KARACHI: Efforts are underway to break the deadlock and resolve issues amicably following a row between senior leaders of Muttahida Qaumi Movement Pakistan (MQM-P) over candidates for upcoming Senate elections, Samaa reported Tuesday.
According to our correspondent, a three-member delegation led by MQM’s senior leader Amir Khan is holding talks with the party head Farooq Sattar at his residence to conciliate him.
The delegations wants Farooq Sattar to cancel today’s party rally and join the meeting of party leaders at Bahadurabad; however, according to sources, Farooq Sattar has refused to bow down.
Yesterday, Farooq Sattar suspended the party’s Coordination Committee that met with Amir Khan in chair at the party’s temporary headquarters in Bahadurabad without the party head’s permission.
In the meeting, senior MQM-P members led by Amir Khan suspended for six months a Coordination Committee member Kamran Tessori, who was being supported by Farooq Sattar.
Farooq Sattar presided over a separate meeting at the party headquarters in PIB Colony, and said at a late night press conference that he would not accept to be a powerless and ceremonial party head.
He said the rift and fissure in the party not only linked with the Senate nominations.
Sattar has directed workers to reach today at PIB Colony’s KMC Stadium for a large public meeting in his support.
On the other hand, a separate such convention of the party workers is being held at Bahadurabad on directives of Amir Khan.
The dispute, that seems to be an open rebellion against Farooq Sattar, surfaced over nomination of his favoured candidate Kamran Tessori.
Dr Sattar has often been criticised for favouring Tessori over seasoned party leaders and workers as he made the latter deputy convener, gave him a ticket to contest a by-election on a Sindh Assembly seat (PS-114) and now wants to nominate the jeweller-turned-politician for a Senate seat.
His support for Tessori has resulted in fissure in the party, creating waves in the politics of Karachi. – Samaa
Story first published: 6th February 2018