Farooq Sattar offers Bahadurabad faction to collectively hold intraparty elections

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KARACHI: Muthahidda Qaumi Movement- Pakistan former convener Farooq Sattar on Tuesday offered the Bahadurabad faction to jointly hold intraparty elections on April 6 this year or else warned to take the matter to the Supreme Court.

He said that both the factions lead by him and Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui can supervise the elections, after which the party’s convener can also be elected. He said that he is ready to talk to the Bahadurabad faction in regards to this.

He said that the Election Commission Pakistan (ECP) decision to remove him as party’s convener was to weaken the party, and is unconstitutional since ECP does not have a jurisdiction to decide matters related to political parties’ internal affairs.

Earlier on Monday (yesterday), the ECP had dismissed Farooq Sattar as the convener of the party and declared the earlier intraparty elections as void.

The matter was taken to the ECP by Siddiqui who argued that the Rabita Committee of the party had removed Sattar as the convener and had elected him as the new convener. He also had asked the ECP to declare the intraparty elections held on February 18, in which Sattar won, to be null and void.