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06/06: Salman Ahmad and the MQM experience

Recently, Salman Ahmad, a former band member of a musical group, Junoon, which is South Asia's biggest and most senior rock band, made some public statements which are reproduced below. Formerly, he was also a part of another popular musical group named Vital Signs. He is a doctor, a music artist and an actor.

I hope this statement by him helps MQM supporters make a sensible choice in the next elections.

Altaf Hussain and his murdering accomplices deserve to be tried for their crimes against Pakistan. I’ve been threatened by them on many occasions in the past 15 years. One particular time was when I refused to perform at Altaf’s marriage function in Karachi and London where all the other artists, including Ali Azmat, were browbeaten to go and perform for his “Majesty’s” pleasure. The man who threatened me was called “Khalid bin Walid” who was a known terrorist and a murderer. He told me that Altaf Hussain, “his Quaid” had especially demanded me to appear with Junoon to perform at their ceremony function.

Salman Ahmad - Picture courtesy Wiipedia

When I refused to comply he called up my staff and my sound company guy, Ishtiaq Ahmed,and threatened them with dire consequences if I didn’t go. Ishtiaq pleaded with me to go and perform or risk being killed,and all this OVER REFUSING TO PLAY AT A MARRIAGE FUNCTION!

As fate would have it,I’m still alive, but Mr. Walid was killed a few weeks later in a shoot-out in Karachi with Haqiqi activists. (Those who live by the sword die by the sword).

In 1992,they also threatened to abduct my wife and children if I didn’t show up at an MQM rally and welcome their leader Azim Tariq. I still live happily with respect and dignity but alas Azim Tariq was also was killed in a mob feud. My friends, Junaid Jamshed and Sajid Hassan worried for my safety told me that I’m putting my family at risk every time I refuse to obey these goons and on every occasion I told him that if I give into their terror tactics I can not call myself a Muslim.

Allah (SWT) is our protector and He has commanded us to stand up against injustice and that is why I applaud Imran Khan for speaking the truth about Altaf Hussain and his goon squad. I think the time has come for all Pakistanis to stand up and be counted. Do you want to live as a citizen of a country with dignity and all your rights protected or as a slave in someone’s fiefdom?

“Baad-e-mukhalif sey na ghabra aye uqaab
yeh to chalti hai terey oonchi uraan kay liye” -Iqbal

(Don’t be afraid of flying against the wind, oh Falcon,
this wind only blows to help you fly higher)


Allah (SWT) hu Akbar!

Salman Ahmad


There is also a Q&A session with Salman Ahmad below. I first read about this here.

Q1: You recently stated in the press that MQM leader Altaf Hussain has threatened you on a number of occasions. Have you ever taken a legal action against him? If not, why? If yes, what happened?

Salman Ahmad: Altaf Hussain is not courageous enough to threaten me directly…he gets his goons to do the dirty work.The first time I was threatened by the MQM was in the early 1990’s when their armed activists told me to go on stage and welcome their then local leader Azeem Tariq at the KMC sports complex. When i refused they threatened to abduct my wife and children. Then they called my house repeatedly and told my father and wife that they will shoot me if I continue to perform in Karachi. I took the threat very seriously and called the Sindh police who sent officers to protect my family residence. I didn’t make it a public issue then because the media was also intimidated by the MQM unlike the Pakistani media now which is strong and independent.




I discussed the matter with legal counsel and everyone told me that no court would be strong enough to stand up to the MQM’s fascist tactics. My friends told me that since I’m a nationally known figure these thugs would be taking a huge chance at attacking me or my family for such a stupid reason.

They did however disrupt many Junoon concerts at (REX) Hashoo auditorium when armed members of their student wing APMSO gate crashed, fought with private security guards and terrorized women, children and families by firing shots in the air and shouting party slogans.

Unfortunately these threats have always been there and most artists have given into these terror tactics because of fear just like all the other citizens of Karachi all through the 1990’s right upto the present bloodbath of May 12.

Another time I got a call from nine zero was from a guy called “Khalid bin Walid” who said that his “quaid” Altaf Hussain had personally demanded me to appear with Junoon at his “ghyabana walima” in Karachi followed by the one in London. When I refused to comply he told me that “aap nay iss shehr mein rehna hai ya nahin, yeh merey quaid ka Order hai” I refused and had no choice but to contact the federal govt. which provided Junoon with security at our Karachi concert. My security officer Hasnain and even my sound engineer, Ishtiaq, were told to convince me to perform at the walima where other artists were also hustled into going because of MQM’s reputation of terror.

Junaid Jamshed and Sajid Hassan told me that these people are dangerous and not to be taken lightly. My response to them was that If I gave into these threats then all the songs that I have composed like “JAZBA-E-JUNOON, TALASH, EHTESAAB, MERI AWAZ SUNO, NO MORE, AZADI, MEIN KAUN HOON, ETC would all be blatant lies…

Q2: Do you acknowledge the fact that MQM is a major party in Sindh?

Salman Ahmad: My mother’s family also came from Patiala, India in 1947. Some of my relatives lost their lives and all their possessions during partition. They shed blood for a Pakistan which they hoped would give them human rights, protection and a home for their children to grow up in Peace and prosperity. Its for this reason that initially I supported the MQM, but when I saw their politics of terror, violence and coercion, I was disillusioned by them. After seeing the blood bath of MAY 12, Muslims killing Muslims, I’m forced to ask these questions: For how long will these parties continue to threaten the new generation of Pakistanis who are Pakistanis first and Sindhi, Punjabi, Mohajirs, Pathan, Baloch second. For how long will they arm young students with T.T. pistols and other weapons and teach them to kill rather than educate them. Is this the Pakistan they want for their children to grow up in? My appeal to the MQM and all the other political parties who believe in terror and violence is to listen to the voice of change: LAY DOWN YOUR ARMS and let us all help build a new Pakistan, a Pakistan of Peace,Justice and prosperity… A Pakistan which openly celebrates its beautiful and diverse people.

Q3:You have also stated that, “I think the time has come for all Pakistanis to stand up and be counted.” Are you planning to take any action other than the statement you have sent out?

Salman Ahmad: I’m an artist first and my work speaks louder than my words: From DIL DIL PAKISTAN to GHOOM TANA I have always had strong political views which have been reflected through my music and films. Whomsoever helps Pakistan become a strong,just and Peaceful country will always get my support. As a U.N. goodwill ambassador I have an added responsibility to promote HIV. Aids awareness and a global vision of peace, tolerance and coexistence. Pakistan is an integral part of this vision.

Q4: You are friends with Imran Khan. Are you unbiased or are you working in support of Tehrik-e-Insaf?

Salman Ahmad: Like I said I’ll support anyone who serves Pakistan’s interests and not their own.

Q5: You have always been a strong supporter of President Pervez Musharraf. What is your view of his behaviour regarding MQM and what happened on May 12 in Karachi?

Salman Ahmad: President Musharraf will be judged by the legacy he leaves behind. Its in his interest and Pakistan’s that he keeps the will of the people his highest priority. There should be a strong independent commission which should look into the causes of the tragedy of May 12th. Pakistani blood is not cheap. each one of the killers should be brought to justice and May 12th, “Bloody Saturday” should be a reminder to all, that, Pakistanis will NEVER surrender to terror and violence.

Q6:All over the world, musicians often get involved in politics. You have made a political statement. Do you think Pakistani musicians should get involved in politics?

Salman Ahmad: Its not for me to say what other artists should do, but this is a time for all Pakistanis to stand up and be counted.You have to ask yourself: will I always live in fear and be a slave in someone’s fiefdom OR will I express my true “Khudi” and fly like Iqbal’s “Shahine” to discover my highest potential.

Q7:Are you planning on making a song about this – May 12 carnage?

Salman Ahmad: Music, poetry and a guitar are far more powerful than guns, bombs and bullets. Sabir Zafar and I wrote the song “Junoon sey aur Ishq sey miltee hai Azaadi, Qurbani ki bahon mein miltee hai Azadi” for the movie, Jinnah. In this, Pakistan’s 60th anniversary of independence,

I’d like to dedicate those words to the Martyrs of May 12 who shed their blood for the sake of Jinnah’s dream.

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I fully agree Salman Ahmad and any efforts he makes with or without Imran Khan to curb the menace called MQM. I wish them the best of luck.

And for the record, yes, we are Pakistanis first and foremost and Punjabi, Sindhi, Balochi, Pathan or Kashmiri later.

Sub se pehlay Pakistan. Pakistan Zindabad!
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07/06 10:58:07
I guess folks are too afraid to comment on this post. lol

Altaf Hussain has turned Karachi into mob rule circa 1985. Any thug can do that, provided the state finances and arms his gang. But only a leader takes a mob and turns it into a nation.

It was really funny seeing the MQM parliamentarians huddled in front of the camera and putting out the zani 'reference' against Imran Khan. What kinda bottom feeding, sleazy scum do you have to be to pull that off ?. Most of their 'leaders' have murder and rape FIRs outstanding, including that degenerate 'quaid' in hiding.
14/06 04:52:35
@ Sheikh Mujaddad Chilli:

Yeah, people do fear MQM, which just gives those cowards more power. Whenever I think about it. I resent the fact that MQM supporters in Karachi are allowing this fascist organization to destroy the city of lights; Karachi.

There is overbearing evidence of the terrorism committed by this fascist organization but the blindly following lackeys want to remain blind.

:(
14/06 09:59:35
Why Salman ahamed didnt come with this problem with MQM before? Why he came only when elections are not too far? This is all because elections are near and they want to spoil image of MQM. Respect mendate of others, other wise our country's condition will be like 1971.
14/06 16:06:42
@ Azam:

Yeah, start crying about the situation resembling Bangladesh. Cry me a river about you own bogus insecurities told to you by MQM leadership. If people of Karachi [read: a few traitorous fools in support of MQM] are so eager about separation form Pakistan, they hould get separated. It would truly give them an idea of their importance with regards to other cities and Pakistan as a whole. After all, that has been an agenda of MQM for a long time and there is no doubt of it's truth from reading Altaf "Terrorist" Hussein's interviews when he is in India. What more could one expect from a person who is backed by RAW?

Pakistan is much more than a single city anywhere inside it's territories.

Salman gave his interview because he was perturbed by the shameless killings in Karachi on the whims of Altaf Hussein. It's called empathy, which prompted him to give the interview (which any patriotic Pakistani would do), not any personal gain since I haven't found him to be pro-Musharraf or pro-Opposition.
16/06 21:11:54
To repeat Azam's words "they want to spoil image of MQM", well its quite amusing really :). Does MQM really have a image? I suppose MQM has the image of a murderer, a thief, burglar, extortionist,.. etc.. I am amazed you are worried the image of this party is damaged, how exactly? It can't get any worse, can it?
17/06 23:07:03
@ Usman:

True. MQM doesn't has a very good image to begin with.
20/06 22:15:13
The day we will get few more brave persoms specialy celebraties in karachi we ll remain hostage in the hands of fascit orgnisation ie MQM ,,,which can even kill his own founder member auch as Azeem Tariq .....can very conveniently shed away its Minstrer Aamir Liaquat who dared to condem salman rusdee in his programme and have an exvlusive honour to kill pride of Pakistan Hakeem Muhammad Saeed.........who many else we remeber,,,,,,,,,Bravo Salman u ve gutts ,,,,,May Allah Protect u & family
17/04 23:05:28
Azeem Ahmed Tariq was the Chairman of MQM (Muhajir Qaumi Movement, now called Muthedha Quami Movement). The party was formed to fight for the rights of the Mohajir people in Sindh, who were immigrants from India during the Indo-Pakistan split.
Tariq was known as an honest politician. He was admired for his strategic and peaceful approach to problem-solving, and his loathing for violence. Regarded as an icon of peace, honesty, and kindness in Pakistani politics, he was also well known for his soft-spoken tone and striking personality. He was a key member of MQM and also known as the brain of MQM.

Death:

He is alleged to have been killed by the orders of MQM Chief Altaf Hussain, who is in self-exile in London since 1992. One of the gunmen later caught confessed blindfolded in front of Mr. Tariq's widowed wife that Altaf Hussain indeed was the one who ordered the killing.
29/08 08:39:43
In addition Mr. Tariq's family believe that Azeem Tariq confessed to his close family members that his death would be coming soon at by the hands of Altaf Hussain. Although he never spoke against Altaf Hussain in public, which was the core objective the Pakistani Army and the then Government was encouraging to do to oust Altaf Hussain out of power.
It is believed he did not speak against Altaf due to the fear of his life and his family's. Altaf loyalists claim that Government Agencies or Haqiqi group (a broke away faction of MQM)murdered him. The evidence for this claim seems rarely plausible mostly due to there can be no proper objective established to argue that Haqiqi or Government would gain anything by the death of Azeem Tariq. Furthermor Haqiqi repeatedly asked Azeem Tariq to lead their faction and become their chairman.
29/08 08:40:27
It is well known fact that towards the end of his years Mr. Tariq was trying to rejoin Haqiqi and Altaf's group. It was later revealed Mr. Tariq had met up secretly with Army Generals and other officials that showed recorded conversations between Altaf Hussain in London to his associates in Karachi. In one of the conversation Altaf Hussain had stated "Azeem Tariq wants to run the party without me? I will see how he will run the party without me".
Upon hearing the attitude of Altaf Hussain from the recorded conversations, he had withdrew involvement in MQM-Altaf. He stopped attending Nine Zero (MQM Headquarter) which destabilized the situation even more. The absence from Nine-Zero had put doubt in the public as the average MQM worker that the party was going to be split again, or that there was internal conflict. Although Mr. Tariq reportedly never had the intentions of creating a party of his own, that is believed to be the reason why Altaf Hussain was involved in his murder.
29/08 08:41:33
In addition Mr. Tariq was gaining much public support and popularity, a possible motive Altaf Hussain may not have wanted him as party Chairman. Mr. Tariq's supporters have long claimed that ever since his death he was not properly remembered by Altaf's group. With the exception of yearly death anniversary there is no mention of him and his struggle anywhere on MQM's website.
There is rarely any mentioning of Mr. Tariq on interviews with Altaf Hussain, and the new generation of Pakistan do not even know who he was. Mr. Tariq's loyalists believe this is a deliberate attempt by Altaf Hussain to erase his memory. In the contrary it has been known before the demolishing of Haqiqi headquarter there was a large portrait of Azeem Tariq
hanging upon entering the building commemorating his life and struggle.
29/08 08:42:17
The Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Altaf (MQM-A) has been widely accused of human rights abuses since its founding two decades ago. It claims to represent Mohajirs— Urdu-speaking Muslims who fled to Pakistan from India after the 1947 partition of the subcontinent, and their descendants.
In the mid-1990s, the MQM-A was heavily involved in the widespread political violence that wracked Pakistan's southern Sindh province, particularly Karachi, the port city that is the country's commercial capital. MQM-A militants fought government forces, breakaway MQM factions, and militants from other ethnic-based movements. In the mid-1990s, the U.S. State Department, Amnesty International, and others accused the MQM-A and a rival faction of summary killings, torture, and other abuses (see, e.g., AI 1 Feb 1996; U.S. DOS Feb 1996). The MQM-A routinely denied involvement in violence.
29/08 08:42:47
BACKGROUND

The current MQM-A is the successor to a group called the Mohajir Qaumi Movement (MQM) that was founded by Altaf Hussein in 1984 as a student movement to defend the rights of Mohajirs, who by some estimates make up 60 percent of Karachi's population of twelve million. At the time, Mohajirs were advancing in business, the professions, and the bureaucracy, but many resented the quotas that helped ethnic Sindhis win university slots and civil service jobs. Known in English as the National Movement for Refugees, the MQM soon turned to extortion and other types of racketeering to raise cash. Using both violence and efficient organizing, the MQM became the dominant political party in Karachi and Hyderabad, another major city in Sindh. Just three years after its founding, the MQM came to power in these and other Sindh cities in local elections in 1987 (AI 1 Feb 1996; U.S. DOS Feb 1997, Feb 1999; HRW Dec 1997).
29/08 08:43:51
The following year, the MQM joined a coalition government at the national level headed by Benazir Bhutto's Pakistan People's Party (PPP), which took power in elections following the death of military leader General Zia ul-Haq. This marked the first of several times in the 1980s and 1990s that the MQM joined coalition governments in Islamabad or in Sindh province. Meanwhile, violence between the MQM and Sindhi groups routinely broke out in Karachi and other Sindh cities (AI 1 Feb 1996; Jane's 14 Feb 2003).
In 1992, a breakway MQM faction, led by Afaq Ahmed and Aamir Khan, launched the MQM Haqiqi (MQM-H), literally the "real" MQM. Many Pakistani observers alleged that the MQM-H was supported by the government of Pakistan to weaken the main MQM led by Altaf Hussein, which became known as the MQM-A (Jane's 14 Feb 2003). Several smaller MQM factions also emerged, although most of the subsequent intra-group violence involved the MQM-A and the MQM-H (AI 1 Feb 1996; U.S. DOS Feb 1999; Jane's 14 Feb 2003).
29/08 08:44:18
003). In 1994, fighting among MQM factions and between the MQM and Sindhi nationalist groups brought almost daily killings in Karachi (U.S. DOS Feb 1995). By July 1995, the rate of political killings in the port city reached an average of ten per day, and by the end of that year more than 1,800 had been killed (U.S. DOS Feb 1996).
The violence in Karachi and other cities began abating in 1996 as soldiers and police intensified their crackdowns on the MQM-A and other groups (Jane's 14 Feb 2003). Pakistani forces resorted to staged "encounter killings" in which they would shoot MQM activists and then allege that the killings took place during encounters with militants (U.S. DOS Feb 1996). Following a crackdown in 1997, the MQM-A adopted its present name, the Muttahida Qaumi Movement, or United National Movement, which also has the initials MQM (HRW Dec 1997).
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MQM-A leader Hussein fled in 1992 to Britain, where he received asylum in 1999 (Jane's 14 Feb 2003). The MQM-A is not on the U.S. State Department's list of foreign terrorist organizations (U.S. DOS 23 May 2003).
While the multifaceted nature of the violence in Sindh province in the 1980s and 1990s at times made it difficult to pinpoint specific abuses by the MQM-A, the group routinely was implicated in rights abuses. In 1992 after the Sindh government called in the army to crack down on armed groups in the province, facilities were discovered that allegedly were used by the MQM-A to torture and at times kill dissident members and activists from rival groups. In 1996, Amnesty International said that the PPP and other parties were reporting that some of their activists had been tortured and killed by the MQM-A (AI 1 Feb 1996).
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The MQM-A and other factions also have been accused of trying to intimidate journalists. In one of the most flagrant cases, in 1990 MQM leader Hussein publicly threatened the editor of the monthly NEWSLINE magazine after he published an article on the MQM's alleged use of torture against dissident members (U.S. DOS Feb 1991). The following year, a prominent journalist, Zafar Abbas, was severely beaten in Karachi in an attack that was widely blamed on MQM leaders angered over articles by Abbas describing the party's factionalization. The same year, MQM activists assaulted scores of vendors selling DAWN, Pakistan's largest English-language newspaper, and other periodicals owned by Herald Publications (U.S. DOS Feb 1992).
The MQM-A has also frequently called strikes in Karachi and other cities in Sindh province and used killings and other violence to keep shops closed and people off the streets. During strikes, MQM-A activists have ransacked businesses that remained open and attacked motorists and pedestrians who ventured outside (U.S. DOS Feb 1996; Jane's 14 Feb 2003).
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The MQM-A allegedly raises funds through extortion, narcotics smuggling, and other criminal activities. In addition, Mohajirs in Pakistan and overseas provide funds to the MQM-A through charitable foundations (Jane's 14 Feb 2003).
Since the September 11, 2001 terror attacks on the United States, the MQM-A has been increasingly critical of Islamic militant groups in Pakistan. The MQM-A, which generally has not targeted Western interests, says that it supports the global campaign against terrorism (Jane's 14 Feb 2003).
This response was prepared after researching publicly accessible information currently available to the RIC within time constraints. This response is not, and does not purport to be, conclusive as to the merit of any particular claim to refugee status or asylum.
29/08 08:46:13
References:

Amnesty International (AI). HUMAN RIGHTS CRISIS IN KARACHI (1 Feb 1996, ASA 33/01/96), http://web.amnesty.org/library/Index/ENGASA330011996?open&of=ENG-PAK [Accessed 6 Feb 2004]

Human Rights Watch (HRW). WORLD REPORT 1998, "Pakistan" (Dec 1997), http://www.hrw.org/worldreport/Asia-09.htm#P823_214912 [Accessed 6 Feb 2004]

Jane's Information Group (Jane's). JANE'S WORLD INSURGENCY AND TERRORISM-17, "Muthida [sic] Qaumi Movement (MQM-A)" (14 Feb 2003), http://www.janes.com [Accessed 6 Feb 2004]

U.S. Department of State (U.S. DOS). "Foreign Terrorist Organizations" (23 May 2003), http://www.state.gov/s/ct/rls/fs/2003/12389.htm [Accessed 6 Feb 2004]

U.S. Department of State (U.S. DOS). COUNTRY REPORTS ON HUMAN RIGHTS PRACTICES FOR 1998, "Pakistan" (Feb 1999), http://www.state.gov/www/global/human_rights/1998_hrp_report/pakistan.html [Accessed 6 Feb 2004]

U.S. Department of State (U.S. DOS). COUNTRY REPORTS ON HUMAN RIGHTS PRACTICES FOR 1996, "Pakistan" (Feb 1997), http://www.state.gov/www/global/human_rights/1996_hrp_report/pakistan.html [Accessed 6 Feb 2004]

U.S. Department of State (U.S. DOS). COUNTRY REPORTS ON HUMAN RIGHTS PRACTICES FOR 1995, "Pakistan" (Feb 1996), http://dosfan.lib.uic.edu/ERC/democracy/1995_hrp_report/95hrp_report_sasia/Pakistan.html [Accessed 6 Feb 2004]

U.S. Department of State (U.S. DOS). COUNTRY REPORTS ON HUMAN RIGHTS PRACTICES FOR 1994, "Pakistan" (Feb 1995), http://dosfan.lib.uic.edu/ERC/democracy/1994_hrp_report/94hrp_report_sasia/Pakistan.html [Accessed 6 Feb 2004]

U.S. Department of State (U.S. DOS). COUNTRY REPORTS ON HUMAN RIGHTS PRACTICES FOR 1991, "Pakistan" (Feb 1992).

U.S. Department of State (U.S. DOS). COUNTRY REPORTS ON HUMAN RIGHTS PRACTICES FOR 1990, "Pakistan" (Feb 1991).

Attachments:

Jane's Information Group (Jane's). JANE'S WORLD INSURGENCY AND TERRORISM-17, "Muthida [sic] Qaumi Movement (MQM-A)" (14 Feb 2003), http://www.janes.com [Accessed 6 Feb 2004
29/08 08:46:52
28/05/2007 2:35 PM
Here is a 1996 report by Amnesty International. Section 4. Human rights abuses by armed opposition groups is most relevant. Link is http://web.amnesty.org/library/Index/ENGASA330011996?open&of=ENG-PAK

Section 4 below.

4. Human rights abuses by armed opposition groups

Most of the political groupings and parties in Karachi appear to maintain their own militia; Amnesty International has received reports over a long time about how political groups maintain and arm such militia by money extracted at gunpoint or by threats from manufacturers, traders and common people, few of whom dare offer resistance. The recent public statement about extortion by the MQM(H) by Farooq Sumar and the survey conducted by the HRCP offer ample evidence for the practice of extortion by several parties. None of the militia reportedly hesitate to commit human rights abuses, either in the extortion process, in the enforcement of strikes or in their political struggle.
29/08 08:47:20
MQM(A) spokespersons have consistently denied that members of the party are responsible for human rights abuses; they have asserted that public confessions of detained MQM members and torture cells are fake and put up by the government in its attempt to discredit the party. Similar denials have been issued by MQM(H) leaders and by other political groups. Despite protestations by MQM leader Altaf Hussain that the MQM does not subscribe to violence, there is overwhelming evidence and a consensus among observers in Karachi that some MQM party members have used violent means to further their political ends. During the period when the MQM held office, Amnesty International obtained testimonies from members of the PPP and smaller Sindhi parties that their members had been tortured and killed in the custody of the MQM(A). Reporters, editors and publishers reported that they had been threatened by MQM members to report favourably or to "face the consequences". In more recent times, too, individual cases of abuses by the MQM(A) and other political groups have been reported in the national press and to Amnesty International which strongly suggests that these armed opposition groups are indeed responsible for many cases of torture, hostage taking, abductions and deliberate and arbitrary killings reported in Karachi. Amnesty International therefore reiterates its urgent call to all armed political groups in Karachi to stop committing such abuses and to ensure that all of their members are clearly instructed that torture, abductions, hostage-taking and killings may not be committed.
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While Amnesty International condemns the abuses committed by an armed opposition group, its stand does not carry a connotation of recognition or condemnation of that group nor does it constitute a comment on the legitimacy of its goals or political programme. Again, Amnesty International's intervention does not imply any judgment on the nature of the conflict in question in the context of which human rights abuses occur. The organization does not by taking action on human rights abuses imply that the situation it addresses necessarily constitutes an armed conflict in terms of international law; it seeks the observation of minimum humane standards even in cases of sporadic armed encounters. Amnesty International merely focuses on the human rights abuse and calls on the opposition group responsible for it to stop them.
29/08 08:48:43
Government statistics show that around half of those killed in the past few months
belonged to the MQM(A), MQM(H), PPP, Sipah-e Sahaba Pakistan (a Sunni party), Tehrik Nifaz Firqah Jafariya (a Shia party) and law enforcement personnel, including the police; the political affiliation of these victims suggests that they were killed either by armed opposition groups or by law enforcement personnel. However, the remaining half of those killed in Karachi appears to consist of people who did not belong to any political party and were probably not actively involved in the armed struggle between different factions. Dozens of dead bodies have been found in Karachi in the last months; many of them appear to have been abducted. They were found blind-folded, with their hands bound and showing marks of torture or mutilation, indicating that their deaths were caused by torture or that they were shot dead after having been tortured. While some may have been the victims of criminals or criminal gangs and others may have been extrajudicially executed by law enforcement personnel, some civilians appear to have been deliberately and arbitrarily killed by armed opposition groups in order to create, maintain or spread a climate of fear in the city.
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Even hospitals have not been spared by armed opposition groups: When officers of the Rangers went to visit wounded men in Abbasi Shaheed Hospital on 22 May 1995, gunmen fired at the hospital for about one hour from the roofs of adjoining buildings injuring several patients and visitors and leading to the suspension of all medical work. A hospital staff member said, "We were lying on the ground to avoid getting hit. All work was suspended and there was total chaos".


While in the past, militant groups sometimes ambushed police and other law enforcement personnel during their operations, of late dozens of police officers, paramilitary Rangers and other government servants have been abducted, detained, tortured and killed, often when off duty, unarmed and not in uniform. According to official statements, some 195 police officers have been killed in Karachi between January and November 1995 (171 police officers, 13 Rangers and 11 army personnel). On 18 July, a retired police officer, Raja Mohammad Ishaq was abducted from a bus and tortured to death; his body was later found in an abandoned car in Gulbahar area of Karachi. On the same day, Assistant Sub-Inspector Abdul Razzak, was kidnapped. His dead body, with hands and feet tied up, his eyes blindfolded and with marks of gunshot injuries, was found wrapped in a sack in the same locality. A note found on the body said, "anyone who confronts us will meet the same fate". On 27 July, 35-year-old Mohammad Tufain, undergoing training as head constable at the Police Training College, Baldia town, was kidnapped when off duty; his dead body, with hands and feet tied, was found the following day. Local observers have told Amnesty International that in some of these killings the fact that most police officers in Karachi are Punjabis may have contributed to their having been targeted by members of other ethnic groups.
29/08 08:49:43
People assumed to be police informers have also been killed. Many of the dozens of unidentified and often mutilated bodies found in gunny bags in Karachi over the last few months have had notes attached to them declaring them informers. For instance, on 14 August 1995, the body of an unidentified man stuffed in a bag with a hand-written note in Urdu saying "a gift for Interior Minister Gen. Nasirullah Babar and the fate of an informer" was found by volunteers of the Edhi foundation in Guru Nanak Chowk in Karachi. There were marks of violence and bullet injuries on the body.
Family members of police or government officers have also been targeted by militant groups. On 27 September in the Buffer Zone, District Central of Karachi, two adult sons of a police superintendent of Karachi and his guard were killed in an ambush on their car. On 15 October, five people were shot dead by gunmen at pointblank range in a Karachi home apparently solely because they were related to a police officer. On 23 November, the younger brother of Sindh Chief Minister Abdullah Shah, Ehsan Ali Shah, along with his friend and driver, were shot dead near his Federal B Area home in Karachi. He had no political affiliation. Two days earlier, the Urdu daily Takbir reportedly quoted an MQM source as announcing that a relative of the Chief Minister would be killed within the next few days.
29/08 08:50:10
People perceived to carry out government orders have also been deliberately and arbitrarily killed by armed opposition groups. Nazir Ahmed, driver of a tractor for a private road repair company, was ordered by police to close trenches dug across roads in Korangi Nasir Colony which is under the control of the MQM. On arrival in the morning of 6 July 1995, Nazir Ahmed and another driver were shot dead by gunmen positioned on nearby buildings. A First Information Report was lodged with the local police but as no witnesses came forward and the assailants were not known by name, the police investigation has not progressed.
Many of the killings by armed opposition groups are characterized by officials in the media as "revenge killings"; they occur immediately after incidents such as a death in custody of a political activist for which the government is held responsible. Following the death of Farooq Putney in an alleged "encounter" with the police on 2 August, 22 people died in Karachi the following day in what authorities described as "revenge killings" by armed opposition groups. 12 people were found dead in a mini-bus; they were blindfolded and killed by a single shot in the back of their heads. A police spokesman said the dead were Punjabis and Sindhis and alleged they were killed by the MQM on suspicion of being police informers. Police also found the bodies of two unidentified men in the boot of an abandoned stolen car; the chopped up parts of the bodies were stuffed in gunny bags together with a note which said "Revenge for Farooq Dada's murder". The MQM have denied responsibility for such killings. Conversely they have pointed to the killing of MQM leader Altaf Hussain's elder brother and nephew, Nasir Hussain and Arif Hussain, on 7 December, only days after the killing of the Chief Minister's relative. The two men had reportedly been arrested by police and Rangers from their residence in Federal B Area on 4 and 6 December respectively. Their dead bodies, reportedly bearing multiple injuries, were found on 9 December in an isolated area in Gadap.
29/08 08:50:41
Journalists and others who have reported critically on different armed opposition groups have over the years repeatedly reported to Amnesty International that they and their families were threatened with abduction and killing if they did not alter their reports. Such attacks have also occurred in the recent past. On 4 December 1994, Muhammad Salahuddin, editor of the Urdu weekly Takbeer was shot dead in his car outside his office in Karachi. He was highly critical of the policies of the MQM which reportedly led to his office being ransacked and his house being set on fire in late 1991, allegedly by MQM(A) activists. In February 1995, the Karachi offices of the daily newspapers The News and Nawa-i-Waqt were set on fire by armed activists, several journalists were beaten. On 21 June 1995, a rocket-propelled grenade was fired at the same building again. No armed group has assumed responsibility for the attack, but the newspapers have been warned on the telephone of more attacks. Sabir, the son of a local Muslim League leader in Orangi, Karachi, who had criticized "terrorists" in a TV interview in mid-July, was abducted and killed on 29 July 1995 in Karachi. A Karachi-based journalist told Amnesty International: "If you write [critically of the MQM], you get a phone call, promptly. They tell you they know where you and your family live and work and attend school and they say, 'watch out' and put the phone down." Attacks by other armed opposition groups have been reported as well. On 6 December 1994, Mohammad Samdani Warsi, manager of the Urdu daily Parcham, a newspaper understood to be close to the MQM, was shot dead in his office, apparently by a group hostile to the MQM(A). Editors, stringers and even hawkers associated with the Sindhi newspaper Kawish were harassed, and threatened in December 1995 by people believed to belong to the Sindhi nationalist Jeay Sindh Taraqi Pasand Party. Their offices in Karachi and other towns in Sindh were ransacked and copies of Kawish burned. The paper had published a survey about extortion practices by that party.
29/08 08:51:12
Mohajirs who have joined political parties other than the MQM seem to be particularly at risk. A Mohajir PPP worker [name, location and date withheld] who refused to close his shop promptly following an MQM strike call was told, "you are a Mohajir, why are you a PPP member? You are a traitor, a cancer, you should be eliminated", before local MQM youths ransacked and looted his shop and beat him up. Another Mohajir PPP member reported to Amnesty International: "... I suffered persecution at the hands of both Jeay Sindh and MQM. MQM saw me as a traitor, because, like them, I am a Mohajir, a refugee from India, but unlike them I support the People's Party." He stated that beginning in 1986-87, "MQM [men] came ... frequently, armed, to harass me. ... Although they talked about politics, this was not a 'political debate' because of their arms and threats. They did this not only to me but to other People's Party activists as well. ... I was deeply afraid of them. ... MQM agents also came to my home, forcing me to move." After having received repeated threats he went into hiding for prolonged periods; several times he was also abducted by a faction of the Jeay Sindh, and released only on payment of large ransom amounts. He said that he had no "realistic hope of being able to continue my livelihood in Pakistan, as long as I [remain] true to my political views. Every day I [lived] in fear for my life and for my children's lives". Such fears are not unrealistic: Government statistics provided to Amnesty International indicate that in one district of Karachi alone, District West, 10 Mohajir PPP members were killed in the four-month period from 1 June to 30 September 1995. At least 32 PPP members were killed in Karachi in 1995, according to official statements; these are confirmed by individual reports and the cumulative evidence published in the local media.
29/08 08:52:30
There have been targeted killings of members of specific ethnic groups in Karachi throughout 1995 but it is impossible to ascertain responsibility for these. For instance, on 2 November 15 Seraiki speaking labourers from Southern Punjab were rounded up and killed in Samanabad, Federal B Area in Karachi. In July hundreds of Sindhis fled Gulbahar when MQM groups reportedly occupied the area and began targeting them.
Amnesty International continues to receive reports of torture cells and private detention centres run by armed opposition groups. A Sindhi [name, date and location withheld] told Amnesty International that in September 1995, he was abducted by people he believed to be MQM(A) members. They took him to a room in an abandoned factory in an MQM(A) dominated area where he saw weapons, blades, sticks and drill machines. For six hours his captors cut him with razor blades on his shoulders, arms and chest and burnt him with cigarettes while urging him to resign his job. He is the only Sindhi speaker at his place of work to which he has not dared return since then.
Long scars of cut injuries on shoulders and chest were still visible in December 1995.
29/08 08:52:56
On 22 July 1995, the police and the paramilitary Rangers raided an abandoned carpet factory in Kashmir Colony, Gulbahar, Karachi, which they claimed had housed a torture cell and detention centre allegedly run by the MQM. Correspondents who were taken there hours later reported finding ropes, electric cables and blood stained floors. Neighbours of the alleged torture cell told them that the place had been forcibly occupied by militant youths some ten days earlier and that frequently blind-folded people had been seen being dragged there. The nearby Khajji Grounds, an open football field, were also cleared at the same time by law enforcement personnel; they had also allegedly been used by MQM activists for the previous two to three months to ill-treat people. A local source told Amnesty International that the area is strategically located; it is surrounded on three sides by rivers. Narrow lanes make it difficult for law enforcement personnel to enter in vans or armoured personnel carriers. The source told Amnesty International that when MQM members had come to occupy Gulbahar in May 1995, they had "held people hostage in their own locality"; Sindhis or Mohajirs who did not support the MQM were driven from the area. Residents who stayed were made to dig trenches to make the area impenetrable. Several people living in the area reported to Amnesty International that they had seen unidentified dead bodies lying in the streets.
29/08 08:53:24
Newspapers in Pakistan have published reports about people rescued from torture cells maintained by specific political groups. For instance, three persons believed to belong to a law enforcement agency were reportedly freed in Saeedabad on 30 June 1995, after police spotted their tied arms protruding from under the shutters of a shop. Again, on 1 September police reportedly recovered a trainee police constable and his friend from a torture cell in Nasir colony in Korangi, Karachi; the two men had been abducted, robbed and detained for several hours when they were found by police.

Confessions of people described as MQM members are also occasionally published. The daily Dawn of 26 June published a long statement by Mohammad Taqi, who publicly confessed to having murdered 16 people, mostly of the MQM Haqiqi, on orders of the MQM(Altaf) leaders. He had been arrested a month earlier in Islamabad. Again a supposed confession of a police officer who had clandestinely worked for the MQM was published on 14 July; he claimed that he had participated in a number of killings and attacks in Karachi at the behest of MQM(Altaf) leaders. Former prisoners have also told Amnesty International that fellow prisoners belonging to the MQM had spoken openly about offences committed by them.
29/08 08:53:52
MQM(A) spokespersons have claimed that such confessions and torture cells are fake; they have in turn reported that its members and sympathizers have suffered abductions and killings by MQM(H) members. They have alleged for instance that on 18 September 1995, Mohammad Rizwan Beg, 12-year-old brother of MQM worker Ahsan Beg, was abducted by MQM(H) members from near his house; his body bearing torture marks, was found on the next day in Landhi, an area mostly under the control of the MQM(H).
Conversely, the Haqiqi group have claimed that the MQM(A) was responsible for abductions, torture and killings of its members. For instance, when on 12 March 1995 seven men were killed in what was described as a Haqiqi command centre in Pak Colony in North Karachi, Haqiqi leader Afaq Ahmad alleged that "MQM-Altaf people, backed by police and Rangers are roaming around rounding up our men from their homes and killing them in cold blood". The MQM(H) has given Amnesty International a list of 95 party members killed in 1995 in Karachi, allegedly by MQM(A) activists. In mid-January 1996, the MQM(H) headquarters in Landhi were attacked with rocket-propelled grenades and automatic weapons, according to MQM(H) leader Afaq Ahmed by MQM(A) activists.
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The Jeay Sindh Taraqi Pasand similarly reported to Amnesty International that 178 of its party workers had been killed in Karachi in 1995 by members of other parties. Attacks between members of the MQM(H) and the Jeay Sindh in Malir were also reported in December 1995.
In Karachi, the two factions of the MQM, the factions of the Jeay Sindh and different religious groupings are pitted against each other and several of them oppose the government. These confused lines of conflict have enabled each group as also the government to hold others responsible for abuses. However, Amnesty International believes that the available evidence strongly suggests that all the armed opposition groups operating in Karachi are responsible for torture, abductions and killings. It therefore calls again on these groups to refrain from such abuses of human rights and to abide by minimum standards of humanitarian law.
29/08 08:54:45
28/05/2007 3:10 PM
News clipping from The Daily Times on May 23rd, 2007. The Mohajjir Rabita Council released the names of 12 "enemy" journalists. What is this, if not blatant intimidation.
MRC issues list of ‘chauvinist’ journalists

KARACHI: The Mohajir Rabita Council (MRC), described as a group of elders of the Mohajir community, has declared the names of “the chauvinist” journalists, writers and analysts, who according to it are working against the “offspring of the elders included in the Pakistan Movement” in the aftermath of the May 12 incidents.
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MRC’s vice president Yaqoob Bandhani and secretary general Tassaduq Hussain issued a joint statement Tuesday, saying that the MRC has established a ‘cell’ to inform the new generation of Mohajirs about their ‘enemies’. “These elements are similar to those whose actions caused the division of Pakistan in 1971,” the statement went on to say. “The same kind of intellectuals and writers ‘beat the drum’ in happiness [baghlain bajaeen] on the killing of ZA Bhutto, repeated army operations against Balochistan and operations against the offspring of those who had struggled for the creation of Pakistan,” the statement said.
Listing the names of journalists, the statement said that, “Now it has become necessary to inform the nation about these cruel elements and those who conspire against humanity.” The names of the journalists and human rights activists listed include the “Abbas brothers”, a family belonging to the media (Zafar Abbas of Dawn, Azhar Abbas of Dawn TV and Mazhar Abbas of AFP), Ayaz Amir (Dawn), Sajjad Mir (TV One), Irfan Siddiqui (Nawa-e-Waqt), Dr Shahid Masood (Geo TV), Aneeq Ahmed (ARY), Afsar Imam (Aaj TV), Zahid Hussain (Geo TV), Shaheen Sehbai (ARY), Zarar Khan (AP), Iqbal Haider (HRCP).
Meanwhile, in a separate but joint statement issued Tuesday, MQM Rabita Committee members Muhammad Ishfaq and Jawed Kazmi said that some political elements and “chauvinist” participants of different TV programs were playing a dangerous game to destroy Pakistan by igniting linguistic prejudices. staff report
29/08 08:55:35
fuck you salman
15/12 11:44:51
It is time to destroy MQM, their day of destiny is near. The Fat Ugly Bastard known as Altaf Hussain, probably one of the biggest Serial Killers in History, is about to be investigated arrested and tried. EVEN if it takes a private prosecution and all the resources necessary, this bastard will go to Court and Prison.

There are people in the UK prepared to do everything necessary to exterminate this Annaconda known as MQM, which s slowly choking the life out of Pakistan. Prosperity Through Peace. Remember what you read here. With the Grace of the Almighty Altaf Hussain is going down like the dog he is
23/09 10:03:39
AFTER HAVING SPENT MORE THAN 63 YEARS IN PAKISTAN A MINORITY OF THE MOHAJIRS HAVE YET NOT BELIEVED IN THE EXISTANCE OF PAKISTAN. THEIR HEARTS BEAT FOR INDIANS. ALTAF HUSSAIN WAS A NURSING SEPOY IN ONE OF THE UNITS OF PAKISTAN ARMY. HE LEFT THE UNIT AND REACHED THEN USSR. HE WAS LAUNCHED BY KGB. MQM WAS RAISED BY HOSTILE AGENCIES.PRESENTLY UK, MOSSAD, CIA AND RAW IS LOOKING AFTER THIS GREAT LEADER MR ALTAF HUSSAIN.ASK HIM WHETHER HE CAN LEAVE LONDON. CAREFULLY MONITOR HIS EVERY STATEMENTS AND ACTIONS YOU WILL KNOW THAT HIS EVERY ACT SUITS OUR ENEMIES. I WILL GET BASHING ON THIS COMMENT BUT I DONOT MIND BECAUSE MY FELLOW COUNTRY MEN ARE WORTHLESS CREATURES EXCEPT MODEST AND NOBLES. HAD WE BEEN GOOD THEN THESE CORRUPT LEADERS WOULD HAVE NEVER BEEN RULING US.
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10/08 19:55:01
MQM is a fraud as why Altaf hussain can not face his countrymen for whom he remain uneasy in London and funded by enemies of Pakistan for creating unrest in Karachi and rest of the country.
27/11 12:40:44

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