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Nothing would affect MQM’s control

In political discourse, usually, the public, for whom democracy actually exists, are forgotten.

A new political party has been declared against the Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM). But as yet we do not know the name, manifesto, how many members it consists of or who funds it, for that matter.

What we know is that war has been declared and ample of allegations made on both ends.

DNA went around asking Karachiites, to know what they thought of Mustafa Kamal’s return.

The return of the beloved mayor

Mustafa Kamal was one of the most, if not the most, popular mayors of Karachi. The people fully appreciated his efforts in building the city into a metropolis.

“I hope this is the last nail in MQM’s coffin. Yes, in Kamal’s tenure the conditions of Karachi weren’t good. But now they are very safe and sound. We have lived through a time when MQM’s terror was enough for people to sit at home. But when he was the mayor he developed Karachi into a beautiful city, it was clean and the infrastructure was well built. We loved him,” said Bina Saeed, a housewife.

People who were pro-MQM some years ago have changed their mind now. They feel what PML-N is to Lahore, MQM should have been to Karachi. Alas, those days are far behind and now terror is all that prevails. They feel MQM is ruling over them as a monarchy and not like a democracy.

“When they were in power, Karachi was at its finest. MQM knows the reigns of Karachi very well and does it best to flourish it during its rule. Case in point; when Mustafa Kamal was the mayor. All the developments people now see are thanks to MQM and him. But unfortunately when they are not in power they will go to any length to ruin the rule of the party in power,” said Hiba Akmal, an associate in the USA.

Power

“From a tender age, youngsters have always been brainwashed. I have been living in an MQM controlled area for the past 20 years. I am used to seeing karkuns (workers) go about their daily violent activities. At a point I admired them and that did half the job for them,” said Majid a banker.

Youngsters do not even know what they are doing, while they are doing it, as they are intoxicated by the power that being an MQM worker brings with it.

“People had no freedom of speech about 15 years ago. My uncle was murdered by someone from MQM, I know of many others who have faced the same situation. But even after all these atrocities people remain blindfolded and they still support MQM,” a resident of Karachi who didn’t want to be named told DNA.

MQM won’t be affected

Some feel that Mustafa Kamal’s entry won’t be a hassle for MQM. The MQM-Haqiqi was formed in 1992 but so far it hasn’t been able to affect MQM’s following so Kamal’s party won’t leave a mark either.

“The Rangers always construct parties against us; first it was Haqiqi then PTI now it’s Mustafa Kamal. He too will run away once people find out about his corruption money which is safe in his brother’s bank,” Amir Ahmed, an MQM worker told DNA.

People who do not support MQM also feel that the party has marked its territory and is here to stay.

“MQM is deeply rooted into its voters and it can’t be affected easily. Having said that it would hurt the party psychologically, MQM has always shown heat when it comes to such statements rather than dealing with them calmly. Mustafa Kamal’s party will only get media hype but on grounds of vote it won’t go too far,” Junaid Akram, who lived in Karachi for 28 years before moving to the UAE for a job, told DNA.

Some feel that MQM is being targeted on all levels; conspiracies and strategies are being formulated just to bring it down.

“Whether using Saulat Mirza or Mustafa Kamal, the agenda remains to defame MQM. Kamal enjoys massive respect and admiration as the sort of work he has done is praiseworthy, but one should never backfire and disrespect the people who have been your stepping stone,” said Bisma, an IBA student.

Traitors

Coming out on national television and spilling the beans on one of the strongest parties of the country is not an easy task. In the process, Mustafa Kamal has claimed responsibility for many crimes, some a matter of national security.

“The new MK party is a waste of time. To build a new party from scratch a lot of public support is needed. He has been an accomplice in all the crimes he claimed. If he really wants to do something, he should surrender. He is a traitor too for keeping all this to himself for the past three years and for that matter even Altaf Hussain is a traitor,” Shehroze Khan, a graduate of accounts and finance, said.

What we have to wait and see now is how this new party does, if at all, and how it actually affects MQM and Karachi.


Originally Published in Pakistan Today 

 

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Machine can detect sect, ethnicity and Muslim-ness of the target

Riyadh: To cater to the macabre spike – highest in the past two decades – of the beheading of terrorism offenders in the country, head of the execution committee has instructed local engineers to construct a special machine, Khabaristan Times has learnt.

“We believe in progressing with the world, introducing new technologies has always been a dream of mine”, said the head of death penalties in Kingdom of Saudia Arabia (KSA), while talking to Khabaristan Times.

The latest technology will involve students of universities along with renowned engineers and architects of the region who have been called on gun point to constructs the death machine.

According to sources, “The beheading machine will be one of its kind. The first test subjects after it will be done will be its makers. As you know it should stay one of a kind.”

The machine will give relief to the rippers and other hospital staffs who have been working really hard to clean the mess created. Reports further suggest that the machine will have the ability to detect the sect, country of origin and the way he prays if a Muslim.

“It will also keep count of the number of beheadings and the reasons because frankly, KSA has lost count,” said a Saudi Official.

Engineers working on the project reveal that the machine would behead the accused by just pressing a button and the body will be thrown directly into a grave created just below the machine.

“The idea is in the process and will be completed in a month until then the execution will continue as usual as we do not want to waste time,” said a South Asian engineer.

“147 or more have already been sentenced to death this year,” says the head of death penalties KSA. “Inshallah the number will double next year.”


 

Originally Publish in Khabaristan Times

 

 

Hold on power versus needs of the people

 

Imagine a house where the flow of cash is uncertain and almost a secret. Where the servant is asked to do all the household chores; if he wants to call a plumber for a certain job he may do so, but the servant will be ambiguous as to how he is to pay for the plumbing job.

This is what the elected Local Government (LG) members would have to face if certain reforms are not made to the current LG (Amendment) Ordinance 2015.

Electoral reforms

Rashid Rehman, a seasoned journalist, who has seen LG elections in the past and can draw a comparative analysis through experience, thinks reforms should begin by introducing a credible and truth worthy election process.

According to the Punjab LG (Amendment) Ordinance 2015, a directly elected chairman and a vice-chairman as joint candidates will be in a Union Council (UC) and on general seats six councillors. They can contest polls on party tickets or as independent candidates.

Therefore the voters will only ballot for the panel of a chairman and one general councillor from their respective division. The general members, when elected, will elect two female members, one worker, a youth and a non-Muslim member for their wards.

The Election Commission Pakistan said that this would mean cheaper and easier polling. This also means that if one member is elected by a certain party their worries are finished.

“The certainty of a unrigged election would make the process a strong foundation for the standing members,” Rehman told DNA.

Hassan Askari, a renowned political analyst, maintained while talking to DNA that KPK LG bodies are better managed compared to other provinces.

According to the Punjab LG (Amendment) Ordinance 2015, a directly elected chairman and a vice-chairman as joint candidates will be in a Union Council (UC) and on general seats six councillors. They can contest polls on party tickets or as independent candidates

“KPK is in a somewhat better position than Punjab and Sindh”, he said.

In the local government polls held in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in May, except for the seats reserved for women, members in all other categories were elected through direct polling. Each voter had seven ballot papers to vote for candidates.

Financial reforms

The local councils would receive their allocations through the respective provincial finance commissions and would have limited powers to impose taxes or exercise regulatory functions.

“The overriding powers in Punjab ordinance has been bestowed upon the provincial governments”, Hassan Askari said.

This subordinates the LGs to the provincial governments, allowing the chief ministers to remove an LG or head of council and appoint officeholders after the dismissal of council heads.

“Empowering LGs is very important. Devolution must involve some financial devolution. Provincial governments have been reluctant to give away their powers for long but this must change”, Rehman explained.

Askari added that “a lot of authorities have been created and some of the power has been given to the authorities and the LG aren’t allowed to interfere. This practice shows that the provincial governments do not trust the LG bodies.”

Limited autonomy to the local councils in terms of fiscal management and control over service delivery, revenue, tax and police departments is provided by the current Act.

If the local elections are to have any real meaning, provincial governments will need to ensure that newly elected local councils have sufficient resources and authority to address service delivery and development challenges in local communities. This will require provincial governments to recalibrate their approach towards the third tier of government. At present, their instincts seem to be to ‘centralise’ for the purposes of political expediency, rather than acting in the true spirit of the 18th amendment and empowering local government structures.

Askari added that provincial governments did not want antonymous local powers; a fact that cannot be denied. But LG bodies shouldn’t be at the mercy of the provincial government

The failure of provincial governments to perform at the local level affects the poor especially. Only local authorities will be able to understand and make the right choices for their respective areas. It cannot be expected from the government to be “all seeing, all hearing”. People are able to trust their opinion leaders/heads of society, giving them an upper hand in resolving matters.

The importance of LGs cannot be stressed enough. It is one of the only ways to start democracy at the grass roots. The stronger the roots are tougher the tree will be.

“LGs are very important. Citizens need services at their doorsteps, as the MPA and MNAs aren’t within in reach. If LG succeeds people might finally get their due voice and rights back”, according to Rehman.

Askari added that provincial governments did not want anonymous local powers; a fact that cannot be denied. But LG bodies shouldn’t be at the mercy of the provincial government. They should be given enough powers, if not all, especially the allocation of money.

“LG in the Musharraf era was better though not perfect. They had more power and autonomy than the current ones”, he continued.

The irony that in a dictatorial era the matters were better than in the current democratic one says a lot about the contemporary situation. The need of the hour is defiant to get our priorities right. Is the hold of power more important than fulfilling the needs of the people?

Time will be the best answer.


Originally Published in Pakistan Today