Published: Mon, February 12, 2018

Farooq Sattar strikes back, dissolves MQM-P Rabita Committee after his ouster

Farooq Sattar strikes back, dissolves MQM-P Rabita Committee after his ouster

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. He said he tried his best to avoid a split within the party and he was firm on his decision to hold a workers' convention on Sunday while expressing the hope that "everyone" would attend the programme.

"With a heavy heart, we, the coordination committee members, announce to sack Farooq Sattar as convener. The complete committee got disturbed due to him", he said. After the meeting, Dr Sattar told the media that he asked the four senior leaders that the whole party should withdraw from the Senate contest if "we would not arrive at a consensus" over the names of candidates for the March 3 election. "First there will be intra-party elections and then we will enter the general elections this year", he affirmed.

Sabzwari also questioned the quality and the source of advice Sattar was receiving, adding that he and others wanted to reconcile but one-sided measures never worked.

"They did not remove me from the convenership of the party but they have ousted the party loyalists and party workers from the party", 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.

A total of 17 nomination forms were submitted by the two groups within the MQP-P.

ECP spokesperson Haroon Shinwari told Dawn in Islamabad that the returning officer (RO) would take a decision on the issue at the time of scrutiny of nomination papers.

A dispute between the PIB Colony and Bahadurabad factions had emerged on February 6 after both parties had taken different positions on the nominations of party members for the upcoming Senate elections.

However, not all parliamentarians belonging to the MQM were in attendance.

Addressing a media conference here, the MQM-P MPA admitted that mistrust between the two groups exists and the efforts are being made to reunite the groups.

Farooq Sattar said he also had a "charge sheet" against the coordination committee members. "They sent nobody a show-cause notice and removed anybody from the party as and when they wanted", he said.

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