Published: Fri, November 10, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

MQM backtracks from 'one manifesto, one symbol, one party' alliance with PSP

MQM backtracks from 'one manifesto, one symbol, one party' alliance with PSP

Members and leaders of various political parties have spoken their minds on the recent resignation and subsequent retraction of Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) chief Farooq Sattar.

Earlier on Oct 29, Vohra announced to join the Mustafa Kamal-led PSP in a press conference, besides resigning from his post after completing all the legal formalities. MQM-P deputy convener Kanwar Naveed Jameel and former deputy convener Amin ul Haq did not attend the meeting, which informed sources said was because of serious differences on the alliance/merger issue.

Deputy speaker in Sindh Assembly Shehla Raza said that the people of Karachi want peace.

Sattar, while recalling his party's November 5 rally, said MQM-P displayed political might in Karachi. "Farooq Sattar may not be comfortable with PSP at this moment, but we have categorically decided that we will not unite under the name of MQM".

"There was a misunderstanding regarding the press conference, however".

Expressing his resolve to serve the Urdu-speaking community of the metropolitan, he said the party- being the third biggest party in Senate - stood by the Muhajir community and would sacrifice anything for upholding the dignity of Pakistan. "We never said that the MQM-P and its election symbol will cease to exist", Sattar went on to say, adding that "kite is not just our symbol, but an important part of our life and manifesto".

To corroborate his demand, the party chief has also given a reference of MQM-P senior leadership granting him authority to pursue a legal action against Vohra in a consultative meeting held on Nov 3.

Following the announcement of the resignation, Sattar went inside his house which was surrounded by party members.

According to reports, certain MQM-P members, including Kunwar Jamil, had reservations over the MQM-P and PSP merger.

Meanwhile, senior party leaders Rauf Siddiqui and Faisal Sabzwari clarified that the MQM-P was forming a political alliance with the PSP. Sattar obliged to which party workers cheered and celebrated by chanting slogans. Denouncing Farooq Sattar's decisions to have an alliance with PSP, another MQM official, Amir Khan, said he would speak on the matter on his return from Saudi Arabia, where he is on an Umra visit.

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