The decline of Karachi

Clustered diversity

Karachi confuses people – sometimes even those who live in it.

The capital of Pakistan’s Sindh province, it is the country’s largest city – a colossal, ever-expanding metropolis with a population of about 20 million (and growing).

It is also the country’s most ethnically diverse city. But over the last three decades . . . → Read More: The decline of Karachi

MQM after Altaf Bhai

By Ahsan Waheed

MQM’s self exiled (and who later acquired British citizenship) Chief, Altaf Hussain was arrested on the morning of 3rd June 2014. This arrest may not have been much of a surprise for either the MQM leader or the senior party workers. In fact,  the entire top leadership must have been aware of this imminent arrest . . . → Read More: MQM after Altaf Bhai

Who threatens Pakistan

We are constantly worried about the security of our country. Media (national and international) has made us paranoid. Based on the information fed to us through various sources (and partially based on complete lack of knowledge regarding the issue), we convince ourselves of who are our enemies and who are our friends. We form opinions . . . → Read More: Who threatens Pakistan

Senate seeks report on Monday court attack, Islamabad

The upper house of parliament on Monday directed government to submit today (Tuesday) a detailed report identifying lapses on part of the authorities that enabled terrorists to carry out the attack in a district court complex in the capital city. . . . → Read More: Senate seeks report on Monday court attack, Islamabad

Altaf Bhai addresses COAS

Monday, February 10, 2014 – Karachi—Muttahidda Qaumi Movement (MQM) founder leader Altaf Hussain while addressing the Chief of the Army Staff General Rahil Shareef said that he was utterly compelled to appeal to him to take notice of violations of human rights by the Pakistan Rangers Sindh so as to free the Mohajirs from the atrocities being . . . → Read More: Altaf Bhai addresses COAS

BBC’s MQM documentary panics Altaf Bhai

Co-ordination Committee of Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) on Thursday rejected the latest documentary film broadcast by British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), insisting the report had distorted facts. Addressing a news conference at party headquarters Nine Zero, Convenor MQM Co-ordination Committee Dr Khalid Maqbool Siddiqi said BBC had levelled allegations against MQM but did not broadcast . . . → Read More: BBC’s MQM documentary panics Altaf Bhai

The Mohajir identity

Back in the mid 1980’s, the MQM surfaced as a movement to safeguard the interests of the Mohajir community making the first signs of ethnic splits in Pakistan’s politics apparent. The term ‘Mohajir’ is used to describe those who migrated to Pakistan in 1947 from different geographical regions, ethnic and linguistic communities of India. The . . . → Read More: The Mohajir identity

Sindh local governance amendment deemed unconstitutional

The Sindh High Court (SHC) Monday ruled all amendments made to the Local Government Ordinance unconstitutional and has ordered that they be withdrawn, DawnNews reported.

A divisional bench of the SHC, headed by Justice Sajjad Ali Shah, declared the local government act as unconstitutional.

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The Nation’s Problems Unite: Muttahida Qaumi Movement ke Muttahida Qaumi Maslay-masaail!!

Despite years of establishment support, the MQM’s shenanigans and tantrums have transformed it into a nation-wide problem, further alienating from the national political mainstream – and it could end up becoming an aberration or political joke if it does not behave like a mature democratic institution

. . . → Read More: The Nation’s Problems Unite: Muttahida Qaumi Movement ke Muttahida Qaumi Maslay-masaail!!

Achakzai calls Karachi “city of terrorists”


ISLAMABAD: It was like stirring a hornet’s nest that Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party (PkMAP) leader Mahmood Khan Achakzai, an ally of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, did in the National Assembly on Wednesday by suggesting a Lebanon-type remedy to Karachi’s violence and to the electoral domination of the city by the Muttahida . . . → Read More: Achakzai calls Karachi “city of terrorists”