Will not work with Amir Khan: Farooq Sattar

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KARACHI: Muttahida Qaumi Movement Pakistan (MQM-P) leader Farooq Sattar said that he is ready to work along with the Rabita Committee if Amir Khan is not a part of it.

Addressing the media, Farooq Sattar openly talked about his disagreement with fellow party leader Amir Khan. He said that prior to this recent confrontation, two have conflicts on different issues on two occasions and that he cannot work with Amir anymore.

He further added that his authority in the past has been a façade just like what Khalid Maqbool has been restored to. In reality, Amir Khan has been running things his way for a long time.

He further stated that he is ready to work for MQM-P only if his condition is met. “I am ready to accept the entire Rabita Committee but my only condition is that Bahadurabad [faction] have to choose between me and Amir Khan.”

Sattar gave an ultimatum saying “Now, either I will remain a part of MQM or Amir Khan.”

Prior to this, there have been many accounts where the rift between the senior leaders was witnessed. The dispute between party members over nominations for the upcoming elections had resulted in some serious conflicts as the party is divided between Farooq Sattar led-PIB Colony faction and the Bahadurabad-group.

Sattar after securing 9,433 votes an intra-party poll was elected his faction’s head on March 26. The situation further aggravated after the Bahadurabad-group filed a petition challenging the intra-party elections held by Sattar.

Earlier he was deposed by the Rabita Committee on February 11.

On March 26,  a five-member bench of the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), headed by Chief Election Commissioner Justice (r) Sardar Muhammad Raza Khan, ruled that Sattar could no longer serve as the convener of MQM-P.

The bench also dismissed Sattar’s petition challenging the jurisdiction of ECP in the case and nullified the intra-party elections of MQM, and Sattar as the party chief.