MQM-P factions in talks to form joint Rabita Committee

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  • MQM-P’s Bahadurabad faction offers Farooq Sattar to nominate 40 per cent of members for new committee
  • Sattar challenges ECP verdict in IHC

KARACHI: The splinter groups of Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) are in talks to jointly form a new Rabita Committee after the ruling of Election Commission Pakistan (ECP) to remove Farooq Sattar as the party’s convener and declared the February 18 intra-party null and void.

MQM-P’s Bahadurabad faction representative Faisal Subzwari on Wednesday offered the PIB group to nominate 40 per cent of members for the joint Rabita Committee in order to resolve the intra-party conflict.

On the other hand, Sattar took the offer into consideration to form a new joint coordination committee. However, he demanded the PIB’s share to be increased by 50 per cent.

Both the faction showed their willingness to form a new Rabita Committee with the ongoing talks regarding the representation. Subzwari also expressed his desire to meet Sattar at his residence, admitting that the PIB leader had declined their offer.

Sattar urged the Bahadurabad group to first agree on a negotiation formula before holding any further talks or meetings.

SATTAR CHALLENGES ECP VERDICT IN IHC:

Sattar on Wednesday challenged the ECP verdict of sacking him as party’s convener in Islamabad High Court (IHC).

He filed a writ against the ECP for announcing the verdict in favour of Bahadurabad group, demanding to annul his removal as the convener.

The court also announced to hear the appeal on Thursday.

On Tuesday, the former MQM-P convener had offered the Bahadurabad faction to jointly hold intra-party elections on April 6 or else warned to take the matter to the Supreme Court.

Sattar said that both the factions lead by him and Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui can supervise the next elections, after which the party’s convener could be elected. He said that he was ready to talk to the Bahadurabad faction to resolve the issues.