MQM-P reserves right of legal action if Sattar takes any unconstitutional measure, Farrogh Naseem says
KARACHI: Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan’s (MQM-P) chief Farooq Sattar on Monday said that the wrangling going on within the party points towards a ‘minus two’ formula. Reacting to MQM-P leader Barrister Farrogh Naseem’s statement of Sattar-called meeting “having no legal value”, the MQM-P chief said that the party members were “playing into someone else’s hands”.
Speaking to a private media channel, Sattar said the people, with great difficulty, had accepted the ‘minus one’ formula after the violent incidents of August 22 last year during and after a telephonic speech by Altaf Hussain.
He claimed that certain party members were rallying behind former president Pervez Musharraf and wanted him as the party’s head.
Responding to the criticism against him regarding Kamran Tessori, Sattar said that he was not alone in supporting the party member. Saying that “Muhajirs do not need further divisions,” he indirectly sent a message to Barrister Farogh Naseem, asking him to halt giving recommendations to party members.
“I was not summoned to party sessions,” reiterated the MQM-P leader while adding that he would remain the party’s convener. He also said that 25 MPAs from the party were standing alongside him.
Earlier on Monday, Barrister Farrogh Naseem had said there was no legal value of Farooq Sattar-called general workers meeting because as per the party’s constitution, the Rabita Committee was the sole decision-making body.
Barrister Naseem had warned that as Sattar was not the party’s leader anymore hence the MQM-P reserved the right to take a legal action against him if he undertook any unconstitutional measure.
“Only a convener can call worker’s meeting. Rabita Committee has relieved Sattar from his duties as convener,” he said, “Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui has submitted a resolution to the ECP that he is now the new party chief and convener.”
Naseem said that Sattar should refrain from doing any madness and should let the party work under law and constitution.
He added that the Rabita Committee as the last measure took back powers from Sattar.
“Sattar should not ruin a party for a person. He should apologise to Rabita Committee so that he can be taken back in the party,” he said. “Or he can make his own party and induct Saleem Shahzad. No one is going to accept MQM-Haqiqi leader or Shehzad.” He said that the MQM-Pakistan will contest the election on the kite symbol.
Meanwhile, the Election Commissioner Sindh and Senate election Returning Officer Yousuf Khattak said that other than Ahmad Chinoy, all nominations from MQM-Pakistan have been accepted.
He said that all the party nominations have come under the signature of Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui, adding that the issues within MQM-P were its internal matter.