- Dawn, Karachi in the wake of violence
- hah JI urges govt to call in Army (also urges MQM and ANP to quit provincial ruling coalition)
Chief Minster of Sindh smooths over fight between MQM and ANP on the floor today
When an MQM MPA, Adil Khan, raised an issue about the use of bulldozers in Gadap to ‘displace’ people to make room for “Pakhtoonabad”, it was expected that it would trigger what it eventually did. Well done, Mr Khan. We hope you have achieved whatever it is you wanted to – perhaps some importance?
An ANP legislator, Amanullah Masood, almost predictably, raised a counter issue of Pakhtoons being displaced from “Urdu-speaking areas” and said that a campaign had been launched against them in Karachi.
Before you knew it, an uneasy shadow began to descend on the house; the galleries were getting disturbing flashes of the ethic riots of the 1980s. You almost could hear the collective apprehension in the house. The word on the street became reality on the floor of the house.
- A few weeks old, but Saleem Shehzad, the exiled MQM leader who was implicated in the famous Major Kaleem case in 1991 that preceded Operation Cleanup has returned to Karachi.
- the government asked MQM to join the federal cabinet again