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MQM Apology -Flattering The Army  

The MQM following the footsteps of the PPP has executed another somersault apologizing for the speeches its leader and founder Altaf Hussain has been making occasionally, criticizing the army and Rangers.
Altaf Hussain has unfortunately developed a habit of giving a speech and later apologizing for some of the vitriolic comments. 
 
This time the MQM has offered another unconditional apology – the interesting point to note is that the army has seldom responded to his apologies. Altaf Hussain remains oblivious to this snub and continues availing the opportunities for apologizing.  
 
His charismatic speeches on many occasions have plunged him and his party members in embarrassing situations. Altaf Hussain is on record provoking the law enforcement agencies and the public sentiments by inviting NATO and the UN to send troops to Karachi.  2015 can be remembered as the year of Altaf’s vitriolic speeches while MQM and PPP wants 2016 to be the year of apologies.
 
Just recently he has again apologized and in the “greater national” resorted to his peculiar methodology to apologize.  “I regret any comments, though unintended, in my speeches that might have hurt the feelings of any institution of the armed forces or its officer and offer my apologies”. Misunderstanding between the mohajirs, he claimed should be removed. 
 
The most disturbing aspect of his apology is not the apology itself but the political nuances created by his statements. Altaf Hussain wants to drag the army into the civilian arena and wants it to make Pakistan corruption free which is beyond the constitutional domain of the army. 
The “MQM is ready to extend all kinds of support to the military leadership of Pakistan for bringing peace and stability in Karachi. It would also extend its support to make Pakistan including Sindh corruption-free as it is in the national interest.”
 
Unconditional apologies and support flowing out from political parties and invitation for extensions in services to the chief of army staff and asking the army to play a "bigger role" all indicate that the political parties are feeling the heat of the operation in Sindh.
 
The threat to the National Accountability Bureau by the prime minister too indicates that the accountability process is expected to extend not only to Punjab but also to friends and family of Nawaz Sharif. 
 
Altaf Hussain s attempt to patch up differences with the army by extending an unconditional apology has multidimensional impacts. Besides depicting his utter helplessness in coming out of the mess in Sindh and London he wants to have the ban imposed on his speeches removed.  A patch up with the army would give a positive signal to the courts and help him jump back on the TV screen.
 
A rapprochement with the army would also help Altaf Hussain deal effectively with his former political allies the PPP which has not yet given him his pound of flesh and denied the urban MQM of its political rights. 
 
The PPP not only curtailed the powers of the mayor and the civic body after the MQM won the local body polls but also refused to empower it in urban region so that it could deliver on its promises.
 MQM now seeks to formulate a political formula which could restore its political relevance and make it part of the power equation.  
 
Altaf Hussain has admitted that "misunderstandings have arisen in the past few years. It is in the best interest of the nation and country that these misunderstandings are cleared.” The relations between the armed forces of Pakistan and Mohajirs were exemplary since the creation of Pakistan". 
 
It has been a relationship of love and cooperation, but these relations were strained and a bitter war of words had emerged after the Rangers raid on Nine Zero. The MQM accused the army of judicial killings and even presented a list 46 members to a foreign news agency. 
 
The MQM now wants a "national agenda, whereby all the political parties, the military and the people must work together". Some analysts interpret these remarks as an open invitation for the army to play a more aggressive role in the running of the country and indirectly hit the PML(N) and challenge its political agenda.
 
The MQM also wants revenge against the PPP its former ally and who else other than the army can be helpful to meet its political desires. MQM wants the army to investigate the Hyderabad mega land scam “involving over 20,000 acres of government land”. Its “the Sindh chief minister, chief secretary, member Board of Revenue, member Land Utilisation and other relevant officials" the MQM wants to be investigated.
 
The Rangers operation unlike the past operations has mellowed down the MQM reactions. Its hunger strike was mild and not violent-not an injury reported nor a  single shop was shuttered down. 
 
Altaf Hussain due to his long stay in U.K appears to have absorbed and adopted a new meaning of freedom of speech which the Pakistani audience particularly the establishment is not willing to accept. 
 
A ban on his speech has been challenged in the court and a decision is pending in the Supreme Court which Altaf Hussain very badly wants to be in his favour. The possibility of MQM leaders negotiating a rapprochement with the army cannot be ruled out. The impact of the apology will only become clear when the decision on his speeches is announced this month and the political game in Karachi moves forward.  END
ISLAMABAD: The anti-graft body officials arrested a businessman from the premises of the Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Monday in a fraud case after his bail plea was rejected. The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) arrested Malik Nadeem Ayub, owner of a private company, on charges of fraud to the tune of Rs19.6 million. The case is being heard by a division bench comprising Justice Amir Farooq and Justice Mian Gul Hasan Aurangzeb. The NAB prosecutor contended that Ayub had deprived people of their hard earned money in the name of investing in his business. The prosecutor said that 137 individuals were affected by the fraud - See more at: http://www.transparency.org.pk/news_detail.php?nid=14576#.VtVpYEAXVf4
ISLAMABAD: The anti-graft body officials arrested a businessman from the premises of the Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Monday in a fraud case after his bail plea was rejected. The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) arrested Malik Nadeem Ayub, owner of a private company, on charges of fraud to the tune of Rs19.6 million. The case is being heard by a division bench comprising Justice Amir Farooq and Justice Mian Gul Hasan Aurangzeb. The NAB prosecutor contended that Ayub had deprived people of their hard earned money in the name of investing in his business. The prosecutor said that 137 individuals were affected by the fraud - See more at: http://www.transparency.org.pk/news_detail.php?nid=14576#.VtVpYEAXVf4
ISLAMABAD: The anti-graft body officials arrested a businessman from the premises of the Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Monday in a fraud case after his bail plea was rejected. The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) arrested Malik Nadeem Ayub, owner of a private company, on charges of fraud to the tune of Rs19.6 million. The case is being heard by a division bench comprising Justice Amir Farooq and Justice Mian Gul Hasan Aurangzeb. The NAB prosecutor contended that Ayub had deprived people of their hard earned money in the name of investing in his business. The prosecutor said that 137 individuals were affected by the fraud - See more at: http://www.transparency.org.pk/news_detail.php?nid=14576#.VtVpYEAXVf4
 

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