We all see the existence of MQM as a political party is losing its ground among masses in Urban Sindh.
A party which made its Fort on the foundation of ethnic lines, it grew large and large and made the Mohajir (urdu speaking) populated areas its main stronghold and maintained their hold through force and coercion showing the iron fist of its supremo chalking the street walls with hate mongering slogans :
ایم کیو ایم میں آنے کا راستہ ہے جانے کا نہیں
جو قائد کا غدار ہے وہ موت کا حقدار ہے
کراچی میں رہنا ہے تو الطاف الطاف کہنا ہے
Not to mention other hate mongering slogans which annoyed other communities and led to confrontational politics in province.
MQM claims that it is a party of masses representing middle class and common people living in Urban Sindh and fight for their rights.
The opponents of MQM blame for and call it a terrorist organisation which keeps its street power and electoral politics alive through tactics of coercion, collecting Zakat, contributions, donations and animal hides for running party affairs and bearing expenditures of London house where it’s supremo Altaf Hussain aka Bhai lives in self exile.
MQM always have had a good presence in provincial and federal assemblies and had a greater time in power corridors.
MQM flourished at exceptional level during the period of General Parvez Musharaf who showered upon them many windfalls for his own political motives.
MQM chose Mustafa Kamal as the mayor of Karachi during the tenure of General Parvez Musharaf no doubt Karachi saw it’s progress, development in forms of bridges, flyovers, roads and family parks. This somehow created the soft corner and changed the impression of MQM from a terrorist organisation to mature political party among urban dwellers.
Based on its ethenic ideology MQM picked a fight with every community living in karachi and urban parts of Sindh. They spared none, Sindhi Mohajir riots, Pakhtun Mohajir riots, conflicts with Balochs, they even never spared Mohajir themselves too whoever came their way with dissent ideas made laid to rest peacefully. This kind of politics caused disintegration of mother party and a splinter group came out from their ribs MQM (Haqiqi).
Altaf Hussain created a personality cult by the time and was called Pir Altaf but he was more popular as Altaf Bhai than Pir Saheb.
It is said MQM (Haqiqi ) was created by the establishment when Altaf Hussain refused to bow down with every wish he was asked to fulfill. So establishment thought to teach a lesson to a greater evil by the help of a lesser evil.
After realizing he was used by establishment to counter Sindhi nationalists version of politics, later in his addresses Altaf Hussain admitted that Sindhi Mohajir riots were brainchild of establishment who used MQM cleverly against Sindhi nationalists and MQM’s dream to cleanse Sindhi from major cities of Sindh was just a historical mistake and he went on to call ‘Sindhi Mohajir Bhai Bhai’ ‘Shah Abdul Latif Bhittai Ki Dharti Aman Ki Dharti’ and Sindh is our motherland.
When MQM entered the power politics they never been at ease with any political party that’s why they separate their ways almost with every government and play their bargaining game cleverly. But this card playing politics have reduced MQM from a party to a pressure group.
MQM wants a Mohajir province and sees Altaf Hussain as their father and Altaf Hussain dreams to be a new Mujeeb Rehman of Mohajir community as a father of nation.
Interestingly the demand for Mohajir province has never been taken seriously by political leadership or military establishment so far. As there seems an ample evidence against MQM getting funding from India and other powers who have their vicious intentions for this region.
Recently Ranjers led operation has cleaned a great number of criminal elements in karachi. Operation was a demand from all sections of society and law enforcement agencies claimed in many JITs that the criminalization has backing of all political parties and MQM is a major stakeholder to this.
In all such scenario one can assess the political existence of MQM whose supreme leader is now in ailing condition he is away from media coverage his loyal workers and party members have gone in hideouts, few of them have joined hands with Mustafa Kamal, Rabita committee is no more active and functional one can feel the anxiety of its upper leadership who finds two faced giant to face. So let’s see whether MQM is going to sing a recessional song or it will survive the transient crisis and would strike back.