Dr Sagheer Ahmed joins Mustafa Ka­mal in his en­deav­our

The Pak Banker - - NATIONAL -

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.

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