Atteq ur Rehman Wedding turned into Political Gathering in Wahcantt..

WahCantt: Brother of Molana Abdul Hakeem Farooqi, mr.Atteq ur Rehman wedding had celebrated in Wahcantt, President Jamat Ehle Sunnat -wal- Jamat Molana Farooqi Specially came to attend the Ceremony of Ateeq ur Rehman .Ateeq’s wedding turned into political gathering.

A huge gathering of Social ,Political,Religious personality joined the ceremony. MPA provisional Assembly Panjab Malik Taimoor Masood Akbar,MPA Sahwais Khan, former Federal minister Defense Sardar Saleem haider,Syed Asim shah PTI,Khowaja Imtaiz Advocate,Khowaja Hamza Hayat Khan,former workmen Association Tariq Butt,Faisal Iqbal,District Nazim Shafqat Khan,District President PPP Ashraf Khan,Safeer Khan PMLN,Akbar Khan Tanoli PTI,Raja Sheraz PMLN, Malik Asharf Awan,Malik akram Awan,Bilal Ashraf Khan and hug gathering from local area’s representative  attend the ceremony. Malik Amnat of Bhabhrha  received the guest at reception.

MQM’s moment of truth?

FROM its inception, the MQM has remained an enigma both to its hardcore supporters and sworn enemies. Starting off as a small group of ‘disaffected’ students espousing the ‘Mohajir cause’, it soon became a formidable political force in urban Sindh.

Not long after, it transformed into a national party despite touching the pinnacle of power built on ethnic politics. It forever faced charges of rigging, violence, extortion and even high treason. And yet nearly every government — civilian or military — avidly wooed it. It carried the stigma of being the creation of the security establishment, and yet received harsh treatment at the hands of its putative creators. More puzzlingly, it dominated the country’s political sphere for years on the back of its ‘eternal leader’ Altaf Hussain; even so, that very ‘quaid’ was branded a traitor and excommunicated recently by his protégés.

What brought the MQM to this sorry pass — a quirk of fate or its own misdoings? Did Altaf Hussain cause his own fall from grace or has the ‘decapitation’ been part of an old policy to dispense with popular leaders, using intrigue and violence? And what lies ahead for the MQM, Altaf Hussain and the politics in Sindh and the country?

Mustafa Kamal of the Pak Sarzameen Party (PSP) calls the MQM’s present predicament a “miracle of God”. Perhaps. But there are also plausible reasons behind the MQM’s existential crisis. In fact, the Muttahida had it long coming. A party that thrived for years on the personality cult of its unquestioned leader was bound to pay for his blunders too. Particularly noteworthy are Altaf Hussain’s five grave misjudgements that explain his present plight and the party’s current problems.


The MQM supremo has only himself to blame for the ‘minus-Altaf’ formula.


First, he misjudged the high moral ground the Rangers had occupied after restoring relative order to Karachi. No wonder the MQM’s calls for protest against the Rangers’ ‘excesses’ went unheeded.

Second, he misjudged the bargaining strength of the MQM vis-à-vis the provincial/ federal government, let alone the powerful establishment. He ignored that his MPs were no more required to form or sustain governments.

Third, he misjudged the impact of launching diatribes against the security forces at a time when the country was facing increased hostility in the neighbourhood, while his alleged connections with Indian agencies had left him with fewer friends among fellow politicians.

Fourth, Altaf Hussain misjudged the changed political culture and demography of his stronghold, Karachi, where no single ethnic group or political party could rule, let alone own, the city. And the MQM’s newly elected, though incarcerated, mayor has rightly pledged himself to act as the mayor of all communities.

Finally, and more importantly, Altaf Hussain terribly misjudged the efficacy of his command over the party that he had ‘ruled’ on the strength of a dual image nurtured over the years: one as a benign father figure for his followers; the other a ferocious dictator who brooked no dissent in the party. But the latter facet had lately begun to wear off as the MQM’s fearsome sectoral structure that projected it had crumbled under the Rangers’ weight, releasing the ‘disgruntled’ party workers from the fear factor and allowing a number of them to defect to the newly formed PSP.

The MQM supremo can, therefore, blame only himself for the apparent success of the ‘minus-Altaf’ formula. True, populism and principled politics have cost political leaders their lives and offices. It is also true that Altaf Hussain and his close associates’ loyalty has remained suspect in the past too. But they were spared the state’s wrath because either the evidence against them was insufficient or the MQM’s ‘utility’ for the political set-up, in Karachi and Islamabad, mattered.

But these two factors were missing when Mr Hussain made his Aug 22 speech against the country. His acerbic utterances and a defanged and demoralised MQM left the local leadership with no option but to commit political hara-kiri along with their ‘quaid’, or denounce him as a traitor to save the party, and their skins. They rightly chose the latter option.

But now what? Will the MQM-Pakistan — as it is now called after the Karachi and London chapters excommunicated each other — survive, let alone thrive, without the driving force and moral authority of its ‘quaid-turned-traitor’? Would the minus-Altaf formula also banish him from the constituencies where, until recently, he enjoyed considerable influence? Or will his departure further deepen the fault lines in the party and cause it to unravel, allowing several contenders — PSP, PPP, PTI, MQM-H, ANP, PML-N and JI — to fill the vacuum? It is too early to attempt any answers. But as it is, the MQM-P’s future seems not so sanguine.

Dr Farooq Sattar, the party’s new head, was trained as a deputy, not a leader. He lacks charisma and the finesse to employ ‘Mohajirism’ as a populist electoral plank, while keeping the party’s national image alive (as did Altaf Hussain). His task becomes more onerous due to the party’s image problem. Some of his associates continue to carry the party’s burdensome baggage. Cases involving heinous crimes are pending against them while the Rangers’ operations continue unabated.

Finally, the establishment’s role will also matter where the existence and future course of the MQM-P are concerned. As it is, the establishment has not relented. Altaf Hussain won’t be allowed to organise a political party through remote control in the foreseeable future, though he will try to peddle Mohajir politics through social media, further straining Pakistan’s relations with the UK.

Thus, the fate of the MQM-P or Altaf Hussain’s politics may see more vicissitudes. But what is certain for the moment is that Karachi has turned far more peaceful and manageable. It generates renewed confidence in the revival of its lost glory. It begs for measures to address its chronic socioeconomic and politico-administrative issues that have historically bred bad governance, violence and ethnic tensions.

Therefore, it anxiously awaits the activation of the long-suspended local governments to replace the bureaucracy that — in league with inept ministers — has over the years turned it into a shambles.

The writer is a lawyer and academic.

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Bum ‘em all: War clouds over South Asia

War clouds are hovering over Hindustan — a vast empire which includes all of the subcontinent, including the Maldives, parts of Seychelles and some residential areas of Mauritius. Its brave youth are being called from all over the globe.

The problem is a troublesome region which broke away in 1947 and has been calling itself Pakistan.

Pakistan has been enjoying a rogue existence, initially due to a conspiracy hatched by British colonialists and their agents, Muhammad Ali Jinnah and Dilip Kumar.

But soon, the British were made to realise their folly by the charms of one of Hindustan’s greatest spiritual figureheads whose name one cannot speak without first feeding 102 cows.

But America stepped in and began using Pakistan to threaten Hindustan’s erstwhile ally, the Catholic Soviet Union, whom the Americans accused of being communist.

When the one whose name one cannot speak without first feeding 102 cows also won over the misguided Americans, the atheistic Chinese stepped in to make sure that Pakistan continued to exist.

In 2015, a regime led by a charismatic crusader whose name cannot be spoken without lynching at least 12 beef-eaters, began to turn Hindustan into a power with hundreds of nuclear bums. The evidence of this is all over the social media.

However, due to the slippery schemes (and low-priced cell phones) of the atheistic Chinese, Pakistan also managed to produce a couple of nuclear bums of its own.

Pakistan’s bums are not as powerful as those of Hindustan, but as the great Indian philosopher, yogi, nuclear physicist and chef, Anupam Kher once deeply mused on the famous current affairs show Koffee with Karan …

However, if the gallant folks of Hindustan are willing to suspend their muscle-flexing, lynching and item numbers for a week or two, and tolerate some radioactive fall-out and acid rains next monsoon, then they will be able to wipe out Pakistan for good.

Hindustan will be well within its right (if not senses) to strike first with its bums in a preemptive strike against terrorist Pakistan.

But according to respected military strategist, Shatrughan Sinha, it would be even better if the Pakistanis fired their weak bums first. Sinha is banking on men with thick facial hair and walnut heads to steal the Pakistani bums and fire it for them.

Indeed, those who crossover from Pakistan and enter Kashmir to massacre thousands and thousands and thousands of Hindustani people also have thick facial hair and walnut heads; but there’s a slight difference between these and them. As Anupam jee once mused …

Writing for famous current affairs journal, Bollywood Masala, Caucasian political expert Felecia Corricifissa has given two reasons why the US might be more inclined towards supporting Hindustan’s position.

Firstly, the US can empathise and relate to Anupam’s multifaceted These-Them thesis because, for example, the US is warring against men with thick facial hair and walnut heads in Afghanistan (the them) but backing men in Syria who have equally thick facial hair and walnut heads (the these) …

And secondly, more coke bottles are sold in Hindustan than in Pakistan.

Pakistan believes that Kashmir should go rouge as well. But the truth is that 99.99.99 per cent of Kashmiris want to reside jovial in ann-gel Hindustan mankind.

The trouble in Kashmir is being caused by only a handful of teens armed and funded by Pakistan.

But when the peaceful Hindustan security forces blind these teens with pellets, Pakistan throws up its arms and calls it a massacre.

Do they think that the world doesn’t know what Pakistan is doing in Balochistan, Afghanistan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan?

And what about the Pakistani spy pigeon which Hindustan captured last year?

The pigeon is reported to have told his captors, ‘Ghutarghoon, ghutarghoon, ghutterghoon.’ So there. Now what more evidence is required for the world to understand Hindustan’s restive urge to unleash its bums over Pakistan?


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Nadeem F. Paracha is a cultural critic and senior columnist for Dawn Newspaper and Dawn.com. He has also authored a book on the social history of Pakistan called, End of the Past.

He tweets @NadeemfParacha

Banning artistes gives victory to terrorists, says Junoon’s Salman Ahmed

Junoon founder Salman Ahmed will soon release the band’s silver jubilee album Junoon 25 and hopes he’d be able to tour India to promote the same.

Speaking to IANS, the Sufi-rocker said that stopping cultural exchanges between the two neighbouring nations is not the solution.

“Banning artistes, writers, actors and poets gives a victory to the terrorists and extremists who don’t want people-to-people contact,” he said.

“We live in an inter-connected world,” added Salman. “Indian actor Om Puri, whose Pakistani film Actor In Law is doing record business in Pakistan, recently visited Pakistani cities and TV shows promoting the film. Indian artistes are embraced by Pakistanis. Similarly, Indian music companies, film producers and event organisers invite Pakistani artistes because it also makes good business.”

Ahmad is looking forward to perform in India soon, and he isn’t concerned about safety.

He recalled that when Junoon first visited India in 1998, people asked him the same question as a nuclear bomb test had been conducted by India that year.

Far from hatred or fear, he said that the band received “nothing, but just love” from Indian fans.

Pakistan eye first T20 series whitewash over West Indies today

ABU DHABI: Coach Mickey Arthur urged Pakistan to be ruthless and achieve a rare clean sweep against world champions West Indies in the third and final Twenty20 International in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday.

Pakistan hold an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series after the nine wicket and 16-run victories in the two back-to-back matches in Dubai.

Arthur said the series win is the first step in building a new team under the captaincy of wicket-keeper/batsman Sarfraz Ahmed, five months after they crashed out of the World Twenty20 in India.

“Without a doubt the series win is the first step in the right direction,” said Arthur on Monday at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium. “We want to win it 3-0 and want to be ruthless with our attitude.”

Pakistan have never won two T20 matches in a three-match series.

Their spin assault saw West Indies crumble for 115 on Friday, with left-arm spinning all-rounder Imad Wasim grabbing a career best five for 14 — the first Pakistani spinner to take five wickets in a T20 International.

They then scored 160 for four before restricting the West Indies for 144 for nine on Saturday.

Arthur believes his players are achieving targets after losing a one-day series 4-1, but winning the only T20 on their recent tour of England.

“We set ourselves some realistic goals. First of all we want to play the brand of cricket that’s up with the task, we want players who can do the job and I think we went some way to finding out some players in this series who can do that,” said Arthur who replaced Waqar Younis after the World T20.

Arthur was satisfied with Pakistan’s batting approach, especially in the Powerplay overs.

“Some of the things we identified in the England series was power play thing and that is pleasing that we have improved on that.

“The dot ball percentage [we play] was always far too high, so we had to rotate the strike more and we particularly worked hard to score off good balls and have done good power hitting.”

Arthur hoped dashing batsman Umar Akmal will redeem his career, recalled to the T20 squad after five months and in the one-day team after a year and a half.

“I had a very serious chat with Umar,” said Arthur of Akmal being dropped for disciplinary reasons.

“He knows where he stands, but he has been outstanding and has stuck to his work and he is working very hard and I am enjoying working with him.”

Arthur believed West Indies were finding life difficult against his spinners.

“Look, it’s always an area where we try to expose opponents in these conditions and we have done that with spin bowling. These are our conditions so we try to expose them in our conditions and we have been smart in these conditions.”

Teams (from):

Pakistan: Sharjeel Khan, Khalid Latif, Babar Azam, Shoaib Malik, Sarfraz Ahmed (captain), Umar Akmal, Imad Wasim, Mohammad Nawaz, Sohail Tanvir, Hasan Ali, Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Amir, Rumman Raees Khan, Saad Nasim, Mohammad Rizwan.

West Indies: Johnson Charles, Evin Lewis, Andre Fletcher, Marlon Samuels, Dwayne Bravo, Nicholas Pooran, Kieron Pollard, Carlos Brathwaite (captain), Sunil Narine, Jerome Taylor, Samuel Badree, Jason Holder, Kesrick Williams, Chadwick Walton.

Umpires: Ahsan Raza (Pakistan) and Shozab Raza (Pakistan).

TV umpire: Ahmed Shahab (Pakistan).

Match referee: Andy Pycroft (Zimbabwe).