Mustafa Kamal – World’s 2nd Best Mayor – The controversy

MQM leader Altaf Hussain was congratulated by ex-President Musharraf for ‘managing’ Karachi in a manner that it is ranked second in global cities of the world.

It was a news yesterday. It has become a controversy now. On of the main players highlighting this controversy are people from PKPolitics. They suggest the following and present an email conversation as a proof.

One of the most highlighted news by several media entities reported the nomination of Mustafa Kamal as the World’s Second Best Mayor by the Foreign Policy Magazine.
Based on a quick investigation, it was revealed that this story was a misleading and was actually fabricated to be used as a propaganda tool by MQM. In fact, Karachi has been ranked at 57th out of 60 global cities by the Foreign Policy Magazine at their website.
Please also note that Mustafa Kamal’s name was only mentioned as the “Mayor of City Ranked at 57″ in the world and there was NO ranking of any Mayors by the the FP Magazine.

After a ballistics of biased and burning comments on the politics of MQM and Altaf Hussain, one comment seemed to be neutral and balanced:

The best example of our thinking process. Actually, matter of fact is that we don’t think as a Pakistani. It’s very clear that we use to think as Punjabi, Sindhi, Muhajirs, Pukhtoons, Baloch.

If Aitizaz’s & CJ’s movement/actions is supported by rest of the world, its good. On the other hand, if the same world admits City Nazim Karachi’s hard work, “oh no. it’s fake and some thing like that”. It becomes our tradition now.

Believe me or not, I was just wondering till now that if Mayor’s news would also be reported on this Punjab dominant website or not…. And here is what we get.

As a neutral person, one should speak against the wrong deeds of MQM, I agree. But, for God Sake, plz also learn to admit the good work by the same party.

I don’t think that no one can deny the massive development in Karachi during the last two or more years and we don’t need any certification. Even the Pukhtoon TV took the interview of Mayor and admits his hard work.

But we are so use to of the culture that if one party is bad and we never expect something good for them, and one party is so good therefore never expects anything wrong from them.

Some days back, I saw the same type of story regarding ANP Leader and the comments by the members were really astonished me. Why do we have such a huge hate amongst each other??? Someone is definitely working on it and most of us are following their agendas.

Plz I request you all, that we all should be very proud of being Pakistani and nothing else. Otherwise, the movements like “Greater Pukhtoonistan”, “Greater Balochistan”, “Greater Sindh” or “Greater Karachi” would become popular in public. And it would be the result of hate that is also propagating through this website.

The time has come now that we should start respecting each other being a Pakistani, nor we only respect or prefer people belongs to our same ethnic/regional group. It’s the time to give equal rights or share to all Pakistani. Otherwise, our enemies have huge funds and ambitions that would really hit us very badly.

This was followed by a counter but a good comment from other side:

I think the point of the article is not whether Mustafa Kemal is the “World’s Second Best Mayor” or not but that “this story was a misleading and was actually fabricated.”

Of that there is no doubt — “here was NO ranking of any Mayors” is a statement of fact. Claiming him as “World’s Second Best Mayor” is indeed a fabrication.

Here is the complete text of the sidebar that contains the only mention of him:

The Mayors of the Moment

No city globalizes on its own. But with shrewd investments and smart urban planning, a mayor can help turn a regional player into a global powerhouse. Here’s how three of the world’s top mayors are climbing the ladder:

Klaus Wowereit Mayor of Berlin (#17) …

Syed Mustafa Kamal Mayor of Karachi (#57)

The new mayor of Karachi is an unlikely poster child for innovative urban planning. The 36-year-old Syed Mustafa Kamal governs a city that’s more often in the news for religious violence than cosmopolitan ways. But the hard-charging Kamal is looking to change all that. He’s courting foreign investment, encouraging international ties, and boosting the city’s tourism. Kamal isn’t shy about his goals: He has said he wants to turn Karachi into the “next Dubai.” His Green Karachi project aims to plant thousands of trees in the city. No stranger to Karachi’s bare-knuckled politics, Kamal isn’t letting anything stand in the way of his grand plans: He has threatened to arrest anyone who tries to cut down the new saplings.

Wang Hongju Mayor of Chongqing (#59)…

There should be no doubt in the authenticity of the comments from both sides, if mentioned in a decent manner like above. But we should not spread hatred against other communities.

We can be critical to the politics of MQM, but we should respect it being representative of people. If someone has appreciated efforts of their Mayor, we should be proud of it. Although MQM should have been realistic in announcing about ranking, but whether ranked or not, the efforts of Karachi are appreciated.

I am a big fan of PKPolitics for its devotion for democracy and judiciary. But on this issue, their efforts to negate the claim is nothing but opening of a Pandora box of hatred. I hope they would play neutral in future.

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One thought on “Mustafa Kamal – World’s 2nd Best Mayor – The controversy

  1. wah, wah wah, kia baat hai teri mundaya, ki likh deta ye sarkar, sachi tu meray dil ki baat likh deti ya,what a analysis, karachi per sub ki nazrain lagi hoi hain, laiken koi jeet nahi saka karachi ko siwaye MQM kay, baat yeh hai kay karachi ko agar kisi nay banaya hai tu wo mustafa kamal hai, is city per bohot jawan aye aur loot laat kar chaly gaye, baray baray aye kia kiya, main poonchta hoon, koi hai mai ka lal jo jawab day, khuda ki kasam ha koi aisa jis nay apni ma ka doodh piya ho wo bataye ka mustafa kamal karachituruk(ataturk, say from turkey) go is admi main bohoot booraian hain, badtameez hai baat karnay ki tameez nahi hai is ko laiken karachi ko bana diya is nay,main koi 5 saal bad ab karachi land kia to north nazimabad apnay ghar main tha after only 15-20minutes, and the road was perfect, aur agar app defence tak chalay jain tu maza hi ajaye ga,app ko ja kar dekhna paray ga. lamal ko dekhnay ka liya, kamal ko dekhna hai tu karachi ko aaj dekh kar app keh utangay mustafa yu nay to kamal hi kar diya.

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