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Altaf Hussain’s latest Political Blunder? It’s true that MQM and its leadership is under unprecedented pressure and Altaf Hussain isolated in the UK has to react, show potency and power and political leverage, to sustain hopes and aspirations of hundreds and thousands of followers in Karachi and Hyderabad who look to him to provide solutions to deal with a difficult situation that is demoralising the rank and file.

But his latest outbursts calling for NATO forces in Karachi, taunting India for not helping “Muhajirs” and writing to UN Secretary General UN for intervention into Pakistan are serious political blunders that only increase isolation of MQM from national politics, confuse its followers and exhibit helplessness and desperation.

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Altaf hussain must come up with a better political vision instead of repeating old slogans & threats that have no real effect in changed national and regional dynamics. For instance the loss of control on media platforms that no longer broadcast his outbursts live from London to whole Pakistan has severely curtailed Altaf Hussain’s threat perception and needs deep reflection by MQM leadership.

his latest outbursts calling for NATO forces in Karachi, taunting India for not helping “Muhajirs” and writing to UN Secretary General UN for intervention into Pakistan are serious political blunders that only increase isolation of MQM from national politics, confuse its followers and exhibit helplessness and desperation.

What MQM needs to understand is that continuous references to India & Muhajirs from India don’t help. Not anymore. Appeals to UN and NATO are pointless in a changed regional situation with Pakistani Establishment now becoming a pillar of stability in Afghanistan and against jihadi outfits. Altaf had conveniently ignored the executions of LEJ’s Malik Ishaq and what it means in terms of changing dynamics.

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MQM leadership needs deep reflections; it continues to be Karachi’s most popular party; it represents educated middle classes and its best bet is to have a strategy that allows it to connect with middle class feelings and politics across Pakistan. That surely is difficult. But Altaf Hussain’s frustrated outbursts from London are not helping MQM’s politics!

 

Moeed Pirzada is prominent TV Anchor & commentator; he studied international relations at Columbia Univ, New York and law at London School of Economics. Twitter: MoeedNj. The views expressed in this article are the author’s own and do not necessarily reflect Global Village Space’s editorial policy. This piece was first published in Moeed Pirzada’s official page. It has been reproduced with permission.

Moeed Hasan Pirzada is a Pakistani political commentator, geostrategic analyst, and a television news journalist. He is an anchor at Dunya News and hosts TV programs. He has interviewed many politicians around the world. Moeed Hassan Pirzada has also been a Director World Affairs and Content Head of PTV News and hosted the famous talk show Sochta Pakistan, a program that discussed national, regional, strategic, social and educational issues with politicians, analysts and policy makers. He has worked with Dunya News-TV channel as a Director World Affairs and hosted the current affairs talk show Dunya Today. He has written for Dubai-based regional paper Khaleej Times. His columns have appeared in major Pakistani papers such as Dawn, The News International, Daily Times, Friday Times and blogs. He has attended national and international conferences, seminars and policy workshops and had been a member of the Prime Minister's Education Task Force that collaborated with the British Council to produce the Next Generation Report. He has contributed policy papers to Islamabad Policy Research Institute (IPRI) and also written several policy pieces for Pique Magazine. He is an Executive Director of Governance & Policy Advisors (GAPA) that provides consultancy services to the government institutions, development organizations and corporate bodies on issues related to media, governance, health policy, and regional peace.

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