What a sad, sad city Karachi is...


Minister (2k+ posts)
Where the biggest party of Pakistan, so called 'Symbol of federation' is openly supporting criminals
Where these same criminals are now presidents of PPP in Karachi

La Cosa Nostra

By Amir Zia 30 APRIL 2011


Although President Asif Ali Zardari ordered a ban on the Peoples’ Amn Committee last month in a bid to pacify the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) and ensure it remains part of the ruling coalition, many leaders and supporters of his Pakistan Peoples’ Party (PPP) remain divided about whether to condemn or condone this shadowy group. Contrary to its name, since its formation, the Amn Committee has engendered anything but peace in the city. In fact, it is widely deemed largely responsible for the soaring crime rate in the commercial and financial hub of Karachi.
It is also recognised that the committee has sidelined the organisational structure of the ruling party in Lyari – long considered the main stronghold of Bhutto loyalists in Karachi – and even occupied its offices.
All that aside, some PPP Sindh stalwarts see the committee as a bulwark against, and a counter-balance to the muscle-power of the MQM. Others question whether supporting and patronising criminals and gun-toting militants makes any sense for the largest political party in the country. “When you bring criminals and guns into the fray, it hurts political forces in the long run,” said a senior PPP Karachi leader, requesting anonymity. “But some of our friends within the party who lack political vision and experience, fail to understand this.”
Until recently, the pro and anti-Amn Committee groups in the party were fairly equally balanced. But when Sindh Home Minister Zulfikar Mirza openly announced his support for the committee and unabashedly participated in its programmes, and several other key PPP leaders also displayed their proclivity for this controversial group, the pro votes tipped the scales.
Senior PPP leaders, including Senator Faisal Raza Abidi, MNA Abdul Qadir Petal and several others, along with Zulfikar Mirza kept politically supporting the committee, despite the reservations of many of their colleagues – especially the PPP’s three elected representatives from Lyari, who faced a tough time because of the committee in their respective constituencies.
While the Amn Committee aggressively articulated the grievances and problems of the people of Lyari, the target of their wrath remained mostly the elected PPP representatives from the area. For months at a stretch, PPP MNA Nabeel Gabol, for example, was not even allowed to visit his constituency. The two PPP Sindh Assembly members – Muhammad Saleem Hingoro and Muhammad Rafiq Engineer – also remained targets of criticism for their alleged “failure to carry out development work and resolve the problems of the people.”
The Amn Committee was formed by one of Lyari’s most notorious criminals, Rehman Dakait in June 2008, purportedly to carry out social and welfare work. Sardar Abdul Rehman Baloch as his admirers like to call him, aspired for a political career. This ambition was, however, cut short when he was killed in a police encounter in August 2009. Following his demise, the stewardship of the committee fell to young Uzair Baloch, Dakait’s relative who is wanted by the police in several cases. Meanwhile, the Peoples’ Amn Committee grew from strength to strength, making a solid base for itself first in Lyari – one of the most backward areas of the city – and then expanding its range of “lawful” and unlawful activities in other parts of the city. By opening small schools, running medical centres, and restoring parks and playgrounds, it earned itself the support of the locals. It also helped lower the crime rate in this locality – at least on the surface. But gradually, as gangsters, disgruntled workers and supporters of the PPP and unemployed youngsters from Lyari all started to assemble under its banner, it began to be seen in many circles as more a criminal enterprise than a welfare body.
Sensing the effectiveness of this group – which kept expressing its loyalty to the PPP even while virtually disallowing the party’s local leadership from operating in the area – some key ruling party leaders encouraged the Amn Committee to expand its network in other neighbourhoods. That brought the committee into direct conflict with the MQM and triggered an extensive bouts of killings, starting from early 2010.
Apart from its turf war with the MQM, Amn Committee members also went all out to expand their economic interests in the city – especially in the main commercial areas and bazaars in the close vicinity of Lyari.
On account of its activities, senior police officials, business leaders and the MQM started accusing them of being the main perpetrators of crime in the city – a charge strongly denied by committee spokesman Zafar Baloch. “The MQM accuses us because they see us as a direct challenge to their monopoly in Karachi,” said Baloch, while claiming that the group remains loyal to the PPP and Bhutto’s political legacy.
That some PPP members subscribe to this contention can be gauged by the fact that even a few hours before Interior Minister Rehman Malik announced President Zardari’s decision of banning the Amn Committee at a joint press conference with MQM leaders in the wee hours of March 17, PPP Sindh leaders were calling the group a “sister organisation.”
On March 16, Taj Haider, a senior PPP leader, explained the difference between an affiliate and a sister organisation, saying that while the Amn Commitee was not formally recognised by the party as an official wing, “all those affiliated with the committee are not criminals. Many of them are PPP supporters and so it is our sister organisation.”
Sister organisation or not, and opposition from within the PPP aside, it was the MQM that compelled Zardari to ban the party, failing which it threatened to quit the ruling coalition. The President concurred and went a step further: when Rehman Malik announced the ban, he also expressed the government’s intention to crack down on criminals without any discrimination, in conjunction with the MQM.
Within hours of the announcement of the ban, the Amn Committee ostensibly decided to voluntarily disband its structure and hand over its offices to the PPP. Following this, most members of the committee were assimilated in the party, but PPP leaders were quick to assert that criminals would be kept at a distance.
The question is, will this promise really materialise? And has the committee really disbanded at all? So far, there isn’t a great deal of room for optimism.
The Amn Committee may have been banned on paper, but its key figures and followers, many wanted in dozens of cases, continue to roam freely. But it is not just the Amn Committee which remains the mother of all troubles in Karachi. There are also a number of other ethnic, political, religious and purely criminal mafias that operate in the city and have their fair share in whipping up trouble. Thus, the racket of extortion, kidnappings, robberies, land grabbing and killings continue unabated in the city.
While the fact that the PPP and the MQM – Sindh’s two main forces – have announced their resolve to fight crime and restore supremacy of the law is very welcome, the real test will be seeing this translated into action on the ground. Both these parties – in fact all political parties – must end the politics of expediency and get rid of criminals in their ranks. For this, they will need the will to make a conscious policy decision, because it is bound to be resisted by vested political and economic interests.
The criminalisation of politics and politicisation of crime have become Karachi’s biggest challenges. Political parties have to empower institutions – from the police to the judiciary – to help eradicate these trends, and they need to get the ball rolling now. Time could prove to be the city’s worst enemy


Zafar Baloch felicitated on election as PPP GS Lyari

Staff Repoiter

Karachi—President, Peoples United Workers Association, Inayat Baloch has felicitated Zafar Baloch for his election as General Secretary for PPP, Lyari, District South.

He also congratulated other newly elected office bearers including Shahjehan Baloch, Javed Nagori, Aslam Baloch and Ghulam Yaseen.

Inayat Baloch appreciated PPP’s Co-Chairman, President Asif Ali Zardari for bringing about the needed changes and hoped that this will be followed in other wards and city areas of the party.


PPP leaders divided on Lyari reorganisation

Tahir Hasan Khan
Friday, February 18, 2011


The leadership of the ruling Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) have dissolved the party’s structure in its stronghold Lyari and have formed a seven-member committee to reorganise the party in the most densely populated town of the city.

Insiders claimed that Zafar Baloch and other leaders of the People’s Amn Committee had expressed their willingness in a meeting with Home Minister Zulfiqar Mirza to dissolve the Amn Committee and join the PPP. The restructuring is being carried out to accommodate the Amn Committee members, sources claimed.

Zulfiqar Mirza, who is also PPP’s Senior Vice-President in Karachi, has formed a seven-member body — Zafar Baloch and Shahid Rehman from the Amn Committee and Rafiq Engineer, Dr Salim Hingoro, Haji Qasim, Akhtar Turk and Karim Shah from the PPP — to restructure the party in the town.

However, Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah, who is also PPP’s chief in Sindh, is angry over the dissolution of the party’s structure in Lyari and has called an explanation from Najmi Alam, PPP’s President in Karachi.

One source recalled that the late Benazir Bhutto had removed PPP’s former Karachi president Muzaffar Shujra when he had dissolved a unit in 2000. She had then reversed the dissolution.

The sources said that Mirza had convened a meeting between the leaders of the People’s Amn Committee and Katchchi Rabita Committee (KRC) some two days back for a patch-up between the two groups. The home minister had advised them to stop fighting each other and join the PPP.

Chief of the Peoples Amn Committee Zafar Baluch had agreed to Mirza’s offer but the KRC leaders had refused.

Najmi Alam had also attended the meeting and a PPP MNA had informed the media about PPP’s reorganization in Lyari.

A local PPP leader, on condition of anonymity, told The News that former state minister and MNA Nabil Gabol had organised the party in the area during Musharaf regime. Late Benazir Bhutto had enlisted as a member from the town.

It is believed the members of the Amn Committee were being accommodated in the party to give them political shelter. Earlier, the PPP leadership had disowned the Amn Committee after extortion cases started appearing against them.

Nabil Gabol, who was forced to resign from the office of state minister last month, said he was not consulted to this effect, adding he would protest with the party high command on this



Minister (2k+ posts)
Now when this same Zafar Baloch formerly of Peoples Amn Committee was attacked by a grenade all the criminals of Karachi gathered to console with him in one of the best and most expensive hospitals of Karachi


And attacked areas with grenades and rockets.



Minister (2k+ posts)
When Uzair Baloch was attacked he blamed another PPP leader Akram Baloch for it


Maybe two groups of PPP criminals fighting each other I do not know


Prime Minister (20k+ posts)
I really feel hurt by this sad sad sad state of affairs in Karachi
Only a neutral third force from out of this government can
solve this problem.


Minister (2k+ posts)
Khi main khoon bah raha hoo aur mqm mazloom hoo aur mqm ka bus na chaal raha hoo bekaar ki baat hai, ya sab tricks of the tarde hain, hazaroon janain khud mqm ney lee hain NRO main sab sai zayada crimnal case mqm k he against they ... they will say that we rejected the NRO in parliament but main poochta hoon koun saa judge hai khi main jo faisla dey sakta hai against mqm ... ya bhattey ka land grabbing ka chaker hai saara zardari ko apni base bananey ki fiker hai sindh main ... and khi ka bina sindh hai he kya ... aik grand opration clean up chaheya khi main aur police jo bhe free hand dena hoga tou deal with mqm, ppp, anp, jammat suni tahreeq, TTP and many more sab sai weapon lena hoga ... aur phir case chalaney hongey in parties k ghundon per tab jaa k amman hoga khi main.