Numbers of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) dissidents continue to grow on Tuesday as another party member Iftikhar Akbar Randhawa joined Mustafa Kamal’s Pak Sarzameen Party (PSP).
“Iftikhar Akbar Randhawa was in Australia and on his return has decided to join us,” Kamal told reporters at his residence in Khayaban-e-Sehar.
Yesterday, Ashfaq Mangi, an MPA from Karachi’s PS-127 constituency, joined the PSP along with dozens of members of the MQM social media and tanzeemi committee teams and zonal in-charges from the district Jacobabad, Thatta, Qamber, Kashmore, Kandhkot, and Sukkur.
Since the PSP burst onto Karachi’s political scene earlier this year, important workers and leaders of MQM who have switched over to Kamal and Qaimkhani’s side include Anis Advocate, Raza Haroon, MPA Dr Sagheer Ahmed, MPA Iftikhar Alam, Waseem Aftab, ex-senator Mohammad Ali Brohi, and MPA Bilquis Mukhtar.
Mukhtar, who became the first female MQM dissident after she announced her decision on April 6, was a member of the provincial assembly’s standing committees on minorities affairs, women development and social welfare. She was also a founding member of the MQM’s first coordination committee and among those who had reopened Nine-Zero after it was sealed by the authorities.