Coordination committee sacks Farooq Sattar as MQM-P convener

The Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan, in a dramatic move, has removed Dr Farooq Sattar as their convener for altering the party's constitution without taking Raabita Committee members into consideration.

Addressing a general workers' meeting here, Sattar announced conduct of intraparty elections at KMC Ground on February 17.

He urged the workers to stay united and not to fall prey to the propaganda of Bahadurabad faction of the party.

"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. "We will not go for a collision, but struggle pacifically", he said. The deadlock over issuance of Senate tickets to jeweler-turned-politician Kamran Tessori remained unresolved as both the groups, the committee members-led Bahadurabad group and Sattar-led PIB group.

But, speaking to the media on Sunday, Sattar said the issue was not over distribution of Senate tickets but a conspiracy had been hatched to "seize control" of the party. His aides had established that it was not the matter of Senate elections but it was the issue of taking over the party, he added. He said Dr Sattar agreed to visit the Bahadurabad office if the letter was withdrawn.

"With a heavy heart, we, the coordination committee members, announce to sack Farooq Sattar as convener".

"One cat has come out of the bag and many others will do so in the coming days", claimed Sattar, adding that MQM - Haqiqi 2's foundation has been laid today.

According to Section 201 (1)(f)(iii, iv and v) of the Elections Act, a political party shall formulate its constitution, by whatever name called, which shall include selection or nomination of party candidates for election to public offices and legislative bodies; resolution of disputes between members and political party, including issues relating to suspension and expulsion of members; and method and manner of amendments in the constitution of the political party.

He said that the decision was taken on the advice of "our elders who asked us to accept Dr Sattar's demand for [the sake of] party's unity".

Kanwar Naveed Jamil addressed the media today in the metropolis and announced that Dr Sattar was relieved of his position as convener, effective immediately.

He took objection to the letter dispatched to Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) by dissenting members and accused them of cutting a deal over martyrs' blood.