Dr Sagheer Ahmed joins Mustafa Kamal in his endeavour
Mustafa Kamal, the former mayor of Karachi and once touted as the blueeyed boy of MQM supremo Altaf Hussain managed to pull key MQM leader, Dr Sagheer Ahmed into the folds of his new political party on Monday.
"I am here as I am going to stand alongside Anees Kaimkhani and Mustafa Kamal, and will play a positive role in helping Pakistan grow," said Ahmed, who also kicked off the press conference in Kamal and Kaimkhani's presence. Ahmed on the occasion also announced his resignation from the provincial assembly seat, which he was elected to on a MQM ticket.
He was associated with the MQM for 28 years, and was elected to the provincial assembly seat from PS-117. During his time as an elected representative, Ahmed served as the provincial minister for environment and as the minister of health. "I announce that I quit my provincial assembly seat and apologise to my voters and supporters who gave me their trust. I have been unable to serve them as I was serving someone else." "It was not possible for me to subdue my conscience and I salute Kamal and Kaimkhani for speaking the truth."
Ahmed clarified that he was present on his own volition and he has not been in contact with either Kamal or Kaimkhani. Ahmed expressing confidence said, "I am sure that those with conscience will come and join us and those who are afraid, I ask them: What are you afraid of?" Referring to past incidents, the charged former health minister said, "I still can not forget the situation of the city (Karachi) when sliced-up bodies were discovered in gunny bags every hour." Ahmed was visibly disturbed and teary-eyed as he narrated what he said were some of the bloodiest episodes in the history of the metropolis. "When we protested with the bodies of our slain workers outside CM House, family members of the deceased used to plead with us as they wanted to take the bodies for burial, but we made them stay," elaborated Ahmed. "We did not join MQM to become senators or ministers, when we joined we had no idea that one day we will become ministers." He also said that he has never asked for the release of a terrorist or a criminal. "Those who question us, saying look at what Altaf Hussain and the MQM have given you, we ask them, who made MQM and Altaf what they are today?" Ahmed said that he had to break relationship with his family members as he kept on defending Altaf.
"Karachi has been exploited in front of everyone. I sacrificed everything for the tehreek (political movement)," said Ahmed. He elaborated that he, along with all the other party members had served Altaf as if he was a god. Hammering a point which was also earlier mentioned by Kamal in his press conference, Ahmed said, "Mohajir and Urduspeaking people are not anti-Pakistan." He urged the authorities to bring back the Mohajir community into the national fold. "The patriotism of this community has become a joke," stated Ahmed. "My biggest difference with the party (MQM) was that it used workers like tissue papers." Lamenting on the current state of the political party, Ahmed stated that, "Today we don't have educated workers in MQM because education has never been a focus of the party leadership."
The former health minister added that party workers were used to serve their ends, and questioned why the people vote for the party. Ahmed stated that the families of workers who were killed were ignored by the party.
"The plight of the real MQM workers is miserable." At the start of the press conference, Mustafa Kamal was joined by former Sindh Health Minister Dr Sagheer Ahmed, also a former member of the MQM coordination committee. The MQM in a strong reaction, again dismissed all allegations levelled against them by their former office bearers.
Last week, former Karachi nazim Syed Mustafa Kamal and former deputy convener of the MQM, Anis Kaimkhani ended their decades-long association with the party, heaping scorn on Muttahida Qaumi Movement supremo Altaf Hussain.