To Be or Not to Be

Southasia - - EDITOR’S MAIL -

The Pak­istani po­lit­i­cal scene has been noth­ing short of a tele­vi­sion drama, com­plete with cli­matic turn­ing points and earth shat­ter­ing rev­e­la­tions. The pro­tag­o­nist of this drama would then be the MQM, which has taken cen­tre stage ever since the Karachi op­er­a­tion has gone into ef­fect and which, by far, is seen as the most seem­ingly de­luded yet mys­te­ri­ous po­lit­i­cal party ever to ex­ist in Pak­istani pol­i­tics.

Although the MQM claims to be the cham­pion of the rights of Mo­ha­jirs, as the au­thor of ‘The MQM Fac­tor’ in last month’s is­sue states, I have not yet seen many im­prove­ments to which the party may claim own­er­ship. Per­haps what it should do in­stead is fo­cus on al­le­vi­at­ing the con­cerns and fears of the public of its own province, rather than play with the emo­tions of a par­tic­u­lar eth­nic group just to get a fair share of votes.

Am­jad Khan

Karachi, Pak­istan

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