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‘Mayor of the Moment’ exposed

In what could have been a very important victory for Karachi’s ruling party [MQM] when Foreign Policy website mentioned Mustafa Kamal as the Mayor of the Moment. In a comedy of errors Karachi’s Mayor office mis-understood the report and thence forth issued a press release which was followed up with a massive city wide celebration for Mustafa Kamal as the 2nd Best Mayor in the world.

All these celebrations could potential come to a deafening and embarrassing silence as today Joshua Keating, an editor at the Foriegn Policy magazine writes on a blog post We hate to rain on Kamal’s parade, and certainly intend him and his city no disrespect, but we simply never ranked him in any wayg. Mustafa Kamal was simply the Mayor of the Moment. A special shout out to PkPolitics for doing a great job in digging out the facts for this story which also lead to a clarification by Dawn News


  • Unaiza Fatima |

    So why people of Karachi didn’t choose him to be their mayor in next term?
    Perhaps Abraham Lincoln was right.
    (please don’t utter the same old and worn out excuse that M.K. won at gun point!)

  • Rafay Kashmiri |

    @ M Q M’s system functions as following
    this is how they get votes of fear !!

    anonymous telephone calls, MQM’s thugs sitting in
    Telephone Exch. all over Sindh

    calls at domicile from the local nazims MQM

    calls at working place by the leaders MQM

    Markaz’s call in case of “diffuclt cookies ”

    your house, car, business on permanent threat, watched !

    your family member’s school, colleges,
    & frequentations under surveillance & menaced.

    a permanent propaganda in private meetings, against

    potential opponents,

    Markaz decides who gets the job among fresh academics.

    Eventual green card arrangements with USA ” authorities”

    Permanent frequentations at CIA bureau in Karachi (5)
    by MQM’s all “invisible” leaders.

    Option for opponents, vote or get lost abroad,

    MQM is involved in human smuggling, in areas e.g Europe,

    hit are Spain, Greece, before it was Belgium.

    Remember, a day will come, Inshallah, when,

    two, three, fifteen, forty, MQM’s ex-members

    will submit a formal complain against MQM’s thugs for

    black-mail, ransom, threats, mafia tactics, menaces to

    their family, murder threats, kidnapping threats,

    rape threats, You remember, several times

    Karachi’s poets were beaten during
    Mushairahs in public, Rais Imrohvi killed in his own
    house fixing his ” ceiling fan “.
    Takbeer’s Salahuddin, Hamdard’ Hakeem Saeed and hundreds
    of other innocents, the cream of Urdu speaking talent
    was systematically eliminated by MQM with the help of
    Indian shooting elite, by the side.

    Stalinism, K G B and Stasi is practiced “a la lettre “.

  • Unaiza Fatima |

    @Rafay Kashmiri
    “@ M Q M’s system functions as following
    this is how they get votes of fear !!

    anonymous telephone calls, MQM’s thugs sitting in
    Telephone Exch. all over Sindh

    calls at domicile from the local nazims MQM

    calls at working place by the leaders MQM

    Markaz’s call in case of “diffuclt cookies ”

    your house, car, business on permanent threat, watched !

    your family member’s school, colleges,
    & frequentations under surveillance & menaced”………AND SO ON….!!

    I lived in Karachi too. Never heard of such a thing happened to me or any of one I know.
    Plus how MQM people were able to do all that right after Karachi operation, (when they were literally exterminated) as they won the next election too with almost same strength???
    Kashmiri saheb, no matter how many lies you can up with, no matter how far you try to run away from truth, the truth will eventually catch you from behind. Truth catches you when you see wide clean and comfortable roads in Karachi. Truth catches you when you go unhindered over well planned flyovers and underpasses. Truth catches you when your car does not get stuck in traffic jams anymore. And truth will catch you and smoke you out of your rat-hole where you try to hide from it and create your own world imaginations and propaganda.

  • d0ct0r |

    ..and Kashmiri saheb if all of that won’t be able to catch you then MQM’s terrorist Headquarter Nine Zero(90) Azizabad will definitely catch you! They can issue death threats to journalist and media man with impunity then obviously you’re not a difficult catch for them..

    Pakistani journalists receive bullets threat

    Death threats to journalists faxed from MQM’s headquater

  • Xaad |

    Yes, Mustafa Kamal has done well!! But lets take a look back at the previous city Govt, I feel the whole development process was initiated by Naimatullah Khan while he didn’t get even a fraction of the appreciation or lime light Mustafa Kamal is getting. I don’t understand why make such a hoopla out of a mayor of moment or whatever award, after all we pay heavy taxes for all the development work. Secondly, the only way I would feel good about the city and Mustafa Kamals work is when Karachi will become a street crime free city, a city where one can roam at night without the fear of running into robbers, where I won’t need to have a security system at my house (not sure if the security stuff comes under the city govt., nonetheless MQM is part of the provincial govt. at least). And , personally I believe MQM has what it takes to eradicate street crimes only if they WANT to take it on.

  • Unaiza Fatima |

    “I feel the whole development process was initiated by Naimatullah Khan while he didn’t get even a fraction of the appreciation or lime light Mustafa Kamal is getting.”

    Who told you that? People of Karachi did appreciate Naimatullah Khan…by electing Mustafa Kamal as their mayor, didn’t they?

  • Rafay Kashmiri |

    @Unaiza Bi,

    it depends, if you are frequent visitor of Markaz,

    member of MQM’s jiyala comité, or related to a Nazim
    and a poet in favour of Peer Saheb Londonova shareef etc.

    Saaf shaffaf roads and flyovers were the dreams of
    Stalin’s paradise ! in Karachi, who goes out venturing
    on those flyovers and clean roads, people don’t go out
    after 18.00 hrs MQM’s fear, clever to reduce pollution !
    but when it rains in Karachi,
    the main holes, of course are ” unhindered “,

    the “wide opened truth”, will catche me, not from behind
    as you said, but from front, flip flopping in many lakes
    Saiful-muluk of Karachi. Many on this blog will say,
    Rafay did not ” produce lies “, Mustafa Kamal can be a
    good person, but honest ?? with MQM’s link ?? lets not
    exaggerate Unaiza bi, you are trying your best to
    distinguish MQM, but what is the difference between them
    all ! just give me one !!!
    oh btw, listen to the Doc !!

    @ Doctor,

    jisay Allah rakhay, ussay kaun chakkhay

    jisdin ham dar gaey, jinay ka mazzah jaata rehay ga.

    both of your links are worrisome.

  • Unaiza Fatima |

    @Rafay Kashmiri
    “people don’t go out
    after 18.00 hrs MQM’s fear, clever to reduce pollution!”

    Have you EVER visited Karachi????? I wonder, you never did.
    Can anything be more stupid than saying that people in Karachi do not go out afte 18:00 for the fear of MQM??

    “but when it rains in Karachi,
    the main holes, of course are ” unhindered “,”

    After the torrential rain on the night of 29 July 2008, (It rained 70mm in just 2 hours, which is unusual for Karachi), people of Karachi for the first time witnessed no water logging on Karachi’s main roads nest morning…thanks to Mustafa Kamal’s vision, who overhauled the city’s drainage system before reconstructing the roads. I said in my first comment that people hate MQM and Mustafa Kamal for the sake of hatred only, without any concievable reason.

  • Wasim Zaidi |

    Well Mr Teeth Maestro..you showed your true colors by putting down MQM. I am confident that you will do wonders if similar accolades are pouring in for the so-called minsters or sher-e-punjab. Pakistan’s biggest tragedy remains the same….we have Mir Jaffers amongst us, and they are dime a dozen!
    Kudos to MK and yes, same to MQM!

  • Derek Pringle |

    “Mustafa Kamal was simply the Mayor of the Moment”. TeethMaestro.

    Huh!…so thats not a reason to celebrate? When did any Mayor of any city of Pakistan ruled by elites, been given this title by any respectable international organization. I am surprized to see a Pakistani — Teeth Maestro I suppose (?), not being proud of it. THats a tell tale sign of why Pakistan is ranked in top 10 failed states by the same magazine. What an irony. Mayor, of Pakistani city gets much deserved accolades for doing his job, but factionalism gets better of Pakistanis. “Use what language you will, you can never say anything but what you are” (Ralph W. Emerson).

  • passionate |

    u guyz dont have respect for your own country and city.

    its ok that there was not any ranking but it was the media who broke the news that mustafa kamal is the second best. u guyz shud thank him for the work he has done for karachites. no one was stuck in traffic jam during the month of ramazan. the roads r now in much much better condition. u shud see the projects started on I.I chundringar road and at civic centre..

    geo mustafa kamal…

  • Ameer Hamza |

    He is a good mayor, as mayors can be in Pakistan. But off course he is not without cronies and cookies. And I am not sure why Altaf bhai, Pir of London, has to kiss him everywhere and get the photographs photoshopped too much. And not sure either why MQM in these bad financial times have to go around pasting their photographs (illegally) on every corner of the city.

  • d0ct0r |

    @Ameer Hamza

    Ever since Altaf’s wife Faiza Gabol divorced Altaf ” for his unbecoming attitude towards her, as she was insulted by him over the past six years ” . It seems Altaf had been feeling lonely ever since and after eyeing the neighbourhood chicks without much success it seems now finally he has found his perfect match.


    I feel Altaf bai’s militia will be celebrating his gay marriage soon with another spate of billboard size banner sprouting all around the city congratulating him on behalf of Ahl-e-Aan-A-Karachi(residents of of karachi).

  • Amber Ghaffar |

    All karachites know it by heart and keep expressing as well that Mustafa Kamal is best ever Mayor we got .And there is No doubt in it .I never understand why in HATRED OF MQM ,people (esp of punjab etc) goes this far that they could not appreciate the good .This is not a Good sign ,this simply showing and proving that EDUCATION NOT ALWAYS PROMISE MATURITY .I am also among those People who dont like MQM political deeds but I Love to say that Mustafa kamal has done great job ..and if u dont believe it then ask COWASJEE ..he is the biggest critic in this current lot of writers he even says good of Mustafa, above all ..its ABOUT KARACHITES ..LET KARACHITES DECIDE WHO IS on WHAT rank …….

  • rashid khan |

    Altaf husain is taking advantage of news about mustafa kamal. They way he hold the face of mayor and the way he took chumma. This is really impressing

  • Xaad |

    oh Yes, why so much spending on the billboards?? Aren’t we financially in a bad situation?

  • Dr RazaHaider |

    Nomination by definition is to designate as suitable for ultimate presentation as state of the art , a qualifier , a representation ,designated authority, a responsible ,a front man ,a contrast ,unmatchable ,an insignia , a symbol, a crown prince and as many words and terms of excellence and designation as credentials that puts man in lieu of honor and award as reward.

    It is the awarded prerogative as master piece that demarcate different entities as sorting thereby exercising as feedback and slogan that nominee has differentiated capabilities as quality and calibrated grooming as work which in no way be neglected within different masses of same qualification.

    In a group of contestant where numerical position is a prerequisite and essential criterion, selection is the only criteria which sort out masses thus individualizing individual in to minimum number so to award ranking as legendary or in numerical representation if contestant have equal depth of capabilities.

    It is this concept of selection as choose that results in to numerical representation ,not on the basis of preference and priority but to place the individual as precision and consignment, thereof to put one over the other as means of numerical understanding and symbol of excellence though under no way their art of excellence have weightage over the other.

    Contestant have natural tendency to be appraised as moral whereas supporters are by nature designed to upraise their contestant as the unique and ultimate winner.

    In a class room of 50 children ranking can be from one to fifty but numerical representations as excellence has the prerogative of first few. However, the same does not mean, the rest are failure.

    This sorting among same colleague of similar class is to lineate individual whose capacity as qualification and excellence as understanding is better and impressive than the fellows.

    This award of better or best is based on the practical performance of the individual within the class and thereby serve to symbolize the individual as excellent.

    In a musical contest participant have no numerical presentation.

    Contestant participates and performs so to be sorted as few among rankings.

    If out of 4 contestants 3 are to be selected the no selected is always number four.

    Similarly, if rank as first is already selected the rest among the contest are always 2nd till being awarded.

    This is the only logical understanding of the current ranking of Mustafa kamal as 2nd best mayor of the world.

    This ranking of the individual by his people does not need further verification from any organization and his name on the list among the best is by designed and method curtailed in the domain of second contestant as second best mayor of the world.

    Who can deny the fact that his name among many was published with effect to accept his achievement as excellence towards his city, as “mayor of the moment”?

    I don’t see any ambiguity or deceiving slogan as non understandable term in “Mayor of the moment”.

    A moment is a fraction of second between the truth and lie.

    It is a glimpse of an episode between life and death.

    It is a pause that is essential between two breaths.

    It is a demarcation between day and night.

    It is a line between passed and fails.

    It’s a flicker from twilight.

    It’s a ladder between achievement and excellence.

    It is a miracle that saves you from disaster.

    It’s a period which differentiates one from the other as color of rainbow.

    It may be the best of your moment or the worst.

    Yes! But I do see bias and malicious intents of my own people which clearly reflects version of discriminatory ethnic concept.

    Don’t you think it’s the matter of pride as performance that was granted to a nation inspite of its loosing economy and welfare activities with disintegrating architecture of system?

    Don’t you consider it a matter of achievement as one man show to uplift his country as striving state which is still under the cordon of people like Mustafa kamal who is excelling and striving to make it a master piece of art with in its minimal availabilities?

    Don’t you think it was a precious crown that was put on you by moment, for a moment as prince of the moment so to award as insignia and holder of the same as life long momentary memorable moment?

    Disregard every thing, disgrace every one, demolish truth, defame your own destroy and disassemble.

    Continue to think and propel ethnic version of thoughts and express attitude of versatile racist vocabulary.
    Shame on all those, who have now started disgracing own soul and sign.

    Shame on you! All those who, under the influenced of extreme of rivalry as innate enmity and distracted attitude as cruelty, again started the unconditional criticism of maligning and ferociously declining the picture as reality.

    The attitude of disowning the momentary insignia as pride for the nation is nothing but expression of discarding own selves.

    Who but insane can deny the fact of finest activity as master piece of work that took place during the era of Mustafa kamal?

    Stop this breaded concept of hatred and disregard.
    Nomination as numerical is more than the award.

    If some one has qualified to compete as contestant, he endorses his capacity and capability as representation.

    No body has right to express his version of hatred in terms of non achievement especially those whose expressions as gesture are full of malice and malafide intentions as racist.

    This enmity against self sighted and favorite breed error for hatred against single community is clearly visible from the theme of present criticism to create same mess of annoyance that is their all time agenda.

    Your (all those with racist mentality) day and nights starts and ends only to cultivate fresh crop of satanic scoops against one single community.

    What has been done by Mustafa kamal is marvelous script of doctrine and philosophical grant of his organizational capabilities as authority by his legitimate masters.
    His work within the bugged system of failed economy and distorted anatomy is a methodology of vast horizon and enthusiasm.

    In the eyes of karachite whether belonging to any community less, irrational, ethnic crooked mentality, is an art of excellence and appraise and is beyond the award of numerical inclination.

    I and all legitimate resident of Karachi belonging to any caste, cadre and community consider him the ever presenter and legitimate achiever of award of excellence as the best mayor of the nation whose community as populace was never served the way before.

    Congrats to Mustafa kamal his team and his masters whose services can never be set aside and besiege.

  • dr.jawwadkhan |

    @dr raza hyder!
    abey saley itna barha bhashan deney ki kia zaroorat thi.
    bila waja dimagh ka dahee bana diya. solid bol bachan
    hey bhi tu to.itni lambi bat to altaf ney bhi naheen ki
    ho gee mustufa kamal ka chumma letey huwey.

  • KhanLala |

    دونمبری ناظم شہر
    ….علی خان….
    حالات غیر حاضرہ (جسارت میگزین ،16 – 22نومبر 2008ء)

    مولانا ظفر علی خان نےکہا تھا:
    بھارت میں بلائیں دو ہی تو ہیں اک ساور کر اک گاندھی ہے
    اک جھوٹ کا چلتا جھکڑ ہی اک مکر کی اٹھتی آندھی ہے
    آج وہ زندہ ہوتےتو پتا نہیں کس کس کےبارےمیں اور کیا کہتی۔ انہیں نثرو نظم دونوں پر پورا عبور حاصل تھا۔ جھوٹ کےجھکڑ اور مکر کی آندھیاں ہندو سیاستدان ساور کر اور موہن داس کرم چند گاندھی تک محدود نہیں رہیں۔ آندھیاں جغرافیائی حد بندی کےبھی تابع نہیں ہوتیں۔ ایسےہی جب جھوٹ کےجھکڑ چلتےہیں تو کسی کےروکےنہیں رکتی۔ ہٹلر کےایک وزیر گوئبلز کا یہ قول مشہور ہےکہ جھوٹ اتنی کثرت سےبولو کہ سچ سمجھا جانےلگی۔ اس کا مشاہدہ آئےدن ہوتا رہتا ہے۔ گوئبلز کےشاگرد دنیا بھر میں پھیلےہوئےہیں۔
    دنیا ہٹلر کےدور سےبہت آگےبڑھ گئی ہےاور جھوٹ پھیلانےکےنت نئےطریقےبھی بہت آگےبڑھ چکےہیں۔ اب صرف بیانات کافی نہیںہوتی۔ ریڈیو بھی پیچھےرہ گیا۔ اب تو ٹی وی چینلز کی مدد لی جاتی ہی ویب سائیٹ کو کام میں لایاجاتا ہےاور اس سےبھی آگےبڑھ کر شہر بھر میں جھوٹ کےپرچم لہرادیےجاتےہیں۔ سچ کتنےلوگوں تک پہنچےگا؟ جھوٹ ہر ایک کی نظر سےگزرتا ہےاور بلاتحقیق تسلیم بھی کرلیا جاتا ہی۔ جب ہر طرف پھریرےاڑ رہےہیں بینرز اپنی بہار دکھارہےہیں تو دیکھنےوالا یہی سوچےگا کہ یہ ٹھیک ہی ہوگا۔ جھوٹ کےنقارخانےمیں سچ بولنےوالوں کی آواز طوطی کی صدا بن کر رہ جاتی ہی۔ لیکن گوئبلز نےبعد میں یہ بھی تسلیم کیا تھا کہ جھوٹ کےاثرات وقتی ہوتےہیں اس سےپہلےکہ سچ غالب آجائی اپنا کام کر گزرو۔ جھوٹ کےسہارےسب لوگوں کو زیادہ عرصہ تک اندھیرےمیں نہیں رکھا جاسکتا یہ گوئبلز بھی جانتا تھا۔
    سٹی ڈسٹرکٹ گورنمنٹ کراچی بلاشبہ اچھےکام کررہی ہی۔ ناظم کراچی مصطفی کمال دن رات محنت بھی کررہےہیں۔ جو نظر بھی آرہی ہی۔ سڑکیں کشادہ ہوگئی ہیں نئےپل تعمیر ہوئےہیں اور شجر کاری سےشہر کی رونق بڑھی ہی۔ جناب مصطفی کمال نےنعمت اللہخان کےچھوڑےہوئےکام کو آگےبڑھایا ہی۔ عام آدمی کو اس سےغرض نہیں کہ یہ کام کیسےہورہا ہی وہ تو یہ دیکھتا ہےکہ کام ہورہا ہی۔ اور اصل کام وہی ہےجس کا اعتراف عام شہری کری۔ کام خود اپنےمنہ سےبولتا ہےاس کےلیےجھوٹ کسی فریب اور سڑکوں پر بینرز لگانےکی ضرورت نہیں پڑتی۔ متحدہ کی سٹی گورنمنٹ اور متحدہ خود جو کچھ کررہی ہےوہ سب کی نظر میں ہی۔عوام میں رابطوں کےپل ٹوٹےہیں تو کیا ہوا کنکریٹ کےنئےپل تو بنےہیں۔ سگنل فری کاریڈور تعمیر ہورہا ہی ناظم کراچی کا عزم ہےکہ کراچی کو دبئی بنا کر سب کچھ سگنل فری کردیں گی۔ ان کو حالات بھی سازگار ملےہیں۔ متحدہ سندھ حکومت میں شامل ہی بس چند ماہ سےوزیر بلدیات متحدہ کےنہیں ہیں۔ نعمت اللہخان کو تو انتہائی ناسازگار حالات اور فحاصمانہ ماحول ملا تھا پھر بھی انہوں نےبہت کچھ کردکھایا حالانکہ اس دور کےمتحدہ کےمشیر بلدیات ٹانگ پکڑنےکےمواقع ڈھونڈتےرہتےتھےپھر بھی نعمت اللہنےخود کو منوایا اور اس کےلیےکسی جھوٹ کا سہارا کسی پروپیگنڈےکی بیساکھی تلاش نہیں کی۔
    ہمیں حیرت ہےکہ اگر اچھا کام ہورہا ہےتو اس کےپرچار کےلیےجھوٹ کا سہارا لینےکی ضرورت کیوں پیش آئی۔ اور جھوٹ بھی ایسا کہ فوراً ہی کھل بھی گیا۔ گزشتہ چند دن سےپورےشہر کراچی میں مبارکباد کےبینر لگےہوئےہیں ہر طرف سےمبارک سلامت کےڈونگرےبرس رہےہیں۔ الطاف حسین لندن میں مصطفی کمال کو چوم کر ان کےاس کارنامےکی داد دےرہےہیں جو سرزد ہی نہیں ہوا۔ اور تو اور وزیراعظم پاکستان فرمارہےہیں کہ میں مصطفی کمال کو ایوان وزیراعظم میں بلا کر مبارکباد دوں گا میں بھی ان کو چوموں گا۔ سابق صدر اور متحدہ کےسب سےبڑےسرپرست جناب پرویز مشرف بھی مبارک دےرہےہیں تو یہ کوئی تعجب کی بات نہیں۔ انہوں نےتو 12مئی 2007ءکو اس وقت بھی متحدہ کو عوامی طاقت کہہ کر مبارکباد دی تھی جب کراچی کی سڑکوں پر لاشیں گرائی جارہی تھیں اور موجودہ وفاقی وزیر اطلاعات شیری رحمان سڑک پر کھڑی چیخ رہی تھیں کہ ان پر بھی گولیاں برسائی گئی ہیں۔
    جھوٹ یہ بولا گیا کہ ایک غیر ملکی جریدےفارن پالیسی میگزین نےمصطفی کمال کو دنیا کا دوسرا بہترین میئر قرار دیا ہی۔ اب یہ میگزین مسلسل تردید کیےجارہا ہےکہ ایسا کچھ نہیں ہوا اور اس کےجواب میں مبارکبادی کا شور سماعتوں کو مختل کیےجارہا ہی۔ تازہ ترین مبارکباد مشیر داخلہ رحمن ملک کی ہی۔ کیا یہ لوگ ویب سائیٹ پر جاکر خود تحقیق بھی نہیں کرسکتی؟ اسی کا رونا خود فارن پالیسی میگزین نےرویا ہےکہ سٹی ڈسٹرکٹ گورنمنٹ نےبھی ہم سےتصدیق کیےبغیر اپنی ویب سائٹ پر یہ خبر چلادی اور انگریزی روزنامہ ڈان نےبھی سچ جاننےکا تکلف نہیں کیا۔ ظاہر ہےکہ جب سرکاری خبر ایجنسی اےپی پی کوئی خبر جاری کردےتو مزید تحقیق کی کیا ضرورت ہی۔ اب ہمارےالطاف بھائی کہہ رہےہیں کہ مصطفی کمال کو جلد ہی ایک نمبری قرار دیا جائےگا۔ یقینا جھوٹ کےسہارےان کو اس سےبھی آگےکا درجہ دیا جاسکتا ہی۔ مگر فارن پالیسی میگزین والےہیں کہ جھوٹ کا پردہ چاک کیےدینےپر تلےبیٹھےہیں نہ ہوئےوہ کراچی میں ان سےنمٹ لیا جاتا خود اپنےمنہ سےکہتےکہ مصطفی کمال دنیا کےسب سےبہتر میئرہیں۔
    ہمیں افسوس تو اس بات کا بھی ہےکہ فارن پالیسی میگزین نےپوری قوم کو بلواسطہ جاہل قرار دےدیا ہی۔ اس کےترجمان کا کہنا ہےکہ پہلےدیکھ تو لیتےکہ ہم نےکیا لکھا ہی ورنہ ہم سےرابطہ ہی کرلیتی۔فارن پالیسی میگزین کےایڈیٹر کی ای میل چیک کرنےکےذمہ دارمسٹر جوشواکیٹنگ گزشتہ بدھ کو لکھتےہیں کہ صبح ہی صبح دفترآکر یہ دیکھنا بہت بھلا لگتا ہےکہ آج کتنی ای میلز آئی ہیں اور ہم نےجو کچھ شائع کیا ہےاس پر دنیا بھر سےکیا ردعمل آیا ہے۔ ہم نےجب ای میل کھولی تو وہ پاکستان کےقارئین اورصحافیوں کےاستفسارات سےبھری ہوئی تھی سب یہ جاننا چاہ رہےتھےکہ کیا ہم نےمصطفی کمال کو دنیا کا دوسرابہترین میئرقرار دیا ہے؟ اگر ہم نےایسا کچھ کیا ہوتا تو ان سوالات کا جواز بھی تھا۔ ہم نےیہ نہیں کیااور نہ ہی میئرز کی درجہ بندی کرنا ہمارا کام ہی۔مسٹرجوشوا مزید وضاحت کرتےہیں کہ ہم نےدنیا کےچند بڑےشہروں کا تذکرہ کیا تھا اور مصطفی کمال برلن کےکلازویرٹ اورچونگنگ کےوانگ ہونگجوکا نام بطورمئیر آف دی مومنٹ شامل کیا تھا جو اپنےشہروں کو عالمی سطح پر لانےکےلیےنت نئےطریقےاختیار کررہےہیں۔میئرز کی درجہ بندی ہرگز نہیں کی گئی اورنہ ہی ہم نےیہ دعویٰ کیاکہ کوئی میئردوسرےمیئرز سےبہتر ہی۔ اس کےباوجود کراچی سٹی ڈسٹرکٹ گورنمنٹ اپنی ویب سائٹ پر یہ پریس ریلیز جاری کرنےسےباز نہ رہ سکی کہ مصطفی کمال کو دنیا کا دوسرابہترین میئرقرار دیا گیا ہےاور انہیں مبارکبادبھی دی گئی۔فارن پالیسی میگزین کےمسٹر جوشوا کا کہنا ہےکہ ریکارڈ کی درستی کےلیےواضح رہےکہ مذکورہ تین نام کسی خاص ترتیب میں نہیں دیےگئےاورسٹی ڈسٹرکٹ گورنمنٹ نےبھی فارن پالیسی کی طرف سےرابطہ کرنےپر اپنی پریس ریلیز میں تبدیلی کرلی ہی۔
    اس کےباوجود شہر میں مبارک باد کےجھنڈےگڑےہوئےہیں اور مبارکباد کےپیغامات کا سلسلہ بھی جاری ہی۔اگر فارن پالیسی میگزین کےحوالےسےجھوٹ ہی بولنا تھا تو اس میں تو مصطفی کمال کا نام سرفہرست ہی انہیں دنیا کا نمبر ون میئرقرار دینےمیں کیا قباحت تھی۔جھوٹ بولو تو پیٹ بھر کربولو۔ یہ بھی تو کردار کا ایک پہلو ہی۔ بقول شاعرظفراقبال:
    جھوٹ بولا ہےتو قائم بھی رہو اس پہ ظفر
    آدمی کو صاحب کردار ہونا چاہیی
    اس حوالےسےاس عالمی جھوٹ پر قائم لوگ صاحب کردار تو ہیں آپ کچھ بھی کہتےرہی۔
    فارن پالیسی میگزین کا شکوہ ہےکہ ہمارےحوالےسےایک غلط خبر کو پاکستان کےریڈیو ٹی وی اوربلاگز پر خوب اُچھالاگیا ہےاور مزید ستم یہ کہ کراچی سٹی کونسل مصطفی کمال کو مبارکباد دینےکی قرار داد منظور کرنےچلی تھی اس اعزاز پر جو ہم نےہرگز نہیں دیا۔کراچی کےایک رپورٹر نےہمیں بتایا ہےکہ شہرسٹی گورنمنٹ کی طرف سےمبارکباد کےبینروں سےپٹا پڑا ہےکہ فارن پالیسی میگزین نےانہیں دنیا کا دوسرابہترین میئر قراردےدیا ہی۔ ہم مصطفی کمال کےجذبات کو مجروح کرنا چاہتےہیں نہ ان کےشہر کی توہین مگر ہم نےکسی بھی طرح ان کی درجہ بندی نہیں کی۔اگر حقائق معلوم کرلیےجاتےتو اس ساری گڑبڑ(Mess)سےبچاجاسکتا تھا۔کوئی فارن پالیسی میگزین کا بلاگ ہی پڑھ لیتا ۔
    فارن پالیسی میگزین کی میڈیا اورتعلقات عامہ کی افسررابطہ جیناحسن نےمزید وضاحت کردی کہ مصطفی کمال کو دنیا کا دوسرابہترین میئر نہیں چنا گیا اور جس مضمون میں ان کا مختصرسا ذکر ہی۔ اس کا یہ مقصد تھا بھی نہیں۔فارن پالیسی میگزین میئرز کی درجہ بندی نہیں کرتا۔
    اتنی وضاحتوں کےباوجود جھوٹ کےجھکڑ چل رہےہیں اورفریب کی آندھیاں اٹھ رہی ہیں اور اس کا اصل مقصد سابق ناظم نعمت اللہخان کو نیچادکھانا ہےلیکن یہ نہیں بھولنا چاہیےکہ عزت اورذلت خدا کےہاتھ میں ہی۔جھوٹ بولنےسےعزت کہاں ملتی ہےاوراگرملتی بھی ہےتو عارضی ایک غیر ملکی میگزین مذاق اڑارہا ہی۔کراچی کا ہر شہری یہ چاہےگا کہ کراچی کی رونقوں اور عوامی سہولتوں میں اضافہ ہو یہ کام کوئی بھی کری مصطفی کمال اچھا کام کریں گےتو اصل اعزاز عوام ہی دیں گےجو کسی
    فارن پالیسی میگزین سےبڑھ کر ہوگا۔ پھر ہماری سمجھ میں نہیں یا کہ جھوٹ کا سہارا لینےکی کیا ضرورت پیش آگئی۔وجہ صرف نعمت اللہخان ہی ہوسکتےہیں جو اب بھی پھانس بن کر چبھ رہےہیں۔دیکھا جائےتو فارن پالیسی میگزین نےدنیا کے60شہروں میں کراچی کو 57ویں نمبرپررکھا ہی۔ اس لحاظ سےاس کا میئر یا ناظم بھی دوسرےپر نہیں57ویں نمبرپرآتا ہے۔
    درحقیقت عالمی میئرز کی درجہ بندی کاکام صرف ورلڈ میئر نامی ادارہ کرتا ہےجس نے2005ءمیں ناظم کراچی نعمت اللہخان کو دنیا کے9بہترین میئرز میں شامل کیا تھا اس وضاحت کےساتھ کہ وہ ایسےحالات میں شہرکی بہتری کاکام کررہےہیں جب صوبائی حکومت میں شامل متحدہ ان کی مخالف ہی۔اس کےلیی2002ءسے2005ءتک کےمشیر بلدیات اور متحدہ کےدیگر وزراءکےبیانات اٹھا کر دیکھےجاسکتےہیں۔نعمت اللہخان نےکراچی میں پارک بنائےتومشیربلدیات نےاعلان فرمایا کہ کراچی کو پارک کی نہیں پانی کی ضرورت ہی۔جب سٹی ڈسٹرکٹ گورنمنٹ متحدہ کےپاس آئی تو بہت بڑےبڑےپاک بھی بنائےگئےاورنعمت اللہخان کےبنائےہوئےپارکس پر اپنی تختیاں بھی لگائی گئیں۔ نعمت اللہخان کوتختی والےباباکا لقب دیا گیا مگر اب کوئی جھنڈےوالا بابو یا بینر والا ببوا نہیں کہتا کہ اس دور میں تو بات بات پر شہر میں بینر لگ گئی۔ اس حوالےسےایک دلچسپ بات یاد دلا دیں کہ شروع میںناظم شہر مصطفی کمال کا وژن کےنام سےبینرز لگائےگئےتو سمندرپار سےاستفسار ہوا کہ ہمارےہوتےہوئےکسی اورکاوژن کیا معنیٰ؟ چنانچہ اب یہ بینرز نظر نہیں آتی۔اب ہربینر قائد تحریک سےشروع ہوتا ہی اس حوالےسےبھی ایک اہل کراچی کی یادداشت تازہ کردیں کہ جب آرمی چیف صدر پرویز نےاعلان کیا کہ کالاباغ ڈیم بن کررہےگا تو کراچی میں بینر لگ گئےکہ یہ قائد تحریک کا وژن ہےاور جب متحدہ کی پارٹنرپیپلزپارٹی کی حکومت نےاعلان کیا کہ کالاباغ ڈیم منصوبہ ہمیشہ کےلیےدفن کردیا گیا تو اسےبھی قائد تحریک کی کامیابی قرار دیا گیا۔کسی بادشاہ کےایک درباری نےکہا تھا کہ میں شاہ کا ملازم ہوں بینگن کا ملازم نہیں۔
    جناب مصطفی کمال کو دنیا کےمیئرز میں دونمبر کا میئر قرار دینےکی آندھی اٹھی اور جھکڑ چلےتو ایک سینئر کالم نگار جناب حسن نثار نےبھی انہیں خراج تحسین پیش کیا وہ جنگ کےچوراہےپر اپنےکالم اچھی خبر سےبری خبروں تکمیں لکھتےہیںمدت بعد ایک اعزاز نصیب ہوا ہےتو کیوں نہ اسےاپنےقارئین کےساتھ شیئر کرلیا جائی۔مشہورزمانہ فارن پالیسی میگزین نےہمارےکراچی کےناظم مصطفی کمال کو دنیا کا دوسرابہترین میئر قرار دیا گیا ہےجو پورےملک کےلیےفخر کی بات ہی۔ موجودہ حالات میں جب ہر طرف سےاداس اور مایوس کردینےوالی خبروں کی یلغارہی۔ مصطفی کمال کا یہ اعزازلُو میں ٹھنڈی ہوا کےجھونکےسےکم نہیں واقعی ذرانم ہو تو یہ مٹی بڑی زرخیز ہےساقی۔کراچی والوں نےکیریر کےآغاز میں ہی مصطفی کمال کےتیور بھانپ کر اسےمصطفی کدالکہنا شروع کردیا تھا۔ مصطفی کمال شہر کی شیریں کےلیےفرہاد کی طرح جوئےشیر کھینچ لایا تو یہ فرض سےمحبت کی اتنی ہی لازوال کہانی ہےجتنی شیریں فرہاد کی۔ مصطفی کمال نےاپنی اس شاندار کامیابی کو ایم کیو ایم کی تربیت اورقیادت کا کمال قرار دیا ہی۔
    کالم نگار کےسامنےجو خبر ہوتی ہےوہ اسی کےحوالےسےلکھتا ہی۔ اس میں حسن نثار کا کوئی قصور نہیں لیکن صحیح خبر سامنےآنےکےبعد وہ کیا لکھیں گی اس کا انتظار رہےگا۔ کاش یہ خبر صحیح ہوتی تو یقین جانیی ہمیں بھی فخر ہوتا کہ ایک پاکستانی نےعالمی اعزاز حاصل کیا۔مگر اب جو بدنامی ہوئی ہےاس میں بھی ہمارا حصہ ہی۔ مصطفی کمال نےبہت صحیح کہا کہ انہوں نےجو حرکت کی ہےوہ ایم کیو ایم کی تربیت اورقیادت کےکمال کا فیض ہی۔بغیر تربیت کےکوئی ایسا کمال کہاں دکھا سکتا ہی لیکن یہ کدال تو اپنےہی پیروں پر نہیں پوری قیادت پر دےماری ہی۔ مگر کیا یہ تنہا انہی کاکارنامہ ہی؟ جناب حسن نثار نےمصطفی کمال کو کراچی کی شیریں کا فرہاد بنا ڈالا فرق صرف اتنا ہےکہ اصلی فرہاد ایک جھوٹ کی وجہ سےنشےسےسرپھوڑ کر مرگیا تھا یہاں الٹ ہوا ہی۔ شیریں تڑپ اٹھی ہی فرہاد ہی کےحوالےسےمرزا غالب کا ایک شعر سن(یاپڑھ) لیجئی:
    عشق اور مزدوری عشرت گہہ خسرو کیا خوب!
    ہم کو منظور نکو نامئی فرہاد نہیں
    مصطفی کمال بھی کسی کی عشرت گاہ کےمزدور ہیں۔

  • Amber Ghaffar |

    ..Comment by Teeth Maestro on November 14, 2008 @ 4:26 am

    I hear quite a lot of supporters of Mustafa Kamal – I think people misunderstood my blog post – I have not ridiculed MK personally, as I think he has done good in Karachi.but the problem is deep rooted benefit that MQM extracts with him being the front man

    In this mini-link post I have highligted the confusion that lead to the mis-reporting – what was really intersting that MQM went all over pulling all stops to associate the credit to MQM with massive billboard adverts – its just too funny to watch them being caught with a blooper

    That said I have no support for MQM as I believe they are a thug organization running Karachi – MK as their front man has worked hard but whatever goodwill he does try to muster up is quickly spoiled by the stupidity of party itself

    Bottom line is – I’m ready to applaud MK for the work but not MQM

    …could any one sense the sound of difference …..we love mustafa kamal not MQM…..we want PROGRESSIVE development in KHI and Pakistan ..whether its carried by MQM appointee or PPP appointee (Mr clean and clear = Asif Ali Zardari ) or PML (DEAL KARO ,MULK SANWARO =MIAN NAWAZ SHAREEF)

  • Rafay Kashmiri |

    @ Amber Ghaffar,,

    Bibi, Mustu Kamal or MQM I don’t know

    W H O H A S S T O L E N K A R A C H I ‘s

    f a w w a r a w o r t h 22 corores ?

    @ Teeth Maestro you have any clue ???

  • Derek Pringle |

    “Bottom line is – I’m ready to applaud MK for the work but not MQM” — Teeth Maestro

    You are “ready”? Is that all you can come up with? In any case you finally admitted that “MK as their front man has worked hard”…you could hardly negate this work by just saying that “whatever goodwill he does try to muster up is quickly spoiled by the stupidity of party itself”. In each political party there are good, bad and stupid people. In any house, neighborhood, town, city, and nation, the same. A country which is considered among the top 5 most corrupt in the world, shall I assume that you are probably corrupt too, (at least intellectually?). Dont you think FP Magazine would not have taken into account the MQM’s indescretions? If one person in it, tries to follow its written goals, try to do his job as best as he can do in the given circumstances where corruption, nepotism and cronyism is institutionalized, why would you not give him the credit? Are you too naive, or just another bigot? . FP experts know well about our ruling class and their ruling methods. It has ranked Pakistan 9th on the list of ‘Falied states index’ for a good number of reasons. Pakistan is worst than its former east-wing on the list. One person, brought Pakistan into a better list. One person — MK.

  • Nadcracker |

    I may not be a supporter of MQM for a 1000 different reasons, but I don’t shy from giving credit where its due. Mustafa Kamal undoubtedly (and of course will full backing and support from MQM) has done a tremendous job for this city and I have GREAT respect for him because of his work.

    I believe the gist of this article was not to discredit MQM or Mustafa Kamal, but to point out their flawed comprehension of the article published by FP magazine, and then to amplify it 3 folds in media (which I think could have been an honest mistake and not some scheme to mislead the general public). After all ‘Mayor of the moment’ may not mean 2nd best mayor in the world, but it is still an acknowledgment of his (MK’s) work, dedication and innovation.

    Again, as a neutral reader of this article, I have taken that the writer only pointed out the fact the MQM misunderstood the contents of the article and in a way tarnished the what is otherwise, a remarkable achievement of a very able man by exaggerating his feat and terming him as second best in the world which unfortunately resulted in a debate on whether or not he was best or second best or simply a ‘mayor of the moment’. In all this the real achievement slid to the hindsight.

    If MQM were to do this on purpose, I would have questioned why they pointed him out as second best, why not THE BEST as was later published by FP Magazine itself, that the 3 names weren’t meant to be in any specific order, and so if you are projecting him as one of the greats in the world why not portray him as the GREATEST! Thus concluding this rant, I believe this was an honest mistake by MQM (a mistake nonetheless) and we should not only end this never-ending-oneupmanship debate and applaud Mustafa Kamal for being declared as ‘Mayor of the moment’!

    P.S: and also take this article in the spirit and intention it was written in.

  • Kheshgi |

    We should rise above the party lines and accept with open hearts that Syed Mustafa Kamal has done what no other Nazim or Mayor in Pakistan has done in our history. There are at least 10-15 Mayors per country and the award winning magazine decide to mention and highlight only three as “Mayors of the moment” out of thousands around the world, including a Pakistani. This fact alone should be a matter of pride for Pakistanis.

    I saw some NS and IK supporters on the net questioning the ranking and trying to discount the story. These are people burning in hatred and jealousy and I feel very sorry for them. My advice to them is that please forget for a moment that he is an educated middle class Mohajir or a die hard MQM member, above all he is a Pakistani and we should all be proud of it.

  • dr.ali |

    Mustafa Kamal your name will never die becoz U R the vision of ALTAF HUSSIAN.
    Baad-e-mukhalif se na ghabra aey Uqab……
    ye to chalti he tujhe oncha uraane k liye…..

  • fact finder |

    MQM fights against extremism and fundamentalism…
    MQM fights against ‘JAGIRDARANA NIZAM’….
    MQM brought young, educated and middle class leaders in parliment…..
    MQM want to make karachi, a mega city…


  • fact finder |

    Mr. Awab I ask u 1 ques:
    Do u hate MQM and altaf hussian or MQM’s policies?
    if u hate altaf hussain (as I guess from your attitude) then i wiil remind u the quotation of HAZRAT ALI

    ye nahi dekho kay kon keh raha, he bus ye dekho ke kya keh raha he.

  • Rafay Kashmiri |

    @ Fact finder

    In fact

    MQM promotes estremism, fundamentalism,

    MQM defends Jagirdarana Nizam,

    MQM hinders serious, educated, mentaly healthy,

    non mafioso parliamentrians,

    MQM wants to make Karachi, a M A F I A -ridden city

    No, we are all victims, Sir

  • Hate_MQM_Hate_Altaf |

    Number “doo” mayor nahi… bulkay…

    “Doo” number mayor.

    check, http://www.worldmayor.com/

    You’ll not find a slightest trace of his name there…

    Tauba tauba … sufaid jhoot !!!

  • fact finder |

    @rafay kashmiri
    khulta kisi pe Q mere dil ka ma’amla…
    she’ron k intekhab ne ruswa kiya mujhe…

  • fact finder |

    @Rafay Kashmiri
    actually Rafay u r burning in jealousy, so u r THE VICTIM OF JEALOUSY.

  • Rafay Kashmiri |

    @Fact finder,

    ” burning in jealousy ” ye kia naiya novel he
    Ibn-e-Safi ka ?

    Qayyamat ki dunya mein he dilfarebi,

    Qayyamat mein bhi yaad aeigi dunya

    Behzaad Lukhnawi

  • fact finder |

    @ Rafay Kashmiri
    you are burning in jealousy bcoz world’s 2nd best mayor is from kararchi and has middle class family background.

    ye naya nahi bohot purana novel hay, aur is novel ki summary ye hay k punjabi, sindh ko khush’hal nai dekh saktay….

  • fact finder |

    @ Hate_MQM_Hate_Altaf
    who decleared FP’s official website lame????????
    who decleared GEO news lame???????
    who decleared ARY ONE WORLD lame????
    who decleared AAJ NEWS lame????

  • fact finder |

    We people of Karachi do not need any ranking for him from any body because we all can see his work on ground. We all can see developments in Karachi. We all can see new picture of this ignored city. He has won our hearts and we pray from him and his life from our hearts. This I thing is real achievement for Musta Kamal. HE HAS WON HEARTS OF THE PEOPLE OF KARACHI.

  • amber ghaffar |

    I second fact finder .
    I can easily sense that who ever talking against MK is in fact the one who doesn t belong to Karachi .I tell you one thing ,if ever SHAHBAZ SHAREEF comes to karachi and does developmental work here We will love him as much as we love MK .Our maturity level never allows us to degrade some one on the basis of language or accent .And this is the conspicuous beauty of karachites that every one easily work here.But in other parts of Pakistan ,this is not the situation .Ponder it.Learn this fabulous art of appreciation and be generous in it .

  • Moiz Khan |

    mene comments read kiye hain upper jo mjhe herat hoti hai khair hum nation nhn hai. actually pakistan ko jo khitta mila hai ye 5000 yrs se ghulam hai inki soch aise rahi gi. is liye bhai bahar jao aur taraqi karo..

  • Let_Be_Honest |

    This is quite simply explained in that they only mentioned the Top 3 World Mayors and did NOT say which one is number 1, which is number 2 and which one is number 3, and that is what they mean by "We hate to rain on Kamal’s parade, and certainly intend him and his city no disrespect, but we simply never ranked him in any wayg". If you actually read the article in question its crystal clear he was mentioned in the list of Top 3 Mayors.

  • Nauman Lari |

    me not writing too much essays over the above mentioned pharze but a single thing that i must say that this is not the race of being ranked but heart winnig practices that have been done successfully…………………… so u keep weeping over the victory of karachities.