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    Guardian article exposing Altaf Hussain and the MQM - 19 May 2013

    Personal comments: No wonder Altaf Hussain is acting like a mad dog. He's now under media focus within the UK. Keep it up guys, it's a big service to humanity, especially the Karachiites. When the campaign to call Met Office London was launched I didn't expect it to go this far.

    On the other hand it's a big slap to the people who were singing about a hidden partnership between PTI and MQM.

    I've highlighted a few interesting comments.

    Imran Khan blames rival Pakistan party leader for killing of activist

    Leader of Tehreek-e-Insaf party says Altaf Hussain's Muttahida Qaumi Movement behind death of Zahra Shahid Hussain

    Imran Khan's Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party activists protest against the killing of Zahra Shahid. Photograph: Asif Hassan/AFP/Getty Images

    Imran Khan, the leader of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party, on Sunday blamed the killing of a political activist on the eve of a partial rerun of voting in Karachi on Altaf Hussain, the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) leader, who runs his party from exile in London.

    Zahra Shahid Hussain, the vice-president of Khan's PTI party in the southern province of Sindh, was gunned down outside her home in the upmarket Defence area of Karachi on Saturday.

    Police said she died from a shot to the head in an attack that might have been either an attempted mugging that turned deadly or a deliberate political killing. The attack came after a week of protests by PTI activists, who accused the MQM of attempting to intimidate PTI voters into not voting.

    Since the 1980s the MQM has maintained a firm grip over Karachi, enjoying solid support from the city's community of mojahirs, the Urdu-speaking descendants of Muslims who moved to Pakistan from India in 1947.

    The party has long been accused of having an illegal armed wing intimately involved in Karachi's criminal economy of drugs, extortion and land theft.

    On Twitter on Sunday night, Khan, who is being treated for back injuries in hospital, said he held Altaf Hussain directly responsible for the murder of the 65-year-old as he had "openly threatened PTI workers and leaders through public broadcasts". He also criticised the UK for not taking action against Altaf Hussain: "I hold the British government responsible as I had warned them to act against Altaf Hussain after his open threats to kill PTI workers." Khan's attack on the MQM leader, a man few dare to publicly criticise, has capped a dire week for the party, which some commentators believe has been shocked by a weakening of its position in Karachi.

    Although it has managed to cling to the 18 seats it had in the last parliament, it has seen its share of the vote fall by almost 10 percentage points and the PTI emerge as major challenger.

    Last week Altaf Hussain responded furiously to PTI accusations of vote-rigging with a speech broadcast from London in which he appeared to threaten PTI demonstrators in the sprawling port city with violent retribution.

    The Metropolitan police are examining whether he can be prosecuted for inciting violence.

    "They have gone into shock over these results," said one Karachi-based security consultant. "People have voted against them because of their utter failure to do anything in the last five years. In retrospect, the PTI could have done even better if they had put more effort into Karachi."

    Diplomats say Altaf Hussain's tirades and increasingly erratic behaviour are a growing source of embarrassment to party officials who manage MQM affairs in Pakistan. "They would be much happier if they could speak to him and vet what he says," one diplomat said.

    Farooq Sattar, the most senior MQM leader in Pakistan, appeared to accept that Altaf Hussain had gone too far with his speech from London, saying the MQM leader had retracted his remarks and offered an apology.

    In the early hours of Sunday he lambasted members of the MQM's central committee for failing to defend the party against media criticism and Khan's explosive accusations.

    The MQM, with its solid block of seats in parliament, is used to remaining in power, regardless of which party heads the government.
    For the past five years, the MQM has enjoyed enormous influence by being a key coalition partner of the government led by the Pakistan Peoples party (PPP), which was trounced in the election on 11 May.

    But Nawaz Sharif, the leader of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz party, has won enough seats in the election to ignore the MQM.

    The prospect of the MQM having much-reduced political influence in Islamabad has raised fears it could once again resort to the sort of violence and intimidation that party officials have claimed they have been trying to put behind them.

    Sattar, the senior MQM leader, accused Khan of further inflaming a city already vulnerable to violent confrontations between the ethnic groups that live there. "The killing of Zahra Shahid Hussain was a conspiracy by someone who wants to take advantage, to bring Karachi to another test in terms of sectarian and political polarisation," he said. Khan should wait for the results of a police investigation, he said, adding that the MQM would launch a defamation action against the former cricket star.

    Election authorities ordered fresh voting at 43 polling centres in a largely upmarket area of Karachi where there were reports of serious irregularities, including ballot-stuffing and attempts to intimidate voters in the national elections.

    The MQM and other parties boycotted the new poll after demanding the election be rerun in the entire constituency.

    One PTI voter, called Ashar, who ventured to a polling station at a school in the Defence neighbourhood which was the scene of protests last week, described the killing of Zahra Shahid as "despicable". "It is purely political, because of the power struggle happening right now," he said.

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    Re: Guardian article exposing Altaf Hussain and the MQM - 19 May 2013

    They are still living in the dark past and resorting to

    They have become blind to the DAWN of new MEDIA....

    Game is over for MQM

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    Re: Guardian article exposing Altaf Hussain and the MQM - 19 May 2013

    Imran Khan blames London-based rival for Zahra Shahid Hussain killing

    Imran Khan has blamed the British government and a political rival living in London for the murder of a senior member of his party, shot dead as she left her home in the sprawling port city of Karachi

    By Rob Crilly, Islamabad

    11:09AM BST 19 May 2013

    The killing of Zahra Shahid Hussain and accusations of vote rigging left Pakistan’s biggest city and its economic capital on a knife edge as people turned out for a re-run of voting in one constituency after last weekend’s general election.

    Mr Khan, the former cricket star whose Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) party made gains in the election, vented his anger on twitter.

    He said the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), the city’s dominant political force, and its leader were to blame - a claim the party has strongly denied.

    “I hold Altaf Hussain directly responsible for the murder as he had openly threatened PTI workers and leaders through public broadcasts,” he wrote, describing the killing as “a targeted act of terror”.

    He added that the British government was also responsible for failing to heed his warnings about Mr Hussain, who has held a UK passport since being given political asylum in the 1990s.

    Mr Khan is expected to leave hospital this week after fracturing six vertebrae when he fell 15ft from a forklift truck during the campaign. Doctors say he will make a full recovery
    Members of Mr Khan’s party said Mrs Hussain, 59, was shot dead by gunmen as she left her home in the smart Defence neighbourhood.
    Police said it appeared to be a bungled robbery – a common enough occurrence in the violence-ridden city.
    Other reports suggested she received two bullets to the head suggesting she had been assassinated.
    Mr Hussain also condemned the attack in a statement and demanded a “judicial inquiry to get to the culprits”.

    The accusations will refocus attention on Mr Hussain and his role in running the world’s third biggest city from his drab political headquarters on Edgware High Street.
    Tensions have been running high between the PTI and the MQM after Mr Khan’s party accused it of widespread vote-rigging. The MQM has denied the charge and boycotted Sunday’s re-run.

    The febrile atmosphere has reached London, where the Metropolitan Police is investigating complaints from Pakistan that Mr Hussain made an inflammatory speech in the aftermath of the election results.

    In it he rebutted complaints that the MQM had rigged elections, appeared to threaten protesters and suggested Karachi should separate from Pakistan if the party’s electoral mandate were questioned.

    “Those people who are protesting - and grandstanding - near Three Swords - I don't want to fight or quarrel, but if I order my supporters now, they will go to Three Swords and turn them into a reality,” he said referring to a well-known monument.
    Mr Hussain’s telephonic rallies regularly draw crowds of thousands, as he revs up party supporters from 5000 miles away.

    He can just as easily close the city of 23m people by declaring a “shutter-down strike”, sending the entire population scuttling home in minutes.
    His sector commanders, as they are known, keep a tight rein on their neighbourhoods and the city has a terrible reputation for gangland violence, as gangsters, terrorist groups and political parties manoeuvre for control.
    Reporters who cross the party have found bullets left on their cars.
    In 2010, one of the key figures in his London party was murdered raising fears that Karachi’s brutal politics had reached the UK. No-one has ever been charged with the murder of Imran Farooq but detectives have focused their investigation on his political ambitions.
    Mr Hussain’s continuing presence in London is a frequent source of anger for Pakistanis who do not support his party.
    “Why does Britain let him stay when with he has so much power to make or break my city,” said one Karachi resident, who asked not to be named. “If he wants to run Karachi he should come and live here.”
    Nawaz Sharif was returned to power in last Saturday’s general election for a third stint as Pakistan’s prime minister.
    Monitors said the polls were marred by inefficiency and technical problems but were largely free of systematic rigging.

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    Re: Guardian article exposing Altaf Hussain and the MQM - 19 May 2013

    These are facts and food for thought for all people living in Karachi and think MQM is their real representative. Come out of fear People of Karachi, You rendered great sacrifices to achieve this land of Pakistan, Do not let those sacrifices go waste, you did not get the indipendance to be slave again.
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    Re: Guardian article exposing Altaf Hussain and the MQM - 19 May 2013

    This media will get something from UK government to keep quite but
    we need to keep up.

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    It is in the hands of youth to save Pakistan. I believe all young people of Karachi even who kill people on the streets of Karachi want a safe Karachi for their children.
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    Re: Guardian article exposing Altaf Hussain and the MQM - 19 May 2013

    Altaf Hussain/Altaf bhai: wow, he is acting like godfather part 1 movie Don Carolinee: watch:

    , or like alpacino in scarface: or

    Don movie sharukh khan: or

    many say he is psychologically disturbed serial killer: or a

    CULT leaders:

    Pick one
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