alliance once again: no dignity in politics
Perhaps never in history of political alliances, such U
turns would have been witnessed as we see now with MQM
returning to the government in Sindh. The joining of
MQM once again into the alliance makes politics of the
rich a shaggy dog story. One should weep, cry or laugh
is now a matter to decide for everyone.
President Zardari and Altaf Hussain are now the most
indecisive politicians in Pakistan. They can do anything
any time without taking care of any values, morality,
ethics, decency, decorum or principles. The only
consideration for them is lust for power.
cannot forget the shouting of Altaf Hussain and his
cronies making tall claims of leaving the government for
good and that this the beginning of the end of this PPP
government. The MQM leadership spoke about corruption,
malpractices, dishonesty, fraudulence, deceitfulness and
feudal character of PPP leadership.
days of PPP government treatment of MQM as opposition in
real terms forced MQM to come back. Meaning of being in
opposition in Pakistan is what we have seen during the
last few days in Karachi and other parts of Sindh.
Shifting of MQM prisoners to far off places, strikes
calls on hard hitting criticisms in words, target
killing of ordinary Pushtoons and Urdu speaking
population, cutting of telephone lines and a barrage of
propaganda of lies and distortions are some of the
tactics used by both side during the eventful week of
leadership has become one of worst hypocrites. They have
learned the art of two-facedness to doctorate level.
President Zardari has created new examples of
unprincipled politics. For them it does not matter what
you said yesterday and what you did few hours before.
crisis of leadership at an extreme level. The capitalist
feudal politicians are showing their worst at best. The
crisis of present PPP leadership is manifested at all
level. The political crisis is manifestation of the
economic crisis. The strikes in Karachi, often called on
the mis-name of “day of mourning” have left the economy
in great shuffle. PPP government sees no other way apart
from bowing down to the blackmailing tactics of the MQM,
a party with clear fascist trends.
PPP leadership in Sindh has become a laughing stuff. One
day they make a very hard hitting criticism of MQM,
largely correct in essence, next apologies in public.
They have no dignity any more. They are like vulgar
street fighter whose only power is if the opponent is
afraid of his hard words otherwise they will give in and
rise in Karachi and other parts of Sindh is a problem, a
problem for all progressive forces. MQM has divided the
working class politics on sectarian linguistic lines. It
has used classical fascist trends on several occasions.
Silencing the opposite with physical force is one of the
main manifestations of fascism. MQM have done that
during its 27 years of existence several times. It has
used blackmailing tactics on all times. The last few
days were one living example of this expression.
way PPP is treating MQM is not correct. It brought them
into its fold in a mis-hope of exposing its power base.
Perhaps opposite is taking place. Fascism has to be
confronted in political manner. An alternative economic
and political programme has to be presented. The
empowering of the working class is one main strategy.
However, PPP policies in line with dictation of IMF and
World Bank are taking the power of the working back from
them. The policies are weakening the masses.
at the attitude of PPP government to the striking
workers of Karachi Electric Supply Corporation (KESC).
Promise after promise has been made to them for
reinstatement or even nationalizing KESC. Nothing in
practices has been done. On the contrary, the relatives
of MQM and PPP leaders are enjoying the perks of the
KESC after getting top jobs at this privatized
is representing a section of ruling class in Pakistan
with very conservative views. PPP represent another
major section of the ruling class in Pakistan with more
feudal character. MQM sloganeering of revolution in
other parts of Pakistan will come to an end. The forcing
of PPP leadership to hand over two “Azad Kashmir”
assembly seats to MQM is one of the concessions that MQM
has got from PPP leadership. What are the other in the
bag, has still to be seen.
real alternative political power based on labour
movement has to be built to counter this hatred
political maneuvering of PPP and MQM. There is no gain
in allying oneself among the two. The apologists of PPP
leadership will be in difficult position to find
arguments to justify this new turn apart from the
“national interest and peace”. MQM has already been in
hard position to validate their U turn with most
“corrupt” government. The “peace and national interest”
will not be of a permanent nature with this new turn, it
will create new environment of conflicts and civil war
like situation in near future. New contradiction will
develop and there will more bloodshed than what we have
“Baghal main Chori and mohn main Raaam Raam”
not have to just curse what is happening but to be part
of the alternative movement that is going on in various
forms all over Sindh and Pakistan.