THE SICK MAN OF ASIA
Amid ongoing violence in Pakistan, growing Islamic insurgency threat in NFFP and FATA regions of North-West Pakistan and mounting pressure from the USA to contain the violence, to seal the Afghan-Pakistani border and to stop its intelligence apparatus ISI ambiguousness over terror (see – Waldman Report), especially against India, the civilian democratic elected regime suffers decay and desertion and is in the risk of collapse. Pakistan is also the epicenter and largest exporter of Islamic terror to the rest of the world and, at the same time, a nuclear power (see – Terror Epicenter).
The second largest party in Pakistan’s coalition government has announced, on Monday 12/27/2010, that its two ministers are quitting the federal cabinet.
The Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) said its ministers would resign, on Tuesday 12/28/2010, due to differences with the ruling Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) (see – PAKISTANS POLL).
MQM announced the decision a day earlier, citing corruption, law and order problems and rising prices among the reasons for its decision to withdraw Babar Ghauri, the ports and shipping minister, and Farooq Sattar, minister for overseas Pakistanis.
The MQM’s move comes just weeks after a prominent religious party left the government, raising questions about the government’s future. MQM will quit the cabinet but not the government, perhaps to give a chance to the government to reform itself.
MQM is based in the southern economic capital of Pakistan, Karachi. Karachi is also the capital of Sindh province. The province is suffering from ongoing sectarian violence between Sunnis and Shiites and between Urdu-speaking majority represented by MQM tribes and the Punjabi-speaking minority (although they are majority in Pakistan) represented by the Awami National Party (ANP).
Recently Zulfiqar Mirza, Sindh home minister, said that most of the sectarian violence and target killing in Karachi are affiliated to MQM (see – Karachi 08.02.10).