Had Altaf Hussain not given the anti-Pakistan statement of separating Karachi from the country, it would have been lot easier for the local MQM leadership to portray themselves as victim in NA-250 election war. That statement from the London-based MQM chief has created anger wave against the whole MQM throughout Pakistan, and now MQM is being embarrassed practically in London.
It seems Altaf Hussain still hasn’t realized the damage done by his statement. He did the melodrama of weeping again after press conference of MQM coordination committee and amidst loud crying told the crowd that he wasn’t defended by the coordination committee and crowed roughed up the Farooq Sattar and other members. These were same poor coordination committee members who were trying their best to defend that anti-Pakistan statement by the Altaf on the TV talk shows. Altaf after seeing the backlash let his anger go at his own men.
Make no mistake. MQM is still the largest party in Karachi and wields immense power. While sitting in Islamabad or Punjab, you cannot sense how much popular MQM is in the millions of Urdu speaking people of Karachi. These are the people who are weak and naturally meek and they see MQM as their defenders against the ever increasing onslaught of Sindhis and especially Pushtoons. Yes very ethnic, but these are ground realities in Karachi. Now PTI has also jumped into the foray to ask for a considerable piece of cake, which has angered the MQM chief a lot.
Also this is the not the first time that MQM chief has issued anti Pakistan statement. He has done that myriad number of times. He would still prefer to be part of India rather than of Pakistan and he expressed that during a speech in India. Local MQM leadership knows that their leader lives in past. They know that after living for decades in London, their disturbed leader still wrongly thinks that old tactics would work in Karachi.
Pakistan has a very powerful media, which is very angry with MQM over the years due to the killings of reporters like Wali Khan Babar and firing at TV stations by the MQM. Military has grown wary of MQM a lot and they have lost the love which Musharraf harbored with them. For establishment and its agencies, MQM has gone way too far and has itself becoming a threat. Social media which is mainly dominated almost completely by the elite class is heavily on side of PTI, which is a thorn in MQM’s leg right now.
Altaf Hussain doesn’t recognize that and there is no more any Rehman Malik to give him lollipop. Ishrat ul Ebad has gone out of control of Altaf Hussain and so are many new comers. This group is in cahoots with the establishment for many months to convince Altaf Hussain to ‘retire’, but who lets go of such power? The last resort is to use that arrested guy in Karachi in connection with the Imran Farooq murder and handover Altaf Hussain to Scotland Yard. Our establishment is also not much happy over British influence on Karachi politics through the London command and control of MQM.
The change in MQM’s leadership is imminent and we might find Ishrat ul Ebad leading the party from Karachi, severing the connection from London very soon.