Split in MQM-P widens over nominations for Senate election

Dunya News

Farooq Sattar, Amir Khan groups held separate meetings after rift over Senate election nominations.

KARACHI (Dunya News) - Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) divided into two groups on Monday following a dispute over nominations for Senate election.

According to details, MQM-P in an earlier meeting at the party’s Bahadur Abad office decided to award tickets for the upcoming Senate elections to Farogh Naseem, Nasreen Jalil, Aminul Haque and Shabbir Qaimkhani.

However, MQM-P convener Dr Farooq Sattar suggested the name of deputy convener Kamran Tessori for the ticket which was opposed by Senior Deputy Convener Amir Khan. The party leadership indulged in a heated argument over the names after which Farooq Sattar walked out of the meeting.

The row further deepened when the two senior members of MQM-P called separate party meetings. Dr Farooq Sattar convened the meeting at PIB Colony office while Amir Khan called an urgent meeting at party’s Bahadur Abad office.

Talking to workers at PIB Colony Dr Farooq Sattar disagreed with the decisions taken in the meeting held at Bahadur Abad and termed the meeting as unconstitutional and the violation of party discipline.

During his address Farooq Sattar has called a meeting of MQM-P general workers today (Tuesday) at 3:00pm at PMC ground to decide the future strategy. He also sought support from MQM-Haqiqi and PSP for the sake of people of Karachi.

On the other hand, MQM-P Rabita Committee on Monday suspended the membership of MQM-P deputy convener Kamran Tessori for six months.

Talking to media after Rabita Committee meeting at the Bahadur Abad office, MQM-P leaders Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui announced the decision to suspend Kamran Tessori. He said that after the decision of the Rabita Committee, even MQM-P convener Dr Farooq Sattar cannot award Senate ticket to Kamran Tessori.

Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui further said that the members of MQM-P Rabita Committee cannot be removed by the party’s convener or deputy convener. He also said that if Farooq Sattar wants to leave the MQM-P then the party cannot do anything about it.