The fact remains that Karachi is home to a turf war that has been seeing it bleed since the mid-1980s. Mr Altaf Hussain must really have a thorn in his side if he has cried out to the army for help. The PPP's Zulfiqar Mirza has been meeting Afaq Ahmed, the leader of the MQM-Haqiqi, and has called him the "real" leader of the MQM. Now this could very well be seen by Mr Hussain as a prelude to the PPP siding with the MQM (H), a faction that has clashed violently and relentlessly with the MQM. Add to this the fact that the ANP is a party representing the growing Pashtun demographic shift in Karachi and Altaf Hussain may feel as though he is being backed into a corner.