Amid the ongoing political crisis in the country, various political parties are regrouping and girding up their loins for the next general elections. Among the mainstream political parties, the Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) also enjoys celebrity status as its decision of parting ways with the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf proved a turning point in the no-confidence movement fiasco. Currently, the party leadership is busy restructuring its set-up and gradually restarting its organizational activities in the country as two leaders have been named as members of its central coordination committee. Reportedly, Kanwar Khalid Younus has been appointed the senior deputy convener and Momin Khan Momin as the deputy convener of the party. The MQM-P has been marred with reported divisions since its split from Altaf-led London’s MQM. It has been in the process of evolution and building an identity for itself. Earlier, Farooq Sattar, one of the founding members of MQM, was leading the party but due to internal differences, he has been sidelined. Currently, Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui is heading the party. Karachi and other areas of Sindh need such political parties that could work on the solution to people’s problems. But a mainstream party like MQM-P in Sindh has been in a crisis due to its own rifts as well as due to its alleged involvement in patronising various crimes in the port city. Karachi is home to a multi-ethnic, multi-lingual, multi-cultural melting pot with an ever-expanding and changing demography. All these complications have led to Karachi becoming a ‘safe haven’ for lawlessness, terrorism, criminal and political turf wars and all sorts of crimes.
Once a beautiful city, now it has become a victim of neglect and the situation is deteriorating day by day.
Besides poor law and order, civic problems have made citizens’ life a living hell in Karachi. The presence of ‘militant wings’ of political parties had exacerbated the situation. The conducive environment of this violence-plagued city has given birth to political, sectarian and ethnic rivalries that had endangered the environment of the city for the last many years. While MQM appears to be in an attempt to rebrand itself and play the role of saviour of the city, it needs to review its own faults like an illogical defence of vitriolic speeches by Altaf Hussain and alleged involvement in the creation of militant wings as well as internal differences among the party leadership.
Successive regimes were also responsible for the present chaos in the MQM, whose offshoot is MQM-P. The party allegedly has long been pampered by the establishment.
Since the General Zia regime, the MQM has been given free hand in Karachi for achieving different political motives, and it is no surprise that despite being merely an urban Sindh party, it has been part of the federal government more than once. These controversies have badly affected the political career of MQM-P. Instead of getting engaged in controversies and internal rifts, party leadership needs to review their actions and sit together for the removal of these differences. Their main focus should be the well-being of citizens and riding Karachi of all its problems. All political parties should give utmost importance to citizens and their problems. If they do not deliver, they will not withstand the backlash of the general public.