Ka­mal ropes Raza Ha­roon into 'new party'

The Pak Banker - - NATIONAL -

For­mer Karachi mayor Mustafa Ka­mal man­aged to rope Mut­tahida Qaumi Move­ment (MQM) heavy­weight Raza Ha­roon into his yet-un­named party on Mon­day.

"We are fo­cused on the work we in­tend to do. Name, plan­ning and brand­ing come later," Ha­roon said, re­fer­ring to the party Ka­mal and Anis Kaimkhani an­nounced ear­lier this month. Ka­mal said the party would be named on March 23.

Fol­low­ing ear­lier MQM ac­cu­sa­tions that their work­ers' loy­al­ties are be­ing 'forcibly changed', the for­mer IT min­is­ter slammed Altaf Hus­sain, say­ing the MQM chief was rea­son enough for party mem­bers to jump ship.

Ha­roon pointed out that when­ever a dis­si­dent left the party, "they [the MQM] claim it is a con­spir­acy against them. No con­spir­acy is needed. You [Altaf] are more than enough."

The for­mer MPA lamented the con­di­tion of the MQM, say­ing what used to be a party of lit­er­ate peo­ple had now be­come a source of em­bar­rass­ment.

Re­fer­ring to MQM supremo Altaf Hus­sain's al­leged in­tox­i­ca­tion while ad­dress­ing sup­port­ers, he said, "Some­times we had happy hour... Then that happy hour be­came happy 24 hours."

"Happy hour" was fol­lowed by apolo­gies from the en­tire com­mu­nity and party, he said. "Happy hour has been in­creas­ing... Pay at­ten­tion to what time it is in Lon­don."

He termed the La­hore High Court (LHC) ban on MQM supremo Altaf Hus­sain's speeches and im­age a "bless­ing in dis­guise" and was of the opin­ion that "the ban should stay in place". If the es­tab­lish­ment were to re­move the ban on Altaf, "Mi­nus one" [ MQM with­out Altaf] would hap­pen from within. "There is no need for con­spir­acy," he said.

"Your mar­ket­ing is enough for self-de­struc­tion of the party." He claimed that MQM lead­ers were happy about the ban on their party leader's speeches and did not visit the court to re­peal the ban.

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