ECP removes Farooq Sattar as MQM's convener

Dunya News

CEC announced the verdict on a plea submitted by Farooq Sattar.

ISLAMABAD (Dunya News) – Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Monday has sacked Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) PIB group Chief Farooq Sattar from the post of party convenership.

A five-member bench headed by Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Justice Sardar Muhammad Raza Khan announced the verdict on a plea submitted by Farooq Sattar. 

He also annuled intra-party elections of PIB wing and dismissed objections of Farooq Sattar.

Talking to media about the verdict, Farooq Sattar said it will be remembered as  black decision  in the history of Pakistan s judiciary, adding that he has been punished for standing against MQM founder.

Announcing verdict on intra-party polls is not ECP’s authority as 9500 members voted in my favor, he said.

Farooq Sattar further predicted that now, seats in Sindh will be given to Pak Sarzameen Party (PSP), Pakistan Peoples Party and MQM Bahadurabad wing.

On the other hand, MQM leader Aamir Khan said that no one ever wanted division of the party, adding that he has urged everyone to work with unity. Will decide all the things in Rabitta Committee, he added.

Amir Khan said that we have won ideology and rules of MQM and that the defeat is not in a personal capacity. Everyone demands to work together for the party, he continued.

Earlier, Farooq Sattar had challenged jurisdiction of ECP regarding hearing MQM-P convenership case, saying that the solution to such issues is already present in party’s law, therefore, the ECP cannot hear such matters.

ECP’s responsibility is to arrange elections for Senate, national and provincial assemblies, he added.  

Talking to media after the hearing, Farogh said that 95 percent party takes Khalid Maqbool as convener while Babar Sattar said that 12,000 members had expressed confidence on Farooq Sattar.

Meanwhile, Kamran Tessori said that steps will be taken to resolve the matters without separating the party members. Will accept ECP decision, he added.

MQM-P had earlier divided into two groups after a dispute over the party’s nominations for Senate election. Two senior members, Farooq Sattar and Amir Khan.

It was reported that Sattar suggested the name of Kamran Tessori for the Senate ticket which was opposed by Amir Khan and his faction. Later on both senior members had called separate party meetings till now.

The coordination committee had wrote to Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to withdraw authority of Dr Farooq Sattar, and removed him from the position of convener. It had earlier removed Tessori from the committee.