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By Abida Bokhari

This one question, I always wanted to ask. I have debated in favor of MQM with people of different ideologies, belonging to different parties and at times with no party… you know the “neutral” ones and all the time I end up being thrown this statement in my face.

If you are “fortunately” an MQMer, This blatant statement should not sound alien to you. And probably you too, start swimming in the ocean of wonderment wearing the swimsuit of vulnerability, when you are encountered by it.

Yeah, just like a typical Lahori, who while debating “Lahore is better” wins the argument by chanting “Lahore Lahore hai” (and left you again in the same ocean with the same swim suit put on you), the not so dear anti-MQMer or let me put it mildly, the ones who are not much “fond” of MQM or of course the “neutral ones”, win it by calling MQM an Indian funded party of Pakistan.

This is no claim that the MQM is a party of angels or saints. This is no justification of any wrong decision made by them. This is no excuse of their any wrong step. This is no shriving of any damage that they have caused ever in the land of pure.

This is just a question.

There is no party, in Pakistan milk washed. There is no party in Pakistan, immune to corruption charges. There is no party in Pakistan, hasn’t taken share of booty. There is no party in Pakistan, doesn’t have a dark side.

Then why, it’s always MQM which is linked to India?

Is it because it consists of Mohajirs (Migrants)?

Well, this is the only answer comes to my mind…!



  1. Nice article. Mudslingers will always want to use something that will hit others badly, hence ‘Indian funded’ is used mostly. I dun think it is said because of migrants who have come from India, because migrants from Punjab also came from India. But then again there are those who dun understand why Muhajirs call themselves Muhajirs, thinking they are not loyal to the country (Pakistan) – most of them dun know that the term Muhajir is not taken in its literal meaning but is now an ethnic name. Anyways I think the reason why MQM is consistently called Indian or Indian funded is because of the infamous and misunderstood Altaf Hussain’s speech he made in India, about creation of Pakistan – it is a bone of contention with those who have a problem with MQM and they think MQM isnt patriotic and therefore being against creation of Pakistan gives them the impression that they are Indian funded.

  2. The best example to support your argument is APC (All parties’ conference- MQM). APC means ALL PARTIES CONF. Their mentality was exposed the day when all PIOUS parties sat together and the only thing that kept them intact in London was “MQM”. If you remember they couldn’t come up with concrete resolution except declaring MQM a terrorist party, so in a sense they haven’t accepted MQM as mainstream political party which is the very reason of their ganging up against MQM on every forum. Interesting part of this episode is they always get united on MQM stand but held responsible for mess in country to each other. Now the main perpetrators of conspiracy against MQM are now fighting their war of “Eligibility” and not hesitant to bow down at the feet of MQM.

  3. They just need an issue to mudsling them. Even before Altaf’s speech they used to create Jinnahpur map and Raw docs to support their claim.

  4. It has something to do with few MQM members, in 1990’s, who came up on tv and confessed that they were trained and funded by India. I don’t know whether it was true or some propaganda by the government who was involved in operation against MQM in karachi.

    • @marium
      MQM’s members didnot confessed that they are indians or something
      it was major kaleem who did this propaganda against MQM
      later It was proved in Sindh High Court that MQM was innocent

  5. We all know that when people run out of arguments to degrade MQM or MQM supporters, the last argument (which is actually bullshit) they use is “Indian funded”, “RAW agents”, “Indians” blah blah…these all show their mentality and inner hatred which is exposed every now and then. I think when you come across such arguments, that means you have successfully made your point and the other party has run out of arguments to further defame you…

  6. Stockholm Syndrome explains at best how the “best lot” of Pakistanis, which has actually given us even world’s top class economists, bankers and beaurocrats amongst others is simply hostage in hands of one “Bhai”.

  7. Ideologically speaking, MQM is not a proponent of Socialism, Communism or unbridled Capitalism. It only believes in Realism and Practicalism. By adopting this philosophy it desires to establish an economic system based on free market economy in accordance with the spirit of democracy. MQM seeks drastic reforms in all sectors including agriculture, industry, commerce, education, health, defence, finance and judiciary. These are considered essential for the solidarity, security, progress and prosperity of the country as well as for the welfare of the common man. MQM wants to see total elimination of corruption, bribery, injustices, tyranny, exploitation, illiteracy, unemployment, poverty, drug trafficking and other such social evils. It aims to introduce a comprehensive program to make Pakistan prosperous and stable, and create a just society in which opportunity to progress and prosper is available to all, without discrimination.

    While the MQM primarily espouses the cause of the 98 percent poor and middle classes, it does also recognise the two- percent elite class as useful citizens of the country. It has no intention to take away their legally acquired wealth. Its objective is to evolve on the principle of Realism and Practicalism a just system in which all classes of the country should feel themselves fully secured. Without taking any thing away from the men of status, the poor and middle class people should have the opportunity to come out of the quagmire of poverty through merit and hard work. Additionally, the system should be free from exploitation, hatred and injustices. Furthermore, adherence to any particular cast, creed, language, ethnicity, sex, sect and religion, should in no way prejudice any one’s fundamental or human rights.

    Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM) believes in Realism and Practicalism. Acceptance of reality with an open heart is Realism, a concept based upon the philosophy of its Founder and Leader Mr. Altaf Hussain. Based on Realism positive achievement made through ideologically supported pragmatic programs is called Practicalism.

    The short history of Pakistan will show that the country has been ruled throughout by feudal lords, waderas and bureaucrats belonging to the two percent privileged population of the country. This class dominates the country’s political life, the administrative services, the military establishments, the economy and the general decision making process, while the 98 percent under-privileged population is denied its rightful share in the exercise of political and economic power in running the affairs of the state. Being politically disadvantaged and economically handicapped this sector of the society is unable to find a place in the assemblies and the corridors of power in the country. As a consequence, it remains perpetually deprived and alienated. It just plays second fiddle to the ruling class. It is obliged to vote for them, make up the crowd in their political gatherings and processions, raise slogans and resort to appreciative clapping to their soulless and hackneyed speeches, containing promises which are never meant to be fulfilled.

    According to the Constitution of Pakistan, every citizen has the right to participate in elections and represent the people in the assemblies. However the two percent privileged class has made the entry of the remaining population to the assemblies well nigh impossible. Lavish expenditures on political campaigning have rendered elections as a rich man’s game in which the less fortunate class cannot compete. All major political parties routinely voice sympathy and concern for the poor but refuse to accommodate them in the assemblies and national power structure. Thus the poor workers despite sincere work and sacrifices remain perpetual bystanders.

    In the above circumstances, therefore, real democratic culture could not be established in Pakistan. Real democracy means the rule of the majority or in other words Government of the people, by the people, for the people. But strangely in Pakistan even in the name of democracy, the same two percent privileged class manages to induct its members into the assemblies and other positions of power, while the 98 percent of the lower and middle class population is totally deprived of its genuine representation.

    The democratic system has not developed strong roots in Pakistan, as the two percent privileged class now ruling the country has neither any concern for the masses nor any genuine love for the democratic institutions. Their primary objective is to remain in power and protect their interests at all costs. Naturally, therefore, people belonging to such a mindset neither resist undemocratic and unconstitutional activities in the country nor feel any compunction in readily accepting and recognising illegal governments, so long as their personal interests are protected and they are also allowed a share in the booty.

    If we look at the record of the various governments of Pakistan since its inception, we will easily notice that be it a democratic government or martial regime, it has always been monopolised by the same two percent privileged class of the country. As a clever move, this class has inducted its members into all major political parties of the country. This ensures their permanent link with the power irrespective of which party is in the government at a given time. This monopolistic plan of the two percent privileged class is the main cause of the instability in the democratic institutions of the country. The two- percent ruling class mainly comprises of the feudal lords, While the remaining 98 percent population consists of the poor, oppressed and deprived ones. It is now for the people of Pakistan to judge and decide as to how this small self-centred two- percent ruling class could solve the problems faced by the 98 percent. Isolated and insulated from the masses, this class is totally unaware of the sufferings, agonies, anxieties as well as the aspiration and hopes of the poor and oppressed people. The living standards and the life style of the privileged class are poles apart from the way of life of the less fortunate and alienated people. In fact there is hardly any meeting point between the two of them.

    The members of this privileged class spend millions of rupees to get elected to the national and provincial assemblies. Hence, their first priority on coming to power is to recover their capital spent on the election campaign, of course, along with compound interest and dividends. They have little time and energy for resolving the problems of their constituencies. For them, power and privileges are the main objective in coming into politics, they do not hesitate to compromise our principles and ideologies and willingly indulge in all kinds of undemocratic practices in order to maintain their hold on the establishment.

    As the elected people from the elite class on reaching the corridors of power work only for the interest of the two- percent population, the masses who elected them find their problems unresolved. They are consequently becoming more rich. They are accumulating wealth with both hands. New land holdings are being acquired, prestigious bungalows, villas are being purchased within the country and abroad, and factories are being established with dubiously acquired capital. MQM, therefore, feels strongly that Pakistan can never prosper unless the prevailing corrupt political, economic and social system is brought to an end. It is certain that under the existing set up, the people of Pakistan cannot move ahead towards prosperity nor can there be any stability in the democratic system. It is possible only when the 98 percent poor and middle class people get united and adequately represented in the assemblies and places of power through qualified, honest and committed people belonging to their own class.

    The under privileged majority in the country should therefore realise that if they want deliverance from the clutches of the exploiting class and also wish to see the country stable and prosperous then they should elect representatives from their own ranks. Prima facie, it is a difficult task as without wealth any success in elections is next to impossible. But this is really not true. MQM has shown the way.

    In the political history of Pakistan, MQM has demolished this antiquated system of thinking. Accepting the facts and realities as they exist in the country, MQM adopted the path of Practicalism and finally made a breakthrough. It succeeded in sending a large number of lower and middle class educated members to the provincial and national assemblies from Karachi, Hyderabad and other urban centres of Sindh without any monetary burden on the part of the incumbents. MQM feels that having shown the way the poor and middle class individuals in other regions of the country should also try to reach the assemblies. But to achieve this, it is necessary that the lower and middle classes of the country should adopt the MQM philosophy of Realism and Practicalism. They should be ready to make a concerted struggle and be prepared for sacrifices. Once the lower and middle class dominates the assemblies, we shall be able to bring about true democracy in the country and solve the problems of the oppressed masses.

  9. Seriously you could have posted link to this:

    There is a reason why people differentiate between “Comments” and “Posts”.

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