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Feb 16th, 2001, 09:00 PM #1----
Altaf marries the next MQM chairperson?
says the MQM is trying to give political dimension to its supremo's
The surprise wedding of MQM's self-exiled supremo, Altaf Hussein, with
Faiza Gabol, a cousin of former Sindh Assembly speaker, Nabil Gabol, has
generated almost as much interest in Karachi as did Ms Benazir Bhutto's
1987 marriage with Asif Zardari in Sindh.
Observers also find the marriage politically significant and some have
already tipped Faiza as the next chairperson of Mutahidda Qaumi
Movement. "I can become a bridge between the Mohajirs and the Sindhis,"
Faiza told a cheering crowd on the telephone. The crowd had gathered at
Nine-Zero, Altaf's house in Karachi, to hear their exiled leader and his
Sources say since the murder of Azeem Tariq, the MQM chairman, Altaf
Hussain has not been able to nominate his successor. Even Dr Imran
Farooq, the party's secretary general, who remained underground for over
five years before surfacing about two years back, has not been elevated
to that slot. The vice-chairman, Saleem Shehzad, too, has little chance
of returning to Pakistan and could not be named as the slain Tariq's
However, there are other senior leaders like Aftab Sheikh and former
senator Nasreen Jalil who could be elevated to this slot. Observers
disagree on the reaction of the rank and file to a possible nomination
of Faiza as the party's chairperson. While some say that the cadres
would accept it, others point to the fact that Faiza may not be
acceptable to an ethnic party.
Interestingly, while Faiza's surname makes her out to be a Sindhi
Baloch, in reality she is neither. Her parents are Punjabi Maliks and
originally belong to Sahiwal in central Punjab. Her father, Malik Faisal
has been an MQM worker and runs a construction business. There is a
marital connection between the Gabols and Faiza's family and her
maternal grandmother was a Gabol.
Independent observers believe that the political twist that is being
given to the marriage is an after-thought. It was a normal wedding but
then someone thought of making political capital out of it, they say.
According to exclusive information available to TFT Altaf Hussain first
took the decision to marry Faiza in 1996 during the PPP government.
However, the matter was postponed because of the murder of Altaf's
brother. The moving spirit behind the decision was Altaf's
sister-in-law. She thought that he should get married and lead the
movement. The issue had to be postponed again following the killings of
many MQM militants during the operation against the party. The matter
was taken up again after the February 1997 elections and went on until
the murder of Hakim Said when it had to be postponed yet again because
of the political turn of the events. The MQM broke away from its
alliance with the PML and the Jatoi government nearly fell because of
Then came the military coup in October 1999. "It has been one thing
after another," says an insider. Finally it seems that Altaf, 48,
decided to go ahead and marry the 28-year-old Faiza. At that moment, it
appears, it was also decided to give the whole affair a political
dimension. However, from the way the new bride spoke to the MQM workers,
it seems she has taken to the world of politics like a duck to water.
To her advantage, the Gabols seem to accept her. "She is among the Gabol
family and this is a fact," said former speaker of the Sindh Assembly,
Nabil Gabol, while talking to TFT. "She is my cousin and it would be
naive to disown that fact," he said. Some observers say Faiza looks all
set to play a role in politics and may even attract a good audience in
the interior of Sindh, particularly among Sindhi or non-Mohajir
There are also reports that she is expected to be in Karachi at the time
of the municipal elections in urban Sindh and would be accorded a
welcome similar to what would have been given to Altaf Hussain. The MQM
is planning to gather a million people to receive her and also use the
occasion for a show of strength by taking over the city.
TFT has learnt that the news surprised the various intelligence
agencies, which are now busy collecting details and trying to find out
the people behind the move. In this regard the name of writer Fatima
Surraya Bajia's family has also reportedly emerged. Others instrumental
in facilitating the marriage include the MQM's old advisor, Ahmed
Maqsood Hameedi and former finance advisor, Sardar Ahmed.
The way the wedding was kept secret also shows that the MQM's
organisational strength and the ability to keep things under wraps is
still intact. Until the performing of the nikah ceremony, the news was
not leaked from the party headquarters in London. In the past, the MQM
has shown how secretive the party can be. This was proved when Dr Imran
Farooq emerged from hiding after six years.
When was i for real?
I am myself a dream
I always see you
watching me tenderly
Feb 17th, 2001, 10:32 PM #2----
Indira Gandhi allowed sanjay Gandhi to marry Meneka Gandhi b/c she was from sikh /punjabi race & army is dominanated atleast inhigher echeleon by them in70sArmy was the only fear of Gandhi though unfounded in a country like India where NO BODY IS INCINTROLlol he he he
Houe of sauds managed to consiolidate power whole of Arabia peninsula by marrying rival kingdoms.
Akbar wisely married into the ony challenger to his miuliutary Rajout ,by marrying Jodha Bai
Looks klike it Works!!!!!
"jo kHat main kahte they apni jaan mujhko
aaj kHat likhne main unki jaan jaati hai .....
Feb 17th, 2001, 11:14 PM #3----
Someone is too keen on Altaf Hussain ? Array bhai, is ka khulasa kiya hai?
Feb 19th, 2001, 07:00 PM #4----
Who is Altaf Hussian?
Feb 19th, 2001, 07:12 PM #5----
Originally posted by Insaaniat:
Who is Altaf Hussian?
He is leader of Mohajir in Pakistan consisting of 20 -25 millions Indian Muslims who had to leave India for 'shelter' refuge >refugee>Mohajir (arabic)in Pakistan after partition of India dileaneted by British Surveyor Radcliff under Mt.Batten last Viceroy of British India & later appointed by India Gov.General of India for about First 6 months of post independent Bharat (india minus Pakistan)
May 14th, 2013, 08:07 PM #6----
any one knows the where about of faiza gabool ? :P
May 14th, 2013, 08:13 PM #7----
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May 14th, 2013, 11:50 PM #8----
A thread from 16th Feb, 2001?