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جمعرات، 30 دسمبر، 2010

MQM, PML-N spat gets uglier

The war of words between the PML-N and the MQM intensified Wednesday, with politicians from both sides making personal attacks on one another.
Speaking outside the parliament, PML-N leader Ch Nisar said that the MQM was a party of dacoits. He said a person who was sitting abroad for 19 years cannot bring revolution in Pakistan. He said Altaf Hussain made irresponsible and derogatory statements about PML-N leader Nawaz Sharif.
Chaudhry Nisar said that MQM chief Altaf Hussain should seek apology from the nation. “Altaf Hussain should do public politics after coming back to Pakistan,” he said, adding, “It seems Altaf Hussain is not in senses when he speaks.”
“We will have to bring to light documents obtained from a rehabilitation centre in London where one had to go for treatment of a disease,” Chaudhry Nisar said, adding, the “disease still remains uncured”.
MQM leader Hyder Abbas Rizvi, while commenting on Ch Nisar Ali Khan’s remarks, said that personal attacks were made by the PML-N leadership even at a time when political setup was working smoothly. He also called Ch Nisar “Mr Bean”.
Rizvi in a fiery tone said all the lions of PML-N have became jackals and been scared away. He blamed PML-N for being a product of dictatorship. “Chaudhr Nisar looks like Mr Bean,” Rizvi said.
The MQM leader also pointed fingers at the PML-N leaders’ personal life, such as their top leaders getting hair transplants in Britain. “Is this the lifestyle of the so-called national leaders of the PML-N that their top brass gets hair transplant in the UK,” a charged Rizvi said.
Similarly, MQM leader Wasih Jaleel said that his party had reservations with the PPP but the PML-N started war of words for no reason. He said that the PML-N issued baseless statements about their leader Altaf Hussain. He said that he knew what was happening in Raiwind. He said that the PML-N wanted to open Pindora’s Box.
PML-N leader Abid Shair Dil said that the MQM used foul language about his party and leadership. He said that Altaf Hussain should return to Pakistan to take active part in the politics and should avoid issuing such statements while sitting in London.

Politicians of 'friendly' opposition party PML-N and estranged coalition partner MQM have started not just mudslinging but spiting venom against each other indicating as if they had failed to reach an understanding for mutual advantage.
Both inside the National Assembly and outside the Parliament they gave plethora media feed hitting each other even below the belt in attacks on personal lives of the opponent leadership.
Only recently the two parties, both emerged during former dictatorial regimes, were seen nearing each other when Senator Ishaq Dar, the right-hand of PML-N leader Nawaz Sharif, all the way visited so-called Nine Zero, the headquarter of MQM, though its head lives in exile but in London. There were predictions about the potential of the two parties making some political alliance for future. But the two have surprised many forecasters when they are suddenly at daggers drawn. Insiders believe that PML-N declined an offer by MQM to lead a no-confidence move against the PPP Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani who is so far enjoying the status of so-called consensus Premier. It is quite understandable that no move to prove the lack of majority with the ruling coalition leader PPP could succeed without the PML-N as per the existing number in the National Assembly.
The MQM's apprehensions and grievances against the PML-N, and dark horse Imran Khan's diagnostic in many words some hidden alliance between Nawaz Sharif and President Asif Ali Zardari was dangerous looks like linked somewhere. The alliance that came under Khan's microscope, perhaps, has barred PML-N from going for a marriage of convenience with MQM. If Imran Khan's assumption is true and the PML-N has taken a U-turn even before going along the MQM for the sake of the PPP, then probably Nawaz Sharif has forgotten his own utterances blaming Zardari as renegade. Or the current politics could be match that every player has fixed just to divert attention from the burning issues ranging from energy crisis to the American drones raising questions of sovereignty. In this entire politics of imbroglio, the former ruling party that is still the third largest force in the National Assembly appeared playing safe. Premier Gilani while speaking on floor of the House on Wednesday gave a new rather international colour to the ongoing realpolitik by describing the WikiLeaks as '21st century diplomacy.' "When you cannot convey a message directly you go by such tactics like the WikiLeaks," the PM said. In fact he was responding to Faisal Saleh Hayat of PML-Q who had caught the PM's words in his mouth on drone attacks. "If you say these attacks are counterproductive and the Government condemns them, it requires an explanation as WikiLeaks has quoted the PM favouring these," Hayat has teased the PM. Premier Gilani again used his multidimensional argumentation. Firstly he described WikiLeaks as "not authentic," secondly he rushed to remind Saleh the good things WikiLeaks has brought forth about him such as non-westernised PM, stays firm on national vantage point etc. It is a point to ponder that if the PM considers them as unauthentic then what was the logic quoting those leaks that favoured him. Regarding the question of sovereignty the PML-Q member had raised, he again reminded Saleh that these drones attacked in their regime as well.
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