expressed concerns over power crisis persisting in the country. The stress was laid on taking steps for bringing down gas, electricity tariff, controlling inflation and alleviation of poverty.

MQM’s side was represented by Raabita Committee members, Waseem Aftab, Haider Abbas Rizvi and Sindh Minister Adil Siddiqui, while Federal Minister for Power Raja Pervez Ashraf assisted the prime minister at meeting.

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Pak, India must work together to fight terrorism: Rehman Malik

LONDON: The Advisor to the Prime Minister on Interior, Rehman Malik has stressed the need for joint efforts by Pakistan and India to fight terrorism and said that his country is willing to co-operate with the neighbouring country fully in this regard.

Addressing a joint news conference with the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) leader Altaf Hussain here, Malik ruled out chances of a war between the two nuclear-armed countries and said the region desire peace and amity.

He pointed out that terrorism was causing harm to both Pakistan and India and said the two countries need to work together to overcome this menace. He expressed confidence that the present Government will be able to drive the country out of its present difficulties.

The Advisor, responding to a question, said all the political parties were united in fight against terrorism and extremism. He further said the coalition government of PML-N and PPP in Punjab is functioning normally although odd problem do arise which is common in any given coalition setup.

Speaking on the occasion, the MQM Chief said the people of Pakistan and India were not in favour of war and wanted to live in peace and harmony.

He said there is complete and full-fledged democracy in Pakistan and any attempts to cripple or damage it will be unacceptable. He emphasised on the continuation of a democratic process and said it is in the vital interest of Pakistan.

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18th Amendment Bill to make parliament supreme: Farooq Sattar

ISLAMABAD: Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) has submitted the 18th amendment bill in the National Assembly secretariat on Monday.

Talking to media here, MQM leader Dr. Farooq Sattar said the 18th amendment bill would ensure the supremacy of parliament and that strong confederating units would strengthen the state. Sattar said there was a need to address the growing sense of marginalisation in the provinces.

He said the MQM’s proposed bill would ensure complete judicial independence and supremacy of the parliament. Farooq Sattar said that provincial autonomy was essential for a socio-economic turnaround in the country. “Until we empower the people, problems can not be addressed”, Sattar added.

Earlier speaking on the issue, MQM leader in NA, Haider Abbas Rizvi said his party would approach like- minded parties for the approval of the bill.

According to reports, bill includes clauses of provincial autonomy, freedom of judiciary, strengthening of constitutional and democratic institutions. The bill also demands reduction in president’s power.

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MQM submits 18th amendment bill in NA Sect.

ISLAMABAD: Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) has submitted the 18th amendment bill in National Assembly secretariat on Monday.

Talking to media here, leader of MQM Haider Abbas Rizvi said his party would approach like- minded parties for the approval of the bill.

According to reports, bill included clauses of provincial autonomy, freedom of judiciary, strengthening of constitutional and democratic institutions. The bill also demanded reduction in president’s power.

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