Sattar hits back at Bahadurabad faction, 'dissolves' MQM-P Rabita Committee

MQM's coordination committee sidelines Farooq Sattar as party convener

The former convenor of Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P), Dr Farooq Sattar, on Sunday said the ongoing rift within over the Senate names was, in fact, a conspiracy to take over the party leadership.

However, it appears that Dr Sattar was not impressed with the decision they personally communicated to him in the evening as he insisted on picking altogether new faces for March 3 Senate elections.

Party leader Faisal Sabzwari, in a chat with reporters on Friday, said under the party constitution, neither the convener nor any other person had the right to hand out party tickets. "We will not opt for a collision, but struggle peacefully".

The party crisis over distribution of Senate tickets continued on a fifth consecutive day with the two sides - one led by Dr Sattar and the other by Amir Khan - getting ready for a final showdown.

He also said that party workers were at a failure to comprehend why Kamran Tessori was so important to Sattar that he had gone to such lengths to secure a Senate ticket for him.

Statement of Dr Sattar came almost an hour after deputy conveners of MQMP and members of coordination committee addressed a press conference and announced to sack MQMP chief from the position of convener.

"They haven't sacked me - they have deprived every deserving worker of this party of their due right", said Sattar.

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"Since February 5, they were repeatedly calling unconstitutional meetings. He had time for NGOs but not for the party", he said pointing towards delaying in renewal of party registration that led to its cancellation.

Sattar cited a section of the party constitution to announce the sacking of all the conveners and deputy conveners of the party in a counter move.

Saturday also saw the return of MNA Salman Mujahid Baloch to the MQM fold.

"I have offered my resignation [from the provincial assembly] as a member of intermediary committee to bring the two groups on negotiation table", he said.

Apparently hinting at implementing the minus-one formula, MQM leader Faisal Subzwari told reporters after the meeting that the party was not against Dr Sattar, but "we will not accept" his directive if it was in direct conflict with the party's principles.

"I want to make MQM-P an ideological party of 1986".

Later, Dr Sattar told a TV programme that Mr Baloch, an MNA from a Karachi constituency (NA-239), had "left us because of some misunderstanding".

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