KARACHI: The government’s main coalition partner, the Muttahida Qaumi Movement, said Monday it had quit the beleaguered administration, citing the “dictatorial” and “brutal” approach of the ruling Pakistan People’s Party.
“The MQM leadership and workers have reached the conclusion it is difficult to go along with the Pakistan People’s Party, keeping in view its democratic and dictatorial attitude,” senior party official Farooq Sattar told reporters. …
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By Prof. Gul Agha, USA
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So her conscience had no problem providing speaking twaddle and giving absurd excuses while hundreds of thousands of Swatis, including women who bear the brunt of Taliban atrocities, were abandoned by the govt., but is now pricked because her friends in the media are being prevented from fanning the flames of destabilization?
Pakistan is a scorpion’s den. The Sharif’s are masters at the game. The only purpose of their current involvement is to destabilize and displace the Sindhi led govt. This is a power game that has nothing to do with any principal. They know they cannot get a vote of confidence even in the Punjab Assembly so they are taking to the streets, as the anti-Thaksin forces did in Thailand.
Only a fool cannot see through their game. The Sharifs have never been friends of Sindhis, they even campaigned on Punjabi chauvanism. Last time around, they voted to bring Shariah law and even today are catering to the reactionary recidivists. They didn’t speak out for justice when the Swatis are abandoned by Pakistan. Nor did the lawyer’s movement care for the most basic human rights of the Baloch or the Swatis.
Sindhis have to make clear they will not tolerate this kind of blackmail by the minority party in Punjab to destabilize the govt., destroy law and order, and divide the coalition of Sindhis, Pushtuns and Baloch which are trying to establish a small foothold. Recently, the Sindh govt. demanded the rural Sindhi quota in federal jobs. The Sindh Assembly noted the on-going conspiracy against Sindhi Hindus. This is the sort of stuff they fear.
Of course, in the big picture, it won’t matter. Pakistan will still be run by the military. And if they succeed in destabilizing the current govt., they will simply show they cannot tolerate a Sindhi as President with any semblance of a little power, or a Sindh Assembly which is trying to do the right thing on many counts.
by Khalid Hashmani, McLean, Virginia, USA
… She is one of those politicians who has always used her Sindhi heritage to gain prominence in politics but never said a single word in protection and preservation of Sindhi rights either inside PPP forums or on external forums. A good next step for her would be to join PML-N, which really is her natural constituency.
Let us not exaggerate or say “out of context” or attribute incorrect statements and motivations to others. Let us keep discussion focused on facts and question people’s personal motivations, etc. I do not think any one has praised Mr. Zardari or is saying that the present PPP regime has met all people’s expectations or promises they made. As a matter of fact, imposing Governor’s rule in Punjab has been criticized by almost all of us. However, when we see that PML-N and their supporters are bent upon removing the government that was duly elected by people through street violence and anarchy, one must ask whether the government that will assume the power if the PML-N and its supporters succeed would be better for Sindhis than the present government?
If we observe the governments that have ruled Pakistan in the last few decades, I do not believe that any Sindhi will deny the fact that Sindhis received better treatment during the rule of Z. A, Bhutto and Benazir Bhutto regimes than any other regime. As a matter of fact, the regime of Nawaz Sharif has the worst record than even some of the military regimes including physical attacks against Sindhi Chief Justice and eventually engineering ouster of Justice Sajjad Shah.
The path of prudence tells us that even though the current treatment of Sindhis is not good, we will fair much worse if Mr. Nawaz Sharif and his supporters take over the power. At least, now there is no direct threat to our language and culture. With Nawaz brothers at the helm, I believe we not be able to even maintain status quo.