MQM Pak­istan sus­pends of­fice bear­ers, in­tra-party elec­tions to be held to­day

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KARACHI—Mut­tahida Qaumi Move­ment (MQM) Pak­istan on Sun­day dis­solved its en­tire party struc­ture declar­ing the in­tra­party polls, held a few months ago, null and void. The MQM Pak­istan on Sun­day dis­solved the party or­gan­i­sa­tional struc­ture an­nulling elec­tion of mem­bers to all party posts. In­tra­party elec­tions of the po­lit­i­cal party will be held to­day.

The vot­ing for new of­fice-bear­ers will be held to­day at party’s tem­po­rary head­quar­ters here, sources said. The con­vener, deputy con­vener, mem­bers of Rabita Com­mit­tee and the CEC will be elected in to­day’s elec­tion. Last week, the MQM Pak­istan ex­pelled 11 mem­bers from the party and ad­vised work­ers to not keep any con­tact with them. MQM Pak­istan Rabita Com­mit­tee re­voked mem­ber­ship of 11 af­fil­i­ates for vi­o­lat­ing party dis­ci­pline and ex­pelled them from the party, ac­cord­ing to a state­ment.

The party ter­mi­nated four mem­bers of the Tanzeemi com­mit­tee and seven of Hyderabad dis­trict com­mit­tee. “Those ex­pelled in­clude Za­far Ra­jpoot, Rasheed Bhayya, Fauzia Amir and Rizwana As­lam of the SPC,” the state­ment read. The ex­pelled mem­bers from Hyderabad in­clude Abid Ghouri, Javed Khan, Zul­fiqar Khan­zada, Fa­heem Mughal, Fa­rooq Khan, Fahim Ra­heel and Saeed Aziz. One of the ex­pelled mem­bers, Za­far Ra­jpoot, was nom­i­nated as mem­ber of the Hyderabad zonal com­mit­tee by the Lon­don chap­ter of the party. The deputy con­vener of the MQM, Fa­rooq Sat­tar, has since been head­ing the party in Pak­istan, amid state­ments from Lon­don in­sist­ing that ‘MQM is one’.

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