December 29, 2011

MQM leader & Sindh Minister hurls threat at 'The Terrorland'

The Terrorland Report

A leader of the Mutahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) has hurled threat at The Terrorland. Some Karachi-based journalists have asked The Terrorland Team to take the words of MQM leader and Minister Youth Affairs Sindh, Faisal Sabzwari, seriously, as it was aimed at journalist Habib R. Sulemani.

“The MQM guys use the couplet (of Ghalib) to hurl threat to media-persons in Karachi in their 'civilized' way as the traditional tactics have changed with the changed times,” said a reporter.

The Urdu couplet of Mirza Ghalib, quoted by Mr. Sabzwari, simply means: God, he doesn’t understand me... neither he will try to... either change his heart... or give me another language to make him understand...!

The incident happened during a discussion at the Pakistani Press Google Group. A reporter of The Nation – Lahore-based daily newspaper allegedly run by the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) – posted a piece about Faisal Qurashi – a journalist who had published a report about MQM’s London-based leader Altaf Hussain and got killed in Lahore. 

The Terrorland published a series of posts about Altaf Hussain and his MQM's relations with the Pakistani military establishment especially the ISI, which has "really enraged the fascist party," said a source, adding that the "MQM leaders use the term Conspiracy Theorist for (Habib) Sulemani." Besides, the source added, the comment of an Admin of The Terrorland on the website of the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has also enraged the MQM leaders in particular Altaf Hussain.

Anyway. here is the controversial part of the discussion. Ashraf Javed, Staff Reporter, The Nation, started the debate as he wrote:  
Dear All,

It is learnt that police investigators in Lahore have arrested a man in connection with the cooled blooded murder of journalist Faisal Qurashi, brother of a senior UK-based journalist. The man has confessed to the police that he murdered Faisal over some personal grudge. Now, the so-called champions of ‘human rights’ who always drag MQM and even sensitive institutions for personal ‘gains’ after each such happening must apology and should understand that MQM and state institutions had nothing to do with the murder of Faisal Qurashi, brother of Shahid Qurashi, Editor The London Post. These ‘champions’ also linked this killing with that of Saleem Shahzad and raised their ‘voice’ for freedom of speech.

According to media reports published on October 8, “One of his brothers, Zahid Ahmed, told police Qureshi had been “receiving threats” from unidentified people over some news reports in his paper. “He was victim of targeted killing. My brother had been murdered because of stories he sent to his paper,” he said, but did not name any group or party thought to be responsible.

But the ground reality is altogether different and even can’t be written on this forum, because Qureshi, “being a bachelor” used to live alone in his family home, and he had many bad guys in his company.


Ashraf Javed
Staff Reporter
The Nation 

Then the MQM minister responded in a short message:

Thanks Ashraf Saheb :)

Faisal Subzwari's Blackberry 

Similarly, other MQM leaders, reporters from the said newspaper and other sympathizers hailed the so-called report enthusiastically. However, The Terrorland wrote:

This post and the comments from MQM leaders and others show as it is a
typical campaign to hide a crime. Just see what the CPJ report says

in response, the MQM leader and minister responded:


Ya rab wo na samjhay haiN na samjheiN gey meri baat Day aur dil un ko, jo na day mujh ko zabaN aur Khush rahiye

I'm not arguing that who FED CPJ's well informed fellow here and who's behind the murder and INVESTIGATIONS.

Faisal Subzwari's Blackberry 

Then there were similar comments from the same people in favor of the MQM. The Terrorland addressed the MQM minister directly: 

Do you think, Mr Subzwari, this ambiguous post will give you a "clean-chit" as other journalist are terrorized to reject it here...

So, it's a veiled threat... if one doesn't agree with your MQM, you want to use another "method" to make a point....

Allegations against CPJ as if it's a Pakistani organization....  so the CPJ report is not sufficient to make things clear but this typical ambiguous post of a reporter, who works for the "ISI-run newspaper" is like a decree...!

The Terrorland 

After similar comments, the MQM minister responded to The Terrorland with an allegation:

Cheers Mr Conspiracy Theorist :)

Faisal Subzwari's Blackberry 

When The Terroland responded and raised some questions, the admin of the group didn’t publish it. 

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