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Thursday, November 05, 2009

MQM-PML-Q alliance forced NRO change of heart, Sind Archives, Shahen Sehbai

Perhaps the most important work currently being carried out is the creation of a computerised database that would make thousands of old files available online. Currently, many titles and documents can be seen on the website (, and this list is being constantly expanded. But it’s slow work because the equipment needed to speed up the project is too expensive for the Sindh Archives to buy. Nevertheless, I am glad to report that the provincial government has been very supportive, especially since the chief secretary is an old friend and a keen student of history. Irfan HussainLink

Giving background of this dramatic development, inside sources said actually a late night message of MQM leader Altaf Hussain to President Asif Zardari a day before to quit the Presidency had come as a big blow for the besieged PPP government. President Zardari was not expecting this kind of message, at least, from Altaf Hussain, who had nominated him for this elevated post last year after Musharraf left the Presidency. The sources said Altaf Hussain had chosen the timing of his message very carefully and communicated to President Zardari that he had also sent Governor Sindh Ishratul Ebad to General Musharraf with similar message to quit. But, Altaf was quoted as saying to Zardari through his messenger that Musharraf did not heed his friendly advice and subsequently was made to quit. According to Altaf Hussain, now once again, he was sending a message to him to quit, if he wanted to learn any lesson from the exit of Musharraf. MQM-PML-Q alliance forced NRO change of heart Rauf Klasra

A fly on the presidential wall told me the first part of this series was faxed by Altaf Hussain from London to President Asif Zardari on Wednesday with the note that you should read it personally as it had come from a journalist who used to meet you in jail. Hussain also ensured that the fax was seen by the president.Next: Has a countdown begun in Islamabad? Shaheen Sehbai


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