Mother orders Sat­tar to serve the na­tion

Fa­rooq Sat­tar takes back de­ci­sion to re­sign as MQM-Pak­istan chief; Party is here to stay, Fa­rooq Sat­tar re­jects merger with PSP

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KARACHI: Mut­tahida Qaumi Move­ment-Pak­istan's Chief Fa­rooq Sat­tar quit the party and pol­i­tics, hours after Rabita Com­mit­tee had ex­pressed its con­fi­dence in his lead­er­ship after high-level hud­dle on Thurs­day.

The de­ci­sion comes a day after MQM-P and Pak Sarza­meen Party had an­nounced to con­test for gen­eral elec­tions 2018 un­der ‘one name, one elec­tion sym­bol’.

Fol­low­ing the an­nounce­ment of the res­ig­na­tion, Sat­tar went in­side his house sur­rounded by party mem­bers. The mem­bers tried to pacify Sat­tar and con­vince him to take his de­ci­sion back.

After an hour, Sat­tar re­turned and ad­dressed an­other press con­fer­ence. Faisal Sabzwari in­tro­duced Sat­tar as “MQM-Pak­istan Chief.”

“I swear to God, this is not any drama,” he re­marked. “I am will­ing to serve as an ad­viser to Rabita Com­mit­tee.”

My de­ci­sions were ques­tioned by party mem­bers and “if peo­ple think I am not qual­i­fied to run Pak­istan’s fourth big­gest party. Then I won’t.” "Iwill be up­set ifmy party mem­bers start doubt­ing my in­ten­tions," he said.

“We want to do na­tional pol­i­tics, but we are again be­ing pushed to­wardsmuha­jir pol­i­tics,” he claimed. “We have the en­tire coun­try's bur­den on us, if Karachi runs then Pak­istan runs.”

Ex­plain­ing his de­ci­sion, he said: “I took the de­ci­sion to save my 38 years of po­lit­i­cal strug­gle. My com­pan­ions talked with my mother to con­vince me.”

He claimed that MQMPak­istan is be­ing po­lit­i­cally vic­timised. “Why are our 150 po­lit­i­cal of­fices not be­ing re­turned to us? About 165 of our com­pan­ions are miss­ing; al­most 200 of our of­fices are closed. We should be given what is ours.”

He said, “I im­plore upon the me­dia to go to the jails and see the con­di­tions are work­ers are in. I am not ask­ing for any­thing ex­tra, only ask­ing for what is writ­ten in the jail man­ual.”

Re­it­er­at­ing his ear­lier stance, he said that there should be no more engi­neer- ing in pol­i­tics and pol­i­tics should take its own course.

"I have left pol­i­tics, not the party. In Pak­istan, mid­dle-class politi­cians can never climb the lad­der."

Ear­lier ad­dress­ing a press con­fer­ence on Thurs­day, Sat­tar rea­soned his res­ig­na­tion and said: “I was sad­dened and hurt by the re­sponse I got [after the press con­fer­ence]” he said. “I was dis­ap­pointed with the re­sponse I got from PSP lead­ers and my own work­ers.”

“The de­ci­sion was made after dis­cus­sions with Khawaja Izhar-ul-Has­san, Wasim Akhtar, Kamran Tes­sori, Nas­rin Jalil and then Rabita Com­mit­tee mem­bers,” he shared, adding “we had to take ev­ery­one to­gether.”

Sat­tar re­marked that he doesn’t like be­ing a leader. “Peo­ple should know what you have done for them, you do not need to put up your pic­tures ev­ery­where.”

KARACHI: Mut­tahida Qaumi Move­ment-Pak­istan (QMP) Chief Dr Fa­rooq Sat­tar ad­dress­ing a press con­fer­ence at his res­i­dence in PIB Colony.

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