Irum Azeem lashes out at Salman Baloch for blaming her for his expulsion from MQM-P

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KARACHI: Former Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) member and MPA Irum Azeem Farooque on Sunday came down hard on the recently expelled MNA of the party, Salman Mujahid Baloch, for holding her responsible for his expulsion.

Irum, who recently joined Pakistan Tekreek-e-Insaf, asked former MQM-P member Baloch to discuss the matter openly with her.

“Salman Mujahid every month demanded Rs2.5 million from the District Municipal Corporation,” she claimed.

Irum also accused MPA Aamir Moin of corruption, adding that there were no such charges against her.

Irum went on to claim that many MQM-P members possess iqamas [foreign work permits].

The Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan on Friday had expelled its MNA Salman Mujahid Baloch for “violating party ethics”.

According to a MQM spokesman, this was decided in a meeting of the party that was held late on Friday night in Bahadurabad.

The spokesperson also mentioned that Baloch was asked to resign from the party, adding that he should not be contacted by any party member, now that he has been expelled from the party.

Salman alleged that his expulsion from the party was a penalty for raising his voice against the dismissal of another party member, Erum Naseem.

While talking on a local TV talk show, the expelled MNA remarked that the party had no authority to expel him like that, adding that the MQM-P isn’t the property of any one person and belongs to everyone.

Irum had severed ties with the MQM following an inflammatory speech by the party founder on August 22, 2016.