MQM vs. PTI – A torn Karachi

on Friday, August 9, 2013

The two current most influential parties in Pakistan ”Mutahadda Quami Movement” and ”Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf” have been at each others necks since May 11, 2013 elections.

Struggling through since 1990s, MQM was formerly known to be the only party where the Pakistani youth indulged in maximal, having won likewise continuous majority seats in Sindh and Punjab assembly. However, this year, the youth saw another leader standing up against their beloved Altaf Hussain. Imran Khan, a cricketer coming from a non-political background, shrewdly banged the iron when it was hot. While the youth was emotionally disturbed by MQM’s violation of public terms, and changes in its political ways, Imran Khan won those fiery hearts with his noble causes of launching campaigns for tribal areas and victims of floods. While he already was adored for his tact as a Pakistani cricket captain, who also brought the World Cup in the country, he found no difficulty in steering the attention of millions of young minds from all over the country in the May 11, 2013 elections.

Needless to say, with MQM’s position still quite firmly rooted in major provinces of Pakistan, it was a big blow for MQM to see its followers chasing the cricketer. While Mr. Nawaz Sharif from Muslim League-Noon won his deserved position as the new Prime Minister, PTI and MQM eased their frustration over coming face-to-face in Karachi. That said, I do not mean standing with a dagger, but the situation between the two majorly favored leaders with their own big portions of fans has not improved even the slightest on needle. After the results cropped up, all social engines particularly Facebook and Twitter were abuzz with the least unexpected results for PTI specifically. Youngsters logged in on their accounts and protested wildly against the few majority of PTI seen only in KPK and Baluchistan. They firmly accused rigging in 2013 elections, and videos were launched addressing MQM’s workers abusing the election boxes, forcing people to place their vote for them, and burgling the voting box altogether. Afterwards, as much as numbers of statements of disclaimer were forwarded by the MQM leader, Altaf Hussain from London, the majority of population strongly believed in the rigging done by MQM, including myself. With Imran Khan’s unexpected loss of winning assembly seats from Sindh and Punjab, the leader condemned MQM for a cowardly act, while his fans decided on a sit-in protest on Teen Talwar for re-elections in particular constituencies.

The very first “face-to-face” act between the two parties was seen through the news of shooting among the PTI supporters at Teen Talwar, although like always it was blamed to some disguised people, though we naturally know who is always behind the mask.

The continuous blame to MQM’s absentee leader for rigging, shooting and abusing PTI supporters finally resulted in an explosion from London, where we now were surprised to watch Altaf Hussain threatening Karachiites for direct violence, given his party won second most Sindh assembly seats after PPP. In short, the leader was seen in too much of anger over being blamed all the time for any disruption in Karachi, and claimed his followers were never going to turn towards a political amateur. We came to the conclusion that Mr. Altaf wants to own entire Karachi by hook or crook.

Coming back to the topic, the second incident, we witnessed after the elections, was the killing of a PTI leader which was a very tragic incident for humanity, party-bias aside. A tweet came the day after from Imran Khan, openly blaming MQM for the killing of his beloved worker. “I hold (MQM leader) Altaf Hussain directly responsible for the murder as he openly threatened PTI workers and leaders through public broadcasts.”

This brought another protest outside Karachi Press Club as the MQM leader accused PTI of putting a direct claim of something as violent as a woman’s murder without solid proof. Of course, MQM leaders also condemned Imran Khan’s statement as his “political immaturity” and demanded from the government to take notice of the blunt blame.

All in all, there has been no end to this issue. MQM and PTI supporters have continued to demonstrate in different parts of the city, and the population is fed up of “childish” behavior of the two parties, as fighting over a toy-Karachi; according to comments and feedback of the news. Statements have been putting forward by the leaders; condemning the other of this and that.

Life is itself difficult in a city like Karachi; with PTI vs. MQM, the situation has worsened. I could second one statement of a MQM leader: “Imran has made Karachi a battlefield.” We hope, soon, any one of the army would back away as heroes, for the sake of the citizens.

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