Fa­rooq Sat­tar de­mands fresh in­tra-party elec­tions to “save” MQM-P

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KARACHI: Se­nior leader of MQM-Pak­istan fac­tion, Fa­rooq Sat­tar, has de­manded im­me­di­ate hold­ing of in­tra-party elec­tions to ‘re­vive’ the party to its orig­i­nal struc­ture.

Dur­ing a press con­fer­ence here, he said the party op­er­at­ing in the coun­try is cur­rently un­der ‘dif­fi­cult sit­u­a­tion’. Our party mem­bers from Ba­hadurabad ac­ci­den­tally took away party lead­er­ship from me, he added.

MPA Kamran Fa­rooq who had joined the Pak Sarza­meen Party (PSP) on April 8 this year, was also sit­ting along­side Sat­tar at the presser. “Kamran has re­turned to the party,” said the MQM-P leader.

He re­called that he took reins of the party af­ter the Lon­don fac­tion split, adding, “I saved the party on Aug 23 last year, hence all ac­tivists and lead­ers should be given their old po­si­tions.”

Sat­tar said he vis­ited the party’s Ba­hadurabad of­fice on June 15 set­ting aside all dif­fer­ence.

On Sep 13, Dr Fa­rooq Sat­tar re­signed from the party’s Rabita Com­mit­tee over ‘per­sonal rea- sons’, and sub­mit­ted his res­ig­na­tion to the party. His res­ig­na­tion came af­ter a week when he pub­licly stated that the Pak­istan Tehreek-e-In­saf of­fered him to con­test the up­com­ing by-elec­tions from NA-247 on the party ticket.

Sat­tar had lost the NA-247 seat to PTI can­di­date Dr Arif Alvi dur­ing the July 25 elec­tions, but the seat fell va­cant af­terAlvi’s elec­tion as the pres­i­dent.

The Is­lam­abad High Court (IHC) on June 11, 2018 an­nounced its ver­dict declar­ing Khalid Maq­bool Sid­diqui as con­vener of Mu­tahidda Qaumi Move­men­tPak­istan (MQM-P) in a jolt to Sat­tar.

Sat­tar had ap­proached the IHC against the elec­tion com­mis­sion de­ci­sion re­mov­ing him as party con­vener in March this year.

Dur­ing the hear­ing, Babar Sat­tar ap­peared be­fore the court on be­half of Dr Sat­tar and Bar­ris­ter Farough Naseem rep­re­sented MQM leader Khalid Maq­bool Sid­diqui.

Dr Sat­tar’s coun­sel had con­tended be­fore the court that the ECP did not have the ju­ris­dic­tion to in­ter­fere in a po­lit­i­cal party’s in­ter­nal af­fairs. He had main­tained that since the MQM-P was reg­is­tered un­der Dr Fa­rooq’s name, the ECP did not have the author­ity to hear cases by an­other per­son who claims to be the party con­vener.

On March 26, the ECP had given a ver­dict against Sat­tar in the wake of a rift within the party over the nom­i­na­tion of Kamran Tes­sori for a Sen­ate seat. The con­tro­versy over Tes­sori prac­ti­cally di­vided the party into Sat­ter-led PIB group and Sid­diqui-led Ba­hadurabad group.

KARACHI: Mut­tahida Qaumi Move­ment-Pak­istan (MQM-P) leader Dr Fa­rooq Sat­tar ad­dress­ing a press con­fer­ence at Karachi Press Club.

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