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
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.