MQM FORMS TWO UNITS
BY JAVED ZAHEER
TORONTO: The Muttaheda Qaumi Movement (MQM) in Canada announced important changes to make the movement practically stronger and effective so that it could serve the interest, people and the cause in the best possible ways.
The changes were announced
during observance of 8th Youm-e-Tasees
on July 31, 2005, in Thorncliffe Park Drive locality of Toronto.
Supporters, workers and activists of MQM largely attended the event. Cake
was cut on the occasion.
Dr Khalid Maqbool
Siddiqui, Caretaker of MQM North America, addressed simultaneously on
telephone the Toronto, Calgary and Montreal units. Amir Waheed, Central
Organizer, and Dr Nadeem Ahsan, Joint Central Organizer, addressed the
audience in Toronto and explained in detail about the strategies planned
in the light of the policies and organizational changes made keeping in
view the international development and the changing situation in Pakistan.
Amir Waheed and Dr Nadeem
Ahsan keeping in view the increasing importance of Toronto for the
movement and the people and in order to cover the vast area and the
adjoining cities as well announced formation of two units for Toronto---GTA
East and GTA West. The Toronto Unit was dissolved recently. Both the units
will function independently and full-fledged but under the central
committee in their respective areas. As regards central issues and
matters, they will collaborate with each other with full understanding,
trust and team spirit.
The formation of the
units is as follows:
GTA EAST UNIT: Shahab Khan, Unit Incharge,
Iqbal Bahadur and Mohammad Ashraf, Unit Members. It will cover areas up to
GTA WEST UNIT: Munawwar Hameed, Unit
Incharge, Syed Athar Ali and Iqbal Qamar, Unit Members. It will cover
areas up to London.
This decision was taken
after serious consideration for months on how to make the movement
effective in Canada and reach the people to attract them towards the
objectives and the cause through proper understanding and awareness. MQM
believes that since Toronto is the heart of Canada, very large and needed
proper focus, attention and concentration therefore this positive change
was necessitated in the interest of the movement, people and Canada.
In Toronto alone, MQM
says it has thousands of supporters, over 1000 workers and seventy active
members. The numbers are rapidly increasing. Distinguished representatives
of the leading political parties of Canada are approaching the MQM for
collaboration and support. This indeed is a great breakthrough and
achievement. MQM has worked very hard and as a result managed to gain
trust and confidence of the people and leadership in Canada.
For proper awareness and
understanding of MQM, objectives, policies and strategies, MQM has advised
people to keep visiting the MQM website---MQM.ORG—The
policies of the units and central committees are made according to
statements and objectives of the MQM Chief, Altaf Hussain, who is based in
London, England. Organizational and policy changes are made as
necessitated. The objective must always be to work for betterment and
Amir Waheed and Dr Nadeem
Ahsan asked the workers and members to maintain discipline and follow
policies and objectives of the movement. Those who fail to do so would be
shown the way out of MQM. There will be no leniency in this matter. This
is a policy decision. Nobody would be allowed to form splinter groups in
the units and harm the movement. They would be dealt with strictly.
As regards complaints,
they said that the workers and members can approach the relevant forums,
right up to the MQM Chief Altaf Hussain. They have all the rights to do so
and are allowed to fully use the rights. After registering the complaints,
they must patiently wait for the decision irrespective of the time taken.
They must show trust and confidence in the leadership.
They said that it is the
prime duty of the members and workers to focus on the task of the units
and achievements of the targets. Emotional decisions and actions must be
avoided at all costs because they are harmful and destructive. The focus
must be on moving ahead with positive approach. The targets and objectives
of the MQM are crystal clear and communicated to the workers. The
calendars describe all the important events, which must be attended by all
to maintain unity and practicality of working as a team.
The MQM Chief Altaf
Hussain will visit Canada if the units meet the tasks assigned. He is
showing keen interest in the functioning of the units and very much
hopeful of positive results, they stated.
Dr Khalid Maqbool
Siddiqui said, in his joint address of Toronto, Calgary and Montreal
Units, that MQM never allowed politics to influence religion. It
positively used religion as a power. Quran Khawanis and Milads were held.
It never exploited the people on religious grounds, like the Mullahs. The
Mullahs are taking full advantage of the international situation and
exploiting the people and misguiding them. They are particularly
misguiding the youth and have become problem for all. MQM, however, will
never allow exploitation on religious grounds. It will struggle against
all such attempts.
He said we must remain
fully alert under the present circumstances because there are many forces
working against MQM, people and the country. In the past too they had
tried their best to destroy the movement and caused tremendous harm to the
people. They are trying to find excuses to attack again. So we must show
great tolerance and patience. Despite harassment, we must not react
aggressively or else they will find excuse. Those who fail to understand
would become a victim of exploitation and conspiracy.
Dr Khalid asked the
workers to prepare themselves for the present and future challenges. The
challenges are very tough. We can only meet them if we follow the policies
of MQM. Those who disagree with the policies can adopt the procedure made
for this purpose and approach the authorities. Before outright rejection,
we must try to understand the policies. This is extremely important. We
must focus on unity and effective organization. MQM has never deviated
from its objectives and always remained firm on it. This is the secret of
its success, he added.
He too said that those
who do not follow the policies of the MQM would be considered out of the
movement. He asked the workers to remain alert against gossips and
Amir Waheed briefed the
participants about the coming Local Bodies elections. For MQM it’s
not an election but a symbolic war. MQM will not only contest in Sindh but
Balochistan as well. In Karachi alone, over 3000 MQM councilors are
expected to win. MQM will launch all out campaign to sweep the polls. Even
the remotest areas have been covered. It has reached understanding with
PML (Q) in this connection. It is hopeful of capturing maximum seats
because it enjoys full backing of the people. Already over 60 councillors
have been elected unopposed.
He said that MQM
organized recently the Minorities Convention in Karachi in which
Christians, Hindus, Sikhs and others participated in thousands. Such
convention was never held before in Pakistan. It showed the support
enjoyed by the MQM from minorities. Details of the convention could be
obtained from the website MQM.ORG, he added.
After the addresses,
question & answer session was held. It was suggested that all events
of the MQM must be publicized like the MSRC recreation programs and the
BBQ. Personal communication by the unit members is very important, because
some members do not use or find time to use the internet. This will enable
maximum attendance and success of the events.
Meetings like of today
should be held after every three months to keep the members close to each
other, create proper awareness about the happenings and strategies and to
create better understanding. This was deemed very important. The most
important thing is that the movement needs proper and effective
Amir Waheed explained in
reply to a question that the MSRC was formed to attract people towards MQM.
Both the BBQ and recreation programs have proved very successful. The MQM
leadership in London approved charters of both the MSRC and
Gehwarah-e-Adab. We have to follow it accordingly and cannot make any
changes. This is a standard policy. We can only give suggestions for
betterment and improvement. We have to plan everything very cautiously due
to many factors including campaigns against Muslims.
The issue of registering
complaints was raised and attracted most attention. One senior worker said
that even after passing of three years, decision was still awaited from
the MQM London leadership including Altaf Husain. He said an early
response or clear decision would have been greatly appreciated.
It was suggested that the
complaints against the units and central committees registered with MQM
leadership in London should be consulted with and communicated to the
respective units. The lack of response keeps the workers in dark and
Dr Nadeem Ahsan told the
worker to respect and trust the leadership instead of reaching to any
conclusion before announcement of the decision. This is very important to
maintain fabric of the party.
After the meeting was
held Shakil Akhter, who is responsible for MQM’s
media coverage, offered prayers for the martyrs and success of the
Biryani and cake were
served to the participants after the Asr and Maghreb prayers.
According to reliable
sources, attempts are being made to disrupt the Local Bodies election,
scheduled on August 18. Some forces are interested in bloodshed. The
people are damn scared, keeping in view the past bloody history. This time
the clash is expected between the MQM and the religious groups. The
religious groups are not expected to leave the field easily and can wage a
jihad against `Americanization of Pakistan’.
Interestingly funds of most of the religious groups come from the Western
Masters or their puppet sources. The donations collected from the people
too are allegedly used for their vested interests. This is indeed very
shameful. The committed and patriotic religious leaders and people in all
fields must be selected and promoted in order to give the people the right
direction. This is what is needed.
Pakistan needs patriotic
leadership to ensure progress and prosperity of the people and the
country. Unfortunately, leaders mostly act as dictators, exploiters and
plunderers. The workers of the parties and people are considered as slaves
and servants. They preach and teach tolerance but never understand such
meaning. The leaders of any rank consider the body and soul of the workers
and people as their sole property. They want to become powerful by making
the people powerless and helpless. This is the thinking of most of the
leaders. This must be challenged and changed, if we really want to save
Pakistan and the people.
No party or movement can
survive and exist without the support of the people. Yet it is the people
who are fooled, exploited and mercilessly crushed. Those who want to serve
and raise voice are silenced and eliminated. People will pay a heavy price
if they don’t
act fast against all anti-state and anti-people elements. It is they who
can help themselves by bringing a practical and positive change. It is
they who can ensure a good governance, system and society. It is they who
can protect and promote themselves. They will continue to suffer if they
keep expecting good from the corrupt and cruel leaders.
It is the time for
realization and action. Struggle at all levels, both individually and
collectively, must be waged against all social evils. The objective of
creation of Pakistan must be achieved and implemented in the real sense.
This is our prime duty and responsibility. We are victims of conspiracy
and exploitation. When are we going to understand the realities and
recognize the real faces of our enemies? When?
MQM claims to have
support of the people and in a position to bring historic changes. For
this it needs true leaders at all levels to fulfill the commitment made to
the people and win their trust and confidence. The workers and people must
always be valued, respected and supported. They are the foundation and
pillars of the party. This is necessary keeping in view the past when the
splinter group with the help of the agencies mercilessly crushed the
helpless people. This time all aspects must be considered to protect the
NOTE: WITH PERMISSION
TO ETHICALLY PRINT AND USE.
Javed Zaheer (Masters
in International Relations), Canadian of Pakistani Origin (CPO),
Professional Freelance Journalist, Veteran Active Member (VAM) of Toronto
Press Club, Council Member of Karachi Press Club, served as Senior
Sub-Editor of Pakistan’s
leading English Daily DAWN (1986-1999). Address: 1709-35 Thorncliffe Park
Drive, Toronto, Ontario, M4H 1J3, Canada. Tel # (416) 696-0981.