Published: Mon, February 12, 2018
Global | By Craig Ferguson

Pakistan removes Farooq Sattar as Convener

Pakistan removes Farooq Sattar as Convener

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.

"Despite continuous reminders from the coordination committee, Sattar did not file the party workers' wealth statements with the ECP, due to which the party's registration was cancelled", he explained.

In a quick response, Farooq Sattar talking to media persons said the conspiracy had been exposed. "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.

"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.

Later, he along with three deputy conveners of the MQM-P's Bahadurabad camp went to PIB Colony and met Dr Sattar.

When Amir Khan was called to share his thoughts with the media on the issue, he burst into tears and claimed that he had never wanted any office in the party.

The latest episode of infighting between two factions of the party started over the issue of distribution of party tickets for next month's Senate elections, with the Bahadurabad group opposing Sattar's nomination of relative newcomer Kamran Tessori over seasoned party leader.

"My naive colleagues have proven that the issue was not about the nominations for Senate election, it was about the party leadership", a spirited Sattar told the journalists. Mr Baloch had in December joined the Mustafa Kamal-led Pak Sarzameen Party after the MQM-P expelled him for violating party discipline.

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. He asserted that the issue turned out to be not of issuing tickets to candidates for Senate elections but of taking over the authority to issue tickets. The coordination committee had finalised names of Nasreen Jalil, Dr Farogh Nasim, Aminul Haq and Amir Chishti as their candidates, but now Dr Sattar has been asked to finalise the names with consensus.

"Before the general elections take place, we will hold an intraparty elections", he said. If they had the bottle to make a new party, so make it, he added.

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