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Rift within MQM-P

10 February, 2018

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KARACHI: Relations between two groups within the Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan touched a new low on Friday when the group representing what they described as “a majority of the coordination committee” curtailed party head Dr Farooq Sattar’s powers to grant tickets to election candidates.

A day after the two groups — publicly called PIB group led by Dr Sattar and Bahadurabad group led by senior deputy convener Amir Khan — filed separate nomination papers for their respective candidates for the March 3 Senate elections, the MQM-P coordination committee held a meeting at its Bahadurabad headquarters and decided to take back Dr Sattar’s discretionary powers.

Although the coordination committee did not remove Dr Sattar from the post of convener, the action was widely viewed as a clear attempt to minus the seasoned leader who took reins of the party more than 17 months ago by removing London-based founder Altaf Hussain in almost a similar manner.

The committee granted the said right to deputy convener Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui, who later informed the Election Commission of Pakistan through a letter that according to Article 19-A of the party constitution only the coordination committee was authorised to issue party tickets to its candidates.

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