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Default Karachi in fear after Altaf Hussain arrest - 06-04-2014, 10:06 AM


[IMG]Several buses were set on fire as the news filtered out[/IMG]

As soon as it became known that police in London had arrested the leader of Pakistan's MQM (Muttahida Qaumi Movement) party, Altaf Hussain, fear gripped the southern Pakistani city of Karachi which his party controls.
Reports are already emerging of sporadic violence and shootings, and several vehicles have been burned.

Upon hearing the news, the city effectively shut down. Offices and shops were closed and transport companies immediately suspended their services, with many passengers left stranded on the streets.

Paramilitary forces have been deployed at the British deputy high commission in Karachi.

'Afraid of bloodshed'

BBC Urdu's Riaz Sohail reports that in a city well used to routine violence, there is palpable concern over what could happen if anger among Mr Hussain's supporters turn violent.

The MQM is one of the country's leading political parties and has political control of Karachi.


The city of Karachi has almost totally shut down

"There is a lot of fear in the public. We have heard of vehicles burned already as well as shooting in locations around the city."

He described roads packed with people trying to find a way back home before the violence they dreaded broke out.

"Everyone wants to go home, where it is safe. There were many people stuck in traffic in cars - it is a very uncertain situation and people are afraid of more bloodshed in a city that is already violent.

"There is a big traffic jam and many vehicles do not even have enough fuel. Petrol stations are closed. They are effectively stuck. One colleague told me he was pushing his motorbike around in search of fuel. "


Who is Altaf Hussain?


A supporter of Altaf Hussain holds his picture during a protest rally in Karachi, on 20 May 2013.

Born in Karachi in 1953 to a middle-class family; studied pharmacy at university.

Formed MQM party in 1984 to represent Mohajirs - descendants of Urdu-speaking Muslims who migrated from India to Pakistan.

Requested political asylum in UK in 1992, later gained British citizenship; continues to run MQM from north London.

Pakistan's powerful but absent politician

Many road transport operators have suspended services because of the risk of damage to their vehicles should violence break out, and Pakistan's railway authorities have cancelled all outbound trains from the city.

MQM leaders have appealed for party workers to keep calm. They deny any MQM involvement in violence across the city, blaming instead "miscreants" in search of chaos.

'Karachi in jeopardy'

A security professional in the city also told the BBC that as soon as the news filtered out, it became clear that things could get out of control and Karachi was effectively in lockdown.

"When it comes to Karachi, if anything happens to Altaf Hussain, you can count on the city just shutting down and a lot of violence," he told the BBC.

Supporters of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement, or MQM, one of Pakistan's major political parties, shout slogans condemning the arrest in London of its leader, Altaf Hussain, in Karachi, Pakistan, Tuesday, June 3, 2014.


Supporters of Altaf Hussain were enraged by the developments in London

He said that whenever something like this took place, it was the party workers who were most outraged. The leaders have made appeals for calm.

Several readers have also emailed the BBC News website describing the situation.

"MQM supporters are firing in streets and shopkeepers have closed down the shops as their supporters set fire to any shop which is open," Tahir reports.

One student wrote in to say that his university exams had been postponed as a result of the latest developments.

"I live in Karachi and currently the city is in turmoil," Nabil wrote in, while another reader simply said the lives of Karachi's people "are in jeopardy now".

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-27680985


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Default 06-04-2014, 10:11 AM

This might be the beginning of the end for the MQM.

The MQM represents Mohajir nationalism. So if Mohajir nationalism has no strong voice to speak for it (like the MQM) what will Mohajirs do?

If they opt for pan-Pakistani parties like the PTI, I think that northern Pakistanis e.g. Punjabs and others would still dominate and Mohajir concerns would be secondary.

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P.S. Karachi has more Pashtuns in it than any other place on earth.


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Default 06-04-2014, 10:57 AM

When KSE is close to 30k mark,this idiot and his workers will do something to bring it down.


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Default 06-04-2014, 11:09 AM

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This is what George Galloway had to say about Altaf Hussain



The pro-Pakistani lobby in Britain consisting of MP George Galloway,Jemima Khan,Lord Nazeer,Baroness Sayeeda Warsi, and ex-MP Chaudry Sarwar helped lobby to get Altaf arrested and now all the other anti-pakistanis in London will also face the the music e.g Hyrbyar Marri and his ilk
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Default 06-04-2014, 12:26 PM

MQM workers are very educated and the party is based on secularism. But when it comes to law and justice, they become pure jahileen and behave like terrorists and all other jahileen supports this idiot.
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Default 06-04-2014, 05:11 PM

if nothing else, he is handsome.


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Default 06-04-2014, 07:11 PM

1. I don't think Altaf Hussain will ever return to politics. Once people like the Brits decide to turn on you, that's it.

2. There are rumours that Musharraf might be asked to become the leader of the MQM.

If he does that would be a great shame as he is anti-Pashtun and anti-Bangladeshi too.

3. If the pro-Pakistan lobby in the UK did get Altaf Hussain arrested that's quite worrying as Britain is a very anti-Bengali country (e.g. caused the genocide of 1-3 million Bengalis during the second world war, made Muslim Bengalis inhabit a very small piece of land, and in general the British elite do not like Bengalis e.g. Lord Avebury and his activities over the Chittagong Hill Tract) and this lobby might cause problems for Bangladesh.

Anyway insha'Allah we will pray to Allah to help protect our country from the British establishment.

4. The more important question is what will happen to Mohajir nationalism and their struggle for their rights in Pakistan?

One thing is certain I don't ever think Karachi will secede from Sindh since I don't think anyone will be as ruthless as Altaf Hussain was and enjoy so much absolute control over the party as he did.


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Default 06-04-2014, 07:44 PM

Those burnt buses, are of pashtuns. When these mohajir protest even at loadshedding etc, they attack pashtuns and their properties


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Default 06-04-2014, 11:21 PM

Mr.Hussain is like the Dawood Ibrahim of Karachi in terms of being a gangster, looter and war criminal who runs the MQM like its the Indian Mafia. This loser needs to be rotting in jail for commiting war crimes against non Mohajirs and promoting Mohajir nationalism in Sindh by excluding other ethnicity's.

A delusional teenage girl from Karachi apparently says she wants to "marry" him and she is only 17 years old

www.youtube.com/watch?v=xEjs9yYy72E


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Default 06-05-2014, 01:04 AM

This is terrible. He was even better looking than Imran Khan and rivals only Tom Cruise.
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